Monday, 19 October 2009

Buell Back?

With any luck we may see a return of Buell, but if not a H-D company then I am not sure how soon we will see access to the new company. Hopefully a deal will be struck for distribution purposes...I can only hope. Details are provided below by visordown.com;
clipped from www.visordown.com

Buell linked to takeover bid

American businessmen to meet with Erik Buell with view to keeping production alive

A GROUP OF American businessmen are looking to take over the Buell name and keep motorcycle production going, following Harley-Davidson's shock announcement last week that the company is to be axed.
The Walworth County Economic Development Alliance has formed a team of officials from the Village of East Troy, Walworth County Board and East Troy Chamber of Commerce, according to an economic development alliance news release.
The company's factory and HQ is currently based at East Troy, Wisconsin. It's reported the takeover bid would see production kept at the plant, which employs around 170 people.
Reports say, the team is planning to meet with company founder Erik Buell with a view to saving the defunct business.
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Friday, 16 October 2009

Buell Blues

Well, here is a link to the official sign off from Buell motorcycles, in it they state that production will cease by October 30th but Buell motorcycle owners will continue to be looked after by Harley...

BUELL OFFICIALS THANK CUSTOMERS, DEALERS AND EMPLOYEES FOR UNFORGETTABLE RIDE | News | Buell MotorcyclesInformation about the Buell Motorcycle Company in East Troy, Wisconsin, including career opportunities, factory tours, and company news.
Check it out at BUELL OFFICIALS THANK CUSTOMERS, DEALERS AND EMPLOYEES FOR UNFORGETTABLE RIDE | News | Buell Motorcycles

I take some comfort from this:

Buell Chairman and Chief Technical Officer Erik Buell. “I personally look forward to exploring how I can continue to work with Harley-Davidson to bring advanced product technology to riders.


Hopefully Erik will be back producing motorcycles soon...I live in hope.

Keep the rubber side down.

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Thursday, 15 October 2009

Buell is Dead

If you follow the links below you will find out the bad news that is just emerging... Buell motorcycles are no more.

MCN has the story by CLICKING HERE

While following the link below should take you to the Buell website and a video from Erik Buell himself explaining what has happened

Buell MotorcyclesManufacturer of American sportbikes such as the Buell 1125R, 1125CR, XB Firebolt, Lightning and Ulysses motorcycles. Founded by Erik Buell.
Check it out at Buell Motorcycles

Personally, this is a blow for myslef. After riding since the age of 17 Buell has been the only manufacturer I have really bonded with and was looking forward to owning and riding this brand for many more years to come. I await to hear more news while I will be talking to my H-D dealer to find out what this means in terms of ownership.

Keep the rubber side down.

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Motorcycle Insurance in Ireland - The Twists & Turns

Buell Ulysses XB12XT 006Image by victor9098 via Flickr

Searching or renewing motorcycle insurance anywhere can be something of an art, while here in Ireland it has always been difficult due to the limited choices available to us. For a long time only one company was willing to insure new riders while the other two could wait rubbing their hands for when you wanted to upgrade to larger capacity machines.

So with it being renewal time for me I did the usual of setting aside an afternoon to start making phone calls, waiting for call-backs and the usual silliness that goes with all this. Having to read out your details letter by letter to people over the phone is never fun, doing that time and time again just leaves me annoyed. So for quick summary this is who I called and what for.

Basically I am trying to get fully comprehensive insurance for my Buell Ulysses XB12XT, 4 years no claims, full licence (unrestricted) and then all the unique questions each company likes to surprise you with. They all offered legal and breakdown cover, so this is what I ended up with;

Carole Nash - Web: Click Here, Phone: 1800 818 751
Offered me €1,170 with a €650 excess

Aon - Web: Click Here, Phone: 1890 777 555
Offered me €900 but did not ask about excess

Quinn Direct - Web: Click Here, Phone: 1890 891 890
Offered me €889 with €650 excess

Arachas - Web: Click Here, Phone: 01 213 5000
Offered me €729 with €250 excess

Adelaide - Web: Click Here, Phone: 048 9033 0151
Offered me €635 with €250 excess

So, if you have not guessed I went with Adelaide insurance in the end, a saving of almost 50% when compared to Carole Nash's offer. The deal they offered ticked all the boxes and they offer the exact same cover as all the others. Of course the only real test of an insurer comes when you find yourself needing their services. That is why I could not renew with Quinn this year since they left me out in the cold when I needed them earlier this year. Well, I told them as much and they had every opportunity to put things right so now I will speak with my wallet and go to another insurer. I take some comfort in knowing that Adelaide was voted the UK's favourite motorcycle broker in the 2008 Rider Power survey.

With that all finally sorted I will be able to keep the rubber side down without worrying that my insurer will do everything they can to slither out of supporting a customer.

As always, keep the rubber side down.

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