Thursday, December 25, 2008

"Power Lines"


Erik Buell has been talking about the benefits of torque for over 25 years. The above graph is from the Buell website. Click on the picture to get a closer look at the flatness of the new Helicon engine's torque curve. This powerband is 80 ft. lbs. of torque for over 4000 rpm, starting as low 4800 rpm. (maximum torque is 82 ft/lbs.) Impressive.

What kind of road do you get the most fun out of your riding and at what engine speed?

Now look at the torque curves of the 2008 liter, in-line 4 superbikes from Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha (courtesy of
Sport Rider magazine).....

On the street or on the track, a linear power band helps the rider hone his/her craft.

Buell has a killer looking fully-faired carbon fiber racebike available. Please make this fully faired version available for the street with a cooler set of lights than the current array. (The fairing does not have to be carbon fiber, either).

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