“Bad Buell” – slimming down a S3 to S1 looks


From Tourer to Naked Bike. By Hillbilly-Motors.

Many Buell S3 Tourers have been re-built for different project bikes and so was this 1997 model. When it came to us, it was silver and rather ugly…

The original frame and rim colour in this year was – how do we say this nicely – uuhhm… sub-optimal? A shade of dirty golden mud. Not the easiest colour to appreciate, let alone pair with another.

Back then, we had neither time nor money to re-paint or coat the frame and rims, so we simply had to roll with it (pun intended). What other colour would fit better than a happy, sunny and friendly black?!

The tail’s subframe was shortened and Jens fitted a S1 tail without having to weld. A narrower tank together with a S1 front shield completed the look. A superbike handlebar and LED taillight were an absolute must-have (remember, LED was the newest and coolest technology then). A round 8″ air filter and Lucky’s Race Exhaust helped clear the roads of Northern Sweden where the bike lived happily ever after.

This was the first official Hillbilly Motors custom bike built in the very early 2000s.



For those who don’t know: before we moved to Sweden, we used to own Hillbilly-Motors – the single largest supplier of Buell after market parts in the world. The company was sold in 2006, the same year we moved from Germany to Sweden. We decided to collect all official project bikes here as well – just for fun really!