Erik Buell Racing Teases Two-Seat 1190RX

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Yesterday, Erik Buell Racing published this photo to its Facebook page. So far, so normal, right? it’s clearly an EBR 1190RS, their flagship, $40,000 superbike. But wait a second, that bike has neither a pillion pad nor passenger footrests. Hmmm…

Earlier this month, India’s Hero Motor Corp, already a technical partner and sponsor of EBR’s race team, invested $25 million in the company. With that, it was announced that EBR hopes to expand its sales volume from 65 motorcycles delivered in 2012 to 20,000 in 2017. While reaching that number will likely require a few more zeros, it will also require more models. A two-seat 1190 seems a logical first step, requiring minimal development or engineering to deliver. EBR has announced that, in addition to the RS, it plans three additional models in then near term: an RX, SX and AX. Assuming the first letter in those names is a model and the second a spec, it seems to make sense that the bike seen here could be the EBR 1190RX.

The 1190RS is actually the liquid-cooled superbike Erik had hoped to produce back when he worked for Harley, but that company instead chose to bring the 1125R to market first. While that bike was marketed as a superbike, Erik had, in fact, developed it as a sport tourer. Making 175bhp in EPA-compliant trim, the RS weighs just 389lbs (wet), putting it on par, performance wise with the latest crop of superbikes from larger manufacturers, like the Ducati 1199 Panigale.

  • AlexKnolly

    I assume it’s okay to post this here because Geoff May said it in public during a Q&A session at a Dainese store recently, but he said the 1190RX is designed to be a more affordable version of the RS and they’re aiming to launch it by November. They hadn’t been making the RS for awhile since they made all 100 of them but I saw just recently they were making 35 more this year prior to the RX’s introduction.

    When I saw that photo on their Facebook I was hoping it was the RX purely because it was a different bike than the RS that they had their manufacturer plate on when I was last at their factory… Of course I didn’t even notice the dead giveaway of the seat and passenger pegs, haha.

    • Wes Siler

      Thanks. Manufacturer plates get used across multiple bikes, that’s sorta their point.

      • AlexKnolly

        Ah yeah I knew that, I think I phrased it badly, I just meant I was excited that they had something else they were testing and was hoping it was the RX rather than just a different colored RS, but you guys are right, I think this is the first glimpse of the RX, I can’t wait!

  • TP

    Also, per EBR’s fb comment on the photo, its an in-house engine and not a Rotax.

  • Aaron Berg

    SX= naked bike?
    AX= adventure bike?

  • Kr Tong

    Any clue what the power drill or the stuff resting on the tank could possibly be for?

  • Kr Tong

    Just realized that rear shock’s a penske. Can almost make out “hyperco” on the spring.