Posts by Category: Buell

Buell January 28, 2013 posted by

They Don’t Have To Be Old: 2012 Erik Buell Racing 1190RS Carbon Edition

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Yeah, I drove into the ultra plush RSBFS offices in my Suzuki Samurai listening to New Order but that doesn't mean we are stuck in the late 80's/early 90's here at RSBFS.  This 2012 American made beauty is one of 100 ERB 1190RS's and only a few of those were done as Carbon Editions.  The Carbon Edition is a $4000 upgrade over the standards $39,999 price tag.  For that price tag you are getting a bike, once race tuned, that was a regular top five finisher in AMA racing (well, there is that part of actually having someone skilled enough to twist the throttle too).

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Can someone explain why I don't hear about Erik Buell in the non-motorcycle media?  Why is his story not on CNBC or featured on  He definitely got the ass end of the American dream working with Harley Davidson.  The good news is it looks like has come out the other side in good shape and building for the future and maybe his best motorcycle to date.

If you'd like specs, info and  colors click right here for the EBR website.

Enjoy some American motorcycle porn.

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rs seatThat says race bike and sore butt.

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Somebody at EBR remembers two strokes.  This is all ditched on the race bikes.

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I guess with only one disc you better keep it cool.

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We all know carbon isn't cheap; the asking price is $44,995 which is basically MSRP.

You can see the listing on eBay right here.


Buell December 6, 2012 posted by

Set Up And Waiting: 2007 Buell XBRR

Set Up And Waiting:  2007 Buell XBRR


It is waiting for you.  It has had a base set up and then tucked away from the track.  It has travelled a miniscule 10 miles.  This is a chance  to either add a pristine XBRR to your  collection or your chance to test the track with what was Buell's top dog back in 2007.  Hmm, 150HP and 360lbs, those numbers are either very entertaining or scary depending on your skill level. 

Notes from the seller:

I have all the manuals, disks, PC disks for the ECM and some spare parts plus the original WoodCraft stands for the XBRR. Even have the original battery in a box.
The bike is number 51 of fifty built (the first bike was kept at Buell and another sent to the Barber Museum. Some say a total of 56 but I am not sure. This one is the true last of the series as far as I know.  Vehicle ID# A2LGX05DT73090051

A picture from the bikes one outing. 

I'm told there is quite a bit of magnesium hiding in that engine.  The new Erik  Buell Racing 1190RS can track its' family tree back to this bike. 

 If you are interested in the bike I'll refer you to the seller for price and more details.

He can be contacted at




Bimota July 6, 2012 posted by

Friday Mailbag

Hey guys! Back from a bit of a mid-week break, here are all your latest suggestions and rides for sale. Thanks as always and enjoy your weekend!


How about we start with some exotica? Marty sends us not one, not two, but your choice of 3 NR750's on eBay UK!

This one is brand new for 109k GBP.

This one has 5000 miles for 100k GBP.

The same seller has a 3rd NR750 on it's way from Japan with less than 3k miles for 89k GBP (as well as a bunch of other RSBFS favorites).

Another quality spot from Marty is this Bimota DB1R shown on BikeEXIF (one of my favorite spots to blow away a Sunday afternoon...)

Longtime RSBFS friend and collector Terry sends us these special finds also on eBay UK.

This is a ZERO mile RC45 for 36k GBP. WOW!

As if the RC45 wasn't amazing enough, here's an RC30 with 0 miles to go with it. 40k GBP.

This next group is from Jeremy and are all available in the San Francisco area. Thanks for the legwork man!

1996 Suzuki RGV250 SP VJ23 for $11k

2000 Ducati 996SPS for $10600.

2006 Buell Firebolt XB12R $6990

Mike sends us this link for an upcoming auction for this 1978 Ducati 900SS with under 5k miles.

Buell May 2, 2012 posted by

XBRR Flood Gates Open: 2007 Buell XBRR

XBRR Flood Gates Open:  2007 Buell XBRR

Well that might be a bit of an exaggeration but no sooner do I post the first XBRR I've seen for sale and another one pops up.  To top it off, it looks like they have a reasonable price on it and are open to offers as well.

This one has been used for its' intended purpose but is ready for a new owner.  That frame is a beast!

This XBRR was raced in local circuits years ago.  After it's last race in Tulsa, we rebuilt the motor using NEW XBRR parts.  NO XB12 or XB9 parts were used in the rebuild.  Since then, it has been on display in our showroom in Joplin.  There comes a day in every business when it is no longer economically viable to keep a $30,995 racing bike when our dealership no longer sponsors a race team.  This bike is not a street legal bike, nor is it a kit build.  This came from the factory as a 150hp, 362 lb, 1339cc monster. 

We're holding the Manufacturers's Statement of Origin (MSO) for this machine, so it will title like a new bike.  Please check your local legislation for specifics of titling a track racing bike.

I can hear the gears grinding in your head, "If I get a title, how can I stick lights on it?".


