Bosses at Buell Motorcycles, which will be shut down by the end of October, 2009, have said a big "Thank you!" to their customers, employees and dealers "for an unforgettable ride".

Buell is part of Harley-Davidson and its closure is intended to help the cash-strapped parent Motor Company to survive.

Buell Motorcycle Company president Jon Flickinger said: "I want personally to thank all our past and present Buell employees, dealers and suppliers for their efforts.

"I thank Buell motorcycle owners for their support and passion for the brand."

Flickinger said a limited number of new Buell motorcycles remained available in some markets through dealers but production would cease by October 30.

He also stressed that Harley-Davidson would provide parts and service through dealerships and that warranty coverage would continue as normal.

“I will always be proud of what we have accomplished," said Buell chairman and chief technical officer Erik Buell.

"It is testimony to what a small group of passionate and inspired people can do. We've produced some of the best-handling bikes of all time.

"May you ride with pride into the future and may your roads ahead be as adventuresome and rewarding as mine have been for the last 26 years."

Buell was founded in 1983 by Erik Buell and produced more than 135 000 motorcycles. It has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of Harley-Davidson since 1998.

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