Erik Buell Racing’s unexpected closure yesterday is still a little difficult to comprehend. The ramifications were pretty big for a lot of people, but thankfully, I have some good news to report. Team Hero EBR, the World Superbike team that rides the EBR 1190RX will continue to compete in the series.
While it doesn’t quite alleviate the pain being experienced by all the employees of Erik Buell Racing who lost their jobs, it at least allays some fears from people involved with the team. Team Manager and rider Larry Pegram confirmed to WorldSBK.com that the team will continue to race on until the season.
That said, the team still plans to issue a press release next week addressing the situation involving Erik Buell Racing. What’s important for now is that the team will continue to compete in the series, something that it can probably thank Hero Motorcycles, the Indian motorcycle brand that purchased a majority stake in EBR last year.
Some people might not know this but Team Hero EBR is actually funded by Hero, not EBR. The latter supplies the machines the team races in, which in this case is the EBR 1190RX. But with EBR closing, don’t discount the possibility of Team Hero switching bikes in the middle of the season to become a little more competitive in these races.
I like the 1190RX, but let’s face it, the bike isn’t cutting the mustard in the series. Of the eight motorcycle manufacturers competing in the series, EBR ranks dead last with just three total points to show for it. I don’t have any inside info on the issue, but don’t be surprised if next week’s announcement has something to do with Team Hero switching bikes for the rest of the season.
But for now, let’s heave a nice sigh of relief knowing that for now, Team Hero EBR isn’t going to be affected by Erik Buell Racing’s closure.
Continue reading to read more about Team Hero EBR’s status in the WSBK.
In the latest years we have seen a lot of interesting motorcycle concepts, but not many of them were lucky enough to receive the approval to be built and sold as street bikes.
However, once in a while we have the occasion to see a really cool concept that manages to break the barriers imposed by “normality” and are unleashed on the street in their full glory.
One of these lucky concepts that managed to be evolve from a daring idea to a street legal production motorcycle is the Magpul Ronin.
The entire project was started by Ronin Motor Works in 2009 from a Buell 1125 roadster that was stripped down and rebuilt using the finest components available on the market.
The idea behind the project is based on the Japanese legend of the 47 ronins and the production will be limited to only 47 units. Each bike will have a unique number plate and each will receive the name of one of the 47 ronins featuring a unique paint scheme.
At the heart of the Magpul Ronin concept sits the same engine that powers the Buell 1125 and the concept also shares the same wheels and chassis with its donor.
This metallic samurai on two wheels features a pretty radical design inspired by the armors and blades of the legendary Japanese warriors. The entire front was redesigned as well as the shock which can now be adjusted according to the rider’s wishes. We especially like the fuel overflow cooler which is somehow integrated into the frame keeping the engine cool.
The exhaust is also new as well as the brakes, lights, carbon fiber fenders, instrument cluster and handlebar. Moreover, the battery box and the rearsets are a single cast aluminium unit and there is also a tubular trellis sub-frame made from CNC-machined and TIG-welded parts.
For the moment, we don’t have the official price, but don’t expect to be much cheaper than $40,000.
Hit the jump for the video and more photos.
Meet the 2013 EBR 1190RS Carbon Edition. What makes this exotic motorcycle really special is its extra low weight which is rated at only 389 Lbs (176 Kg). To achieve this performance the motorcycle was built using a lot of lightweight materials such as carbon and magnesium components. You also get verious high end parts signed by famous manufacturers such as AIM, Carillo, CP, Del West, Ohlins or Suter.
The motorcycle’s center piece is a liquid cooled V Twin engine with a displacement of 1190 cc. The engine rewards you with a maximum output of 175 Hp at 9750 Rpm and 97 Ft-Lbs at 9400 Rpm. All this power is sent to the ground through a six speed transmission with wet multi-plate, slipper clutch. The engine is fed by a 4.5 gallons fuel tank.
It is also worthy of being mentioned that the 2013 EBR 119RS Carbon Edition rides on sporty 120/70R- 17 front and 190/55R-17 rear tires.
Hit the jump for more information on the EBR 1190RS Carbon Edition.
