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.