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Buell January 23, 2019 posted by

Featured listing: 2014 Buell 1190RX

Update 1.29.19: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

This 2014 Buell 1190RX has been stored properly, ridden rarely, modded carefully and babied by one owner. It has a tasteful collection of carbon fiber accent pieces and a Dean Adams exhaust with the accompanying ECU tune, but is otherwise as it rolled out of the showroom. The seller says he’s moving it along because he ran out of time to ride, which is evidenced by the bike’s scant 3,200 miles.

2014 Buell 1190RX for sale on eBay

The 2014 Buell 1190RX was Erik Buell’s stab at returning from an ugly split with Harley-Davidson to once again build fast, well thought-out USA-made sportbikes on a large scale. Though the effort was ultimately doomed, the bikes he screwed together in the process were real marvels. The 1190RX’s big twin pushed out 185 horsepower, got within a few hundredths of a second of the mighty Ducati Panigale 1199R in magazine testing and was not extravagantly expensive, at least by top-of-the-heap open-class sportbike standards.

The 72-degree v-twin that powered the beast was praised for its torquey delivery, while the fuel-in-frame chassis was accurate, fun and confidence inspiring in corners. The moonshot 1190RX may have ultimately failed to make Buell a household name, but it damn sure made a valiant effort.

This example is resplendent in red and black, and looks like it was given care commensurate with its special place in motorcycling history. It’s clean everywhere, and has spent most of its time in a climate-controlled garage. The pictures don’t get to the minute details, but we’ve checked them out thoroughly and can’t find any issues.

From the eBay listing:

No reserve!

2014 EBR 1190rx in perfect condition. I am the original owner and have only put on a total of 3200 miles or so in the past few years as I dont have much time for riding anymore. Bike needs nothing and has never been raced or on track and is adult ridden. Bike needs nothing but a new home.

A few minor modifications were done immediately at time of original purchase but I have all the brand new original parts that go with the bike.

Dean Adam’s exhaust
Dean Adam’s tuned ecm
Carbon fiber front fender
Carbon fiber rear tire hugger
Carbon fiber side fairing fan shrouds
Carbon fiber chain case cover
Carbon fiber fender eliminator with integrated led brake/turn lights and plate holder.

Bike is in excellent condition and has been my absolute favorite bike I’ve ever owned. Winter storage was even kept in heated climate control area in my house.

NOTE: I may be able to deliver for Free to anywhere in WI, IL, IN, OH or possibly other areas in the mid-west as I am on the road all over for work OR help with arranging shipping at a discounted price through a friends motorcycle transport company to anywhere in the U.S. please message me before bidding to confirm drop off options.

The bike is listed for just south of $8,000, which is a legit deal when you consider that these things were $18,500 just five years ago. With so few miles, all its stock pieces and such fastidious care, this thing is very close to a new bike. What’s more, they aren’t making more of them, so it will only gain collector panache as time goes by.

Featured listing: 2014 Buell 1190RX
Buell September 27, 2018 posted by

Last Yankee Superbike: 2012 Erik Buell Racing 1190RS

There really isn’t a way to describe quite how sad it is that Buell went the way of the dinosaur, but here we sit, with just a few examples of some truly American, truly brawny world-beating machines kicking around the Internet to remind of what once was. The wild, slightly redneck, fully awesome creations of an enterprising Harley-Davidson engineer, the bikes proved that there is life beyond cruiser for American muscle, wrapping taught frames around torquey, big-inch mills from Milwaukee. They were grassroots two-wheeled hot rods with factory backing. As American as burnouts and illicit Saturday night drags.

2012 Erik Buell Racing 1190RS for sale on eBay

The bikes may have had a rep thanks to their roots, but they turned and stopped with the best of them, and were prized for walking the walk as well as looking the part. Sadly, the company closed its doors in 2009, when Harley backed out of its 51 percent ownership stake. Shortly thereafter, Buell reformed into Erik Buell Racing, which kicked out the epic machine you see today. The 2012 EBR 1190RS was the carbon fiber-decked track-focused update of the 1125R, the company’s comeback bike.

