New EBR 1190RS on sale in UK in 2011

Magnesium wheels, 175bhp, 97ft-lb, 176kg, all-carbon bodywork, £27k, plans for three more new models…. THIS is how you bounce back from a breakup you even managed to lose your name in. And it’ll be on sale in the UK before the end of 2011. Denied the right to append to his own name to bikes that are more his than ever (Harley-Davidson still owns the ‘Buell’ in name), the EBR 1190 RS sees Erik Buell fighting out of the shallow grave into which his innovative bike business was cast by H-D in 2009. It’s the first of four planned new road models, to include the as-yet unspecified RX, SX and AX.

Only 100 full-house EBR 1190 Rs will be built, each costing £24k (£27k for the hopped-up Carbon Edition) and as such they represent the pinnacle of what Buell can achieve “with nobody looking over our shoulder”. Weight, power and torque closely match Ducati’s 1198. Full interview with the man we’re legally obliged to refer to as EB in MCN next week.

Type Liquid cooled V twin
Bore X Stroke (106 x 67.5mm)
Displacement 1190cc
Compression ratio 13.6:1
Fuel Delivery Dual 61mm throttle bodies
Peak torque 97 ft-lbs @ 9400 rpm
Peak horsepower 175 hp @ 9750 rpm

Seat Height 775mm
Rake 22 degrees
Trail 86 mm
Max lean angle degrees
Fuel capacity 17.1 L
Wet weight (no fuel) 176 kg

Frame Aluminum frame with integral fuel reservoir
Swingarm Optimized stiffness aluminum
Front suspension 43 mm Öhlins inverted fork, adjustable compression damping, rebound damping adjustable spring preload
Rear suspension Öhlins fully adjustable TTX coil-over monoshock with remote reservoir
Front wheel 3.5″ x 17″ magnesium
Rear wheel 6.0″ x 17″ magnesium
Front Brake ISO finned rotor, 8 piston caliper with cooling duct

2012 1190RS Colors: Abraxas Inferno, Boreas Frost, Burnt Armor or Pitch Black

MSRP: $39,999 Carbon Package: Add $4,000

Guy Procter

By Guy Procter