Erik Buell Racing just posted this photo to their Facebook page. Presumably, it shows the headlight of the EBR 1190RS, the company’s new street bike. No text accompanied the photo, but we spoke to Erik two days ago and he told us he’s trying to have the bike ready in time for the Dealer Expo in Indianapolis on February 18.
The 1190RS is based on the EBR 1190RR race bike that you can see here. Essentially, it’ll be this 1190RR with lights, a street-legal exhaust and other road-going niceties.
The 1190RR makes 185hp at its rear wheel thanks to an 1190cc Rotax v-twin that’s based on the engine from the Buell 1125R, but converted by hand in EBR’s Wisconsin garage. It weighs 360lbs (wet) and retails for $44,900.
When we interviewed Erik back in October he explained that the 1190RS would be very small volume and come with a very high price tag. He floated the $39,995 Ducati 1198 R as being in the price ballpark and suggested the RS will come with a similarly high specification.
“It’s going to be low volume production,” Erik told us. “I mean tiny. I just don’t have the money to buy anything. But we can get the engines from Rotax, we’re going to have to convert them into an 1190 ourselves.”
While he was still at Harley, it was actually Erik's plan to release the 1190RS before the 1125R as a halo bike for the brand and an effective Superbike racer. "If we had raced the 1125RR as an 1190 superbke first and then come out with the 1125R, with the higher higher handlebars and the bigger fairing and the saddlebags — which is really what that bike was, a sports touring model, but things got mixed around by management — would it have sold better? No freaking doubt," said Erik in October. "I will go to my grave believing that we made a mistake."
This teaser video was released last September.
“Plans are to have it at the Indy show,” said Erik on Wednesday afternoon. “But man is it a squeeze to make that. Simply behind getting all the suppliers up to speed.”