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EBR 1190 RX put to the test

Cheaper RS ​​offshoot

EBR founder Erik Buell has now derived the lower-priced EBR 1190 RX from the exclusive 1190 RS racing machine – an American V2 superbike built with components from all over the world.

D.Ace Erik Buell is a tinkerer and a lateral thinker should be well known. Under the aegis of Harley, his company has developed a whole range of machines beyond the mainstream, powered by spruced up Sportster engines. Some of them look a bit bizarre, but always technically very special. Shortly before closing time, Harley / Buell brought out the 1125 R, a composition of typical Buell chassis and modern, water-cooled Rotax V2. But it could not really prove itself in the market, because soon afterwards Harley surprisingly stopped the Buell production.

EBR 1190 RX put to the test

Cheaper RS ​​offshoot

EWC come onto the market. The 1190 engine, which is now completely built by EBR, differs significantly from the original V2 engine developed by Rotax. This begins with the expansion of the displacement, which is achieved with pistons three millimeters larger. Some European suppliers of engine parts have remained from the Rotax era, for example crankshafts, connecting rods and pistons continue to come from Germany and Austria.

EBR 1190 RX with 175 hp

The manufacturer specifies a whopping 185 hp as the top performance, with the European homologation remaining 175 hp. In terms of paper, the EBR 1190 RX is thus exactly on the level of the conceptually similar KTM 1190 RC8 R, the more radical Ducati 1199 Panigale, according to the manufacturer, has an additional 20 HP. 175 HP are definitely a brave figure, because the Rotax 1125 originally delivered a modest 148 HP.

At the same time, the new EBR 1190 RX should be environmentally friendly and clean. Erik Buell prides itself on the fact that US environmental regulations regarding pollutant emissions have not only been met, but are well undercut. To do this, he uses some clever tricks – typically Buell. For example, the inlet valves in each cylinder open one after the other, offset by one millimeter, which swirls the fresh gases drawn in before combustion. One of the two connecting pipes between the front silencer and the muffler is closed and functions as a resonance chamber in order to achieve a charging effect in certain speed ranges. At the same time, the US noise limits are undercut by two dB, without the flap tricks that are common today.

The EBR 1190 RX is definitely quiet, and bubbles out of the powerful pipes of the small rear silencer when the vehicle is stationary. After a short downtime, the noise is drowned out by the fan fans, as is known from the Harley Buells. The RX needs these fans despite water cooling because the motor is encapsulated by the wide frame profiles. Additional plastic cladding ensures that the airflow is directed through the motorcycle in a targeted manner. Three balancer shafts ensure that the 72-degree V2 runs smoothly without any rough shaking. With success: Annoying vibrations are not recorded in any speed range.

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Less than 6 L / 100 km when driving cautiously

The V2 of the EBR 1190 RX definitely delivers plenty of pressure. At the top he clicks with a lot of verve up to the rev limiter, pushes the machine on the track even beyond 250 km / h. The homologated top speed of 300 km / h is somewhat optimistic, however, as there is a lack of power and speed reserves.

However, the pressure in the middle is more important than the tip on the country road. The EBR 1190 RX starts with a lot of torque low down, remains a little flatter in the middle than, for example, the equally powerful KTM RC8 R, but delivers clearly more power than a Ducati Panigale in the lower three quarters of the speed range . A good V2 engine that can only be criticized for the not yet perfect coordination in the partial load range. When you put it on lightly, the V-Twin sometimes comes to a halt a little, and seems inhibited. Perhaps also the result of a meager vote, because in terms of consumption, the EWC is economical in contrast to the 1125 Buell. When driving cautiously, he treats himself to well below six liters / 100 km. With 17 liters of fuel in the mighty frame profiles, you can plan for decent stages.

ABS is still to come

The fun in everyday life is spoiled by the high operating force of the clutch. The vacuum servo mechanism developed by Rotax was adopted, but it only works noticeably at medium speeds. In the city in particular, however, you tend to pull the clutch in the lower speed range, and there is no support there. This is not the only reason why a shift assistant for the EBR 1190 RX would be desirable.

Operating force is also an issue with the brake. The huge single-disc brake pinches hard on the first impression, and when braking hard you have to pull the lever properly despite the increased disc diameter. The bigger drawback, however, is the moderate feedback; the EBR brake can certainly not compete with a current Brembo monoblock system. Unfortunately, an ABS was still missing, the manufacturer is currently working on it.