They made just 100 of the 1190RS, which could be had with a race exhaust system and ECU that dropped its weight to just 397 pounds with a full tank of gas. That mass was propelled by an absolutely maniacal 1190cc v-twin that made 175 horsepower. When tested by CycleWorld, the street legal 1190RS outpaced the 1125R that the company had been campaigning in AMA Superbike.

The example you see here is, as you might imagine, flawless, and has covered less than 25 miles. As much fun as it would be to crack down a backroad with the big twin at full chat, this bike probably belongs in a museum or a quiet private collection.

From the eBay listing:

Beautiful 2012 EBR 1190RS Vin 0051. One of less than 100 made! This bike was a factory race bike, straight out of the crate race ready. Carbon Fiber, Ohlins Forks.

This Erik Buell Racing EBR 1190 RS motorcycle is sold with a title.

NEW! Local pickup in Grand Rapids, MI 49525.

Or shipping can be arranged for an additional $500-$600 in the US.

Despite the scant description, the bike is a collector’s dream that ought not be missed.

Last Yankee Superbike: 2012 Erik Buell Racing 1190RS
Harley Davidson June 19, 2018 posted by

American Thunder: 1983 Harley Davidson XR1000 Race Bike for Sale

This bike is why I get frustrated by Harley’s modern offerings. I’m not suggesting a sportbike is the answer to their financial woes, but trading on outdated “Bad to the Bone” Sons of Anarchy stereotypes clearly isn’t working. Upstart [irony!] Indian already beat them to the punch with their new FTR1200, exactly the bike I’ve been saying Harley should build for years, a bike to cash in on the rich history of flat track racing both Indian and Harley have here in the US. Of course, Harley also has a much less rich but still significant history of road racing and, if the collection of trophies is to be believed, this Harley Davidson XR1000 race bike has the goods to compete against the best v-twin sportbikes of its era.

Let’s be clear: this resembles, but is not an XRTT, Harley Davidson’s production road-racer, although it obviously looks to the 60s and 70s for inspiration. The XR1000 was actually a limited-production, flat track-inspired bike with a solo seat, unusually good brakes, legitimate power, a left-side exhaust that will probably only seem odd to Harley fans, teeth-rattling vibration, and the worst ergonomics this side of an MV Agusta F4. It was actually a pretty fast and fun bike, drawbacks aside. So of course it didn’t sell very well when new. But that’s a stock XR1000, which this obviously is not. In fact, it sounds from the seller’s description like it’s really just the transmission, bottom end, and maybe some other engine parts that carry over from the street bike.

The frame on this XR1000 is claimed to be a Buell unit, which is a great place to start if you want a Harley to handle, but I’m not really sure how this bike came to be. Buell was working on racebikes in 1983, but they were powered by an odd square-four engine, not a big v-twin, and the race wins shown in the photographs are from the late 1980s. The frame and swingarm do appear very much like the S1 Lightning, and less like the original Battletwin, which seems to more closely resemble Buell’s original two-stroke racebike. In any event, I’m not challenging the bike’s authenticity, I’d just love a bit more information about how this bike came to be.

From the original eBay listing: 1983 Harley Davidson XR1000 Race Bike for Sale

We have listed here is a 1983 XR1000 but it really is not one year, it is a handbuilt engine that is not like any other engine. Bill of sale ONLY from Robison Harley Davidson. RARE 1 of a kind XR1000 race bike- you will not find another Harley Davidson like this. It’s named the “unicorn” because of its rarity and uniqueness in the engine department. Although it sits in a Buell frame it is far from it- it’s a Harley Davidson xr1000 engine built by race tuner John Ward (who actually produced the very first xr1000 engine out of Robison Harley Davidson in 1979 and presented it to the Motor Company) they produced the engine to the public in 1983 after testing Johns. This engine was built by John and has rare 1 of a kind Sundance Harley Davidson xr1000 heads specifically for this bike. It has been ridden by Roger Reiman, Pat Mooney, Yavon Duhamel,  Richie Morris, Bobby Bossardet and a handful of other lucky riders. It has won more races than I can list but we have walls full of winner plaques and trophies around our shop. If you know anything about our shop and the history that it has produced you understand this bike and how rare it is. For this thing to actual come on to the market is a miracle and it’s time for us to pass it on to a new owner. You can watch this thing all you want but you have to bid to win- it will sell during this auction so don’t try to wait it out and get lucky then miss out on it- once it’s gone it’s gone. Good luck to everyone and if you have any questions we will do our best to answer them. 

