From Brute to Beauty
By Anthony van Someren - 16 Nov 11
I've always loved Buells, or at least I liked them before they were ruined with Rotax liquid-cooled engines, giant side-pod radiators and engineering so clever it usually led to warped discs and all-too-easy write offs when the fuel-holding frames got a small ding... The older X1s and M1s were testament to the idea of brutal engineering and Americana, with inappropriately huge and heavy Harley-engines shoehorned into lightweight frames with sports 17inch wheels and decent brakes. EXIF or Pipeburn, as we all share the same audiences, but as this bike didn't seem to be featured elsewhere, I thought it would be ok to re-post here, credit the authors at Cycle Canada and link back to their own words, pics and hard work. The bike was built by John Whitby for a customer of TJ Cycle in Calgary, Canada. original article for more pics and a more technical write-up. Photos are by Amee Rehal.