Buell Supertouring 1190 and Baja DR Models Take a Bow at Daytona Bike Week
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Buell is keen to show that the latest revival is no flash in the pan with the reveal of two new models, the Supertouring 1190 and the Baja DR off-road bike.
Buell Supertouring 1190 and Baja DR Break Cover at Daytona Bike Week
Long-time rumours surrounding two new Buell models have just been confirmed with the public unveiling of the Supertouring 1190 and Baja DR at Daytona Bike Week.
One of the new models was teased at the announcement of Buell’s return 12 months ago. The Supertouring 1190 uses a detuned version of the v-twin engine found in the recently announced Hammerhead sports bike. Now producing 185bhp, Buell claims this will make the Supertouring the fastest production sports touring bike in the world. We’re not sure how the likes of KTM (1290 Super Duke GT) or Kawasaki (H2 SX) feel about such a claim, but there’s nothing like raising expectations!
The looks of the new bike will certainly divide opinions: in a word, it’s not exactly pretty. We’ve no idea if that box-like headlight surround will make it to production but why would Buell display an unfinished design?
In a way, the Supertouring breaks new ground for an American manufacturer. There’s no equivalent bike from Harley or Indian although, because if its looks, many people see this as a response to Harley’s Pan America, although the Supertouring is definitely not an adventure bike.
Buell has continued with the traditional fuel-in-frame design and it has to be said that most of the design elements are quirky, from the aforementioned headlights to a near-vertical screen and a horizontal strip of running lights beneath the headlight cowling.
Carbon fibre has been extensively used, with the fuel tank , side engine panels and front fender all made from the material.
Projected price is said to be around $22,000, although it is not clear if there will be a base model and a higher-spec model right from the start.
At the other end of the field is the Baja DR dirt bike, another departure for an American brand. However, as the Baja has a 175bhp version of the same v-twin as found in the Supertouring, this will be like no dirt bike any of us have ever ridden. It’s easy to believe Buell’s claims that this is the most powerful production dirt bike in the world.
Details are scarce at the moment on the Baja DR but it has a tubular steel frame with long-travel suspension and full knobbly off-road tyres. No lights are fitted, at least to the display bike, but it would be surprising if Buell do not release an enduro version so equipped.
Official details on the bikes and when we can expect to see them in showrooms are thin on the ground at the moment but we can expect Buell to rectify that very soon, along with better photographs.