3. Erik Buell Racing


Erik Buell continues to be one of the most fascinating story makers in the industry, and 2013 offered more compelling news from the former Harley-Davidson engineer.

In July, Buell sold a 49.2% share of Erik Buell Racing to India’s Hero MotoCorp, securing $25 million in funding and strengthening a relationship with one of the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturers by volume.

The partnership led to the announcement at AIMExpo of EBR becoming the U.S. distributor for Hero. AIMExpo was also where EBR revealed its 1190RX, a more street-oriented version of its race-derived 1190RS. EBR also announced it is making the jump to World Superbike racing, with Geoff May and Aaron Yates riding the 1190RX.