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Aprilia Mounting a Return to MotoGP in 2016

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Mugen Shinden San (神電 参) Electric Superbike Revealed

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2012 Erik Buell Racing 1190RS – $39,999 MSRP

06/11/2011 @ 5:25 am, by Jensen Beeler23 COMMENTS

2012 Erik Buell Racing 1190RS   $39,999 MSRP 2012 Erik Buell Racing 1190RS side 635x396

Erik Buell Racing has a new website, and with it comes more information about the 2012 Erik Buell Racing 1190RS street bike. With only 100 bikes being made, the 175hp v-twin rocket ship weighs only 389 lbs wet (without fuel though), which for the spec-sheet racers should be plenty to drool over. That sort of exclusivity and performance will cost you dearly though, as the the EBR 1190RS is going to hit your wallet for $39,999 (roughly the price of a well-packaged mini-van), and if you want the extra-drool worthy carbon edition, that’ll be another $4,000 added to the price tag.

When the 100 Erik Buell Racing 1190RS street bikes are sold though, EBR will be able to go racing in the AMA Pro Racing circuit (EBR missed its goal to race at Infineon and now seems likely for Barber, or Mid-Ohio) with the 1190cc race bike. Erik Buell Racing is currently campaigning in the American Superbike series with Geoff May on an 1125RR, which is down on power compared to the other bikes according to the race team.

The $40,000 price tag is going to be quite the hurdle for Buell and his crew, though finding 100 enthusiasts shouldn’t be an impossible task. If $40,000 isn’t your cup of tea for a motorcycle, it would seem Buell and his crew have you covered there, as the company is teasing three new models: the RX, SX, and AX. Let the speculation begin on what those models could be, full tech-specs on the 2012 Erik Buell Racing 1190RS and photos are after the jump.

2012 Erik Buell Racing 1190RS   $39,999 MSRP 2012 Erik Buell Racing 1190RS rear 635x396

Technical Specifications of the 2012 Erik Buell Racing 1190RS:


Type Liquid cooled V twin
Bore X Stroke 4.17 x 2.66 (106 x 67.5 mm)
Displacement 72.6 cu 1190 CC
Compression Ratio 13.6 :1
Fuel Delivery Dual 61mm throttle bodies
Exhaust Primary + Secondary
Peak Torque 97 ft-lbs @ 9400 rpm
Peak Horsepower 175 hp @ 9750 rpm


Primary Drive Gear, 36/65
Final Drive 520 Chain, 16/41
Clutch Wet multi-plate, slipper
Transmission Ratios:
1st 2.46
2nd 1.75
3rd 1.38
4th 1.17
5th 1.04
6th 0.96


Seat Height 30.5″ (775 mm)
Rake 22
Trail 3.4″ (86 mm)
Lean Angle 55
Front Tire 120/70R- 17
Rear Tire 190/55R-17
Fuel Capacity 4.5 gal (17.1 L)
Wet Weight (No Fuel) 389 lbs (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


Colors Abraxas Inferno, Boreas Frost, Burnt Armor or Pitch Black
MSRP $39,999
Carbon Package Add $4,000

Source: Erik Buell Racing; Photos: Tom Davenport / RD Image


  1. roberto says:

    …buell….u are no more a BUELL…you are just another motorcycle………

    WFT EHAUST????…JESUS!!!!!!!

  2. Keith says:

    awww, isn’t that nice. VFR eating machine that isn’t italian. 8^) Why whine about the exhaust if you can’t afford to pay cash for it?

  3. 4Cammer says:


  4. Mark says:

    This bike is going to be a tough sell in this economy. It’s going to be tough enough selling enough bikes at this price to keep himself in business, but needing to sell (or build) 100 by the end of the year, or a portion of that number by the date required by the AMA for homologation purposes is going to be really tough.

    I’m wishing them the best of luck in getting this done, however I’m very doubtful that we’ll ever see this bike homologated, unless Erik builds enough of them in the time required regardless of what the sales demand is. That’s a huge risk to take, just to go racing.

  5. ducman1198 says:

    Eric is crazy if he thinks he can sell a 40k bike that cost as much as a mid-class Benz in a tough economy! Especially when there are good Japanese and European bikes that have the same performance for half the price or less!

    Hes trying to compete with the ultra exotic bikes like the ducati 1098R and the MVF4RR312. without a cult following and a proven racing pedigree. Only a deep pockets collector is going to drop that type of cash for an unproven bike.

    If i had 40K to spend on an exotic bike i would pass on the buell and get the forth coming, (possibly named), NEW RC60 from Honda or the 2012 Ducati Superbike, or the top of the line RSV4 and save 20K in the process.

    I wish Eric well but he should have been smarter and develop a machine that will appeal to the masses instead of a bike that 90% of consumers cant afford.

    Kawasaki’s top selling bike is not the ZX10R, its the Ninja 250, gee i wonder why!!! Eric needs to take a hint!

  6. KLS says:

    Those who would buy this machine are not impacted by the “tough economy”. Last month at Infineon Raceway/Sears Point, Ferrari had a dozen cars and 3 dozen mechanics who had been flown over from Italy so rich boys could play on the track. Annual subscription for this service started at $2.5 million and went up to $25 million if you wanted an F1 car. That’s for only FIVE trackdays per year!

