As we expected after uncovering trademark filings earlier this month, Erik Buell Racing will debut a new model called the Black Lightning at the Long Beach International Motorcycle Show. Based on the EBR 1190SX, the Black Lightning offers more upright ergonomics and higher torque delivery for urban riding.

Visually, the Black Lightning looks like a blacked-out version of the 1190SX. The engine is the same 1190cc V-Twin, claiming 185 hp, but EBR revised the gearing to provide more practical torque for street use.

The seat height and footpegs are lower than on the 1190SX while the handlebars are higher, creating a more upright riding position. EBR says it will also offer an optional comfort seat as well.

“When you combine the upright seating with intense acceleration, you have the ultimate all around superbike,” says Erik Buell. “It has striking looks and performance for urban riders, and yet it is comfortable for a long day of riding or sport touring.”.

The Black Lightning is the first motorcycle announced since EBR was acquired by Liquid Asset Partners LLC, and the new owners say there is more on the way including a new sub-$10,000 platform for 2018.

“With this new model, an improved capital structure, and additional models in development, it is an exciting time at EBR Motorcycles,” says Bill Melvin, EBR’s chief financial officer.

EBR will present the 1190 Black Lightning on Nov. 18 at the Long Beach show with a Facebook Live presentation streaming at 4 pm PST.

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  • Randy Darino

    please Buell,stop it,move on,go away.

  • DickRuble

    There was no need to drop the seat height, just the pegs. Now the bike looks like a donkey with a bad case of lordosis.

  • TC

    Don’t know what it is with all these bikes that look like they were designed by Optimus Prime. That being said, best of luck to Buell, I owned two of them.

    • 12er

      I think the Crazy Crab, uh er old 1125CR looks better. Not that I meant that as a compliment…

      • Born to Ride

        I love the crazy crab in all-black. It is so unique and muscular and crab-like. Almost bought one a few years back.

  • JMDonald

    My only experience with Buell was with a rented Ulysses many years ago. I liked it but not enough to buy one. I like the look of this bike. I’d like to ride one. If it is priced competitvely it should sell.

    • 12er

      I loved everything but the motor in the Uly, almost bought one when they were phasing them out for $8k but much happier with my Multi.

      • Buzz

        I rode the first Uly but DAMN that thing was tall. I think the revised version was a little lower.

        • Born to Ride

          If I’m not mistaken, the 34″ seat height claimed on the uly was a laden seat height. Meaning with no rider it was probably over 35″

          • 12er

            Another reason I liked it, I could still flat foot it (6’6″)

          • Born to Ride

            I could barely tip-toe (5’10″…. with boots on)

  • Mark Vizcarra

    What!!! what happened to the Norcal IMS????

    • 12er

      uh yeah… Guess Sac flopped and they scrapped it for us. Thanks guys…

  • Starmag

    Thankfully it’s got the heritage to back up the name, no wait…
    Thankfully it’s not just another black bike, no wait….
    Thankfully it’s not just another transformers mess, no wait…
    Thankfully it’s got a nice seat, no wait…

    Erik sells a street legal racebike because HE likes racing. He also sells the same bike stripped of it’s fairing. Now he sells the same thing lowered. Radical. Erik, you might want to consider your customers needs before your own. How are supersport sales going these days? Not much competition in that segment either, right?

    • denchung

      Well, technically there is a bit of heritage there. Buell made a special edition S1 White Lightning in 1997.

    • Born to Ride

      Sadly, I actually have to agree with you on this one. But its not like they have a whole lot of funds circulating just yet.

      • DickRuble

        Not having the funds is further reason not to waste them on the WRONG design!! The SX was fine; tweak the engine, raise the handle bar, lower the pegs and bring them forward, pad the seat. DONE! Instead they screwed up royally.. Not sure how much input EB had on this.. might be the new owners playing designers..

        • Born to Ride

          I simply do not like the styling of the SX. Something about the pointy headlight and it’s broad shoulders. The tail looks silly to me too. Just all around I think the old lightnings are far more aesthetically appealing.

