EBR 1190RX (2014-on) Review

Published: 12 December 2014

Finally an American which has some bite!

EBR 1190RX  (2014-on)

Finally an American which has some bite!

  • At a glance
  • 1190cc  -  185 bhp
  • 38 mpg  -  140 miles range
  • Insurance group: 17 of 17
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  • Medium seat height (826mm)
  • New: £13,998

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

American exotica powered by a powerful 185bhp V-twin with over 100ftpb of torque. Deceptively quick and not to be underestimated with 20 stage traction control for back-up.

Well balanced, the Showa big piston front forks and Showa rear shock work really well in a wide scope of conditions. Sweet handling but the looks maybe not for everyone’s taste and low down fuelling isn’t perfect.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

The wheelbase is short and the rake and trail is very aggressive, yet it’s stable and planted. The EBR has excellent mechanical grip and, for such a powerful sports bike, is easy to ride. The front gives excellent feedback, has a lovely feel to it, and is not too harsh yet not too soft when the pace hots up. It’s a similar story for the rear.

On the road the handling is impressive straight out of the box.

Engine 4 out of 5

The new engine is built in-house by EBR. They have opted for a 72-degree V-twin and 1190 capacity, with fuel injection. The resut is a quoted 185bhp and 101.6ftlb.

Power is linear, very smooth but the fuelling is incositant low down in the first few gears. 

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

EBR are new to the market and even though historically they have very strong links to Buell, (EBR stands for Erik Buell Racing) it’s hard to predict reliablity.

Quality-wise it’s not on par with Ducati, but not far behind.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

Just short of £14,000 is a lot of money to ask for an unproven superbike. But in today’s market it is comparable to KTM’s RC8R and cheaper than a Panigale.

Insurance group: 17 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 3 out of 5

For a modern day sports bike the EBR is fairly low spec: 20-stage traction control comes as standard but can’t be changed on the move!

There’s no option for ABS at the moment, no rider modes or quick-shifter unlike the compeition from Ducati.

The perimiter 8-piston brakes look impressive and are strong on the road but not as strong as conventional Brembo items.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2014
Year discontinued -
New price £13,998
Used price -
Warranty term 2 years unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £85
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 185 bhp
Max torque 101.6 ft-lb
Top speed 189 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.04 secs
Average fuel consumption 38 mpg
Tank range 140 miles
Specification
Engine size 1190cc
Engine type 8v dohc V-twin, 6 gears
Frame type Aluminium twin spar
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Seat height 826mm
Bike weight 190kg
Front suspension Big piston Showa, fully adjustable
Rear suspension Showa single shock, fully adjustable
Front brake Single 386mm rim-mounted rotor, 8-piston caliper
Rear brake Single 220mm disc, twin piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/55 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

First year of production.

Other versions

EBR 1190SX: super naked version.

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