Photos: Erik Buell Racing 1190 Typhon

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On Friday, we exclusively brought you the first photos and details of the EBR 1190 Typhon, a concept built by Pegasus, the largest Buell race team in the world. Today, we’re exclusively bringing you a high-res professional photo shoot of the bike, plus a few more details on how you can ride something similar.

Winning the European Sound of Thunder championship with an EBR 1190RR-B, Germany’s Pegasus Race Team has more experience with that bike than anyone else in the world. That experience led them to link up with Gruner Engineering to explore what something in the vein of a Firebolt or CR based on the 1190 could look and work like. Erik Buell assisted in the Typhon’s development, but this is not an EBR product.

The EBR 1190RR that the Typhon is based on is Erik Buell Racing’s flagship superbike racer. Derived from the 1125R, this 1190cc v-twin puts out 185hp at the rear wheel and 93lb/ft of torque. It’s incredibly light too, weighing just 163kg/360lbs (dry). Watching Pegasus win the last Sound of Thunder race of the 2010 season at Oschersleben, their 1190RR would initially lose ground to bikes like the BMW S1000RR out of the last corner as it struggled to keep its front wheel on the ground, but the EBR had so much power that it would still be passing the BMWs before that straight’s braking zone. Perfect basis for a naked bike then.

The team put most of its work into devising a neatly integrated solution to house the two radiators, oil-cooler, vortex generators and ram-air intake. As you can see in this photo, the ram-air intake is tucked under the triple clamp and above the gap in the radiators left to allow the wheel clearance when the forks are fully compressed. Pegasus’s efforts to make the Typhon as aerodynamic as possible can also be seen in the front fender, which extends all the way to the bottom of the fork legs like on a Moto2 bike. Pegasus’s Heiko Jessat and Jens Krüper designed all this from scratch in just four weeks using a CAD program.

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Pegasus is also proud of the MotoGadget clocks, which you can see in this video,

They Typhon monicker comes from the name of an immortal storm giant in Greek mythology. Typhon was the mythological source of devastating storm winds. Since past Buell’s were called things like Lightning and Thunderbolt, naming this bike after a storm giant nicely illustrates the evolution from air-cooled Harley motors to an almost unbelievably powerful, hand-assembled v-twin. When you hear the bike at full throttle, it sounds just like some ancient, and very angry, monster.

Want to own a Typhon? Well, there’s good and bad news. The good news is that Pegasus hopes to sell kits to convert 1125R and CRs into something similar with new radiators, oil-coolers, clocks and covers, as seen here. The bad news is that Pegasus isn’t a vehicle manufacturer, so has no plans to put anything like the total package into production.

It’ll be interesting to see what happens after the EBR 1190RS goes on-sale this winter.

Pegasus Race Team

There’s 15 high-res photos in this gallery.

  • Michael

    this is a thing of beauty

  • cookey

    yep, they’ve turned what I consider to be a horrendous looking superbike into a handsome naked…. integrating the rad cowls with the belly pan is something I’ve considered before and I think this is the first time I’ve seen it done successfully… but the best bit about this bike is without doubt that rear subframe. wow’ee.

  • cookey

    and those raised, straightened, flattened out clip-ons are perfect for a bike of this kind. for me at least…. in fact the only thing that doesn’t sit right with me is the round/oval silencer… a shaped box following the profile of the belly pan would fix that without too much trouble…

    • je

      You could have shown this in crayon and I would have been sold. Please make this affordable for the average guy. How about an early bird group buy. This will get you money up front, product on bikes and wellllllllll make me happy. Also will this be a complete kit or will you be able to buy just certain sections? While I like the digital dash it’s a cost I don’t really need to spend.

      Will this be distributed via EBR stateside? Shipping individually is going to be insane.

      I do have one suggestion though. Having the belly pan come all the way back like the confederate wraith would look a lot better in my opinion. It would hide the exhaust and you could do a slick dual round outlet to give it a hot rod look.

