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Buell Blade

Buell Blade

Buell Blade

Buell Blade
Make Buell
Model Blade
Concept year 2009
Production year -
Engine V-twin

The Buell Blade is a concept motorcycle created by Brad Mitchell, a senior product design student at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. The Blade was developed as a personal project to explore the Buell brand and its American heritage.

Sadly of course Buell as a company is a thing of the past. However one thing that can't be taken from the company is the fact they were world famous for developing unique and innovative solutions to engineering problems. The Blade concept was conceived as a way of continuing this ingenious design philosophy.

Based around a V-twin engine, the Buell Blade features highly stylized frame components like the triangular swingarm - which hides the shaft-drive mechanism, and girder-type front forks. The short and high tail section, coupled with the minimalist style of the front fairing/fuel tank gives the impression of a supermoto style bike.

Following one of Buell's engineering rules of low unsprung weight, the wheels both front and rear are of a hubless design - which negates the need for weighty wheel hubs, brake discs, and calipers.

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Images used with the permission of Brad Mitchell.

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