From Pat Mooney who was the last racer to ride it. “The chassis came from Don Tilley and it’s a Buell tube chassis. John Ward built the engine, which came from that Mert Lawwill chassis that you have there. We won the Daytona Battle of the Twins class in 2000 on that bike. The cylinder heads on that engine came from Take San (Zak) in Japan (Sundance Harley Davidson). Let me know what you want for it as I know Zak in Japan would love to get those cylinder heads back and he may buy the bike to get them back”

So it’s not really a classic factory Harley racebike, and it’s not a road bike. It sure isn’t pretty, but many racebikes are pretty rough around the edges since their primary goal is to be fast, not look good, and teams on a budget have better things to spend money on than cosmetics. But it is absolutely a genuine race bike, and one with an established track record of success. So it’s proven, but not especially pedigreed: a very fast mongrel. So what’s it worth? Well the seller hasn’t set a Buy It Now or reserve price and this really is one-of-one. But there is interest in the bike and bidding is up north of $10,000 with another few days left on the auction.

-tad

American Thunder: 1983 Harley Davidson XR1000 Race Bike for Sale
Buell May 27, 2018 posted by

Bigtime Makeover – 1998 Buell M2 Cyclone

The Buell M2 Cyclone was their more vanilla model, a little heavier than the Lightning and without Thunderbolt touring gear.  This insider hotrod was featured in Cycle World and has an even torquier engine, Euro gearing and later bodywork.

1998 Buell M2 Cyclone for sale on eBay

The big Sporty engine aboard the M2 was already a torque monster, but comprehensive mods to this one’s motor pushed displacement to 1426cc’s ( or as U.S.-centric big twin fans like to hear it, 87 cubic inches ) with 106 hp and 92 ft.-lbs. torque at the rear wheel.  A firm grip on the mid-rise bars would be advised to keep the rider with the chrome-moly tube frame under acceleration.  Dual-adjustable suspension is by Showa, right-side-up forks and underslung pull shock.  The signature Buell attributes are all there, oversize single front disk brake, mass-centralizing muffler, and belt drive.  The headlight fairing at least makes a dent in the wind, and the generous M2 console is a couch compared to the seat on the Lightning.

 

Evidently in the collection of the engine developer since the build, this M2 shows only 9,492 miles and has been carefully stored.  Beefier rear swingarm and front brake caliper appear to have been upgraded to Mk. 2.  The motor work done is truly too much to list, but the owner reviews the project in the eBay auction:

We decided to modify a Cyclone as a test bike for a Cycle World magazine article.  I wanted to use the European transmission geared version because of superior gear ratio spacing; Erik sourced one for me with about 8,500 miles on it, and the transformation was on.   Current mileage is 9,500.

The decision for this project was made in the ‘98 year, so I worked mainly on the engine. When I was done, Erik’s crew updated the chassis to ’99 specs, and updated the body panels to “Reactor Yellow” over the “Nuclear Blue” frame.

I also changed the front engine mount to make the mount bolt perpendicular to the engine rotation point at the rear of the transmission/swing arm pivot, resulting in a much smoother ride experience.

The bike has been carefully garaged in a climate-controlled building; and covered to prevent dust accumulation.  Clear title.

 

Like so many listings, this one required a closer look and has only one day to run.  A sleeper like this appears over-priced but for some will be a signed one-of-one, and might require another round on eBay to be successful.  The Buell tubers are revered for their raw simplicity, and the M2 is a nice balance, this one with an uncompromising powerplant and professional build quality.