      Huge thanks for putting this together.. You have honestly built my pretty much my dream bike.

      • je

        This wasnt suppose to be under cooky.. My bad…

  • seanslides

    That thing is absolutely lustworthy. There’s pretty much nothing I can find fault with. Time to start saving my pennies.

  • Ted

    I found the sheep’s skull, what do I win?

  • Steve

    A few bits on the heritage of this bike:

    The radiator and the oil coolers were designed in late 2009, just before and immediately after Buell’s closing announcement. They were intended for the homologation Superbike version of the never-introduced Barracuda 2 for the 2010 AMA season. Obviously, the 1125cc B2 never saw the light of day, nor did the 1190cc homologation version, the bike that would have been to the B2 as the 1098R was to the 1098.

    The magnesium subframe is a production-intent B2 part — completely tooled for die-casting before Buell’s closing — that was highly structurally optimized. The two-up version of it weighs less than some racing single-seat subframes.

    The seat/tail shape is a racing version of the production B2, which would have been the handsomest Buell ever.

    The muffler can is from the Buell race exhaust, and it’s quite the minimal “muffler”. It won’t get the 1190RR past trackside monitors on circuits that are insistent on noise limits, such as Assen. But that race exhaust sure does improve power.

    The fork legs are B2 production-intent Showa big-piston units, that proved better in testing with McWilliams, Eslick, et al.than $4000 gas-charged fork kits in 2008. Ohlins and K-Tech have probably made something better by now, but those are really good forks.

    The front wheel is a 1125R part, nothing special though this may be the racing mag version, a $800 part that saved a couple of pounds. The B2 front wheel was almost as light in aluminum. The rear appears to a PVM forged and billet wheel. The B2 rear wheel would have been almost as light with a retail price at the parts counter 25 percent of the retail price of the PVM. The front brake disk is the mid-2009 racing version, which would have been standard on the B2. The 2010 version that Geoff May ran in the last American Superbike races doesn’t have any holes through it, and, along with “ZTL 2.5″ changes to the brake caliper, essentially solved thermal issues with the ZTL brake system. May was handily outbraking Yosh Suzukis at Barber and VIR.

  • Steve

    Also, the airbox cover is production B2 in shape. The airbox underneath, based on the large air inlet, is likely the carbon-fiber racing version available through EBR. Fitting down between the frame rails and enclosing the throttle bodies, that airbox comes close to doubling airbox volume and tripling the minimum area in the ram-air tube. While the standard 1125R airbox works well with that bike’s 146-hp power level, it kills the top-end of the 1190. This one comes close to the performance of open-inlets on a dyno without ram-air, while improving performance at speed via ram-air.

  • Jens

    Steve,we haven´t done that work if it would not be true what you say (-.

  • Thomas

    …and its mentioned everywhere that the bike is built from our EBR1190 racebike!!!

  • je

    Thomas I will be more then happy to test this on a 1125 for you stateside :) I will be sure to take plenty of pictures of the install and post them on the major buell forms.

    I swear I’m not a buell fan boy *shifty eyes*

  • JRl

    looks amazing!

  • Steve

    Jens and Thomas — the bike is beautiful and I appreciate the effort in building it. I only wanted to indicate that you have completed and added your own very stylish style to things that were percolating within Buell at its closing. There were people who worked hard to finish those radiators, for instance, even though they knew they wouldn’t have a job in six weeks.

  • Jens

    Steve, we know. (-: That´s why we setted up on that great work. We can´t turn back the clock and we are not responsible for H-D boards politic. But we also see that there is no time to waste to push the things further. In the interest of all of us who love Erik bikes.

  • Thomas

    …tonight opens the shop at – and when all the parts have been tested for the conversion of 1125R/CR they will be available there! Road tests of the parts are end of march 2011 in Spain – and parts will be available earliest in summer 2011!