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You've got to hand it to Erik Buell. The man was dealt a very bad hand by his ex-employers at Harley-Davidson, but Buell decided to take a bowl of lemons and make some tasty lemonade. The first batch of sweet citrusy goodness came as Buell formed his eponymous racing team, but it seems 'ol Erik has bigger and better things up his sleeves.
A new video is circulating the interwebs today that clearly shows a Buell 1190RR race bike equipped with decidedly non-racy parts, including a license plate mount with turn signals and a set of electric cooling fans for the radiators that aren't necessary on the track-only models. Interesting, no?

There's still some time left on Buell's agreement with H-D not to build and sell any street bikes, but it seems like a foregone conclusion that Erik will once again be offering road-going machines to fans of unique American sportbikes just as soon as he's legally allowed to do so. Stay tuned, and check out the short teaser video after the break. Thanks for the tip, Gary!

[Source: Erik Buell Racing via The Kneeslider]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Ducati 1198> Buell 1190R
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think that call is yet to be determined ...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Cost of a Buell < Cost of a Ducati.

        Insurance on a Buell < Insurance on a Ducati.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @schmiti

        actually insuring Ducati's is pretty damn cheap. I would say on average about half as much as your average Jap Bike
        • 4 Years Ago
        Aesthetically, the Ducati is just insane. It's a Ferrari on 2 wheels...

        http://www.mpforum.com.au/images/2009-Ducati-1198S-1.jpg

        Now look at the Buell...

        Now look back at the Ducati...

        Back at the Buell...


      • 4 Years Ago
      Buell live on. :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good luck Erik!
      hex311k
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cant wait to see what ends up happening, this is great news for EB.

      I hope he keeps the Eric buell racing name and makes it "EBR"

      Ill gladly take an "EBR 1190R" please!! go america!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Build'em and I'll be there.

      I bought one of the last ones and it's the best road/day-to-day sport bike I've ever owned... In about 3-4 years I'll be ready for the next. I don't want a fussy italian or plasticy jap bike. Bimmer and Triumph are all that are left and they miss my mark.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Go Erik go! Ironically riding a buell led me to re-think what I liked about bikes and made me a nut for twins ever since. My first laugh-in-my-helmet ride on a buell was 1996. Here's to hoping there's more to come.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Although they took fluid movements to keep stable, the Buells were some of the quickest handling sport bikes out there.

      I do not remember the entire deal when HD killed the brand, but if they kept the IP on the frame and suspension parts, Buell will have to totally recreate their bikes around that water-cooled motor in order to sell bikes again.
        • 4 Years Ago
        yea and leave it to hardly to try to screw with him even more
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you build it, they will come.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think this could be the best thing to happen to Buell... the HD engines are what kept the bikes from being serious contenders.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well to break it down even more, HD is what kept Buell from being a serious contender. they didn't really advertise Buell (a few ads here and there). Hopefully this time he gets his bikes on the same floors as the euro imports. then he will have something as people notice a local brand in the same league as the Euro bikes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder how long Erik's non-compete contract is with H-D... and I also wonder if he could simply fight it in court by stating that it would effect his livelihood (which I believe is illegal).

      Either way, I hope Erik takes this time to come out with a new bike - and this time doesn't sell out to some large corporation.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Good to know. And i guess one year isnttoo bad. Its gonna take that long at least to get a new bike engineered and all the business end of it sorted out.
        • 4 Years Ago
        May 2011, he can start selling again, I believe.
      • 4 Years Ago
      THANK YOU!!! My prayers have been answered! Now, about Pontiac...
      • 4 Years Ago
      lets not get ahead of ourselves. i can buy a $400 kit from baja designs and turn any race bike into a street legal machine. do we know who shot this video? it could be one of EB's racing customers who's decided to stir the pot a bit.
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