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Erik Buell Racing 1190RX Sportbike

By: on April 06, 2014
$18,995
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And I thought cheese curds and Heather Graham were the best things ever to come out of Wisconsin. From the humble city limits of East Troy, Erik Buell is releasing his first big production motorcycle under the Erik Buell Racing brand. The EBR 1190RX also aims to establish itself as another first: the first high-end American sportbike. Comparable to competitor Ducati's Panigale and the Aprilia RSV4, but, you know, bigger and better. I'm sure sport riders will have varied opinions on the veracity of that sentiment, but at 185hp, and equipped with the highest torque available on a street-legal production bike, the EBR 1190RX is at least worth a second look.

The RX's 72-degree, 1190cc V-twin engine was first used in Buell's RS model, a $40,000 bike EBR made in an edition of only 100 back in 2010. Since then, the company has refined it to increase crankshaft horsepower from 175 to 185, and torque by 5 pound-feet, to 102 at around 8,000 rpm. The bike's frame is Buell's trademark aluminum with integral fuel tank. Empty-tank weight of the 1190RX is 419 pounds.

You can check out a EBR 1190RX test ride review and more photos from Cycle World here.

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