As I teased above, they are asking $12,500 OBO.  Shoot them an offer and get it back on the track or try to turn it into the baddest Buell on the street.







Buell April 25, 2012 posted by

Purpose Built For The Track: 2007 Buell XBRR

Purpose Built For The Track:  2007 Buell XBRR

It was purpose built for the track but all it is doing is hanging out on a wall.  You are looking at a zero mile 2007 Buell XBRR that has been holding down decoration duty.  If you wanted to go racing on an American made motorcycle with a big air cooled V twin, this was as good as it got.  Approximately 50 were hand built and I can't imagine there are many left over with not a wheel turned like this one.   Fast forward a few years from 2007 and the dream had turned into a nightmare for Buell. The rocket scientists at Harley Davidson had killed the Buell brand and sold off MV Agusta for nothing, back to the same people they payed millions to  a few years earlier.  The XBRR would end up being the pinnacle for Erik Buell.  Or would it?

Take a look at what the XBRR has evolved into at the new EBR (Erik Buell Racing).


I wasn't kidding, it is up on a wall.  Original MSRP on these bikes was a hefty $30,000.  The seller is starting his auction at $21,000 with no takers as of this writing.  As a track bike, I have to wonder if its' time came and went with the new  EBR 1190RS out there.


The info please:

Brand new, never started,Rare, Rare motorcycle.  Only 50 of thiese bikes where scheduled to be built for racing only, but I believe they actually built 56. I'm pretty sure 25 went overseas and the rest are here in the states.Not sure how many were raced or still survive but I'll bet there isn't many new ones out there  This is absolutely the fastest air cooled bike Harley ever produced or ever will. This will truely be one of the hardest bikes for collectors to find in the future. This one is number 35 of 50.Recomend this bike to collectors only since it has never been started ,but if you buy it you can do as you wish.  Have a used one [number 20]  but it won't be for sale if this one sells.I'm keeping one. I can tell you these bikes are a monster and a blast to ride.  Have the original brochures and numerous articles,tuning disk,and other info that goes with it. Race stand included . Retail price when new was around $30,000.By the way , the AMA museum doesn't even have one of these bikes.


And this is probably the reason to be interested in a bike like this.  To buy a piece of history that we will not see again unless Erik Buell can wrestle his name back from Harley Davdison.  If you were wondering, even the race bikes have the fuel in the frame and oil in the swing arm.


Check out the auction.


Crank it up.





Buell April 11, 2012 posted by

And Now Something Different: 1990 Buell RS1200/5 Westwind

And Now Something Different:  1990 Buell RS1200/5  Westwind


They don't always have to be handmade in a small Italian workshop to be considered rare.  I'm on a roll this week of posting bikes I have very limited knowledge of and the Buell RS1200/5 continues that.  The seller is a little unsure of the actual year of the bike;  debating between a 1989 or 1990.  The numbers I saw claimed only 7 produced in 1998 and 95 produced in 1990.  What savvy RSBFS reader can solve the model year mystery?  Now you may notice the /5.  That  is the designation for the two seat model.  I can't seem to find production numbers on the two seat version and they may be included in the numbers above.  It's never simple.

Yes, if you are used to Ducati's and Bimota's it is a little funky looking.  Owners sure seem to love them though.


Because of its' somewhat funky looks you might overlook the fact the RS1200 had some nice features.  The frame was a unique design to help eliminate vibration.  The bodywork was all designed in house.  The brakes were of Buell's own design.  The wheels are Performance Machine, the exhuast is from Super Trapp and the forks are Marzocchi units.  The Harley Sportster engine put out approximately 60hp and was untouched internally.


The auction details:

This is a very early production Buell from what ive read one of the 1st 100 this could be a 1989 model but titled as a 1990 its hard to get specific info ive found a couple 1990s and this bike was an earlier production Its not a 1991 they have a diff front fender. It is very original inc paint,chrome,fiberglass,tyres and original wheels. we put a battery in it and fresh gas last year it started and ran good. I brought it home started it and rode it about a mile it ran great shifted nice it was very responsive and everything worked  motor sounded good shifted the same and I will guarantee this mechanically no trans problems motor noises smooth! From there on its the buyers. Dont bid or buy this if you dont know anything about bikes and just want to ride.It will need complete servicing and going over as its been sitting a long time.A great addition to a collection. These are very rare and hard to come by you may never see another


The seller doesn't go into any detail in the information he provided but in the auction title he claims the bike was owned by Arlen Ness.  Not sure if that is a selling point but good for  some trivia and talking point over a beer.



The photos make it out to be an awfully clean bike.  The auction has drawn some interest already but there is a reserve on the bike which hasn't been reached, as of this writing.  I did see some talk on a forum of a RS1200/5 selling in the $5,000 range.  Anyone have input on a price?


Snag an American exotic here.


By the way, have you seen what Eric Buell has been up to lately?  Mighty nice!!