The Canadian recreational products manufacturer BRP
(Bombardier Recreational Products) made two offers to buy the Buell line from
Harley-Davidson, according to motojournalist Alan Cathcart.
In the March 2010 issue of American Motorcycle Dealer,
Cathcart writes that Harley’s management "rejected two attempts by Canadian"
firm BRP that could have saved Buell.
The Buell 1125 line of sportbikes uses motors made by Rotax,
which BRP owns, and so the purchase would have preserved an important
customer for that motor, says Cathcart. He says BRP originally offered to buy the two Rotax-powered motorcycles, then the whole company.
BRP is an off-shoot of Bombardier, which started out decades ago producing snowmobiles in Quebec but has since branched into aerospace and other endeavours and in 2003 sold off the recreational products division, BRP.
For more, see the story on page 50 in AMD.