First Look: 2014 EBR 1190RX

Andrea Wilson | October 18, 2013
EBR adds an new edition to their sportbike line: the 2014 1190RX.

Meet the new EBR 1190RX.

Erik Buell and company have added a new steed to the EBR line – the 2014 1190RX. Building off of its 1190RS, which they refer to as a pure racebike, the new 1190RX takes a lot from its predecessor and builds on it, offering some impressive claims such as a more powerful, clean, efficient engine. But what’s most noticeable is the significant drop in price from its predecessor – a $23,000 difference with the 1190RX’s listed MSRP price of $18,995.

Although there are changes in the new sportbike, Buell’s signature components remain on the 1190RX, including its fuel-in-the-frame chassis and its eight-piston brake caliper and perimeter rotor assembly.

EBR claims 185 horsepower from its 1190cc V-twin while boasting of the best torque in its class at almost 102 foot-pounds of peak torque. It also boasts impressive fuel efficiency with its claim of 51.8 miles per gallon on the highway while producing emissions that are less than 25 percent of those allowed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards. 

How are they able to achieve all of this? EBR cites two key items:

Controlled Swirl Induction: “Causing a specific type of swirl in the air entering the combustion chamber allows the EBR ET-V2 (East Troy V-Twin) engine to produce more power, a broader torque band and better fuel economy.”

Heres a visual description of what helps make the EBR 1190RX a powerful  clean and efficient engine - Controlled Swirl Induction.

A visual explanation of Controlled Swirl Induction

Quarter Wave Tuner: “Our engineers found that a secondary resonator has a large benefit to helping a V-twin make power and mid-range. The resonator provides an opportunity for a quarter-wave tuner that adds mid-range performance while meeting noise regulations.”

A visual explanation of the Quarter Wave Tuner: Our engineers found that a secondary resonator has a large benefit to helping a V-twin make power and mid-range. The resonator provides an opportunity for a quarter-wave tuner that adds mid-range performance while meeting noise regulations.

A visual explanation of Quarter Wave Tuner

With this powerful and energy efficient V-twin, EBR is offering some help in managing it with its first-ever production model to come standard with traction control. And there’s plenty of options with 21 different settings.

At 419 pounds without fuel, it weighs 30 more pounds than its 1190RS predecessor. Also, the 1190RX comes with fully adjustable Showa suspension front and rear – with a Big Piston Fork up front. The 1190RS, meanwhile, came with Ohlins suspension. Another slight difference is that the seat height on the 1190RX is two inches higher than the RS model.

The 1190RX includes a bright LED headlight and a multi-function digital instrument cluster that allows the rider to adjust performance parameters such as traction control as well as other data, such as service intervals, system diagnostics, and track performance data.

All of the EBR 1190RXs are going to be completely assembled in the EBR facility in East Troy, Wisconsin, and full-scale production is set to begin in December. They will be offered in three colors: Strike Yellow, Galactic Black, and Racing Red

The new EBR 1190RX borrows a lot from its predecessor the EBR 1190RS  but is offered at a much lower price of  18 995.

2014 EBR 1190RX Specifications:

Engine: 72° V-Twin, liquid-cooled

Bore x Stroke: 106 x 67.5mm

Displacement: 1190cc

Compression Ratio: 13.4:1

Fueling: EFI with 2-port injectors and 2 showerhead injectors

Redline: 11,500 rpm

Peak Torque (claimed): 101.6 lb-ft @ 8200 rpm

Peak Horsepower (claimed): 185 hp @ 10600 rpm

Clutch: Hydraulic actuation, vacuum operated slipper

Primary Drive: Gear Drive, 36/65

Transmission Ratios: 1st 2.46; 2nd 1.75; 3rd 1.38; 4th 1.17; 5th 1.04; 6th 0.96

Final Drive: 520 Z-Ring Chain, 16/41

Length: 80.3 inch (2040 mm)

Width: 29.0 inch (737 mm)

Height: 43.7 inch (1110 mm)

Wheelbase: 55.5 inch (1409 mm)

Seat Height: 32.5 inch (826 mm)

Ground Clearance: 4.7 inch (120 mm)

Trail: 3.80 inch (96.5 mm)

Rake: 22.4°

Lean Angle: 55°

Front Wheel: 17×3.5 aluminum with Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa 120/70 ZR-17

Rear Wheel: 17×6.0 aluminum with Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa 190/55 ZR-17

Fuel Capacity: 4.5 gal (17.1 L)

Weight (Wet, no fuel): 419 pounds (190 kg)

Load Capacity: 383 pounds (174 kg)

Frame: Aluminum frame with integral fuel reservoir

Swingarm: Aluminum

Front Suspension: Showa, inverted big piston front forks

Rear Suspension: Showa, single shock without linkage

Front Brake: 386mm single perimeter rotor, 8-piston inside-out caliper

Rear Brake: 220mm rotor, 2-piston Hayes Performance Brakes Caliper

Colors: Galactic Black, Strike Yellow and Racing Red

MSRP: $18,995

Andrea Wilson | Associate Editor / Website Coordinator

Andrea has been shooting everything from flat track to road racing in her job as a professional freelance photographer, but she's made the move to a full-time staff position at Cycle News where her love of all things motorcycling will translate well. Wilson has proven her worth as more than a photographer as she migrates to the written word with everything from race coverage to interviews.