2014 EBR 1190RX First Look

October 16, 2013
Bart Madson
By Bart Madson
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Erik Buell Racing chose the AIMExpo in Orlando to debut its latest superbike offering – the EBR 1190RX. The 2014 model features a number of impressive claims, including 185 crank horsepower and 419-pound weight. But perhaps the most surprising stat is the $18,995 MSRP. EBR has also confirmed at AIM that it will race World Superbike in 2014.

Erik Buell with the 2014 EBR 1190RX - a  18 995 Superbike claiming 185 horsepower and 419 weight.
Erik Buell with the 2014 EBR 1190RX – a $18,995 Superbike claiming 185 horsepower and a weight of 419 pounds.

The 1190RX builds off the RS model, but EBR claims development of 426 different parts for its latest offering. Despite the changes, Buell’s signature proprietary components remain, including the fuel-in-the-frame chassis as well as eight-piston caliper and perimeter rotor assembly up front.

EBR claims 185 horsepower from the 1190cc V-Twin powering the RX, with peak torque registering 101.6 lb-ft. Engineers tout the powerplant’s raw power also comes with peak efficiency, citing more than 40 mpg average and as high as 51 mpg on the freeway. The RX power is also metered out by a 21-level traction control – the first EBR production model to incorporate a TC system.

The 419 pound weight claim is without fuel. Top off the 4.5-gallon tank and the RX should tip the scales at 446. EBR states the new frame weighs 23 pounds – sans fuel. Suspension is fully-adjustable Showa, utilizing the Big Piston Fork up front. As mentioned before, EBR’s familiar eight-piston caliper and single disc front brake remains.

The RX’s LED headlamp pumps out the maximum legal limit of  output at 2000 lumens. Even more impressive is behind the controls, where the RX showcases a crisp TFT display.

The 1190RX will retail for $18,995 and be available in three colorways – Galactic Black, Strike Yellow and Racing Red. Units are expected to get released to the growing dealer network by the end of 2013.

EBR’s AIMExpo reveal of the RX to media and prospective dealers drew its biggest response after company reps confirmed the American marque will compete in World Superbike in 2014.

The 2014 EBR 1190RX will retail for  18 995.
The 2014 EBR 1190RX utilizes an LED headlamp boasting 2000 lumens  the maximum legal limit.
The 2014 EBR 1190RX utilizes an LED headlamp boasting 2000 lumens, the maximum legal limit.

Stay tuned for more updates on the EBR 1190RX.

2014 EBR 1190RX Specifications:
Engine: 72° V-Twin, liquid-cooled
Bore x Stroke: 106 x 67.5mm
Displacement: 1190cc
Compression Ratio: 13.4:1
Fueling: EFI with 2-port injectors and 2 showerhead injectors
Redline: 11,500 rpm
Peak Torque (claimed): 101.6 lb-ft @ 8200 rpm
Peak Horsepower (claimed): 185 hp @ 10600 rpm
Clutch: Hydraulic actuation, vacuum operated slipper
Primary Drive: Gear Drive, 36/65
Transmission Ratios: 1st 2.46; 2nd 1.75; 3rd 1.38; 4th 1.17; 5th 1.04; 6th 0.96
Final Drive: 520 Z-Ring Chain, 16/41
Length: 80.3 inch (2040 mm)
Width: 29.0 inch (737 mm)
Height: 43.7 inch (1110 mm)
Wheelbase: 55.5 inch (1409 mm)
Seat Height: 32.5 inch (826 mm)
Ground Clearance: 4.7 inch (120 mm)
Trail: 3.80 inch (96.5 mm)
Rake: 22.4°
Lean Angle: 55°
Front Wheel: 17×3.5 aluminum with Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa 120/70 ZR-17
Rear Wheel: 17×6.0 aluminum with Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa 190/55 ZR-17
Fuel Capacity: 4.5 gal (17.1 L)
Weight (Wet, no fuel): 419 pounds (190 kg)
Load Capacity: 383 pounds (174 kg)
Frame: Aluminum frame with integral fuel reservoir
Swingarm: Aluminum
Front Suspension: Showa, inverted big piston front forks
Rear Suspension: Showa, single shock without linkage
Front Brake: 386mm single perimeter rotor, 8-piston inside-out caliper
Rear Brake: 220mm rotor, 2-piston Hayes Performance Brakes Caliper
Colors: Galactic Black, Strike Yellow and Racing Red
MSRP: $18,995