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Erik Buell Racing 1190RR: 185hp AMA/WSBK Spec’d

02/26/2010 @ 3:01 pm, by Jensen Beeler22 COMMENTS

Erik Buell Racing 1190RR: 185hp AMA/WSBK Specd Erik Buell Racing EBR 1190RR

Erik Buell Racing has just updated its website, and releasd the first real clear shot of what the EBR 1190RR will look like it in its racing form. With 185hp being made at the rear-wheel (according to the optimistic DynoJet dynamometer), the EBR 1190RR sits at the top of the Buell totem poll. Erik Buell Racing has spec’d the machine to be legal in both the AMA and WSBK, but the 1190RR is not homologated for neither the AMA American Superbike class (yet?), nor for WSBK (even bigger question mark).

Based off the 1125R chassis, the 1190RR is virtually anorexic, dropping 30lbs off the AMA Daytona Superbike racing machine, while still bumping up displacement by 65cc’s. With 93lb•ft of torque on hand at 9,500 RPM, the EBR 1190RR is sure to sling your eye balls into the back of your head…if you can find a racing series to race it in. Full technical specifications after the jump.

Erik Buell Racing 1190RR Technical Specifications:


Type:72˚ V-Twin, 4-Stroke, 4-valve DOHC FF valvetrain
Displacement:1190 cc
Bore and Stroke:106 x 67.5
Compression Ratio:14.25:1
Heads:CNC ported
Valves:Titanium, 42.0mm intake, 35.4 mm exhaust
Power:185 RWHP @11,500 RPM (Dynojet Rear Wheel)
Torque:93.0 Ft-lbf @ 9,500 RPM (Dynojet Rear Wheel)
Piston:Forged alloy slipper type
Rod:Forged H-beam high strength alloy steel
Crankshaft:Lightweight forged steel
Fuel System:IDS Technology DDFI 3 electronic fuel injection and engine management system, fully programmable, 61mm throttle bodies, dual injector with showerhead, PWM fuel pump
Exhaust:Titanium ultralight 2 into 1 system.
Clutch:Multiplate Slipper
Primary Drive:Straight cut gear, 1.806 ratio
Transmission:6 speed
Ratios:6th – 24/25 (0.960:1)
5th – 25/24 (1.042:1)
4th – 27/23 (1.174:1)
3rd – 29/21 (1.381:1)
2nd – 28/16 (1.750:1)
1st – 32/13 (2.462:1)
Final Drive:520 Chain


Frame:Light alloy large section beam with integral fuel cell
Subframe:Light alloy tubular
Wheelbase:Adjustable – 1400 to 1460 mm (55.1 to 57.4 in.)
Rake:Adjustable – 21˚ to 22.5˚
Front Suspension:Showa Race 43mm inverted fork, fully adjustable with BPF technology providing true separation of rebound and compression damping.
Front Wheel Travel:120mm (4.72 in)
Front Brake:387.5 mm (15.25 in) semi floating ISO multi-fin rotor with 8 piston ZTL2.5 caliper
Front Wheel:6 spoke ZTL magnesium, 3.50 x 17
Front Tire:120/17 ZR-17 Pirelli Diablo Corsa III
Rear Suspension:Light alloy swingarm with Showa Race damper, adjustable compression, rebound and ride height.
Rear Wheel Travel:127 mm (5 in)
Rear brake:240mm lightweight disc, 2 piston caliper
Rear Wheel:6 spoke magnesium, 6.00 x 17
Rear Tire:190/55 ZR-17 Pirelli Diablo Corsa III
Fuel Capacity:4.6 US Gal
Battery:Buell Li-tech Lithium Nanotech
Dry Weight:360 lbs (wet, no fuel)

Source: Erik Buell Racing


  1. Ted Dorsey says:

    RT @Asphalt_Rubber: Erik Buell Racing 1190RR: 185hp AMA/WSBK Spec'd http://bit.ly/cJBnuO

  2. John Adamo says:

    RT @Asphalt_Rubber: Holy Crap! The EBR 1190RR is 30lbs lighter and 45hp stronger than the EBR 1125R DSB race bike – http://bit.ly/cJBnuO

  3. Erik Buell Racing 1190RR: 185hp AMA/WSBK Spec'd http://bit.ly/dxJdyf

  4. @Reyzie says:

    Nice! Now. Build one for the street! :-) Otherwise, where will the bike fit into “production based” racing?

  5. If one was buit for the road it would have smaller hp specafications .
    like 85 hp and gearring that forest gump made .but veary good idear to make it for the street .Bring back two stroke 1000cc gp with less rider aid .like traction control ect ect.Buell are cool bikes Rotex are aircraft motors less weight more hp.
    300hp + motorcycle is not hypothetical any more..
    there are so many limits factorys have becoues of reliblity..

  6. MikeD says:

    If the 1125R looked this good Buell might still be in business!!

  7. RT @ducatiparts: Erik Buell Racing 1190RR: 185hp AMA/WSBK Spec'd http://bit.ly/dxJdyf <– Great news!

  8. RT @Asphalt_Rubber: Holy Crap! The EBR 1190RR is 30lbs lighter and 45hp stronger than the EBR 1125R DSB race bike – http://bit.ly/cJBnuO #motorcycle #buell #ama

  9. @Reyzie says:

    Agree with MikeD. I really like (liked) Buells, but yeah, I did get tripped up on the looks.

  10. meatspin says:

    i need more views. This Buell actually looks good. The fairing on the other EBR models looked like an afterthought after looking at this profile. Still, no homologation route, so whats the point? I’m sure the AMA will get this in the series somehow, but thats it.

  11. Erik Buell Racing 1190RR: 185hp AMA/WSBK Spec'd: Based off the 1125R chassis, the 1190RR shaves 8lbs off the AMA D… http://bit.ly/dh25RF

  12. @Reyzie says:

    “Still, no homologation route…” With Roger E out of AMA racing and logic returning to the series, I’ll betcha they won’t qualify the 1190RR. It’s not a production bike, how could they?

  13. Lily Boys says:

    Erik Buell Racing 1190RR: 185hp AMA/WSBK Spec'd http://bit.ly/9zAFxD

  14. Jobie says:

    No words, just tears…..

  15. Erik Buell Racing 1190RR: 185hp AMA/WSBK Spec'd – http://bit.ly/cJBnuO #motorcycle

  16. Holy Crap! The EBR 1190RR is 30lbs lighter and 45hp stronger than the EBR 1125R DSB race bike – http://bit.ly/cJBnuO #motorcycle #buell #ama

  17. @SoCalBuellRider Figured you'd be all over this: http://bit.ly/cJBnuO

  18. hootowl says:

    this bike is spec’d for WSB, not AMA. There is an AMA spec bike available in stock displacement.

  19. Will says:

    Just in the nick of time, those pesky 600′s are getting away with murder!

  20. 2012 Erik Buell Racing 1190RS – $39,999 MSRP – http://aspha.lt/m4 #motorcycle