Posts by tag: Erik Buell

Buell April 5, 2021 posted by

Nyellow – 2003 Buell Lightning XB9S

A world away from their earlier tube-framed generation, Buell introduced their Lightning XB9S.  Today’s Buell is a 2003 model with just 5,718 miles.

2003 Buell Lightning XB9S for sale on eBay

Buell packed a helping of their design paradigms into the XB9S, starting with the alloy chassis whose spars held 3.8 gallons of fuel, the “tank” housing the airbox.  Harley’s 984cc twin resided under the frame, and delivered 92 hp.  Showa usd forks worked well up front, and the alloy monoshock held the dry sump’s oil supply.  The rim-mounted 375mm front brake theoretically allowed the wheel to be built lighter, reducing unsprung weight.  After slinging the exhaust and rear damper under the engine, not much mass was left to de-centralize.  Sunny day bodywork included short fenders and a body-color fly screen.

As dealers often do, no history is offered for this great-looking Lightning.  The presentation is lightly used and undamaged, and levers have had a nice upgrade.  Summer yellow bodywork is a lighthearted color for such a rumbly streetfighter.

With Harley’s production engineering help, Buell pushed a few over a thousand XB9’s out the door each year,  over its seven year run – with a couple of special editions to boot.  They asked a premium price and Buell’s advanced ideas made it worth the upcharge.  This example doesn’t appear abused or neglected, and doesn’t ask much of a premium for good looking copy.

-donn

Nyellow – 2003 Buell Lightning XB9S
Buell January 6, 2021 posted by

Lightning Strikes Twice – 2000 Buell X1 Lightning

Buell kept the Lightning name but introduced many welcome changes when the S1 was updated to X1 for 1999.  This Florida rider kept the earlier blue and orange paint scheme, and boasts recent tires and valve maintenance.

2000 Buell X1 Lightning for sale on eBay

Buell kept a lot of the good things about the S1, especially the 1203cc V-twin, now with Thunderstorm heads which made 88 hp.  The bent tubing frame was retained, and the trademark Buell components like the oversized “zero torque load” front brake, uni-planar engine mounts, and underslung pull shock.  The sculptural exhaust heading to the centralized muffler remained part of the visual statement.  New for the X1 was a brushed aluminum subframe supporting a more generous seat, nicer Showa dampers and an engine scoop to hide some of the mechanicals.

Offered by a private owner, this X1 looks very good for its 20,400 miles, with a quite stock appearance.  The seller seems to have tried to lighten the look with a smaller air filter and removing the belly pan.  A D&D muffler is hiding down there, and the stepped Corbin looks to be wider all around.  Comments from the eBay auction:

2000 X1 that I have owned for several years and is in very nice condition.  I am not going to go on and on about, you need any info please email and I will tell you all about it, it needs nothing, has brand new less than 100 miles on tires, has new top end and you will not find a cleaner x1. This is all factory the way it came out of show room except for exhaust, levers and air cleaner. Also comes with chin fairing that can be seen in photo, chin fairing does have some chips in the paint.

Like the S1 before it, the X1 was the back-to-basics machine in Buell’s line-up, with the advanced suspension and brake components to cope with the monster torque.  As Buell was becoming more Harley-ized, production engineering and build quality were improving as well.  Though an X1 from a collector’s hallway might be nicer, it seems like a lot of bike is packed into the buy-it-now, along with the lack of damage and recent maintenance.

-donn

Lightning Strikes Twice – 2000 Buell X1 Lightning
Buell March 2, 2020 posted by

Rarely Seen: 2013 EBR 1190 RS Carbon Edition

Back on eBay after last being posted in June of 2019, this rare EBR 1190 RS Carbon Edition is still looking for a new home. Miles are still claimed as 500, with new pics in the ad. All links updated.

Resembling a 1125 RR race bike for the street, the 1190 RS was a homologation machine from Erik Buell Racing in the post-Harley Davidson era. Freed from the Milwaukee boat anchor that powered earlier incarnations of the Buell product line, the EBR series utilized a technologically superior unit from Rotax. Delivering over 175 HP in under 400 lbs package (wet weight, ready to race), the EBR 1190 RS had the goods to take the fight to the top level of Superbike racing – right until the bottom fell out. Ultimately the company was liquidated and thus ended the dream of an American top-tier Superbike offering. But what an offering the 1190RS Carbon Edition was!