-donn

Bigtime Makeover – 1998 Buell M2 Cyclone
Buell July 13, 2016 posted by

Tube-Framed Twin: 2002 Buell M2 Cyclone for Sale

2002 Buell Cyclone L Side

Patriotic bike enthusiast, racer, and entrepreneur Erik Buell had a dream: to make an all-American sportbike. That would have been nearly impossible for a small-timer to do if he’d insisted on creating an engine from scratch to power the bike, so Buell took a proven, iconic American motor and stuck it into his new motorcycle. The first-generation Buells were strikingly styled, but very odd. They worked pretty well but had a cobbled-together look and feel that didn’t appeal to mainstream buyers. This Buell M2 Cyclone is from the second “tube-frame” generation and has a spare, café-racer style a bit like an American Monster. When new, these did come in a number of wild color combinations, including the white-framed “White Lightning” version that had blue ceramic-coated headers. So not really bikes for shrinking violets.

2002 Buell Cyclone Clocks

The Harley Davidson 45° v-twin has a number of shortcomings, but a lack of character isn’t one of them. These things do feel very alive and, for many motorcycle fans, there’s no substitute for the “potato-potato” exhaust note and classic motorcycle sensations of the classic pushrod twin. It’s a pretty ideal engine for a roadbike, with mounds of torque from just off idle and a lazy feel that helps you relax a bit while your hands buzz into numbness… It’s relatively narrow as well, although the non-unit gearbox negates that advantage somewhat: it’s narrow between your knees leaves your feet splayed out to the sides. It makes plenty of power too: 91hp and 85ft-lbs of torque and a dry weight of 435lbs mean effortless motive force at pretty much any rpm.

2002 Buell Cyclone Front Wheel

The biggest problem is that the package is incredibly heavy, which is fine for a bagger designed to cruise the highways, but not so great for a lightweight roadster designed to carve up backroads and racetracks. But Buell used a number of tricks to keep weight down to reasonable levels, and the attention to detail on the tube-framed bikes is pretty impressive: heim-jointed rods control engine vibration, a compact rear suspension arrangement to keep the wheelbase short, and an exhaust packaged under the engine keeps the center-of-gravity… Centered.

2002 Buell Cyclone Tank

From the original eBay listing: 2002 Buell M2 Cyclone for Sale

Very rare 2002 Buell M2 Cyclone with the famed Harley 1203cc motor (well known to go into the 100,000 mile range with very little maintenance). Maintained by Harley mechanic. Clean title in hand. Never down, tipped over, or ridden foolishly. Extremely low miles (3,956). Starts, rides, sounds amazing. Owned by a mid-40s motorcycle collector who takes very good care of motorcycles. It is highly unlikely you will ever see another one being ridden near you and if you do, it likely will not be in the condition this great motorcycle is in. Needs nothing but a rider.

I am selling because I am buying investment real estate and putting the money towards that purchase.

Harley riders love this bike. Sport bike riders love this bike. It gets more comments and compliments from both the Harley guys and sport bike guys than any bike I’ve ever owned. Harley guys wave at me while riding it. Sport bike guys, too. It is a very rare bike that has a coveted spot in motorcycle appreciation by millions of riders.

There are no stories. It is a very rare, spectacular motorcycle, that is a joy to ride and to talk about with other riders who comment on it frequently. It runs 10/10. Compared to other similar year Buells, it looks 8/10 and I tend to be overly critical compared to most riders.

The seller also includes a list of recent services and modifications that have been done. This orange-framed machine is very striking, and appears to be in very nice, original condition with low miles. Only those tacky carbon-look short turn signals let the appearance down. Seriously: you stick a $20 pair of JC Whitney bits on your pride and joy? Plenty of manufacturers make affordable and classy bits if you want to get rid of the stock units.

2002 Buell Cyclone Front Wheel

Buells always generate plenty of controversy when we post them, and it’s easy to see why: on paper, these bikes just don’t make all that much sense and the in-your-face styling is very love-it or hate-it. Except for that hideous airbox. That’s just hate-it. But even hypercritical British biking journalists at the time seemed to get what was going on here: fun, more than outright performance. An all-American sportbike just because. I had the pleasure of riding a pristine White Lightning very recently and it took a few minutes to get used to the conflicting sensations: that throbbing, thudding twin contrasted with the light, flickable handling, like I was riding two motorcycles at once. That may not be your thing, but these definitely make handy backroad tools and you certainly will generate attention wherever you go.

