Buell are back with new models

More details on 1190RS and three more bikes on the way

Posted: 13 June 2011
by Visordown News

ERIK BUELL RACING is the phoenix from the ashes of the original Buell firm and unveiled its first road bike, the 1190RS, in February this year. Now the company has a new website and is hinting at further new models.

First let's look at the 1190RS. The new site confirms that just 100 of the machines – loosely based on the now-defunct 1125R but with power boosted to 175bhp, new suspension and far better styling – will be made, with “a handful” being the 'Carbon Edition' version as shown in these pictures.

Price-wise, the 1190R comes in at $39,999 (£24,650) with the carbon version costing an extra $4000 (£2465). Check out the full specs below.

Furthermore, the new website reveals the names of three more machines that are under development. The future models are the “RX”, “SX” and “AX” but the site gives no further details. The shared “X” in the names hints that all three bikes will use the same basis and they probably won't use the 1190 engine, as that's hand-made by EBR, based on the Rotax-made twin from the old 1125R.

Best guesses for the new machines are that they'll be higher-volumes production bikes than the 1190RS and that they'll fill the shoes of the major models in the old Buell range that was closed down by its owner, Harley-Davidson, in 2009. That means one would be a full-faired race rep (RX?), another a naked street bike (SX?) and the third an adventure bike (AX?).


Engine Type Liquid cooled V twin
Bore X Stroke 4.17 x 2.66 (106 x 67.5 mm)
Displacement 72.6 cu 1190 CC
Compression Ratio 13.6 :1
Fuel Delivery Dual 61mm throttle bodies
Peak Torque 97 ft-lbs @ 9400 rpm
Peak Horsepower 175 hp @ 9750 rpm


Seat Height 30.5″ (775 mm)
Rake 22
Trail 3.4″ (86 mm)
Lean Angle 55
Front Tire 120/70R- 17
Rear Tire 190/55R-17
Fuel Capacity 4.5 gal (17.1 L)
Wet Weight (No Fuel) 389 lbs (176 kg)


Frame Aluminum frame with integral fuel reservoir
Swingarm Optimized stiffness aluminum
Front Suspension 43 mm Öhlins inverted fork, adjustable compression damping, rebound damping adjustable spring preload
Rear Suspension Öhlins fully adjustable TTX coil over monoshock with remote reservoir
Front Wheel 3.5″ x 17″ magnesium
Rear Wheel 6.0″ x 17″ magnesium
Front Brake ISO finned rotor, 8 piston caliper with cooling duct

2012 1190RS

Colors Abraxas Inferno, Boreas Frost, Burnt Armor or Pitch Black
MSRP $39,999
Carbon Package Add $4,000

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it looks good ...but the PRICE ??????????????????

Posted: 13/06/2011 at 11:50

Thats a nice looking bike - I just hope they don't bring back those awful cowlings the cafe racer had...

Posted: 13/06/2011 at 13:45

That looks really....dull. Liked Buell better when they were different. This will blend in with other sportsbikes and disappear

Posted: 13/06/2011 at 17:53

Looks like an RC8, 999, 1098 love triangle. Better than past Buells, IMO. But still has that certain Buell repugnance that is just plain hard to put ones finger on. I want to like these machines, but like the hot chick at the bar with the nice body who turns around and has whiskers like a catfish, I find it an affront to my sensibilties! Not to mention that weedy 2-stroke-esque exhaust and the massive price! Oh, and the wheels should match, just a thought.

Posted: 13/06/2011 at 20:31

How f**king much???!!!

Posted: 13/06/2011 at 20:42

It didn't look tooooo bad until i looked at the head-on shot. But at that price the only people who will be buying one have more money than sense and/or taste anyway.

Posted: 13/06/2011 at 21:48

Might look the goods but until Buell get some racing cred then its just another overpriced show pony..  eg any good Honda is a better buy

Posted: 14/06/2011 at 13:51

 "Might look the goods but until Buell get some racing cred then its just another overpriced show pony"   Right, because Erik Buell has only been making racing bikes for about 30 years now, and took home an AMA championship in 2009, and has remained competitive this year with an old model of bike while waiting for the 1190RS to get approved by the AMA for Superbike.

