It seems that Cycle World were the first to publish photos of the entire Erik Buell Racing 1190RS, a hotly anticipated American supersport that until now we were only offered teasing glimpses of via Erik Buell Racing’s Facebook page.
Make no mistake, this is not a street bike at heart; under the carbon fibre bodywork and stacked headlights is a bona fide racing machine, apparently detuned from full competition form through a thicker cylinder base gasket, remapped electronics and a quieter, cleaner exhaust.
It seems that Erik Buell has applied everything he’s learned at the racetrack and
on the drawing board onto this machine to drop the weight, including extensive use of carbon fibre, a narrow 520 drive chain and trimming parts to their minimum (just look at that skeletal front wheel).
Buell used Ohlins fully adjustable suspension, and has incorporated his trademark inboard front brake, using an eight-piston caliper with cooling ducts added to keep the heat down.
The Carbon Edition shown here is reportedly so light that an optional 20-lb weight ballast is available to meet the AMA Superbike minimum weight limit of 380 lb.
Power figures haven’t been released but the 1,190 cc V-twin should produce somewhere in the vicinity of 170 hp.