Buell Hammerhead 1190 to Start Production, Reservations Open Nov. 1

2022 Buell Hammerhead 1190 review
Production of the 2022 Buell Hammerhead 1190 begins on Nov. 1, 2021. Pricing starts at $18,995.

Buell Motorcycle Co. has announced that the Hammerhead 1190 sportbike will soon go into production. The company will begin reservations on November 1, 2021, on its Buellvana online system.

“When we said Buell is Back, we meant it,” said Bill Melvin, CEO of Buell Motorcycle Co. “We have former executives from Buell, General Motors, Lotus Engineering, Toyota, and Bombardier Recreational Products ensuring we are manufacturing and developing the highest quality products. Now we are putting the finishing touches on our factory and kicking off production of the best American superbike on November 1, the Buell Hammerhead 1190.”

2022 Buell Hammerhead 1190 review

Although the company still bears his name, Erik Buell is not involved.


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The Buell Hammerhead 1190 will be built in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and it will be powered by a 72-degree V-Twin engine that makes a claimed 185 horsepower and 102 lb-ft of torque. As with previous Buells and EBR models, the Hammerhead will feature an aluminum fuel-in-frame chassis and the unique single perimeter front braking system. Buell claims the Hammerhead weighs 419 pounds without fuel.

Buell’s new online reservation and delivery system, Buellvana, allows customers to reserve a production slot for $25. Reservations will begin online on Monday, November 1, 2021.

2022 Buell Hammerhead 1190 review

“When we announced that our future models will include variants for dirt, touring, and cruisers, while expanding our engine lineup, we were blown away at the rider response,” said Steve Laham, Chief Products, Development & Strategy Officer at Buell Motorcycle Co. “I knew Buell was a beloved brand, and now riders are pulling for us! With the Hammerhead going into production, innovative technology and products in our pipeline, and our online reservation system changing the industry, we’re lean, mean and on the move!”

Available specs are provided below; anticipated delivery date of production bikes has not been announced.

2022 Buell Hammerhead 1190 Specs

Base Price: $18,995
Website: buellmotorcycle.com
Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse 72-degree V-Twin
Displacement: 1,190cc
Bore x Stroke: 106 x 67.5mm
Compression Ratio: 13.4:1
Fuel Delivery: EFI w/ 2 port injectors & 2 showerhead injectors
Horsepower: 185 hp @ 10,600 rpm (claimed, at the crank)
Torque: 101.6 lb-ft @ 8,200 rpm (claimed, at the crank)
Final Drive: Chain
Transmission: 6-speed, hydraulically actuated slipper wet clutch
Frame: Cast aluminum perimeter, fuel-in-frame w/ cast aluminum swingarm
Suspension, Front: Showa inverted Big Piston Fork
Rear: Showa shock, no linkage
Brakes, Front: Single 386mm perimeter disc, 8-piston inside-out caliper
Rear: Single 220mm disc, 2-piston caliper
Wheels, Front: Cast aluminum, 3.5 x 17 in.
Rear: Cast aluminum, 6.0 x 17 in.
Seat Height: 32.5 in.
Weight: 419 lbs. (claimed, wet w/o fuel)
Load Capacity: 375 lbs.

2022 Buell Hammerhead 1190 review
2022 Buell Hammerhead 1190 review


  1. You are building a motorcycle that uses a Winged Pegasus as it’s logo. With all these executives that are coming on board from high profile companies and you name your bike after a fish.
    Smooth move X LAX.

    • Maybe the fairing shape is named after a cephalofoil (a hammerhead) just as a group of 8 different species of sharks because of the shape but they all have variations.

  2. I used to ride a 2005 xb9sx and I was born in Grand Rapids. Man I’d be proud to ride a hammerhead. The heart she hollers.

  3. 19k. There it is, finally announcing the price. The same problem as the old 1190rx. It costs too much. People will buy a Ducati or Aprilia, or KTM instead.

  4. Is this not the exact same bike they were making years ago… Any significant changes? I foresee a repeat of the old 1190, sell for a few years then fold.

  5. Gotta price it high to pay out big salaries to “former executives from Buell, General Motors, Lotus Engineering, Toyota, and Bombardier.” Yes, they’ll sell a few….then shut down operations due to slow sales. Kind of reminds me of the Indian Motorcycle Co. and their storied history. By the way, a Hammerhead has only a pea-sized brain with a narrow focus. At least they named it right.


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