Posted: 16/06/2011 at 14:13

Don't be tempted to compare this bike to a $14K  Kawasaki.  This bike was built to race in AMA superbike.  It is a race exhaust away from being race ready (and retiming the cams and changing the base gaskets).  How much money do you think the bikes that are winning races cost?  A heck of a lot more than $40K once all the suspension bits are replaced with race quality components and all the other work gets done.  The 1190RS is ready to go from day one.  You'll see Geoff May on the podium soon.  He's already averaging 10th, and his 1125RR is 18 MPH down on top speed compared to the rest of the field.  18!  That's a huge disadvantage.  Not for long.

Posted: 16/06/2011 at 14:22


I looked at the price and the first thing I thought about was how much cheaper it was than the MV Agusta Series Oro and the Ducati Desmosedici that two co-workers have. 

 The 1190RS review in the recent issue of CYCLE WORLD summed it up when it said that the EBR 1190RS made the Ducati feel like a truck.

 I was interesting to watch Geoff May, who'd down some 30HP with the old 1125, consistently brake later and have better corner times.  Looking at the splits from the last couple races, where he's consistently been in the top 10, if he hadn't been loosing the 1.5 seconds on each and every straight . . he'd have lapped a couple folks.

 I see interesting times ahead for ERIK BUELL RACING !

Posted: 16/06/2011 at 16:19

this is not your run-of-the-mill kawi/zuki/onda

only 100 will be made (read: this is not a bike for the masses) so, yes it is to expensive for you .... i guess you should have listened to your parents and went to college.

starting at $40K, "if you have to ask; you can't afford it" rings true

Posted: 16/06/2011 at 18:39

Buells in the old days were unusual and affordable though. It's a shame these aren't affordable to most people. It looks stunning. Guess I won't be getting another Buell trackday for my birthday on one of these

Posted: 16/06/2011 at 19:16

from what I read about this bike it is not your ordinary motorcycle.  $40,000 is dirt cheap for what this bike has.  Top notch suspention, carbon fiber body, 389lbs wet, and 175 rear wheel hp not bhp!!!!  Who cares if the front and rear wheels dont match.  Function over style for real riders.  Pull up the weight specs on these wheels.  I have a hammer that weighs more!!!  This is a pure race bike that is well dressed.  Call it James Bond, a well dressed badass.  When May gets to ride this bike in the AMA he will do great.  Listen people its a great time to be an American in the roadracing world.  American motorcycle leading the pack in the national guard superbike class.  I love it!

Posted: 16/06/2011 at 21:34

Gee will the little 1190 still be legal in the 600 class ? 

Did you see the Story about the guy who paid 125K for that big ass boulder and now is going to pay 1.5 million to have it moved.

He might want a Buell     Maybe they should call him

Posted: 16/06/2011 at 22:59

>>>>It's a shame these aren't affordable to most people.

I bought my first Buell over 25 years ago and it was about $18,000 with a couple options, taxes and so forth.  I also bought a brand new Ford Mustang for about $2,200.

 Over the years, the prices of Buell fell rapidly  . . . right into line with competitive motorcycles.   I doubt it will be very long before the products (there are 3 well into the development stage at this point) from Erik Buell Racing do the same.

Personally I am thrilled to see an American company, composed of a group of intensely passionate enthusiasts doing things with handling, braking, wheel weights and power:weight numbers that larger companies, given their best efforts, have come up short on.  It speaks volumes about innovation and creativity.

 Many folks will appreciate what goes into the Erik Buell Racing products, some may not.  And, for the same reason that Baskin-Robbins found it required 31 flavors to please their customer base, the industry, as a whole, offers more great products than it ever has in history.  Face it, since Sears quit making the Allstate . .  it's been tough to "really" buy a "bad" motorcycle. 

The 1190RS (which due to legal stipulations can use nearly nothing from any prior product from Buell Motorcycle) is an amazing example of excellent engineering.

 I'm eager to  see this bike in competition.  There was a Buell 1190RR racing in Europe last year, against the best Ducati, Aprillia and others could muster, and Harald and Pegasus Race Team had enough points that mathematically they would not even have had to show at the last two races to capture the championship.  For a preview of the Erik Buell Racing products in competition check out . . . http://www.pegasusraceteam.com/

 The new EBR company is going to be good for the entire industry I think. 

Posted: 16/06/2011 at 23:33

The wheels don't match-

who cares, they're 7lbs lighter

racing cred-

obviously not watching

it's to expensive-

another 175rwhp 386lbs wet bike with top notch components for 40k?

give it a chance you might be surprised.

Posted: 16/06/2011 at 23:34

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