-tad

2002 Buell Cyclone R Side

Tube-Framed Twin: 2002 Buell M2 Cyclone for Sale
Buell February 6, 2016 posted by

Long Term collector alert:
2012 EBR 1190RS (Carbon edition)

Note:  Some of the pictures in this post are from the web not from the listed ebay auction.

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2012 EBR 1190RS on ebay

Ahh…what could have been….the EBR 1190RS, “built to prove an american sportbike could compete with the best in the world”.   Sure we have heard that line before but from a technical standpoint, the EBR actually did it, most famously being reviewed as being as near as makes no difference to the benchmark Ducati 1199 Paginale.  The EBR matched the best the world could offer on the track too; EBR took a couple of the 1190 bikes campaigning in the Superbike World Championship and became the first American OEM to earn Superbike World Championship points.

For those readers not familiar with the EBR brand, the company was launched after Harley Davidson made a somewhat shortsighted decision to focus on its core market and shut down the Buell motorcycle brand.  NOTE:  Harley Davidson also sold off the MV Agusta brand at this time.

Buell lineup namesake and renowned designer Erik Buell, not content to go out with a whimper, raised some funds and launched EBR/Erik Buell Racing in 2009.  Some DNA of previous buell models can be seen in the 1190 RS (such as the frame serving as the fuel tank) but the bike was a clean sheet design designed to generate levels of performance equal to the rest of the worlds top bikes.   On the plus side, the 1190RS had pretty much all of the most exotic items in the EBR catalog as standard and only 100 of this carbon bodied edition were built.
1190 specs

On the minus side, the 1190RS was probably priced incorrectly; EBR set the price for a new 1190RS at $40,000 USD, which was within a hair of the Ducati Paginale it was intended to compete against.  The price makes sense from a competition standpoint but it was a huge sum for what was an unproven brand/first bike from a new motorcycle company.  Sales languished and were further impacted by EBR’s introduction of two significantly cheaper but identically powered street orientied models known as the RX and SX models within a year.  Meanwhile EBR’s initial round of funding was being exhausted and a second round never materialized, resulting in the whole EBR effort being suddenly shut down in April of 2015.

While still new in crate versions of the RX and RS appear regularly on sites like cycletrader and ebay, the RS version is a much rarer thing.  Available units seem to appear now and then, with sellers being mostly dealers who are holding out for buyers who want to pay the full asking price (here is an example on cycletrader).  This one is being offered by a Texas dealer with a 10,000 price reduction so its a relative bargain in the 1190RS world.

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Now the question; is this EBR 1190RS Carbon edition worth the $29,999 USD asking price?   If the buyers intention is to actually ride it, then the answer is clearly no; very low mileage and even new RX models can be had for about half of that and will offer nearly the same riding experience as the 1190 RS.   This bike will probably only appeal to a collector with a long term vision, someone who can tuck this one away for about 10+ years, at which point it might become one of those “what-might-have-been-bikes”  ala the Fischer MRX650 or Harley Davidson VR1000.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Long Term collector alert:  </br> 2012 EBR 1190RS (Carbon edition)
Buell April 26, 2015 posted by

Long Term Collector Alert!: 2012 EBR 1190, Carbon edition

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The announcement earlier this month that EBR/Erik Buell Racing is discontinuing operations is pretty sad.   EBR was probably the best “all-american-sportbike” effort we have seen in quite a while.  While others such as Roehr, Fischer, Motoczysz came and went in a blink, EBR lasted over 6 years and were effectively a continuation of the concepts Erik Buell first began to follow in 1983.

For anyone not familiar with EBR and/or Erik Buell,  you really have to start back in 1993.   At the time Buell has been building his own sportbikes using Harley Davidson motors for about 10 years and was one of the men behind Harley Davidson’s aborted VR-1000 racing effort.  Buell left HD in 1993 and founded his own sportbike motorcycle company, Buell motorcycles,  which over its 15 year lifespan produced/sold over 100,000 motorcycles.