EBR has fully revealed its all new 1190RX. The motorcycle has all it needs to be considered an impressive super sport model as it is fitted with the latest technologies in the business.
Talking about the new EBR 1190RX, Erik Buell declared: “This is the culmination of decades of dedication, innovation and teamwork. We have been working to create a pure rider’s machine and a true world brand.”
The motorcycle weighs only 419 lbs and is built around a 72° V-Twin, liquid cooled, four-stroke engine with a displacement of 72.6 Cu In. (1190cc). Fire up the unit and it will reward you with a maximum power of 185 hp at 10.600 rpm and 137.8 Nm of torque at 8200 rpm.
The motorcycle’s backbone is represented by an aluminum frame with integral fuel reservoir which is paired with an aluminum swingarm.
Hit the jump for more information on the 2014 EBR 1190RX.
Erick Buell was once a bigwig at Harley Davidson, having served the role of head engineer and designer of Buell Motorcycles. But when Harley decided to part ways with the sub-brand, Buell likewise left as well, opting to run his namesake brand on his own.
For those wondering how Buell would fare without the financial muscle of Harley Davidson behind him, those questions have been answered with the launch of the company’s new superbike, the unconscionably gorgeous 1190RS.
Defying all the naysayers that said that it couldn’t be done, the 1190RS is a living testament not only to Buell’s fortitude, but also the fact that the company could produce a stunning and technologically advanced superbike on their own. The 1190RS was designed while drawing inspiration from their other previous work - the 1125R - except that the former clearly stands on its own as a superbike serving notice. The frame casting of the bike is all-new while the airbox on the bike is twice the size of the previous version. Other important elements of the bike, including the wheels, suspension, brakes, body, structural components, and controls are all new and stand-alone from anything else Buell Racing has produced in the past.
More details on the Buell Racing 1190RS SUperbike after the jump.
Take a look at these photos of the 185rwhp Buell 1190RR race bike. They were taken right before the bike was shipped to a customer in Germany.
Although we’re aware that the machine will spend its life on race tracks, we can’t help but wonder how would a press release of the road legal bike have sounded? It looks to us like a pair of headlamps and mirrors sit in between it and street homologation as this project originally started life with plans to become a street-legal superbike before Buell was discontinued by the uninspired American giant.
As you all know, Buell Motorcycles are dead and gone, but after the brand was killed by HD, people have began to speculate about the last project that Buell was working at. It all started from this photography taken by John Hanson, a contributing photographer for Road Racer X, in the Milwaukee area.
The word is out that Buell had prepared an 1199cc V-twin for what was to become a high performance American superbike. This prototype was surely contoured around the idea of more power and less weight than the 1125R, which could have translated into Buell turning to WSBK. All hope vanished when HD made the radical decision to discontinue Buell. Sad, too sad!
We know that Buell builds their models utilizing the so called Trilogy of Technology - chassis rigidity, centralized mass, and low unsprung weight – in order to achieve great chassis response and while this characterizes the 1125R too, the liter-class superbike category also requires a unique combination of engine performance, precise-and-agile handling, raw sound and performance in order to consider the innovative package complete. These are simple words to describe such a complex motorcycle characterized by unique styling, aggressive ergonomics and premium components combined to deliver the ultimate, intuitive sport riding experience.
The Buell 1125R enters on a road with no return. This is a bike that follows a continuous ascendant trend on the sales charts, looks original and performs as such. Furthermore, Buell even launched a special Superbike racing version to show the great potential laying in the notorious model and we reckon this is only the beginning.
Buell has prepped up a racing version of the 1125R to compete (ONLY in the hands of licensed professional road racers) with Japanese and Italian liter bikes in the AMA Pro Racing American Superbike class. The move is one that the motorcycling world had been expecting, given the fact that Buell flirted with racing in the past, but the 1125RR is an entirely new turn-key machine for privateers willing to pay the $40 grand price.
Rear the press release after the break.
The Buell Motorcycle Company is set to break the convention of the superbike category with the Buell 1125R, an all-new, liter-class motorcycle that delivers an artful balance of street and track performance. Rooted in the core design principles and character that have defined Buell motorcycles for 25 years, the 1125R offers power, handling and agility that will take its owner to a new level of riding experience.