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Erik Buell Racing 1190RS Debuts at Indy

Friday, February 18, 2011
Promised in September of 2010  the 1190RS is a street-legal evolution of the companys 1190RR racebike.
The Buell, excuse us, Erik Buell Racing 1190RS made its public debut at the 2011 Indy Dealer Expo.
Erik Buell has been teasing the street legal version of his 1190 superbike for weeks. Now the American sportbike creator and his second eponymous sportbike company, Erik Buell Racing, has unveiled the EBR 1190RS at the Indy Dealer Expo.

Promised in September of 2010, the 1190RS is a street-legal evolution of the company’s 1190RR racebike. Familiar Buell components remain in place, like the ZTL front rotor and linkage-less rear suspension (both the shock and front fork sourcing Ohlins units). Major differences between the RS and RR include the stacked headlight array, turn signals mounted atop the long windscreen and rear taillight assembly.

The RS also makes use of dual right side exhaust, with the former Buells, of course, known for their distinctive low-slung exhaust systems. The 1190RS on display at Indy sports a “Carbon Edition” moniker on the tail section. It’s a fitting appellation as the new model fairly drips with the featherweight material making up the bodywork, tank and muffler.

Compared with Erik Buell’s last street-legal Superbike, the 1190RS goes bigger and slimmer. Bigger is the familiar Rotax Twin, bored out from its previous 1125 dimensions to its current 1190cc displacement (Read more about the engine upgrades on the 1190RR in our Buell 1190RR Superbike First Look.) Slimmer is the width with the RS visually sporting a trimmer profile with new front-mounted radiator, rather than the 1125R's wide side-mounted units. The slimmer upper fairing features the stacked headlights, rather that the more conventional vertical array on the 1125.

Spec sheet details for the 1190RS are still forthcoming, along with official pictures. Stay tuned for updates.

Buell 1190RS
Buell 1190RS
Buell 1190RS
Profile of the new 1190RS on display at the Erik Buell Racing booth at the Indy Dealer expo, note the slimmer profile than the
bulbous radiator shrouds on the former 1125R. However familiar Buell components remain, such as the ZTL front rotor.

Buell 1190RS
Buell 1190RS
Buell 1190RS
The Red White and Blue sportbike.... Erik Buell continues to press forward with his American Sportbike vision in the 1190RS.

Buell 1190RS
Buell 1190RS
Buell 1190RS
New for the EBR 1190RS are a more conventional right side exhaust, an all-new stacked headlight array. Mr. Buell smiling now
more than a year after the somber death of Buell Motorcycle at the hand of Harley-Davidson.

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Jayson   January 14, 2012 11:32 AM
Dam Bull always seems to be on the right track to coming out with a viable liter bike contender that everyone can buy but always comes up with some stupid stipulation. For his 1125, it made a name for beating 600's but couldn't do jack against liter bikes. $40K per bike ..... really!!!!. If you spent $40K on a liter bike from BMW, Honda, Suzuki, Ducati or any other manufacture your are going to put the 1190RS in it's place. AT THE BOTTOM Bull..... the new 1190RS is pure SEXY!! but make it at the very least the same price as the Ducati's and BMW's. AND...AND.... wins some AMA races against liter bikes
cheezits   August 23, 2011 07:00 AM
damn. lots of spelling mistakes there. lol but you get the idea.

cheezits   August 23, 2011 06:56 AM
as for XB-dave cery well spoken and TheFrits76 yea he is an ass!
dgover.... you need to pay attention to why Eric decided to put all these high doller components on the bike. I ride an 09 1125R and its common to eat up your ducati's on the track i may not have the HP of an 1198 but i have the torque and the wheel base to really mess with them. anyone that really knows about performance knows that you get whaat you pay for. and its these parts and the designe of the 1190 which make it a bike that makes almost every other production bike cry. In case you wanted to shoot more un educated comments at this site here are some actual facts.

Ducati 1198 (170hp)9600rpm engine HP
Buell 1190RS (175hp 9750rpm engine HP.

Ducati 1198 (157.91 hp) @ 9,600 rpm (rear wheel)
Buell 1190RS (160hp) @ 9,750rpm (rear wheel) thanks to Motor Cyclist mag.

Ducati 1198 (380 lbs) dry weight
Buell 1190RS (369 lbs) dry weight

these are just a few of the details and these are not even the race model 1190RS specs. they only get better.

the morel of the story is to open your eyes and actualy look at whats at the table befor you let your own retarted ideas get in the way.
XB_Dave   March 15, 2011 04:58 PM
Its great to see Buell back with a vengeance. dgover I get the feeling that you are a dedicated Ducati enthusiast and I dont think that you know very much about Buells in general, let alone ridden one. Owning a Buell is knowing that you have something unique that has great usable power and handling that will put most Ducati's to shame. I hope that you continue to enjoy your mass produced Italian motorcycles, its just a pity that you cant open your eyes and appreciate other motorcycles that challenge the boundaries of sport bike riding. Eric Buell is one of those rare people that has the ability, passion and knowledge to make things happen. It is very easy to just sit back and criticize other peoples work, yes I am a die hard Buell fan and proud of it. My 2002 XB9S is my only means of transport and it has never let me down. One day soon I hope to get an 1125R to keep my XB9S company but looking at the 1190RS I think I might wait a bit longer and start saving harder. 2011 is going to be a great year for EBR.
TheFritz76   March 2, 2011 02:48 PM
Some people can never be satisfied by someone else putting in the time and effort... Isn't that correct, dgover? I'd like to see what you can come up with after 30 years of development.. Ass.
dgover   February 23, 2011 09:26 AM
You guys are kidding right!? My understanding is that this bike cost $40,000 (with options $50k). No way would I buy this bike. Buell needs to subcontract an engine from Ducati and then shed the ridiculous front brake, add traction control with multiple maps, antilock brakes and get the price point competitive (less than $15k) before he'll be a serious player in the street sport bike market. Oh and change the ugly headlight. And fuel in the frame is ok as long as the bike's center of balance doesn't change significantly as fuel is consumed.
CRACKER   February 22, 2011 11:23 AM
xb1125r   February 21, 2011 11:15 AM
great engineering, bike looks great.
its going to be a good year for EBR, Amsoil and Geoff May in AMA
Hutchy   February 21, 2011 07:17 AM
I have ridden just about every current Buell that Erik created with HD. I was one of the folks who were really bummed when they cut him loose but this gives me hope that his true vision will come to fruition now. Everyone who saw the bike said it is absolutely sick. The numbers look good on paper & we can't wait to ride it! Wouldn't it be great if we could include it for Superbike Smackdown VIII at the start of March?
themountain   February 21, 2011 04:12 AM
Sweetest american bike ever made!! Harley should dig a hole and disappear in shame and take all that old iron they have with them !!
iowaboynca   February 19, 2011 06:34 PM
Boy, I can't wait to head down to the local H-D dealership to check one out...oh wait, yeah...umm...darn