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#3 – Erik Buell Racing 1190RS

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Photo by Brankin Brehmer

 

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.

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  • Ron Austin

    USMC Hayes Diesel Kawasaki M1030M1!!

  • Brankin Brehmer

    Where did you happen to find that picture of the EBR 1190RS? The reason I ask is that it matches a photo I took of it at the races at Road America in June of 2012 and posted on http://www.badweatherbikers.com. http://www.badweatherbikers.com/buell/messages/4062/683137.jpg Not irritated, just thought it was cool seeing something I shot being being spread to the masses.

    • denchung

      Got it off a site written in what looked like German. But if you took the picture, I’ll gladly give you credit for it. It’s a great shot.

      • Brankin Brehmer

        German? That could potentially be explained by the fact that one of my closest friends (and fellow Buell owner) from Germany had come over for the EBR/Buell Homecoming in 2012 – which the races at Road America are a part of the festivities. I know he and I have shared pics in the past, so perhaps he posted it on the X-BORG forum – essentially the German equivalent of http://www.badweatherbikers.com. There’s no doubt in my mind that I took the original picture, however. Amazing that an aging digital camera – going on 9 years of ownership – can still produce a striking image.

  • Ray Cole

    easy choice for me . . Peter Fonda’s bike from “Easy Rider” . . . I was 12 & rode away from the movie on my Honda 70 with my friends . . ready to go out & kick some ass ! . .