2013 EBR 1190 RS Carbon Edition for sale on eBay

The EBR 1190 RS started life as a $40,000+ machine. The Carbon Edition tipped that sum past the $50k mark. But for the money, you received the very best of the best across the board. Start with the Erik Buell exclusives, such as the hollow aluminum frame member that doubles as the gas tank. The single, perimeter rotor front brake is a Buell specialty, offering a zero torque load to the race spec Ohlins front fork under hard braking. Yes, that’s an eight piston caliper gripping that massive rotor. Out back the signature high-arc swingarm operates against another race spec Ohlins product, a TTX shock unit. There are enough adjustments here to provide setup across an amazing number of conditions – or riders. That healthy 175+ HP comes courtesy of a Rotax 1125 mill that EBR bored out and refitted with racing componentry such as forged rods, titanium valves and specialty made aluminum pistons. Other than the wheels which are US-made magnesium pieces, the rest is pretty much carbon fiber. Add up the cost of just some of these components and you will start to see where the MSRP starts to make sense.

From the seller:
Very rare bike. No. 7 of 35 2013’s. New MSRP, set-up like this was just over $50,000. Original owner. Factory race exhaust (Euro) with 93 octane race ECU; lots of Ti and a Lithium Battery Tender. 500 miles +/-. Gentle street break-in miles only. Not quite fully broken-in. I am a retired championship winning racer/mechanic and treat my bikes with respect. Comes with all original parts as well as an uninstalled full Bazzaz system with the quick-shifter and remote. Comes with all the original parts. I uncrated it myself. It has never been in the rain. It has always been garaged or in my living room (all last winter). The engine is hand-built and full of exotic parts. This is literally a racebike with lights and mirrors. It has the most immediate power delivery of any street bike that I’ve owned (of well over 100). Original MSRP for a replacement engine alone was $27,000+/-. The suspension is from Ohlins’ race catalog – not the typical street and track line which is less exotic. Excellent condition. One stone chip in the clear coat which can easily be fixed. I will include a 1/2 case of the required AMSOIL full synthetic racing oil and filter for the break-in service. Also all of the stuff that came with it including EBR tie-downs and the EBR crate tarp. Feel free to take a look if local but please – only if you intend to buy it.

Do your research and check the reviews. An amazing bike in near-new condition for well less than half of the original price. This is a very rare and special bike that you can buy, ride and enjoy and not see a big drop in value over time. The RS’s are almost certain to appreciate in the future. I’m only selling because I no longer see myself tracking it and I’m getting into a nice cabin cruiser. I reserve the right to end the listing early.

Thanks for looking! As noted the stock exhaust, ECU, turn signals, etc are all included…

Today Buell as an H-D company is no longer. EBR had a brief flash before it also fell by the wayside. But of all the bikes Erik has touched, the 1190 RS is certainly the most technological. This is the apex of the path Buell was on, and the Carbon Edition represents the best of the best of the last. Only 100 1190 RS bikes were planned, and few of that number were the final Carbon models. This is as exclusive as any homologation superbike, but without the star power or Italian mystique. That is a shame, as these late edition EBRs are as capable as any bike of the era, and continue to be amazing riders to this day.

This particular 1190 RS Carbon Edition example has a claimed <500 miles on the odometer - which means it has not even been fully broken in! It has all of the goods included, and the seller has the stock pieces to go along with the ride. The bike looks very clean, well cared for, and includes a photo of its indoor parking spot. This has obviously not been abused, and with the low mileage one might consider this nearly new. Which brings us to the elephant in Erik's room. Buells in general are wonderful, iconic and unique motorcycles. As a low-volume manufacturer, many Buell models can be considered rare. But as an American manufacturer, EB has never quite reached the collector status deserved by the quality of his creations. Thus you can sweep up this lightly used 1190 RS Carbon Edition for a fraction of the original MSRP asking price (probably lower than we have ever seen). There is likely a future for key EBR models in the market, but that future looks to be quite a few years hence. Until then, my vote is that someone needs to pick up this bike and ride it like it was meant to be ridden. We need a hero to make the world a better place. Check it out here – and Good Luck!!

