Drag site icon to your taskbar to pin site. Learn More

Buell 1190RR Superbike First Look

Friday, March 5, 2010
The AMA Pro Road Racing season opens at Daytona this week, and one bike not in competition but still making news is the new Buell 1190RR. Wait, wait, wait… Buell Motorcycles is dead – caput. True, but Erik Buell hasn’t closed up shop entirely, having opened the Erik Buell Racing to provide parts support and sell Buell racebikes for 2010.
Buell 1190RR Superbike
The Buell 1190RR: More power and lighter than the 1125RR, but where will it be racing?

Announced earlier this year, Buell unveils details regarding its latest racebike. As as the name implies, the 1190RR bumps up the 1125R displacement. The two cylinders are bored out to 106mm (from 103mm), with stroke unchanged at 67.5mm. Bike description on the Erik Buell Racing website states that: “Engines are completely disassembled and blueprinted, with top-shelf internal parts added to deliver reliable performance at the extreme rev ranges required for a twin-cylinder bike to compete at these power levels.”

The spec sheet reveals use of a dual injector with showerhead for the fueling, rather than the single injector on the 1125RR. The 1190RR also sources a titanium 2-into-1 exhaust, rather than the 1125’s steel unit. All told the mods add up to a claimed 185 rear-wheel horsepower and 93 lb-ft torque. That’s a 10 hp and 7 lb-ft claimed increase over the 1125RR. The 1190 drops eight lbs as well, with a claimed dry weight of 360 lbs.

Erik Buell poses with his original racebike  the RW750.
Erik Buell poses with his original racebike, the RW750. More than two decades later, Buell continues to make purpose-built racers.
The 1190RR represented the next step for the Buell marque. In our Erik Buell Interview exclusive, the company founder was explicit about future racing plans, focusing on American SuperBike in 2010 and plans to jump to World Superbike in 2011. Without question, the 1125 would have to be altered to take advantage of the 1200cc displacement gap for Twins to be competitive – a la the 1190.

As for its immediate racing future, the EBR website states of the new 1190 that: “Although it is not currently approved for AMA ASB class racing, this bike can be raced in many classes around the world and should add new excitement racing against other premium street-based twin roadracers.”

One team that will campaign the new 1190RR is the German-based Pegasusraceteam.com, which purchased two of the rides to compete in the European Sound of Thunder Series (Erik Buell Racing Makes First Sales). Addition to the AMA Pro Road racing series seems improbable, though Buell has courted AMA homologation controversy in the past – most notably with its XBRR racebike in the old Formula Xtreme series. Plus, the EBR site does use the terminology “not currently approved.”

Whether that statement reflects unrealistic optimism or not, it gives Buell fans a glimmer of hope for the future. At the very least, the 1190RR is proof of what they’re missing.

Buell 1190RR Specs
Engine: 72° V-Twin, 4-Stroke, 4-valve DOHC FF valvetrain
Displacement: 1190 cc
Bore and Stroke: 106 x 67.5
Compression Ratio: 14.25:1
Heads: CNC ported
Valves: Titanium, 42.0mm intake, 35.4 mm exhaust
Power: 185 RWHP @11,500 RPM (Dynojet Rear Wheel)
Torque: 93.0 lb-ft @ 9,500 RPM (Dynojet Rear Wheel)
Piston: Forged alloy slipper type
Rod: Forged H-beam high strength alloy steel
Crankshaft: Lightweight forged steel
Fuel System: IDS Technology DDFI 3 electronic fuel injection and engine management system, fully programmable, 61mm throttle bodies, dual injector with showerhead, PWM fuel pump
Exhaust: Titanium ultralight 2 into 1 system.
Clutch: Multiplate Slipper
Primary Drive: Straight cut gear, 1.806 ratio
Transmission: 6 speed
Ratios: 6th - 24/25 (0.960:1)
5th - 25/24 (1.042:1)
4th - 27/23 (1.174:1)
3rd - 29/21 (1.381:1)
2nd - 28/16 (1.750:1)
1st - 32/13 (2.462:1)
Final Drive: 520 Chain
Frame: Light alloy large section beam with integral fuel cell
Subframe: Light alloy tubular
Wheelbase: Adjustable - 1400 to 1460 mm (55.1 to 57.4 in.)
Rake: Adjustable - 21° to 22.5°
Front Suspension: Showa Race 43mm inverted fork, fully adjustable with BPF technology providing true separation of rebound and compression damping.
Front Wheel Travel: 120mm (4.72 in)
Front Brake: 387.5 mm (15.25 in) semi floating ISO multi-fin rotor with 8 piston ZTL2.5 caliper
Front Wheel: 6 spoke ZTL magnesium, 3.50 x 17
Front Tire: 120/17 ZR-17 Pirelli Diablo Corsa III
Rear Suspension: Light alloy swingarm with Showa Race damper, adjustable compression, rebound and ride height.
Rear Wheel Travel: 127 mm (5 in)
Rear brake: 240mm lightweight disc, 2 piston caliper
Rear Wheel: 6 spoke magnesium, 6.00 x 17
Rear Tire: 190/55 ZR-17 Pirelli Diablo Corsa III
Fuel Capacity: 4.6 US Gal
Battery: Buell Li-tech Lithium Nanotech
Dry Weight: 360 lbs (wet, no fuel)
Erik Buell Photo Gallery
View Gallery
View Gallery
View Gallery
View Gallery
View Slideshow
Other Sportbike First Looks
MV Agusta F3 800 AGO First Look
MV Agusta announces a limited edition version of its new 2014 F3 800 in honor of one of the greatest racers of all time, Giacomo Agostini: the F3 800 AGO.
Lotus Motorcycles C-01 First Look
Kodewa and Lotus Motorcycles have released details on the first motorcycle to bear Lotus' name, the C-01.
Kawasaki Supercharged Inline Four at Tokyo
Kawasaki reveals a supercharged Inline Four engine at the Tokyo Motor Show.

