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Angry What could've been...... - March 26, 2010, 12:30 PM

Per the Badweb Buell forums

"Buell had plans for variations of the Blast, such as a 600cc model and sportier variants, but these could never happen due to the H-D running 80 percent over budget on the engine. Buell lost lost money on each Blast sold due to the unit engine cost (from H-D).

The XB series was planned to have three powertrains - the 984cc "9", a short stroke 1350, and a 150hp/120ft-lb turbo called "Diablo".

We got the 9, but the short stroke 1350 was canned because H-D wouldn't build the high deck height cases required, so we got the long stroke XB12 series instead.

(Were the short stroke XBRR engine cases Proof-of-Concept parts?)

Mules with the turbo charged engine were actually built in X1 chassis, but "...the Diable died when Harley was unable to forge an agreement with Aerocharger, and an in-house effort to develop it's own cost millions (in part charged to Buell) but never produced a working product".

The engine price for the XB powerplant "...soared over the original business cases..." and significantly increased the sell price of the XB9R.

The 1125R and CR models were done on a shoestring budget, hence the Firebolt bodywork etc. H-D set the guidelines that the bike couldn't be fully faired.

The next model after the CR was to be a "radical streetfighter", but this was shelved for the Barracuda II, as it was finally agreed by H-D that fully faired bike was needed.

In the fall of 2007, not long before the 1125R release, the H-D Inc board approved development of "a radically designed family of middleweight three-cylinder sportbikes".
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Yup yup...but if it means Eriks free next year to build streetbikes again...like an 1190.... doesn't suck as much.
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