Buell is back! Last October Erik Buell Racing (EBR) unveiled its latest sportbike, the EBR 1190RX, at the American International Motorcycle Exposition (AIMExpo) in Orlando. A direct descendant of EBR’s race-bred limited edition 1190RS superbike, the 1190RX is street-legal and features many new rider-focused features, yet EBR claims it weighs just 419 pounds and makes 185 horsepower and 102 lb-ft of torque from its ET-V2 1190cc V-twin engine (which has 13.4:1 compression—wow).
Twenty-one traction control settings keep the power within the rider’s control. The bike carries its fuel in the aluminum frame as with some previous Erik Buell-designed machines, and has an aluminum swingarm and high-end Showa suspension at each end. An eight-piston inside-out Nissin brake caliper squeezes the 1190RX’s single 386mm perimeter front brake rotor, a Buell trademark. The EBR 1190RX carries a MSRP of $18,995 and is completely assembled at EBR’s facility in East Troy, Wisconsin, and full-scale production has been underway since December 2013.
EBR has also announced that a naked version, the 1190SX, is currently in production. Unlike many naked bikes, the 1190SX is not a detuned version of its race-replica stablemate; it offers the same (claimed) 185 horsepower and 102 lb-ft of torque as the 1190RX. True to streetfighter form–and drawing on the heritage of Buell’s original S1 Lightning from 1995–the SX has less wind-cheating plastic, taller and wider handlebars, and a more upright riding position. EBR says wet weight is just 414 pounds, making it 5 pounds lighter than the 1190RX. The 1190SX should be in dealers in late July with an MSRP of $16,995.
EBR’s website indicates a third model, the 1190AX, almost certainly an adventure bike, is in the works. For more information, visit erikbuellracing.com