          • DickRuble

            ok the old SX wasn’t a looker, but this one is a disaster.

          • Born to Ride

            Certainly not an improvement, that s for sure.

  • Old MOron

    I’ll wait till I sit on it at Long Beach before I consider joining the quire of bellyachers. Sheesh.

    • Auphliam

      If you don’t mind, could you post your findings here? Interested to know how the new setup feels.

      • Old MOron

        Well, things have come up this weekend, and it looks like I’ll not attend the show after all. Sorry about that.

        • Auphliam

          All for the best, I suppose. I’m already tempted enough to consider finding one of these within a reasonable distance to me. More information would’ve probably put me over the edge 🙂

  • mackja

    This bike is a direct result of EBR listening to customer, many have asked for better gearing and drivability for urban use, more comfortable riding position, along with a lower seat height for shorter riders. Also there is mention of more accessories, I will be interested in the comfort seat for my sx. New platforms will be coming, but there is nothing wrong with working the current platform to make multiple models, the Ducati scrambler has 6 models now on the same platform. Give them some time and I am sure some cool stuff will develope.

  • Tod Rafferty

    So this is the under $10K model? he asked, expectantly.

    • HeDidn’tWeDid

      Considering how much the other mainstream manufacturers have advanced their motorcycles since Buell has been shut down I would hope this is NOT going to be priced at anything over $14k-15k. There is no mention of traction control, ect.

      • It’s based on the SX, so it has the 21-level TC and ever other feature therein.

        Elaborate on “ect.” (surely you meant etc.)

        • HeDidn’tWeDid

          Not sure what I meant, ext. Well, I am glad it has traction control. But does it have heated grips?

          • Is a bike including heated grips from the factory actually a real factor in your purchase decision, or are you gripping for straws so that you can poo poo the bike over the lack of some minor feature that can be added after purchase?

            The EBR 1190SX MSRP is $12,995.
            The BMW S1000R “Premium Package” (which you have to buy for the heated grips) MSRP is $15,295.

            I’m quite certain that you can add heated grips to the EBR for less than the difference which is $2,300. You also get 25 HP & 19 FtLbs more on the EBR, and 13.1765 lbs less weight.

          • HeDidn’tWeDid

            Oh, absolutely. No heated grips equals no deal. Next you are going to tell me this bike doesn’t even come with cruise control.

          • Maybe you’d be happier with a car. You can get those with heated steering wheels, heated seats, and cruise control. Some of them will even drive you around by themselves.

          • Born to Ride

            Well, on the Dyno I think their horsepower figures are pretty even. Both putting down numbers just north of 150. But yeah, it weighs less, costs less, and performs extremely similarly. I don’t see where all the hate comes from when it stacks up so well against its competition.

          • I don’t get it either… Many people seem to have made up their minds and don’t want to be confused with facts contrary to their preconceptions and biases.

            I still love my 2008 Buell 1125R which I’ve put over 63,000 miles on, but I also enjoy my 2005 Yamaha FJR1300ATC with over 93,000 miles and even like flogging my 2010 Yamaha FZ6-RC with over 24,000 miles now and then. I have also enjoyed other bikes I’ve ridden including a 2016 Motus MST-R, 2014 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC ABS, 2010 H-D Road King, 2008 Suzuki Hayabusa, 2007 H-D V-Rod, and many, many others… Nothing is quite like the bikes by Erik Buell.

            However, the wonderful thing about motorcycling is that there are many manufacturers and models to choose from which are suitable for many purposes and appeal to many different people for many different reasons. To suggest that one motorcycle is ultimately superior to all others for every rider and riding style, and that no others are worthy of existing, is folly.

          • Born to Ride

            You sound like a rider after my own heart. I also ride tens of thousands of miles a year. None of my bikes are cutting edge or insanely focused, but I still enjoy riding the shit out of them. I think I have still yet to ride a bike that is as well rounded as my Multi 1100s with its whopping 85 hp.