Login or sign up to comment.

Comments
Scott -Different Versions of 1125  March 15, 2010 04:40 PM
"the fact that the 1125 was eligible for superbike should tell you that it shouldn’t have been racing against 600cc bikes. next excuse?" - Jayson To be fair, Jayson (and everyone else here), let's clear up one detail. The Buell 1125R raced against the 600cc Jap bikes. The Buell 1125RR raced against the 1000cc Jap bikes. So, that's just another "R", big deal, right? Well, here's what you get for the extra "R" (and something like $40,000): Model: "R" ==> "RR" Power: 140 HP ==> 170 HP Torque: 80 lb/ft ==> 86 lb/ft Weight: 390 lbs ==> 368 lbs These are two very different bikes. If you had tossed the "R" bike against Matt Mladin, he would have lapped it every race, probably several times. The "RR" bike, on the other hand, was respectably competitive in that league. I, for one, can't wait to see what happens with the 1190RR!
Scott -Another aspect to argue about  March 12, 2010 07:56 AM
Being somewhat new to racing, I quickly realized how brakes and bike weight have a lot to do with lap times. Racers, you know what I’m talking about.
What category does the Buell fall into vs. Better breaks on the 600s and a slightly lower bike weight. (I race an 1125r), Im not a big fan of the ZTL.
Not to add to the confusion, but it must play a marginal roll within the rest of the bikes performance against the 600s.

Mcguire -sewer rat  March 8, 2010 07:20 AM
Bring back battle of the twins and make supersport a 600cc only class. The twins class could be anything up to 1200cc and even Harley has a bike they can run (it will get beat). I would like to see a cruiser class also (that would really be fun)you could make them carry a passenger bitch style and make them perform the pit stops by themselves....
Gary -Wendal/Jason  March 8, 2010 06:05 AM
Obviosly it can run with superbike. Last year proved that it can. And to think that the 600's handle better is not true. Read the roadracing world article when they rode Eslick's bike. They were amazed at how well sorted out the whole package was, from power delivery to braking and handling, how easy it turned in. Never was their impression was that the bike was way faster than the others in the class. If your assumtion was the Buell won on the faster less handling tracks why did it win on tighter tracks too. NJ for instance. I'm not gonna change your mind and thats fine but DSB was the most competitive racing in many years and part of that was the rules that allowed many types of bike's to compete that had similar performance. The proof was in the results, you can't argue with the results.
Jayson -Gary Is Erik Buell...LOL  March 7, 2010 07:21 PM
Gary Quote: The weight penalty on Buell was irrevelant since it never hit the min the fact that it was hit with the penalty tells you everyone saw an advantage that the 1125 had over the 600's, thus the penalty. Don't blow that off like you try and blow off with the torque advantage. Gary Qoute: And the 1125rr can and did race 1000cc and 1200cc twins, twice last year, and I'm sure you were still complaining when it ran 6th and I think 9th or 10th at mid ohio the fact that it ran with the superbikes and placed 6th, 9th, and 10th proves that it shouldn't have been running against 600's. Don't deny these things Gary (I mean Erik)
Wendall -Gary  March 7, 2010 07:03 PM
“I don't hear you complining about the other twins. Why is that”. Ahh Gary try naming one twin other than Buell that had an 88% displacement advantage!

