Erik Buell Racing 1190 Typhon: a naked 1190RR

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The bike you see here is not an official product of Erik Buell Racing, but instead a concept created by the largest Buell race team in the world. Based on one of their EBR 1190RR-B racebikes, Pegasus Race Team wanted to explore what a naked version of the 185rwhp v-twin superbike could look and function like. Think of this as America’s Tuono, via Germany. The EBR 1190 Typhon is exclusive to Hell For Leather.

While I was visiting Pegasus at Biketoberfest Oschersleben and interviewing Erik Buell, one of the team’s members, Heiko Jessat, approached the team’s owner, Thomas Wanner, with an idea. Thinking that running a volunteer race team, winning the European Sound of Thunder championship and continuing the development of EBR race bikes wasn’t enough, Thomas gave the idea the go ahead and the bike you see here was assembled for the Essen Motor Show, which starts today.

“The idea with the Typhon is to combine new aerodynamic solutions like the Moto2-style covered lower fork legs and the air splitters on the upper frame edge with traditional EBR design elements,” explains Pegasus’s Jens Krüper. “One of the big challenges with the original bike’s layout is that there’s not much space between the front wheel and the engine when the forks are fully compressed. So this was one of the first focuses, working out a proper solution to nicely integrate the radiators, oil-cooler and ram air intakes.”

You can see the result of the team’s work in the neat integration of the cooling elements and splitters in an Aprilia Tuono-style cowling at the front of the bike. Note how the two radiators leave a gap in the middle to allow room for the front wheel under full compression. You can also see the ram air intake in white peaking out from under the triple clamp. Pegasus has more experience with the 1190RR than anyone else in the world and the knowledge they’ve gained can be seen in solutions like this. All the new parts, including the headlights, were made using a rapid prototype process. The parts were designed in CAD then brought to life by a 3D printer.

The rest of the 1190RR lends itself surprisingly well to becoming an attractive naked. Check out the skeletal rear subframe, the AST shock and traditional EBR engineering solutions like the fuel-in-frame and Zero Torsional Load front brake. The EBR 1190RR is the company’s flagship superbike racer. Its 1190cc Rotax v-twin puts out 185hp at the rear wheel at 11,500rpm and 93lb/ft at 9,500rpm. That engine is converted by hand at EBR from stock 1125 motors and the whole $44,900 bike weighs just 163kg/360lbs (dry). The 1190RR is forming the basis for the street-legal EBR 1190RS that will go on-sale this winter. This is, to the best of our knowledge, the first 1190RR to ever be modified. Erik assisted in the Typhon’s development.

We’ll bring your more photos and information in the coming days.

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  • Mr.Paynter

    Gorgeous! Want!

  • david folch

    Beautiful + Nasty !

  • Ron

    This is Freakin awsome.
    I now definitly visit the motoshow in Essen.

  • andehans

    Finally a clean & mean looking naked bike and some smart detailing. Why isn’t this in production? Why?

    • seanslides

      To put it simply: Because of Harley Davidson.

      • robotribe

        Damn. THIS is the American bike I actually want.

  • je

    I said I would never sell my 06 lightning… Today I must retract on that statement. If this ever goes prod I will buy.

    Best looking naked bike I have ever seen.

    • Nick

      I’ll still never sell my lightning, but this would look good next to it…Same color too :)

  • DoctorNine

    Looking at it, I’d probably want just a touch more rake. But Buell always goes balls to the wall on that stuff. Otherwise, dead sexy. Feels kind of like a KTM with less angles and more curves. And that air splitter/radiator housing is just gorgeous. Definitely in the ‘do want’ column. Well done guys!

  • smoke4ndmears

    Great execution of the radiator setup. Wouldn’t mind that front fender on my 1125!

  • Thomas

    …all parts will be available in the future for you guys!
    But we have to wait until the show in Essen is over and we got all the prices from our suppliers.

    THX for the feature Wes!!! You’ve been first – as always with the news ;-)

    • smoke4ndmears


  • je

    Wait are you saying I will be able to covert a everyday 1125r into this? Seriously you are my santa this year! Any idea what the kit will run so I can start selling stuff?

  • ike6116

    I wonder what Erik Buell rides as his daily bike?

    • smoke4ndmears

      I’ve read it’s a turbo-charged CityX.

      • Wes Siler

        He’s rides a Ulysses, among others.

        • Nick

          Some say his favorite daily bike was a Blue 2010 Blast…until it was cubed in an unfortunate filming mix-up :)

  • seanslides

    It’s got those twin round headlights I used to love so much on the Triumph Speed Triple. It also weighs a hundred pounds or so less, has 185hp, and it’s likely something like this is going to end up in production soon. Hmm…

  • scottydigital

    LOVELY!!!!!! Must have, must ride, must race it.

  • Jeremy

    Good lookin bike indeed…

  • Thomas

    You’ll be able to convert a normal 1125 into a Typhon – but we still don’t have all the costs together – it will be no cheap job – but worth every buck you spend! As soon as we know detailled costs, we’ll inform Wes so he might publish it – together with a pictured conversion-story?

  • Bronson

    I love it. Especially if available in Kit form for 1125 owners.