Us-american erik buell is a gifted motorcycle engineer and racing fanatic. In addition, an excerptly sympathetic character who likes to laugh, lovely casually clothes in jeans and short-sleeved shirts and like to be unpacked his electric guitar to catch in the strings. He is a rather modest type, but still impressed by his knowledge about the development of motorcycles. That’s good at the managers gross companies. But erik buell’s dilemma was always that he just is not a business man.
From the racer to the motorcycle maker
As a young man, buell drove himself successfully race, first motocross, then on the asphalt. He donated as a mechanic of racing teams, while he in the evening at the university of pittsburgh for his mechanical engineering studies buffet. As a finished engineer he wanted to work for harley-davidson. Instead of sending an application, he flew in 1979 to milwaukee and surprised the business administration to hire him.
Parallel to his job, he developed a 750 two-stroke racing motorcycle based on a british barton. In 1983 he rally at harley-davidson to devote himself to his racing project. But when the first successes were finally setting, the class of coarse two-stroke in favor of the four-stroke 1986 was set. Need for four-stroke engines and thanks to his still good contacts with harley-davidson, he received a few engines of the xr1000, a racing motorcycle, with which he drove in 1983 personally at the road america battle of the twins except for a podium square was.