    Methinks Erik’s biggest problem is not the price but that he’s not part of the millionaire’s network.

  7. Johndo says:

    Not a big fan of the exhaust, but for the rest, it’s one sexy bike! As for the price I’m sure it’s just a matter of time before they produce a budget version. At 40k, Im sure their business plan isnt aiming on volume…they can’t be that crazy.

    Good luck to them, it’s lookin’ good!

  8. Mark says:

    I think this bike is every bit as good as a Ducati 1198 or Aprilia RSV4, if not better, and would have no problem purchasing one if I could afford one.

    If there was any possibility that Erik thought he could build this bike for less, I’m sure he would, he’s certainly aware of the challenges of trying to sell a $40K bike in this economy, but the fact is, it’s either this bike or nothing.

    There is simply no way that a small builder like EBR can build this bike for less. Erik no longer has the purchasing power and capital of HD behind him to build this bike on the same volume scale as previous Buells.

    My guess is that this bike could have been sold for around $16-18K (without CF body) if HD would have allowed Buell to stay in business, at that price, they would have had a winner on their hands.

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  10. GeddyT says:

    He’s only building 100 of these. He’ll have no problem selling them all. Scarcity raises value, and this will pretty much be a hand-built motorcycle.

    If you want a good corollary, check out the Bimota DB7. No, really, check it out. You’re going to notice it has a LOT in common looks-wise with this Buell. Exhaust configuration is almost identical, headlight configuration IS identical, both V-twin, etc. The Buell is a little lighter, a little more powerful, better suspended (Ohlins vs. Marzocchi/Extreme Tech), and better looking (IMO). The price of both bikes is identical.

    I don’t see Bimota going out of business anytime soon…

    One annoying side effect of the plummeting wealth of the average Joe in America is that there are more and more millionaires piling up more and more pilfered millions. And they won’t so much as blink at a $40K toy to add to their collection.

  11. Mark says:

    Geddy, I hope you’re right, but it’s not quite that simple though. Yes, there are many more wealthy individuals that could afford this bike now than there used to be, however, how many of them are die hard sport bike riders that would appreciate this bike?

    Wealthy buyers are often looking for something more than just a great product, almost more important to them is the how their new acquisition is viewed by others , it needs to be a status symbol, it needs heritage and lineage, and most of all, needs to be recognized by their piers as something of great value and desirability.
    The Buell Brand currently represents none of these qualities. Not that the bike isn’t good enough, but the Buell Brand has not established itself as such, at least not yet.

  12. Mike L. says:

    100 units ? not in ONE MILLION YEARS.

    They will sell exactly 3.

  13. joe says:

    They very well could sell all in a year. I, like most of us, am not the target market. The RC45 sold, despite price and a non winning track record, IOM excluded. The R7 sold enough to be homologated, and it also cost a ton and had a less than stellar record. Bimota is a great comparison, the fact that companies like them and NCR exist is awesome, but confusing. Exactly how many people spend 39 grand for a hopped up Ducati Supersport 1000. Enough that a company makes them.

  14. Scooterpunk says:

    For $40K you think they would top off the Rear Brake and Clutch Fluid Reservoir, they must have really wanted to get that “wet weight” in below 390lbs!!

  15. Nobody says:

    175hp (crank) and 429lbs. Whoa…hold me back. There isn’t a bike with this kind of hp:lb ratio made for any price. Oh, wait, yes there is….oops.

  16. Sleazy says:

    everyone is freaking out about the price-

    when you consider that sort of money buys you an NSF250R nowadays…

    i’d take the Buell.

    (actually, i’d rather have THREE s1000rrs!!!!!)

  17. Sean in Oz says:

    Doesn’t Bimoto go broke every couple of years?

  18. Eric Maas says:

    For the Price I would rather have the S1000RR and the RSV4 Factory.

  19. Isaac Chavira says:

    I’d rather wait for the new Honda or Ducati both of which will be half and less the cost of this. Only rich boys who cant ride will buy this bike. I like it however I can’t get one.

  20. DucracerX says:

    STONER RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. Mark says:

    I would certainly buy this bike over a BMW S1000R , Ducati 1198 or Aprilia RSV4 if I could afford to.
    It has more power than the 1198, is lighter than all three and is very cool looking, but the biggest reason is that it’s built in the USA!

  22. hoyt says:

    Americans haven’t had a worthy racebike since the Indians raced and all that the above dimwits can do is bitch about price. Go ahead and start building something equivalent (or better) today for cheaper.

    Show up at Rotax with your plans (& hypothetically spotted seed money for the first engine). What do you have in mind?

    Even if you did have the engineering knowledge & courage of the Buell team, it is doubtful you would still have the perseverance to accomplish what they have done since being ironically freed from HD. Forget about the price* and look at that bike.

    *You should be able to logically forget about the price….As joe points out NCR exists in a market way above your means, but they still produce equivalent-grade products that sell. So although the price is high, it is in-line with the volume.

    KLS aso had a good point….not all the ultra-rich are impacted by a down economy and there are plenty of them that would be interested in this bike.

  23. Sam says:

    all the spec sheet racers above fail.