Buell’s first streetbike was the RR 1000 Battletwin, an evolution of the Road Warrior RW750 race bike that was abruptly killed off when AMA racing ended the Formula One class. When Harley developed the new 1,203cc Evo motor, Buell decided that was going to be the powerplant for his best-of-America streetbike. The RR1200 Battletwin was born, and a tuned version would soon earn a class land speed record at Bonneville of 190.796 thanks to the aerodynamics.
Because it was based on the XR1200, power wasn’t overwhelming. The quoted number was 68 horsepower, but it helped that the RR was about 70 pounds lighter than the stock Sportster. Amusing anecdote: half of the 374 pound weight of the bike was basically just the engine. Said engine was rubber mounted and paired with Buell-designed four piston brakes up front and a Works monoshock in the back (it was actually mounted under the engine). It was visually imposing, and just 65 were built, but it was the start to Buell’s troubled history of street bikes. For more on the Battletwin, check out this profile on Silodrome.
The listing for this example sadly only has one photo and very few details – the seller notes that he’s the original owner and that the bike has 3,900 miles, concluding that this Buell is in “excellent condition.” Find this Battletwin for sale in Ford City, Pennsyvlania for $14,500 here on Craigslist.
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