SuperTouring superbike: Buell make mad 182bhp V-twin adventure tourer

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Buell have burst back onto the scene in a big way, unveiling two new bikes powered by the engine from their Hammerhead 1190 superbike offering.

The Buell name was all but defunct until recently, when Liquid Asset Partners successfully purchased the name from Harley-Davidson after buying the remains of the follow-up business Erik Buell Racing.

Having released the Hammerhead last year, Buell have now followed it up with the sports-touring SuperTouring and off-road lunatic Baja DR.

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Of the two, the SuperTouring is the most ‘normal’ but even then, it’s anything but. The SuperTouring is powered by the 1190cc V-twin from the Hammerhead, which itself is a bored out version of the 1125R developed by Rotax for the Buell with the same name.

That engine has a whopping 182bhp on tap as well as 101lb.ft, which puts it well ahead of similar performance machines such as the KTM 1290 Super Duke GT.

The SuperTouring will have luggage capacity

Interestingly, despite its adventurous looks and big alloy boxes, Buell are not suggesting this thing goes anywhere near a dirt track – certainly not if the 17in wheels and sticky Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa II rubber are anything to go by.

Sticking with Buell’s tried and tested formula, the engine is housed in one of the firm’s signature aluminium beam frames that also incorporates the fuel, while the ‘tank’ houses the airbox and the brains of the bike.

The SuperTourer also sports another of Buell’s famous touches – the 386mm perimeter disc rotor combined with an eight piston caliper.

Buell have always maintained it offers improved performance over traditional setups although reaction has always been mixed – especially on their superbikes. Either way, it should offer more than enough performance for a sports-tourer.

The final chassis set up is carried over from the naked 1190SX, albeit with a more upright riding position, giant screen (practical if a bit ‘visually divisive’) and twin headlights.

Elsewhere the bike is dripping in carbon fibre including the ‘tank’, side panels and front mudguard. The machine we see here is still a prototype, so final figures aren’t available but based on the Hammerhead’s wet weight (minus fuel) of 190kg, we’d expect this to be around 235kg fuelled to the brim.

Buell are saying they plan to put the SuperTourer into production in the autumn, with an RRP of $21,995 (approx. £16,700). If you’re mega keen to bag your spot in the queue, you can reserve one now via their website.

Buell SuperTouring highlights

  • 1190cc V-twin 
  • 182bhp @ 10,600rpm 
  • 101lb.ft @ 8200rpm 
  • Production in autumn 
  • £16,700 (estimated)

Meet the badass Baja

The Baja makes a more 'modest' 172bhp

If you think the SuperTouring is a wild machine then take a look at the Baja DR – what Buell as describing as “the world’s fastest production dirt bike”.

Based on Buell’s hillclimbing race winner, it’s effectively the same engine as the SuperTouring detuned to a much more modest 172bhp.

The engine bolted into a tube steel off-road frame, with associated long travel suspension. The hillclimb DNA is obvious with the huge swingarm and adjustable wheelbase. Buell are also accepting orders on the Baja, priced at $19,995 (approx. £15,200).


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The Buell Hammerhead superbike will soon be ready for production

Buell are getting ready to restart manufacturing on November 1, with online reservations to open at the same time.

This will be the first time new Buells have rolled off a production line since then owners Harley-Davidson placed the brand into indefinite hiatus in 2009.

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After the business was closed, Erik Buell set up Erik Buell Racing (EBR), which was bought by Liquid Asset Partners (LAP) in 2016, who have subsequently bought the Buell name from H-D.

Now the CEO of LAP has taken over running Buell, starting with bringing the Hammerhead superbike to production.

“When we said Buell is Back, we meant it,” says Bill Melvin, CEO of Buell Motorcycle Co. “We are putting the finishing touches to our factory and kicking off production of the Buell Hammerhead 1190.”

The Hammerhead builds on the 1190RX which was launched by EBR and is powered by an 1190cc V-twin, with a claimed peak power of 182bhp @ 10,600rpm and 101.6lb.ft @ 8200rpm.

The rest of the formula is classic Buell with their a signature aluminium beam frame that also holds the fuel. The only question is how much the bike will cost when sales begin.


Buell are back! Adventure bikes, tourers and off roaders to follow 1190 revival

First published on 25 February 2021 by Jordan Gibbons

Buell are set to make a shock return

Buell motorcycles are returning to production with the company planning to launch 10 models by 2024.

The Buell name has been silent since 2009, when the company was closed by then owners Harley-Davidson in a cost cutting drive. After the business was closed, Erik Buell set up Erik Buell Racing (EBR), which was bought by Liquid Asset Partners (LAP) in 2016. Now LAP have managed to buy the Buell name from H-D, renaming EBR ahead of the relaunch.

“We are excited to bring Buell back with this awesome assortment of superbikes and performance motorcycles,” says Bill Melvin, CEO of LAP.

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“We start with the fastest American production motorcycles, hand built in the USA, so that’s a nice start! We’re building out those platforms for more touring & adventure models, then we’re expanding our displacements to be competitive with other global brands.”

Buell are intending to revive the 1190 platform before turning their attention to small-mid sized displacement engines as well as the off-road, adventure and touring segments. There are also hopes to explore electric bikes.

Erik Buell himself is not involved in the project as he has turned his attention to electric motorcycles with his Fuell brand.

Jordan Gibbons

By Jordan Gibbons

News Editor, owns some old bikes. Should know better.