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Hunter Klee's Badass Buell

Hunter Klee's 2004 Buell

Photo: John Zamora

Hunter Klee's 2004 Buell

Photo: John Zamora

Hunter Klee's 2004 Buell

Photo: John Zamora

Hunter Klee's 2004 Buell

Photo: John Zamora

Hunter Klee's 2004 Buell

Photo: John Zamora

Hunter Klee's 2004 Buell

Photo: John Zamora

Hunter Klee's 2004 Buell

Photo: John Zamora

Hunter Klee's 2004 Buell

Photo: John Zamora

The story behind the bike is very simple: I wanted to build a flat-track racebike that could compete at the highest level of competition. All racebikes are show bikes, but show bikes are rarely racebikes.
I am lucky to work in the R&D department at one of the greatest companies in the world, Vance & Hines. The entire company supported me throughout this build, and there is no way I could ever say thank you enough. Tucker Rocky and Biker’s Choice stepped up big to support me with parts that most people wouldn’t even realize are needed for building a bike.

The carbon-fiber bodywork was probably the most difficult and time-consuming parts on the bike—from designing the parts in 3-D CAD, to machining the molds from pieces of aluminum that we could barely lift into the machine, and to polishing the molds to a perfect scratch-free finish. The most innovative parts on the bike are probably the pieces in the rear wheel and the fuel-injection system.
STD Development made me a set of one-off XR750-style heads that basically the entire bike is built around. For the fuel injection, Todd Canavan and I wanted to convert an older motor to the newer Delphi CAN bus ECU. This involved fitting the cases with a crank position sensor and installing a newer XR1200 crankshaft, as well as all of the other sensors that go along with that… Fuel and spark are now controlled by the Vance & Hines FP3, which has the ability to tweak every aspect of the ECU so I can get the bike running properly.
Paul Kittrell from Lyndall Brakes/Ride Shop had a concept of using his patented Lug Drive system for both the sprocket side and the brake side. That way we could quickly flip the wheel around at the track for a fresh side of tire and not have to worry about needing tools to do it. I did the design for the parts in 3-D CAD, and Paul and Marc Susman both made it happen in real life. Lyndall Brakes also took my rotor designs and ran them into reality with its CNC machines.
The folks at Orient Express got me set up with K-Tech. They built me a custom shock and hooked up my R6 forks with a piston kit, and the bike rolls like a dream no matter what the dirt or pavement is underneath it.

Chopper Dave’s Casting Company made me some cool parts for this bike that most wouldn’t even know are there because everything blended in so well. He’s also the main reason that anybody would know who the hell I am. We built his turbo bike together, and he’s been my guide (for better or worse) ever since. He has always been there to help me.
In addition to the companies, there was a group of people who came together to help me with this build. Whether you are capable of doing the work or not, it’s impossible to do everything on your own with compressed timelines. Anyone who says they did it all on their own either took a long time to do it or is completely full of shit.

There are so many people to thank that it’s hard to know where the list starts and stops. Lacee, Ryder, and MacKenzie. My wife and kids are at the top of the list for sure since all three were basically abandoned for weeks on end while this build was taking place. Love you guys!

Specifications
General
Owner Hunter Klee
Shop Medium Made
Website mediumade.com
Year/Make/Model 2004/Medium Made/Buell
Fabrication Hunter Klee
Build Time 5 weeks
Engine
Year/Type/Size ’04/H-D/Buell XB12
Builder Todd Canavan
Cases Buell XB
Cylinders H-D Sportster
Heads Custom XR750-style STD heads
Rocker Boxes Buell XB
Cam Red Shift
Carb Custom dual throttle body fuel injection controlled by Vance & Hines FP3
Air Cleaner K&N
Exhaust One-off Vance & Hines H.O. Grenades
Transmission
Year/Type ’04/Buell
Gears Buell
Clutch Medium Made hydraulic using Ducati Panigale components
Frame
Year/Type ’15/Medium Made race chassis
Rake 25º
Stretch Negative
Suspension
Front End Yamaha R6 w/ K-Tech piston kit
Length 27 in.
Triple Trees Medium Made
Swingarm Medium Made race-spec swingarm
Rear Shocks K-Tech Razor
Wheels, Tires, and Brakes
Front
Builder/Size Ride Shop/19 x 3
Tire/Size Maxxis DTR-1/27 x 7
Hub Ride Shop
Front Axle Medium Made titanium
Rear
Builder/Size Ride Shop/19 x 3
Tire/Size Maxxis DTR-1/27 x 7.5
Caliper ’08 GSX-R1000
Rotor Lyndall Brakes
Hub Ride Shop boltless
Sprocket Ride Shop boltless
Rear Axle Medium Made titanium
Finish/Paint
Manufacturer PPG
Colors Carbon and black
Painter Medium Made
Powdercoating Olympic
Accessories
Tail Medium Made carbon
Gas Tank Medium Made carbon
Dash Nope
Gauges iPhone 4s
Handlebars ProTaper
Grips Blue
Hand Controls Ducati Panigale
Foot Controls Speed Merchant/Alloy Art
Pegs Speed Merchant
Headlight Nope
Seat Saddlemen