Electronically not yet completely up to date

After all, there is a traction control adjustable in 20 levels, which prevents rough slides when accelerating out and also controls wheelies. A technically simple system that can only be operated while standing and is a bit fiddly on the display. Electronically, the EBR 1190 RX is not yet completely up to date, ABS, mappings, driving programs and their operation at the handlebars remain wishes for the time being.

The fact that fun on winding roads still has no holes is due to the agile chassis. Playfully, but not nervously, the EBR 1190 RX falls into an inclined position, precisely and neutrally without steering corrections. The RX weighs only 206 kilograms including fuel, perhaps the Buell-typical measures for mass centralization also play a positive role. At the same time, it convinces in fast corners and long straights with unshakable stability. The Showa suspension is also responsive and ensures clear transparency.

The EBR 1190 RX is certainly not a perfect motorcycle, but given the limited resources of this small company, it is definitely a considerable one. And one with rough edges, a typical Buell creation. The price for the exclusivity is limited at just under 17,000 euros.

Technical data EBR 1190 RX


Performance chart.

Water-cooled two-cylinder four-stroke 72-degree V-engine, three balance shafts, oven overhead, gear / chain-driven camshafts each, four valves per cylinder, rocker arm, dry sump lubrication, injection, 2 x Ø 61 mm, regulated catalytic converter with secondary air system, alternator 432 W, battery 12 V / 12 Ah, hydraulically operated multi-disc oil bath clutch (anti-hopping), six-speed gearbox, chain, secondary ratio 41:16.

Boron x stroke: 106.0 x 67.5 mm
Displacement: 1191 cm³
Compression ratio: 13.4: 1
Rated output: 128.0 kW (174 hp) at 11,000 rpm
Max. Torque: 138 Nm at 8200 rpm

landing gear
Bridge frame made of aluminum, upside-down fork, Ø 43 mm, hydraulic steering damper, adjustable spring base, rebound and compression damping, two-arm swing arm made of aluminum, central spring strut, directly hinged, adjustable spring base, rebound and compression damping, internal disc brake at the front, Ø 386 mm, Eight-piston fixed caliper, rear disc brake, Ø 220 mm, single-piston floating caliper.

Cast aluminum wheels: 3.50 x 17; 6.00 x 17
Tires: 120/70 ZR 17; 190/55 ZR 17
Tires tested: Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa

Dimensions + weights
Wheelbase 1409 mm, steering head angle 67.6 degrees, caster 97 mm, spring travel f / r 120/130 mm, seat height * 820 mm, weight with a full tank * 206 kg, load * 168 kg, tank capacity 17.1 liters.

Guarantee: two years
Service intervals: every 10,000 km
Colors: yellow, red, black
Price: 16,990 euros
Additional costs: 150 euros
Sales: EBR Motorcycles Dresden, Industriering 3, 01744 Dippoldiswalde, www.ebr-dresden.de

Top speed: 300 km / h

0-100 km / h: 3.2 sec
0–140 km / h: 4.7 seconds
0-200 km / h: 8.4 seconds

60–100 km / h: 4.0 sec
100–140 km / h: 3.7 seconds
140–180 km / h: 4.5 seconds

Speedometer deviation
effective (display 50/100): 50/100 km / h

Country road: 5.7 l / 100 km
theoretical range: 300 km
Fuel type: Super Plus

Eric Buell Racing


Second attempt: Erik Buell (64) founded his new company, EBR, in 2010, one year after the Buell brand was abandoned.

As early as 1983, the racing driver Erik Buell had set up a small tuning company that built racing machines in small series – first with Barton two-stroke engines, later with Harley engines. After the company grew rapidly in the 1990s, Harley-Davidson initially took over the majority of the shares in 1998, then even a full 100 percent in 2003. At the end of 2009, however, the parent company, which was in financial difficulties, suddenly announced the end of the Buell brand. The company founder could easily have retired, but just one year after the Buell-Aus, he founded a new company called EBR (Erik Buell Racing), which took over the old company headquarters in East Troy / Wisconsin. In contrast, Harley did not want to give him back the naming rights to the Buell brand. The first EBR motorcycle was the 1190 SX, a limited edition superbike based on the Buell 1125 R, which was still developed in the Harley era. At the end of 2012, Hero, India’s largest motorcycle manufacturer, joined EBR with 49.2 percent. When it was founded, four employees worked at EBR, today there are 150. EBR develops for Hero and is working on other models in parallel. An 1190 adventure bike in the style of the Buell Ulysses will soon follow, and production of the 1190 SX naked bike is currently starting.

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