“And the 1125rr can and did race 1000cc and 1200cc twins, twice last year, and I'm sure you were still complaining when it ran 6th and I think 9th or 10th at mid ohio. So the claim that it can't run with Superbike is pure denial on your part”. Apparently Gary you don’t understand my point. I don’t have a problem with the Buell racing with other bikes close to its displacement as a matter of fact I think that IS where the Buell should have raced every race. I have a problem with the 1125R racing against 600s. You Buell guys kill me because out of one side of your mouth you say how “fair” it is that the Buell raced with 600s but out of the other side of your mouth you talk about how competitive the Buell is in SBK.

“Wendal if the Buell had such an advantage why didn't it win by a much larger margin”. The question is not IF the Buell had an advantage because according to your math and my math along with your agreement with the numbers the Buell DID have an advantage. You started with the quantitative break down of the Buell advantage but conveniently left out the torque numbers so now you want to debate why the margin of victory wasn’t bigger. Whether the Buell won by 1 point or lost by 100 points does not change the hard facts that it had a huge advantage in torque and an advantage in HP. The real question is why Eslick didn’t win by a bigger margin. Simple, the 600s cornered better and out handled the 1125R; therefore, if it wasn’t for the Buell’s extra power it would have been left for dead. Let’s also remember that not all race tracks favor the more powerful bike. Tracks like Daytona and Road America do but tracks like Laguna Seca and Infineon Raceway favor more agile handling bikes. Look, you could put me on a Honda RC212V GP bike and I probably wouldn’t win the championship that doesn’t mean the Honda doesn’t have an advantage.

“Eslick put the gsxr on pole” So what he finished off the podium. Eslick is an above average racer that had a race bike that was above the field’s average power last year, end result championship title.
Gary -Jason /Wendal  March 7, 2010 05:44 PM
The weight penalty on Buell was irrevelant since it never hit the min. anyway. Eslick put the gsxr on pole. And the 1125rr can and did race 1000cc and 1200cc twins, twice last year, and I'm sure you were still complaining when it ran 6th and I think 9th or 10th at mid ohio. So the claim that it can't run with Superbike is pure denial on your part. I don't hear you complining about the other twins. Why is that. Wendal if the Buell had such an advantage why didn't it win by a much larger margin. don't try the Eslick wasn't as good as the other guys just had a bike with a huge advantage it dosn't wash. http://www.roadracingworld.com/news/article/?article=39660 at the 6 min mark Eslick comments on this.
Wendall -Gary  March 7, 2010 05:32 PM
I’ll try this one more time, and try not to drink beer while posting. Correction, “The Buell has a 66% torque advantage”- was supposed to read a 56% advantage.New correction- Is supposed to be a 51% advantage, still a huge advantage and you get my point.
Wendall -Gary  March 7, 2010 05:23 PM
Correction, “The Buell has a 66% torque advantage”- was supposed to read a 56% advantage.
Wendall -Gary  March 7, 2010 05:18 PM
I wrote: “Buell 70 ft. lbs. of torque 390 lbs. + 180 for the rider with gear on + 24 lbs. fuel at start of race for Buell = 594/70 = 8.48. I4 600 44 ft. lbs of torque 360 + 180 + 24 = 564/44 = 12.81. Now add that enormous power to weight ratio advantage of the torque with the 7% HP advantage the Buell has”
The Buell has a 66% torque advantage and Gary wrote: “Never said tq. was not an advantage” and he wrote “This is the [Buell's] advantage of power-to-weight at full throttle: about 7% over the 600” but Gary comes to the conclusion that “There's no way you can say the Buell had an unfair advantage when the racing was down to the last race of the year”. The Buell had a 66% better torque/weight ratio, 7% better HP/weight ratio and the Buell wins the championship title…but Gary says there is no way you can say there was an advantage for the Buell…your denial is stunning!
Jayson -Are You Kidding Me? GARY  March 7, 2010 04:51 PM
Gary Quote: There's no way you can say the Buell had an unfair advantage when the racing was down to the last race of the year. ................. Eslick was weight penalized towards the middle of the series because he was running away with it because of the advantage. That's why it came down to the last race....... Can anyone tell me why the 1125 can't race and win against other 1000cc bikes?
Jayson -Gary  March 7, 2010 04:43 PM
LMAO......... Gary your huggin Buell's nuts too tightly my friend. Let go and you might see what other simpleton motorcycle race fan see. That is your formula is BS and that BULL needed an extra 500cc to beat the field. The 1125 needs to be racing against superbikes period. At least Mladin won against literbikes. and not 600's or 750's. AND..... without an extra 500cc, Eslick came in where he belongs. Just below the better riders and above the new and no name riders. Next excuse GARY?
Gary -wendal/  March 7, 2010 04:23 PM
Never said tq. was not an advantage. Thats why some teams chose vee twins the Ducati has at least 60 or more lb ft of tq and the aprilia should be close to the Buell. AMA obviosly chose the 848 Ducati because it was closer to the performance of the rest of the bikes. 134hp/70lb ft tq @ the crank. Why would you run 1198 with 180hp with a 600. They chose the Buell to run in the class based off 146 hp and the performance. Cars do it all the time and it's great racing. You can see 1.3 litre mazda's running with 5.7litre chevys There's no way you can say the Buell had an unfair advantage when the racing was down to the last race of the year.
Wendall -Gary  March 7, 2010 03:34 PM
Gary here is some math for you and I kept it simple…Buell 70 ft. lbs. of torque 390 lbs. + 180 for the rider with gear on + 24 lbs. fuel at start of race for Buell = 594/70 = 8.48. I4 600 44 ft. lbs of torque 360 + 180 + 24 = 564/44 = 12.81. Now add that enormous power to weight ratio advantage of the torque with the 7% HP advantage the Buell has and you can finally see what the rest of us intelligent and reasonable race fans find to be BS. Just try and explain how torque isn’t important in road racing.

