• Feb 18, 2011
Erik Buell Racing 1190RS – Click above for high-res image gallery

You can't keep a good man down. That certainly applies to Erik Buell, who, by all accounts, was delivered a giant shiny bowl of lemons from his previous employer, Harley-Davidson, and is somehow elbow-deep in a gushing flow of sweet-tasting lemonade. To wit, have a look at the new Erik Buell Racing 1190RS, a roadgoing version of Erik's 1190RR superbike racer.

As is typical with recent bikes bearing the Buell name, fuel is held in the frame, which is manufactured by the same company that welded up the units from the previous Buell motorcycle company, and the engine is a V-Twin design displacing 1190cc. That powerplant is a heavily massaged version of the Rotax-built unit used in the old 1125 models. Horsepower figures are not yet available, but the race bike makes about 185 horses at the rear wheel. Expect a slight drop from that figure.

Lots of premium components are hung from the 380-pound (wet) 1190RS. Expect to see Öhlins suspension front and rear, an Aim Sports digital dashboard, magnesium wheels and a full carbon fiber fairing. Surely, components for a hand-built bike like this cost a pretty penny, and though Erik isn't talking pricing just yet, don't expect the 1190RS to come cheap. Think Ducati 1198R (about $40,000 or so) territory. A slightly less expensive version using fiberglass and plastic in place of carbon fiber may also be in the offing.

Suffice it to say, we're excited that Erik is once again living his dream of producing high-end American sportbikes. Have a look at the images in our high-res image gallery below, and stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.



[Source: Road Racing World, Cycle World | Images: Steve Anderson/Erik Buell Racing]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      I am not a biker, but that looks so good that I want one!
      tommyescobia
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's so good to hear that Erik Buell is back in business! I own a 06' xb12r firebolt. I love the bike. I had to educate 2 cops and a die hard harley fan at a gas station because they all thought that I did an engine swap of a harley motor in a Japanese frame. The cop literally broke out his iPhone to see if I was lying. I love schooling people who are ignorant about such a great machine. Thanks Erik!, for the great bikes and keep ip that dream. I will own a 1125r soon, and I will own one of your 1190r's also. I love that Pegasus symbol. Tommy Marietta, GA
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks much nicer than my 1125R. Hopefully some of the components will be interchangeable.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Understated, classy, and fast, add that to my tab will ya!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Awesome.

      A bit pricey though.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Always loved Buell bikes, but wondered why they never took off. They look awesome and perform great, but yet they get passed up. Hope that with this bike they can make a name for them selves. It would be nice if something made in America finally became popular all over the world.
      • 3 Years Ago
      As The "Motor" Company conjures up plans for new bikes (flat black paint and/or fat front tires and/or overdone skulls...) their fired engineer with the most vision is making THIS.


      Good on you, Mr. Buell.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I LOVE THIS! If it weren't for the price I'd buy immediately. Until then, I'll make due with my Black & Gold edition XB12R. Thank you Eric fro bringing so much joy to so many.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yes please!
      • 3 Years Ago
      The addition of water-cooled was the start of a revolution for Buell, and this shows what is possible. Granted, way too expensive for the old Buell sold @ HD dealers, but dumping Buell was one of the dumbest ideas HD ever had. HD needs a sport wing, and had they the proper management and marketing personnel, Buell could have been a revered sub-brand. Maybe Bombardier can take in the new Buell (wanted to buy Henderson when it eas dying), and then someday takeover Harley (unless it chgs, it will continue to shrink).
      • 3 Years Ago
      sorry, but there's no way the street version weighs 380lbs wet. the lightest japanese liter bike (the CBR1000RR) weighs about 430lbs wet (w/ ALL fluids). i'm sure EBR's version of "wet" means no full gas tank.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The AMA had a weight limit for twins of 380 lbs and the 1125RR that Geoff May was riding (which is similar to the 1190 but with fewer trick parts, heavier sub-frame, heavier wheels, etc.) had 25 lbs. ballast on it. AMA checks the weight as the bikes are coming off the track, so all fluids (except fuel) are included. You can bet this bike is LIGHT.
      • 3 Years Ago
      YES!!!!!! Simply stunning! One of the best looking bikes EVER, and, based on Geoff May's performance on the less powerful 1125, should be an amazing performer.
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