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    The Hellbender - 145 horsepower Buell XB

    November 14, 2004 The Buell is one of the most distinctive and sweetest-handling motorcycles available, but with its motive force provided by a decidedly outdated Harley Davidson push-rod motor it's easy to yearn for a few more horses. Enter the Hellbender, arguably the ultimate answer in Buell XB customising.

    The Prototype Hellbender is the creation of German Buell parts specialist Hillbilly Motors. Shown for the first time at last week's Fighterama show in Germany, the Hellbender has a turbo-charged 1430cc M-TeK motor producing 145 horsepower. Though fitted with an ultra-wide rear wheel, the Hellbender still has more than enough power to smoke the nine inches wide 240 Metzler tyre with a whopping 165 Nm of torque.

    The visually-stunning Hellbender is the creation of Tom Matzerath and Jens Krüper, who have used the short tail section and longer front to give the Buell a stretched look.

    Krüper told Gizmag, "We're not sure which of these parts will be manufactured and sold to the public at this stage, but the tail section and the rear wheel/tyre kit will become available for sure."

    "Most of the parts we used on the bike are already available, such as BKG triple clamps, Gilles Tooling foot pegs, CR Performance and Ironmachine covers, Sprockets and Belttensioner from Free Spirits, and the Razorblade rear disc from Stewart Walter," said Krüper.

    The HillBilly Short-track tail kit is available now, and is 70mm shorter than the normal XB tail section. The tail comes as a complete kit with a new cast aluminium tail section and a fiberglass seat-section, plus a new under tray.

    The idea was to show what is possible when you go over all limits and elevate to the next level of building an individual bike.

    We hope that the Hellbender project will give other bike builders and owners ideas for what is possible. After finishing work and promotion, the Hellbender will be for sale.

    Price will be 27,000 Euro or US $35,000.

    More info at: http://www.hillbilly-motors.com/html/hellbender_1.html

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    Here's the pic of the Hellbender

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    Yeah that thing was in the 2006 Buell bikes brochure in the first few pages. Always wondered if it would come out for some type of production. I wonder how they got the swingarm to fit a 240 rear tire. pretty badass....

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    I didn't even know that thing had a turbo kit on it till I read that article. Would be sweet, just because, but I would rather shoehorn a XBRR Engine into my little XB9R and go smoke guys at the track on the weekend and leave them scratching their heads. I had the rare chance to take a XBRR out on a hot lap one day. Mad, Mad power. Always wants to life the front up. Handled like a dream with Pilot Power Race tires on it.

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    My Buell XB12Scg seems to be almost too powerful. I'm 5' 7" tall and 160 lbs and that thing wants to pick up the front wheel at the slightest flick of my wrist. My Honda CBR was jetted, piped, and had a lower first gear and I had to put some effort into lifting the front wheel. I want that back tire off the Hellbender, it's flipp'n sweet! :D

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    No such thing as too powerful....:D

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    No kidding! The big difference is the engine configuration. THe buells are designed for low an dmid range torque, when a CBR ( I assume a 600) is designed for peak RPM tq and hp

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    I htink I might just go get me one of those.

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    thats the kind of power i want from my xb9r.where the front tire will get off the ground.

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