Top 10 Anticipated Bikes Of 2014

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3. EBR 1190RX

EBR 1190RX

What is it?
The EBR 1190RX is the production sportbike Erik Buell has always wanted to make. Sure, there was the 1190RS before it, but there’s only 35 of them and they cost nearly 50-large ($46,495). The 1190RX is a new version of the RS designed for larger-scale production and boasts technology like 21-level traction control, full-color TFT instrumentation, an LED headlight and the use of magnesium to keep weight down to 419 lbs. ready-to-ride (minus fuel). The big difference between the RX and RS is the much more reasonable price tag: $18,995.

Why are we excited to ride it?
Two numbers: 185 and 102. Those are the respective horsepower and torque (in ft-lb) figures the 1190RX is reported to deliver. To finally ride Erik Buell’s master creation — one built without the constraints of The Motor Company — will be exciting in itself. Buell has always thought outside the box, and we’ve always liked the sweet-handling chassis Buells have been known for. If the 1125R was a taste of what was to come, then the 1190RX has us truly foaming at the mouth. We were saddened when Buell closed its doors and were cautiously optimistic when EBR then opened. So in this particular case, we’re excited about more than just a motorcycle, we’re excited about potentially realizing the American sportbike dream come to life.

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  • James Monroe

    Hey motorcycle.com staff – just a heads up #3 is ahead of #2 :)

    • Evans Brasfield

      Thanks, James! We’ll get that fixed.

  • Mosey Levy

    BMW R Nine T?

    • DickRuble

      at least there’s someone waiting for that

      • Evans Brasfield

        I’m looking forward to riding it, so there’s more than one person waiting.

        :-)

        • DickRuble

          ok… there’s now officially a crowd of two anxious to see/ride a bike as exciting as cold porridge on a rainy winter day in Scotland. :-)

          • Evans Brasfield

            My mother’s side of the family are Scotts…

          • http://www.mymotorrad.com/ james lagnese

            I bet you like haggis…

          • Evans Brasfield

            Nope. I’m only half Scott.

          • Mosey Levy

            It was the most crowded bike in the BMW section at the recent motorcycle show in NYC.
            I think it’s beautiful. I’m not sure now much it will cost but it doesn’t look practical to own as a daily driver at the end of the day. More like a beautiful Sunday bike.

  • http://www.mymotorrad.com/ james lagnese

    Nah.

  • Reid

    Oh how I hope EBR comes out with a mid-displacement naked bike in another few years. And oh how I hope I have a good-enough paying job to buy it.

  • DickRuble

    yeah.. we can’t wait for harley mopeds made in india…

    • Mosey Levy

      So what are you excited for?
      Besides more opportunity to be sarcastic :)

      • DickRuble

        In order: The MV Agusta, the Mission, the EBR. The KTM is also worth mentioning.

  • ‘Mike Smith

    I could see myself owning the Zero SR within the next 5 years. I have a feeling that once you get one, you’ll be trading it in every year for a newer model.

  • Kevin

    Here is hoping that Kevin, Tom, and Troy have the RT, Trophy and FJR in time to make the run to bike week in Daytona and a stop at Mardi Gras in New Orleans on the way back to LA.

    • Evans Brasfield

      I noticed that you conveniently left the new guy out of the trip.

      Thanks for nothing…

      • Kevin

        Hey somebody has to drive the Winnebago chase vehicle, right?

    • Kevin Duke

      I like your idea. It’ll be tough to take the whole crew away for 10 or whatever days, so we either keep Brasfield at home to hold down the fort or we assign him a feature about sport-touring to Daytona on a Grom. ;)

      • Evans Brasfield

        At least it wouldn’t be a freeway drone!

        • Kevin

          I’ll donate my 2 man dome tent to your effort and you can call the feature “Bike Week on a Budget!”

      • Kevin

        My turn to like your idea, and I do. Both of them.

        • Kevin Duke

          Tempting. The Motus gang are currently going through emissions testing and are planning on getting us a test bike in the nearish future.

  • KevinB

    A Harley and the CTX1300 made the list, but no 1290 Superduke?

  • Ted

    Can bramsfield handle a grom now? Kevin said he was still on mopeds last month.

    • Evans Brasfield

      I’m still writing about our flock of bikes with no shift levers, but I also have a FJR1300ES in my garage. I’ll be writing a test of it – as soon as I get the training wheels off.

  • arcsine

    >It’s the first sporty and fully faired sport-touring motorcycle from an
    Italian company since Ducati’s sadly departed ST series and the Aprilia
    Futura were killed off almost a decade ago.

    Um… Moto Guzzi Norge.

    • Kevin Duke

      Good point! Given Guzzi’s tepid sales in America, at least for the Norge, I’ll guess I wasn’t the only one who forgot about it! That said, I like the Norge and will look forward to getting another one for testing in the coming months.

  • Bill Myers

    The electric bikes are still B.S. Look 120-170 miles aren’t bad, it’s the “fuel up” issue. Look, even if you have a bike that’s only good for 100 miles, it takes about a minute to refuel. I think the shortest “fuel up” for electric bikes is 5 hours… So 120-170 miles isn’t in reality any range at all…