Breakfast With Buell: Erik Buell to Speak at Annual Daytona Breakfast Fundraiser

buell_racing_logoErik Buell will be joining the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame at the 23rd annual fundraiser breakfast at the Daytona International Speedway. Buell will be speaking about his experience in the motorcycle industry, and will also be signing autographs with other hall of famers.

Buell, who founded Buell Motorcycles nearly two decades ago, is still a driving force in the motorcycle industry. Buell Motorcycles stopped producing motorcycles in 2009, but Buell still continues to innovate with his Buell Racing Team. Buell will be talking about his 20 plus years in the motorcycle industry, as well as his thoughts on the future.

“For me, motorcycling has always been about the journey, about the people, about the ideas behind the machines, and it will be great to connect with enthusiasts at the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Breakfast at Daytona fundraiser,” Buell said. “And who knows? I may have a surprise or two to announce by then.”

The fundraising breakfast at Daytona will be on Friday, March 11, at a new location inside the Daytona 500 Club. There will be a silent auction on items related to the Hall of Fame, as well as an autograph signing session with Buell and other Motorcycle Hall of Famers.

“Erik Buell is a Hall of Famer not only for his innovative and dogged pursuit of motorcycling excellence, but also because the bikes he build were evocative and impressive enough to earn one of the most passionate fan bases in all of motorcycling,” said Jeff Heininger, chairman of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation. “Few people have Erik’s perspective on the parts of America’s motorcycle history that are still being written today, and I, for one, can’t wait to hear what he has to say.”

Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

Buell Bikes Coming Back to the Street

Buell 1190RSWhen Harley-Davidson disolved Buell, Erik Buell was given a liscence to continue making Buell Racing bikes, but was not permitted to make street motorcycles. It looks like Harley is lifting that restriction, because Buell is planning a new street bike, the 1190RS.

A photo of the new 1190RS was leaked on the web (left) but it doesn’t show much. The 1190RS is supposedly a spin-off street version of Buell Racing’s 1190RR race bike. The 1190RR was Buell Racing’s first racing bike, and was designed to race in both the AMA Superbike and World Superbike series.

Buell doesn’t currently have the capacity for a worldwide launch, so it seems reasonable to assume that Buell’s new streetbike will be available in limited quantities in the US. This weekend is the Dealer Expo in Indianapolis, and next month Buell is scheduled to speak at Daytona Bike Week.

“For me, motorcycling has always been about the journey, about the people, about the ideas behind the machines, and it will be great to connect with enthusiasts at the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Breakfast at Daytona fundraiser,” Buell said. “And who knows? I may have a surprise or two to announce by then.”

Could Buell make the 1190RS official in Daytona? I’d put money on it. Buell also said that he’d be traveling to the Dealer Expo to talk to a few people in the industry about the launch, but who knows when he’ll go public with more information.

The motorcycle industry is starting to recover, and with Buell back on the road there could be a bump in sales. Erik Buell has spent the last three decades building motorcycles, and his return to the street is a welcomed one.

Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com