Revealed: EBR 1190RS race bike

Race version of exotic super bike due for debut

ERIK Buell Racing has released this picture of the 1190RS that will be raced in the eight-hour Macau GP in China next month.

Apparently altered little from the £26,000 road-going version, the race bike was photographed before being shipped to the Splitlath Redmond team that will ride it.

A release from EBR says: ‘Powered by a re-engineered Rotax 1190cc twin cylinder engine, the EBR promises much with its short wheelbase, light weight and trademark Erik Buell ingenuity.

‘Macau will be the first time these machines are seen in action outside of the USA, and will be the first time anywhere they have been raced on roads.’

Splitlath rider Brandon Cretu said: “The EBR is a completely purpose built superbike so not much changes from the street version to the race version.  The 1190RS has probably the most torque of any bike I have ever ridden.  The thing literally feels like it's going to rip your arms off...
"I think it will suit Macau quite well especially now that I hear they have repaved some of the bumpy sections.  The bike will be a little bit down on top speed compared to some of the bikes there but I feel we can make up for that in the mountain section of the Guia circuit.  The 1190RS flicks very well in transitions and you can carry some great corner speed with it.”

EBR recently unveiled the 1190RX, essentially a more affordable version of the RS at £11,800. It's the first of three new production street bikes EBR is planning, due to be followed by the SX streetfighter and the AX adventure bike.