Erik Buell Racing unveils 1190RX sportbike

Publish Date: 
Oct 16, 2013
By Bruce Steever

EAST TROY, WIs. -  Erik Buell Racing (EBR) has unveiled the highly-anticipated EBR 1190RX, a street-legal, high-performance motorcycle that the company said is a direct descendant of the limited-edition, high-dollar 1190RS Superbike.

The 1190RX has many new rider-focused features developed by the company, including world-class performance potential, advanced components and an overall design that promises to take the fight back to the European and Japanese brands.

The new motorcycle weighs a claimed 419 lbs. with the 4.5 gal. fuel tank empty, for a curb weight of approximately 446 lbs., yet boasts 185 hp and 102 ft.-lbs. of torque from its ET-V2 1190cc 72° V-twin engine. The motor can be considered a heavily re-engineered version of the 1125 motor that powered the last generation of Erik Buell’s sportbikes, complete with the vacuum-operated slipper clutch system, but now benefitting from the latest high-quality components and technologies. 

The compression ratio is a sky-high 13.4:1, each cylinder is fed by a pair of fuel injectors and lightweight forged rods and pistons are sourced to handle the high-revving power delivery. "Few, if any, production motorcycles have ever produced this level of peak torque," the company said.

The 1190RX’s wide torque band assures riders that ample power is available in every gear, and 21 traction control settings keep the power within the rider’s control in all road conditions. Aside from boasting the broadest torque band, the new engine delivers a combined highway/city fuel economy of over 40 mpg, EBR noted.

Likewise, the hydrocarbons and nitrous oxide exhaust emissions produced by the 1190RX are less than 25 percent of those allowed by EPA standards. Carbon monoxide emissions are just 6 percent of the federal level allowed, the company claimed. The low emissions output indicates that there may be even more development “headroom” in the new engine design, which could allow EBR to develop a variety of models from this single engine.

The chassis is equally advanced. The fuel-in-frame concept remains, and lightweight components such as wheels and subframe help to maintain the bike’s low curb weight. Showa suspension is utilized, including a BPF front fork and a fully adjustable linkage-less rear shock. The unique eight-piston caliper and single front brake disc remains, sans ABS, but featuring the same cool air ducting as found on the EBR racing machines. Sticky Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa tires are fitted as standard, and the contact patches are only 55.5 inches apart for nimble handling.

An all-new multifunction digital instrument gauge cluster allows the rider to adjust performance parameters like traction control, and access numerous functions such as track performance data, service intervals and system diagnostics via a brilliant full color display. Both high and low headlight beams are all LED, as are surrounding marker lights, with the windshield dipping low to expose the headlight’s heatsink ad continuing the headlight’s lines all the way up the front fairing.

The new model is being offered with an MSRP of $18,995, and will come in Galactic Black, Racing Red, and Strike Yellow. The EBR 1190RX is assembled at EBR’s facility in East Troy. Full-scale production is scheduled to begin in December, the company said, and EBR representatives stated that their primary objective is to get the machines to their eager dealers as quickly as possible.