Globetrotting Battletwin: 1989 Buell RR 1200

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This 1989 Buell RR 1200 is an evolution of the earlier RR 1000 Battletwin, the make’s first street bike which itself was based on a racer which became redundant when the AMA dropped Formula One in 1986. In standard Buell practice the bike utilizes an in-house developed trellis frame with motivation delivered by a Harley-Davdison V-twin, in this case a 68 HP 1203cc Evo unit. These were interesting, limited-production bikes, and this one’s said to have just 567 miles from new. It reportedly benefits from a full recommissioning performed a year ago, and is now said to be in fully functional condition. Find it here on eBay in Grants Pass, Oregon with no reserve. Special thanks to BaT reader Boris for this submission. The seller admits to “some small scratches and touch-ups,” but insists that overall the bike remains in very nice condition. The bike has very few miles, but has bounced around the globe quite a bit: “This bike was sold new by Warr’s Harley-Davidson in London, England to a prominent member of the Buell Owner’s Group. It consequently was brought back to the US to be sold by Bonhams at an auction in California and went to Australia from there.” Styling is clearly of its time, but it still looks cool to our eyes, and it’s worth noting that aerodynamics were good enough that a modified example touched nearly 191 MPH at Bonneville in 1991, a class land speed record. Mechanical details are limited, but the seller notes a recommissioning effort dating back 12 months, adding that the bike is now fully functional. The blackened exhaust pipes and tattered wrap may suggest higher mileage, but regardless the bike remains a rare and interesting sight.

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