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The final Buell motorcycle produced at the company’s East Troy, Wis., factory, a 2010 Buell Lightning XB12Scg, has been donated to the Barber Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Ala., along with several other representative models from the company’s 26-year production history.
The Last Buell
The reality of Harley-Davidson’s decision to end production of the Buell models has finally come to a head. Buell, the only American sport bike company, will no longer produce motorcycles. On October 30 of 2010, the final Buell ever (a Buell Lightning XB12Scg) rolled off the company’s East Troy Wisconsin assembly line.
Much has been written already about Harley-Davidson Motor Company’s stunning press release earlier this week announcing that they are ceasing production of Buell-brand motorcycles. Some in the industry have gone as far as stating that this action was long-rumored or even expected for quite some time. I guess I missed the invitation to drink the Kool Aid and eat the Oscar Mayer wieners and bologna being served by Harley-Davidson, so I’m not convinced that the death certificate has been signed yet.
Activities Include Demo Rides at AMA Road America Round.
Motorcycle enthusiasts are invited to visit Buell Motorcycle Company’s Wisconsin headquarters for the company’s 2009 Homecoming celebration, which will be held June 5-7, 2009, at the East Troy factory in conjunction with AMA Pro Racing’s scheduled stop at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.
Scheduled activities at East Troy on Friday June 5 include:
Buell and Harley-Davidson will be celebrating anniversaries in 2008—105th for the Motor Company and Buell’s silver. Buell takes the stage first, with events from July 2-6, at the company’s main facility in East Troy, Wis., as well as Milwaukee’s Summerfest Grounds.
Twenty-three years after Buell sold its first motorcycle—the single-purpose Formula One RW750 two-stroke road-racer—the 100,000th bike has rolled off its East Troy, Wis., assembly line. In contrast to the RW750, the milestone bike was the do-it-all Ulysses XB12X adventure bike. Buell has also announced the release of a new model, the Lightning Super TT XB12STT.