“For all the 600 fans who like to shoehorn all eacing into cc”. Gee Gary, if this class was not supposed to be about cc then why was the I4 limited to just 600cc? Why not allow a 750cc or 1000cc I4 race but just put a weight penalty on the bikes like they do with the Buell? Why was Ducati only allowed 848 cc with their TWINS? Oh I know because then Buell would not have a huge torque advantage over these other bikes. Apparently Erik has cleverly fooled you into believing his “formula” that justifies an 88% displacement advantage.
Kenneth -Not 1125  March 7, 2010 02:01 PM
Those weren't 1125's in the superbike class chief. For example: Higbee's bike was bored out to 1306. So no they weren't the same bike in different classes. People are caught up on the CC's cause they don't understand that its about math. No one was bitchin about Mladins bike? and he won nearly every race till he gave up in the end. Also, there were many Buells in the bottom half of the grid in the DSB class. Danny proved it was his skill not the bike. He got pole on a gixxer this year, is he still cheating? No.
Rosscoe -Wake Up  March 7, 2010 11:55 AM
You know folks, Buell did not create the rules for DSB, they
just ran their bike in the class. I watched all the events on TV,
each of the machines had advantages and dis-advantages. Over the course of the season I thought they were all fairly evenly matched.
DSB is NOT a 600cc only class, it is a MIXED displacement class based
on a performance index ~ that's what makes it interesting.
Read the rule book kids.
Nathan -what a joke  March 7, 2010 09:23 AM
An 1100cc Buell rider taking any level of pride in racing against 600cc bikes is pathetic, but not nearly as pathetic as you Buell fanboys and apologists are. Anybody that made an attempt at watching that travesty of a "racing series" last year could clearly see the cheater bike pull huge margins out of the corners; not really "fair" or "even" but you Buell automatons will never admit it.
Gary -Jason  March 7, 2010 07:59 AM
Sorry that you don't understand the math. But your lack of knowledge doesn't make the statement inacurate. I didn't know I was dealing with a simpleton. If you want to watch 600's race go watch the 600ss class, that should be simple enough for you.
Steve -the answer  March 7, 2010 06:20 AM
The answer I guess you guys want is for there to be a standard frame, standard engine, tires, exhaust, etc and then just wrap each manufacturers bodywork around it (as long as it is standard as well....so really just the stickers change). Then let them go out and run nose to tail to the finish line. That would be fair. Buell could put a sticker on one of those, win and then nobody would complain. I know I would rather root for some bike designed and built in Japan than ever root for a bike that was at least designed in the US. Not to mention one that was always underfunded and under appreciated. That's just me though. Note the huge amount of sarcasm. Fuel in the frame, underengine exhaust, oil in the swingarm, ZTL brakes......that a concpet bike? The big 4 don't have all that stuff, must be crap. Buells are great streetbikes, way way better than any other 1000 for 99% of us (if you don't race you are in the 99%, get over yourself). You don't need 180HP to kill yourself or a minivan full of kids.
Jayson -Nice blur job  March 6, 2010 07:39 PM
Gary...google K.I.S.S. principle would've been nice to have BULL just stick to that principle and race the 1125 against superbikes. Instead Erik justifies his actions with a formula and calculator.....weak!!!!
Maxx -Gary/Shaun must be confused  March 6, 2010 07:30 PM
Nothing is gained by a 1125cc beating a 600cc. All I am saying is" if the bike is that competitive with 1K why not race it with 1k. Torque is used to offset weight; hp gives you the speed.
Gary -Jason try to undersatnd racing  March 6, 2010 06:47 PM
NO excuses just the facts a 1125r 848 ducati 1000cc aprilia all have similar output. A 600cc bike does have less but not as much as one might think. The Buell was not designed to run in any class of racing unlike 600ss bikes. The design goals was to make a street motor with good hp and tq at lower rpm. In DSB the twins were all weight penalized. The Buell was closer to 390lbs with fuel, all the 600ss are closer to the min. weight of 365-370. Buell was running an engine that could run either class, but needed bigger valves and more cam to make the power for superbike. Ducati does the same thing their 1198 makes more power than the same basic eng. in the multistrada or watercooled monster. when Erik tried to homaligate the 1125rr parts mid season the AMA told him to build a bike. Thats where the 1125rr came from. Yet the jap crowd or Buell haters still protested