Since early Buell motorcycles used Harley Davidson engines, Buell reached a partnership deal with Harley Davidson that allowed Buell to sell bikes within Harley Dealerships.   However this same deal seeded control of the brand to Harley and in 2009,  struggling to deal with the great recession, Harley shut down the entire Buell lineup.  Rather than give up on his dream of building great American sportbikes, Buell took his knowledge and started again and Erik Buell Racing/EBR was the result.

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2012 EBR 1190RS for sale on cycletrader USA

The 1190RS was actually EBR’s second bike produced;  the first bike was a purely race oriented machine, the 1190RR.  The street legal 1190RS version was built to take all the race tech while being street legal (barely).  The 1190s was effectively built to go head-to-head with the Ducati 1098R and towards this end came with a  1200 cc V-twin engine  that produced 175 hp and lots of track oriented goodies, including titanium rods & valves, a cast-aluminum frame and lots of carbon-fiber bodywork.   Like its Ducati competition, production was very limited (only 100 1190RS units were reported to have been made) and prices were set quite high; 40,000 USD.

The 1190RS was followed by less expensive street bikes such as 1190RX and 1190SX which are really good bikes that offer 90% of the 1190RS experience at 50% of the cost.  However the RX and SX lack the ultra high end goodies of the limited edition RS and now the Buell is closing up operations, the 1190RS will most likely be the high water mark for EBR bike development/design.

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This particular is sitting at a dealership in South Texas and has only 13 miles.

Here is what the seller has to say: 

  • 2012 EBR 1190RS, bike #92
  • Full race exhaust and ECU
  • Lithium ion battery
  • Titanium rods & valves
  • Hydro-formed, cast-aluminum U.S.A.-built frame
  • Beryllium Copper Valve seats
  • Magnesium alloy wheels & sub-frame
  • Carbon-fiber bodywork

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Is this bike worth the 40,000 asking price?   Probably not;  the RX and SX models derived from this are currently available from 10-20k and history has shown just adding carbon fiber and titanium does not make a bike that much better or desirable (just look at the Aprilia Nera).  On the other hand, I do think this model will become THE model for collectors who wish to have an EBR.   While values will probably not climb anytime soon this bike might be appealing to a serious collector that has a very long term outlook.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner 

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Long Term Collector Alert!:  2012 EBR 1190, Carbon edition
Buell March 8, 2015 posted by

Raw Awesome 1998 Buell S1 Lightning

From the S2 Thunderbolt of 1994-95, the Buell S1 Lightning was a decrease in model number and price, but an improvement in many ways.  Developed by Harley-Davidson engineer Erik Buell, the Buell bikes pioneered many innovative features but never denied their desire for the brute horsepower of the 1203cc Sportster engine.

1998 Buell S1 Lightning for sale on eBay

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Adjectives like pure, naked and muscular are used on the Buell S1, some comparing its single-minded design to the Ducati Monster.  With the Buell features such as horizontal rear shock absorber, large diameter front brake disc, and isoplanar engine mounts, there is no denying the performance orientation of the 100 hp machine.

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20150307 1998 buell s1 right engine

With under 1000 miles, this one seems mint.  From the eBay listing:

944 miles, one owner. To include new battery, original cylinder assembly with pistons, original heads, original air filter assembly (motor upgraded prior to delivery), plus original and Corbin seats. Bike properly stored in heated shop.

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There was a factory upgrade engine available in 1998, maybe that’s what was installed on this bike, though there are countless H-D 1200 upgrades available.  Also seen here is a cone filter instead of the factory Power Volume intake.  The owner has upgraded to a Corbin seat but includes the factory piece.  WP suspension, low maintenance belt drive, and Italian controls complete this innovative package.  Blue trellis frame and orange bodywork have a good-natured effect on this thunder bike.

-donn

 

Raw Awesome 1998 Buell S1 Lightning