What do you do if you’re a tiny volunteer-only European race team developing a naked version of the EBR 1190RR both as a product for the street and as a race bike? Why, you obtain the fastest liter bike of the moment, the BMW S1000RR, and spend a week in Spain trying to make your roadster go faster than the superbike, that’s what.
Having just presented the EBR 1190 Typhon as a concept model in November, Pegasus Race Team and Gruner Engineering got such a positive response that they decided to develop the bike as a kit, enabling any EBR 1125 or 1190 owner to build their own Typhon. Like we told you last week, they’ll be racing it this year too, campaigning it in the European BEARS series against European and American superbikes like that S1000RR and the Aprilia RSV4. Yeah, these guys are a little insane.
“We must learn where the competition is standing,” explains Jens Krüper, the Pegasus team manager. “We have neither traction or wheelie control or race ABS and the BMW S1000RR,in this respect, an absolutely stunning bike.”
Equipped with only a stock 1125 engine instead of the 185rwhp 1190 motor, the Typhon was predictably slower on the straights than the faired EBR 1125R, but only by about 6mph. But, even around the 3.2-mile Motorland Aragon circuit, the Typhon was able to lap within two seconds of the BMW S1000RR when both bikes were on the same tires.
“Actually, you can not compare the bikes,” say Harald Kitsch, who will race both the Typhon and the 1190RR for Pegasus this year. “The S1000RR is heavier and is more delicate in the choice of the line, but has endless power. The rider assistance systems such as traction control and ABS work really fine. With the Typhon I drive lines that you’d hardly believe possible. It is light, agile and, even with the stock Buell engine, a lot of fun.”
“The chassis Erik Buell developed and the Rotax engine are an extraordinary combination,” says Thomas Wanner, Pegasus Race Team’s owner. He’s pictured above aboard his XBR race bike at the test. “We have the task of developing the Typhon conversion kit for the 1125R and CR models to a quality which will allow series production. “I believe in the future of this concept, especially in a time when more and more technological gadgets go to the market, there is more than ever a demand for a motorcycle in which the focus is on driving pleasure.”
The six-day test enabled Pegasus to test not only the Typhon conversion components, but also new suspension parts from AST and to familiarize themselves with using a 2D Data Recording System.
AST is headquartered in Holland, but has recently entered the US with suspension components for GrandAm racing. The head of AST’s motorcycle department is another Buell racer, Ronnie Kreeft. “We were trying an all-new big piston shock,” says Ronnie. “At first I was skeptical, but Harald was able to lap on par with last year’s suspension from the first lap, then improve from there. That’s great motivation to continue with this idea.”
The Typhon will race for the first time at Lausitzring on April 16 and 17. You’ll read about it here.