• Image Credit: Erik Buell Racing
  • Image Credit: Erik Buell Racing
  • Image Credit: Erik Buell Racing
  • Image Credit: Erik Buell Racing
  • Image Credit: Erik Buell Racing
  • Image Credit: Erik Buell Racing
  • Image Credit: Erik Buell Racing
  • Image Credit: Erik Buell Racing
  • Image Credit: Erik Buell Racing
  • Image Credit: Erik Buell Racing
  • Image Credit: Erik Buell Racing
  • Image Credit: Erik Buell Racing
  • Image Credit: Erik Buell Racing
  • Image Credit: Erik Buell Racing
  • Image Credit: Erik Buell Racing
These United States aren't known so much for manufacturing sport bikes. Cruisers and choppers, sure. Even a few electric motorcycles. But not not the kind of serious performance machinery coming out of, say, Japan or Italy. The one exception is Buell.

In 1983, one Erik Buell left his job as an engineer for Harley-Davidson and started his own sportbike company. He later sold that outfit back to HDMC, which in turn ended up shutting it down in 2009. But then Buell came back with Erik Buell Racing. And now that company has launched its new flagship superbike.

The new EBR 1190RX packs a 1,190cc liquid-cooled, four-stroke V-Twin (presumably based on the same Rotax Helicon which Buell has been using since 2008) kicking out 185 horsepower and 101.6 pound-feet of torque through a six-speed transmission. That makes it even more powerful than the limited-edition 1190RS that put Erik Buell Racing back on the street for the first time in years.

The whole package weighs 419 pounds dry, has a 55-degree lean angle and wears 17-inch alloys shod in Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa rubber with an 8-piston caliper gripping a 15-inch rotor up front and a 2-pot Hayes caliper clamping down on an 8.7-inch disc in the back. All that can be yours for $18,995 in either yellow, red or black. Expect SX and AX versions to follow.


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      jax.wagen
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like it will be a monster. I love my buell blast. Good to see Erik continuing his work
      BryanGx
      • 1 Year Ago
      The engine has more horsepower, and almost as much torque, as an old Ford Focus I used to own. And the bike weighs 2,000 lb less. Holy crap.
      BipDBo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Compared to the crazy quick Hayabusa, it has a little less power, but it's lighter by a whopping 131 lbs!
        Dean Hammond
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BipDBo
        and will kill it in anything other than a straight line....and even that may be close
          BipDBo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          It definitely looks like this thing will kill in the turns. You can tell by looking at it that it has a super low CG. I think the 1190RX would also beat the Haybusa in a straight line. Including the bike, rider with my weight (182 #), full tank of gas, all fluids, and estimated weight of clothing and protective gear: Haybusa: 784 lbs / 197 hp = 3.98 #/hp 1190RX: 653 lbs / 185 hp = 3.53 #/hp I know that power-to weight isn't the only factor, but it is the most important factor. Like the Haybusa, someone will likely figure out how to turbo this thing, which should be good for around 275 hp (2.45 # / hp). That engine might not last long under that much power, but the same likely goes for the rider.
        GVIrish
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BipDBo
        The Hayabusa and the 1190RX are two totally different classes of bikes. A better competitor to the 1190RX would be something like a Ducati 1199. The Busa's competition is the ZX-14.
      IOMTT
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is more like it. As a former Buell owner, I was looking for him to launch some less exotic and expensive models. Waiting for a street fighter style version some time soon I hope.
      marv.shocker
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great looking bike. I hope Erik sticks it to Harley with this one.
      Jason
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is great news. The asking price is a bit high, but for a small operation and the quality of the bike, I think that it is mostly justified. Hopefully the bike is successful and allows more models to be released in time!
        marv.shocker
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jason
        It's not as high as a Ducati Panigale...and it's probably just as quick or quicker.
      Drizzy
      • 1 Year Ago
      I want... $19k though? A BMW S 1000 RR is under $16k and they have 90yrs of motorrad behind them. 185hp v 193hp & 101.6lb ft v 83lb ft means the EBR should be faster everywhere except the long straights... I imagine the price is an economies of scale thing. Definitely want to continue supporting an American Superbike as I'm still riding my 2007 XB12Ss to work everyday per Dean Hammond. It's good to have EBR back on the scene in an attainable way. I just hope they're reliable and there's a dealer network to support them.
        Dean Hammond
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Drizzy
        I couldnt praise the Rotax any more highly, Ive had ZERO mechanical issues, zero, my only issues have been dead batteries (My fault ) a burnt starter relay caused by low battery, and a blocked fuel filter which caused the fuel pump to burn out.....not bad for a 10 year old bike that I bought new in 2006 ( well used, had 800 miles on it ) as for pricing, right in line for an exotic along the lines of MV Agusta, Aprilia, KTM RC8 and the Bimmer....justa different take....love it , just gives me another choice.
      Dan87951
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sweet! I have had a XB9R, XB12r, and a 1125r and adored all of them. My favorite was the 9r! Harley was dumb to close them down as Buell was profitable at the time unlike HD and MV! I hope Erik succeeds and shows that HD CEO what they could of had!! I really wish this bike had the lower center of gravity exhaust but maybe HD owns the rights to it?
      Maxximtl
      • 1 Year Ago
      Erik is kind of like the Elon Musk of the motorcycle world. Against all odds, he created a kind of funky brand that gained a loyal following. The only Buell I ever rode was a '98 White Lightning, but it was a motorcycle I'll never forget. I am very glad to see that he is back in the motorcycle business again!
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          johnb
          • 1 Year Ago
          don't forget his gf is megan fox.
          no1bondfan
          • 1 Year Ago
          johnb - Megan is cheating on me with EvoShift2? I never imagined that I would find out like this. And I thought we had something special...
        J W
        • 1 Year Ago
        Oh, so you've had the opportunity to test the bike in this article for a real world comparison? Comparing things strictly from a spec sheet makes for pointless opinions.
        Dean Hammond
        • 1 Year Ago
        comparing this to a GSX-R is like comparing a 5 course gourmet meat with a punnet of VANILLA yogurt....
        • 1 Year Ago
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          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          I didnt down vote you even though its a stupid post, and yes I do....well its 996 to be exact.....
        Dean Hammond
        • 1 Year Ago
        $9500 buys you generic....its like the bike equivilent of a Camry...
        johnb
        • 1 Year Ago
        I doubt your 2005 GSX-R would stay with this bike. It doesn't have ABS, but it does have customizable traction control.
        NissanGTR
        • 1 Year Ago
        First thing is that this EBR motorcycle makes a stupid amount of more power. Secondly, It has more updated chassis and electronics. My concern is resale value and first gen gremlins. The only way you'll ever see me on a gsxr is if its a track bike because parts are cheap.
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @NissanGTR
          possibly, but the rotax engines are bulletproof....Buell electronics????
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      Duck
      • 1 Year Ago
      Meh, good for Buell, but I'm done with hyperbikes and ride enough (especially with today's gas prices) that I prefer a more practical and frugal machine like the Honda NC700X. They tried with the Buell Blast, which IMO is one of the worst motorcycles ever made.
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