Making 11bhp more and weighing a full 20 pounds less, this fully-faired superbike was intended to replace the The Buell Barracuda 2 was supposed to be the Buell that we'd finally not have to make excuses for. Dropping the weight to 355lbs (161kg) dry would have made it about 22lbs lighter than the Ducati 1198, making up for the power deficit:  157bhp and 82lb-ft...

Making 11bhp more and weighing a full 20 pounds less, this fully-faired superbike was intended to replace the

Buell Barracuda 2: what could have been
The Buell Barracuda 2 was supposed to be the Buell that we'd finally not have to make excuses for. Dropping the weight to 355lbs (161kg) dry would have made it about 22lbs lighter than the Ducati 1198, making up for the power deficit:  157bhp and 82lb-ft would have seen it down 13bhp and 9lb/ft. The chain drive, decreased unsprung weight (.75lbs front/3lbs rear) and high-quality suspension could have combined with the hugely stiff frame to finally deliver the handling the Buell's spec sheet always promised, but the bike's reality never delivered.

The Barracuda 2 would have been a looker too, adapting the 1125R's awkwardness into a purposeful angularity that better compliments the huge mechanical elements of the fuel-filled frame and heavily braced swingarm. Sadly, Cycle World, which grabbed an exclusive last ride, didn't bother publishing any photo angles aside from these two or any information aside from the above. You can read the May issue online here.

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