Buell are back with new models

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

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