MI

Rarely Seen: 2013 EBR 1190 RS Carbon Edition
Buell December 24, 2019 posted by

Win-Win – 2008 Buell 1125R

The penultimate Buell came with Rotax power, and a typically edgy Buell design.  This owner would like to split the difference between the trade-in value and dealer retail, a righteous thought.  An afternoon of detailing might push this 1125R over the goal line.

2008 Buell 1125R for sale on eBay

Rotax supplied their turn-key twin, a masterful use of 1125cc’s to make 146 hp.  Buell’s signature innovations are all aboard, the fuel-in-frame chassis, single 375mm rim-mounted front brake, and mass-centralizing exhaust.  Showa contracted for 47mm front forks, and the piggyback-reservoir monoshock, both multi-adjustable.  The seemingly overstated side radiator scoops funnel air under the rider to exit beneath the seat.  Buell’s earlier experience with the quiet and maintenance-free drive belt led them to design it into the 1125R as well.

Despite the “storage wars” presentation, if the routine maintenance hasn’t been overlooked, this Pennsylvania 1125R might just need some elbow grease to be sharp.  The exhaust could be hi-temp painted, ceramic coated or there are any number of aftermarket specials available.  No accident damage is readily apparent.  From the eBay auction:

Miles are higher than posted in picture, it has over 8000 miles. I drive it to circulate fluids so it remains in good shape mechanically. it starts, runs and drives perfectly. I’m trying to sell it to buy my fiancé her own bike she could ride comfortably since she’s short it doesn’t fit her well. I know what it blue books for and what a dealer will give me on a trade in but I want to sell to someone who would get it for a better price from me than from a dealer.

Despite their recent agreement on the not-invented-here powerplant, Harley would shortly change their corporate mind and shutter the Buell brand altogether.  This shaky support has to be factored into the next owner’s offer.  It’s a lot of bike for the ask, but a good relationship with a knowledgeable indy would be a big help.  In the right situation, it could be a smashing resto-rider.

-donn

Win-Win – 2008 Buell 1125R
Buell July 4, 2019 posted by

Carbonated: 2013 EBR 1190RS Carbon Edition

Today – of all days on the calendar – it seemed appropriate to post this magnificent Erik Buell Racing 1190RS Carbon Edition beauty with nothing but delivery miles on the counter. Claimed to be crated (not sure what that means as there is no crate in sight in the pics), this is as close to a brand new EBR that you can buy without dealing directly with Erik himself. And as far as brand new EBRs go, the 1190RS was the ultimate form of Buell street bike greatness, made right here in the land of hot dogs, baseball and fireworks. Yee Haw!

2013 EBR 1190RS Carbon Edition for sale on eBay

As written elsewhere, the EBR 1190Rs took its roots from the 1125 race bike. The Rotax-sourced mill was bored out in Michigan and fitted with components made right here in the states. This was a homologation machine for the aspiring racer, and would certainly have been a serious player on the SBK scene had the Buell business model not tucked the front under trail braking, while diving to the apex of the tricky series of hairpins best known as the corporate investment partners complex. When the hero angel investor pulled out of the deal (no hero, indeed), momentum and traction were lost. EBR chalked up a stunning DNF as a business, and ceased to exist.

From the seller:
Crated 2013 EBR 1190RS Black

The Carbon Edition bikes were the final of the final editions of the final EBRs ever made. Only 100 of the 1190RS units were ever planned, and records are uncertain as to whether or not that number was accomplished. A much smaller number of these 1190RS models were to be decked out in full carbon regalia, making the 1190 RS a rare bird. Even more rare is the fact that this one sports only THREE accumulated miles. Forget the nearly 180 horsepower, the race-spec Ohlins gear front and rear, the multi-adjustments available to the professional rider and everything else that makes this bike a missile in the making. You could PUSH this bike the three lousy miles it has traveled. And while I’m sure Erik Buell would see the cruel irony in one of his creations becoming a collector item, my understanding of the man was he thrived on problem solving; the 1190RS solved the problem of American-born speed in an amazing fashion. Priced right in line with other offerings we have seen, you can light the fuse on this new EBR for just over $25k (or best offer). Happy Fourth of July everyone, and Good Luck!!

