EBR Black Lightning to Debut at Long Beach IMS

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

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.

Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the Motorcycle.com team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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  • Mackja Mackja on Nov 22, 2016

    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 Krishan adhikari on Nov 22, 2016

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