If the American motorcycle industry has a modern icon, his name would be Erik Buell. An innovative engineer and AMA Hall of Famer, Buell founded his own motorcycle company and championed concepts such as mass centralization, low unsprung weight and using the frame itself to house fuel.
The Buell Motorcycle Company became a subsidiary of Harley-Davidson in 2003, giving the Motor Company a sportbike-focused sub-brand to go alongside its cruisers and tourers. Unfortunately, Harley-Davidson pulled the plug on Buell in 2009.
But Erik Buell would not be held down. He started another new company, Erik Buell Racing, and introduced a new line of race bikes. Pictured here is the EBR 1190RS in a one-off American Flag paint scheme that was displayed at the Infineon Raceway round of the AMA Superbike Championship. Perhaps the red, white and blue paint proved to be lucky as Danny Eslick earned the 1190RS its first AMA Pro Racing podium in Race 1 that weekend.