MI

Carbonated:  2013 EBR 1190RS Carbon Edition
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 October 15, 2018 posted by

NOS: 2013 Buell 1190 RS Carbon Edition (NEW!)

There have been a few interesting Buell-related offerings on the pages of RSBFS as of late, each with an interesting history. This particular model is a 1190 RS Carbon Edition, one of the few produced by Erik & Co after his acrimonious divorce from H-D. Powered by something meatier than a muted potato-potato sound, this Rotax powered beast was at the apex of Erik’s design brilliance, and the best chance an American motorcycle had at taking the fight to the Japanese and the Italians. Sadly it was not in the making, as financial woes eventually liquidated the Buell factory. But the 1190 RS model was a standout, introduced first as a racer (RR model), and then homologated for street use (100 units). This particular example claims to be farm-to-table fresh, right out of the box.

NEW 2013 Buell 1190 RS for sale on eBay

The 1190 RS was essentially built on the bones of the excellent 1125 R – the first modern Buell to introduce Rotax power. The Rotax mill was born in Austria, bored in Michigan, received new pistons from SoCal, and a few other beef ups on the way to 1190cc and nearly 180 HP. Suspension is top shelf of the top shelf: 30mm Ohlins cartridge forks similar to what you would find on a contemporary AMA Superbike or WSBK machine. Slipper clutch by Swiss firm Sutter (you might know them by their Moto2 efforts). Tweak and tricks are everywhere on this bike, bringing curb weight way down, and performance sky high. Figure 370 lbs curb weight. Got your attention? When Cycle World tested the 1190 RS at Road America, Geoff May (then EBR factory rider) was on hand and commented: “This thing is too good to be a streetbike. It’s faster than my 1125RR.”

From the seller:
Beautiful 2013 Carbon Red EBR 1190RS Vin 0017. 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 VIN 0017 BIKE IS STILL IN THE CRATE!

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.

EBR went into liquidation in 2015. Assets were sold at auction, and an attempt was made to re-start the production lines. Sadly, that effort ceased production in 2017, leaving the world without much in the way of Buell tech. Fortunately, there are a good number of survivors – many with low miles. Today’s example has lower miles than most – a reported grand total of 4. That is pre-delivery test mileage at best, making this to as new as a new EBR-era Buell as you are likely to get. The bike looks fantastic, and clean in the un-ridden way you might expect. No sight of a crate around (the ad does mention that it is still in the crate – which would make photography difficult), but otherwise looks to be legit. That also explains the Buy It Now price of $26,999. The seller is open to offers, however, so you might just get into the EBR game for less. Check it out here, and then jump back to the comments and share your opinion of Buell. Do you have a favorite E.B. model? Let us know, and good luck!!

MI

NOS: 2013 Buell 1190 RS Carbon Edition (NEW!)
Buell August 23, 2018 posted by

Was Not Was: 2012 Buell EBR 1190RS Carbon Fiber Edition

Consider the curious case of one Erik Buell. By all counts a mad genius who was able to make even the archaic push-rod Harley lump semi-attractive to sporting riders, he is also the embodiment of a tragic hero from an Euripides epic, fatally flawed and ultimately falling short of immortality. The shades of gray that paint the portrait of Erik Buell are not negatives of character, perseverance or engineering skill, but rather a “wrong partner, right dance” situation. From the inception of The Buell Motor Company – first banking on imported “Barton” engines for AMA racing usage (upon which rules changes rendered them obsolete), then using connections to H-D as an engine supplier but remaining wholly separate, to the Buell American Motorcycle company (a subsidiary of H-D), to the shuttering of the effort due to H-D finances (they also sold off MV Agusta during this time), Erik continued to rise from the ashes. Kicked to the curb by H-D, Erik formed EBR – or Erik Buell racing – and returned to his love of roadracing. Devoid of having to deal with street bike regulations, EBR focused entirely on support of the 1125R, but there was more to come in this story.