For all the 600 fans who like to shoehorn all eacing into cc. This is from cycleworlds interview with Eric
Here's the math: (390 lbs. + 180 for the rider with gear on + 24 lbs. fuel at start of race for Buell)/145 hp = 4.09, vs. (365 + 180 + 24)/140 hp= 4.20 for the Aprilia with the new airbox, vs. (360 + 180 + 24)/128 hp = 4.40 for the Japanese. This is the [Buell's] advantage of power-to-weight at full throttle: about 7% over the 600, and 4.5% over the Aprilia.
SRL -American Technology?  March 6, 2010 06:28 PM
I think a lot of the issues with Buell is not the just the displacement issue, but the whole Buell 'Innovation' claim. Take the 1125 from last year...it's supposed to be a super innovative machine, yet it barely beat a bunch of standard I4s despite having a 80% displacement advantage. Also the engine is Austrian...
Moosestang -What's so hard to understand?  March 6, 2010 02:52 PM
Bikes with similar power race against each other. Why is that so hard for you kids to get straight? If you can squeeze 185rwhp out of a 600cc bike, then race it against anything with a similar power ratio. Plenty of other racing sports race dissimilar engined vehicles. If you want to see all the same racing each other, watch Nascar. How boring is that.
Jayson -Formula excuse...Shaun  March 6, 2010 12:52 PM
Why do you have to use a power to weight ratio formula to justify racing an 1100 cc bike against 600cc bikes? Main stream motorcycle racing fans will always questions this….. “its reality, get over it” I for one hope this new 1190RR kicks the crap out of the current superbikes, but if I see it racing against 600cc bikes and Buell fans bragging about it... it'll be looking to join the Buell haters club
Jayson -pay attention Gary  March 6, 2010 12:43 PM
the fact that the 1125 was eligible for superbike should tell you that it shouldn’t have been racing against 600cc bikes. next excuse?
LJ -That bike looks sweet!  March 6, 2010 11:04 AM
Honestly, I thought the 1125 was butt ugly, but this thing looks great! I wish someone would back Eric so he can produce this bike for the street. If the bike looked like this when it first came out, maybe Buell would have had a chance? If I had the money, I would be interested in it over a duck...
Mcguire -sewer rat  March 6, 2010 08:02 AM
Good for Eric Buell! I hope he can find the funding to go on. The frustrating thig is that when Buell finally developed into a very competetive bike the plug got pulled. Rotax makes dynamite motors (I have a 1000 millie)and from what Im hearing this new one is the strongest one yet. Live on Buell! perhaps a new version of the Blast (but with a Rotax single) could be developed for super Moto fans. So few engineers are interested in starting with new ideas (they just re-package the old)it is really a blessing to have someone willing to work for perfection.
Gary -pay attention maxx  March 6, 2010 07:21 AM
The 1125rr is eligable for superbike. It raced twice last year in superbike and took 6th place the last race of the year with a rider that never rode the bike before. But the Buell haters still cried.
Shaun -you don't get it  March 6, 2010 06:54 AM
Why do twins get 1200cc? Because they need it, different engine, different power output. It's not underachieving, it's just reality. Get over it. Eslick didn't run away and hide from the 600's last year so it obviously wasn't an unfair advantage. Let the rule makers who understand power to weight make the rules and stop just hating Buell just because you would rather see a yamaha or a suzuki win every weekend.
Maxx -Why  March 5, 2010 06:31 PM
Why not race AMA with 1K? It was bad enough to run a 1125cc against 600cc. I guess the element of under achievement knows no shame.