          • Indeed, and we seem to be located near each other. Perhaps we can ride together some time in a group ride. I ride with the Inland Empire Sport Riders quite regularly. Check them out on Meetup and/or contact me via Social Media through my profile if you want.

  • Tod Rafferty

    Oops, “on the way” for 2018. Never mind.

  • AM

    Just hopeless. Simple as that. Erik Buell innovations just doesn’t work anywhere. Street or track. He failed and now wants to come back with the same thing? Test rode the previous model SX and then I understood the reason why they failed.

    • Born to Ride

      Do you just cut and paste this exact comment in every single Buell article? Please go away.

      • AM

        What else is to say? Tell us.

    • DickRuble

      Tell us more.. what was wrong with the SX in your opinion.

      • AM

        Well, apparently you have no idea what a good motorcycle is, in all aspects. Go ride one, and see for yourself.

        • DickRuble

          Well.. we were interested to hear your opinion but now we see you’re just full of shit.

    • I test rode the RX & SX last Wednesday and mostly enjoyed them. Only things I would change are the seat which I found a bit to thin and slick and a higher windscreen on the RX.

      • AM

        When you haven’t ridden a good motorcycle, and have no idea of what is a good motorcycle it’s easy to enjoy them.

        • mackja

          The motorcycle oracle has spoken! lol

      • Born to Ride

        Don’t feed the trolls man. Internet 101.

  • Jeff

    No good. 185 horsepower, comfortable ergonomics, traction control and a 415lb dry weight. Count me out, I think a Harley Davidson Wide Glide is in my future.

  • Larry Kahn

    Who are they figuring the market is for this model? Not cruiser, sportbike or standard riders that I can see. Maybe fits into the Diavel power cruiser scene but don’t think it will steal many sales from that. I respect Mr. Buell a great deal, enjoyed some years with an 1125 CR, but I don’t think this version is the way to go. I’d love to see them succeed, but damn..

    • Ian Parkes

      Maybe the same market every other naked bike manufacturer has identified – but with extra sauce for those with short legs?

  • SRMark

    A bit too much of yesterday’s left-over origami styling. I guess ya gotta start with what ya got though. And i hope they have picked up all the banana peels around East Troy.

  • Craig Hoffman

    As the saying goes, the definition of crazy is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results. I give you Exhibit A, Erik Buell.

    At some point others are going to tire of Erik burning all their money.

  • Buzz

    I plan on visiting Long Beach for the show. Is Friday night still MoFO night?

  • Mahatma

    Did EBR drop having a design department?It’s an aesthetically mess.Hopefully they’ll get the important things right

    • Ian Parkes

      Agreed. I’ve never been a fan of origami styling, but proper designers can make it work. This looks like a homebuilt custom, or a Mad Max prop – especially the drainpipe exhausts. Look and feel (and sound) have become increasingly important now that reliability and performance are no longer issues. This isn’t pretty (except for the subframe) but maybe this brutalist approach, which works well in black, will appeal to some. After everything I’ve said, I feel a slight tingle myself.

      • DickRuble

        This looks like a homebuilt custom
        This looks like a homebuilt custom
        This looks like a homebuilt custom
        This looks like a homebuilt custom
        This looks like a homebuilt custom

        you can say it again.. That’s exactly what it looks like.

  • AZgman

    It looks like an unfinished bike from 2002. People will buy these?

  • mackja

    Weather you like or dislike EBR motorcycles aside, no other motorcycle generates the level of comments on this and many other sites. As an owner of 15 motorcycles of all makes, brands and styles, I know a good motorcycle when I ride it and the EBR is a good if not great motorcycle. I prefer twins over I4 or I3 engines and I have owned all three, I have ridden Ducati, owned KTM, Yamaha, Suzuki, and Harley twins, for me the EBR is the best of the crop.

  • krishan adhikari

    has this been launched? and have any test rides been done for the bike?