2012 EBR 1190RS Carbon Fiber Edition #26

In many ways, Buell parted company with H-D long before they cut the ties. The 1125R, the last of the H-D owned machines, plunked the 45 degree v-twin relic in the trash and adopted the Rotax Helicon 72 degree powerplant. A modern engine with liquid cooling, overhead cams and four valves per cylinder, Rotax was a willing partner and a good motive power choice from a racing perspective. An updated design built specifically for racing, the bored-out 1190RR took the track goodness one further. But not done with the street bike scene just yet, Erik devised an updated 1190 that would take the Buell name back to the showroom. It was from these roots and from this distinctly non-H-D platform that today’s bike, a rare 1190RS was born. With a relatively high price tag and a small distribution footprint, only 100 of the base model were to be built. But the highest spec – and the true homage to the racer – was the Carbon Fiber Edition. Littered with (as the name would imply) carbon fiber components, the CF Edition was a rare add-on to a platform that already glittered with farkles from Ohlins front an rear. Buell’s ubiquitous Zero Torsion Load single front brake rotor contained a nifty cooling duct. The chassis (containing the fuel load, naturally) was aluminum. All told, this is a 175 HP, sub 400 pound (wet) track scalpel. With lights. And plates. And registration.

From the seller:
Rare opportunity awaits to purchase one of the finest crafted American sportbike ever engineered. Simply put, 1190RS Carbon Edition motorcycle is Erik Buell’s masterpiece. Of of 44 Carbon Editions built, this #26 collectors bike stands out amongst the crowd. EBR spared no expensive designing this work of art, which was hand-built with the finest components. While the 1190RS is already one of the finest superbikes ever built, this particular bike is truly one of a kind, crafted with the utmost attention to detail including the lightest magnesium wheels in the world and Track-Day exhaust option, both upgrades on the original design, over $10,000 in upgrades vs. other EBR1190RS bikes on the market. Eric felt such pride in this bike, it adorns his golden signature.

More from the seller:
Not only is the EBR 1190RS Carbon Edition rare, but #26 has a colorful story to tell, one of embezzlement, lies, and a lavish lifestyle of rare motor vehicles. #26 was a show room model at Reno Powersports KC and it still maintains its original shine and luster and sits pretty with only 89 total odometer miles.

-Less than 100 1190RS bikes ever made (even less with the carbon edition (44))
-Only EBR 1190 RS Carbon with a rich history and documents to support it.
-ORIGINAL factory Magnesium wheels (lightest in the world) to minimize unsprung weight.
-ORIGINAL Track-Day exhaust (Buell claims curb weight is 384 lbs. with the street-legal, dual-chamber exhaust. With the optional track-day exhaust shown here, it’s said to weigh just 369 lbs. motorcyclistonline.com, By Aaron Frank, June 16, 2011)
-Authentic Signature on the tail of the bike by Eric Buell himself (Only a couple I know have this)

With upgrades, the bike totaled over $50,000 MSRP. Clean title.

EBR was founded in 2009 and lasted until 2015. Not even a partnership with India giant Hero MotoCorp in 2013 could help keep EBR afloat, and the bankruptcy announcement in 2015 was another nail in that coffin. But whoever wants to bury Buell better bring more nails, because that coffin still isn’t fully closed. The Buell Motor Company, Buell American Motorcycles and EBR are all gone now, yet Erik is looking to the future as a founding partner in the electric mobility startup VANGUARDSPARK. Meanwhile his wondrous creations continue to pop up time and again in various formats. There is no doubt that the EBR era bikes are the most potent, and this Carbon Fiber Edition model is undoubtedly rare. The seller claims only 89 miles on the cool digital clocks (sadly no pictures of the dash in operation, but a brief view in the video), making this about as close as you can get to a new Erik Buell creation these days.

The embezzlement and intrigue associated with this particular bike as noted by the seller in the text relates to an accountant who cooked client books and spent the ill-gotten gains on cars, motorcycles and jewelry. The subsequent arrest might explain the low miles, but given that we have seen this bike before at auction (and on the pages of RSBFS) a year ago, not much has really changed. It’s still a looker, it is still very, very rare, and it is still at the $20k mark regarding price. Check it out here. This is really a fantastic motorcycle – a real American Bimota, if you will – that was lost in the potato-potato noise when Erik Buell was whitewashed with the H-D paintbrush. This EBR stacks up nicely with any Ducati, Aprilia or MV Agusta and would make a wonderful edition to a collection. Good Luck!!

MI

Was Not Was: 2012 Buell EBR 1190RS Carbon Fiber Edition