Buell Motorcycle resurfaced this year with big, ambitious projects and without Erik Buell, the man who started it all. The company finally resumed production of street bikes, starting with a few familiar machines.
Buell has announced that production of its street bikes will begin on November 1 with the Hammerhead 1190 superbike. It’s a bike with a striking look and enticing specs. It’s also a motorcycle we’ve seen before.
In case you forgot, the new Buell is the result Erik Buell’s motorcycle businesses taken over by Michigan-based Liquid Asset Partners liquidation company. The company wound up Buell when Harley-Davidson killed it in 2009, and then again after Erik’s independent Erik Buell Racing went bankrupt in 2016. EBR was restarted by Liquid Asset Partners and in late 2020 it was purchased the Buell Motorcycle name, initiating a revival of the brand.
This revival happened without Erik Buell, and he continues to work on electric bikes and an electric motorcycle. with Fuell.
Buell says the 2022 Hammerhead 1190 will have a “high performance 72 degree V-twin engine built in Grand Rapids, Michigan and proven to deliver 185 horsepower with 13.4: 1 compression, featuring an EFI with 4 injectors and ‘a torque of 101.6 foot-pounds. . “
The Hammerhead 1190 appears to be based on the EBR 1190RX which was unveiled in 2013 for the 2014 model year by EBR. This new version seems to have some minor plastic modifications and a new exhaust.
These are the same specifications as the 2014 EBR 1190RX up to too specific tightening torque. The company also says the machine will weigh 419 pounds – yes, the same weight as the 1190RX. Here’s a photo of the 1190RX, for comparison.
I didn’t notice it when launching the new Buell, but even the Hammerhead web page is the same as the old page of the 1190RX with some cosmetic changes. I contacted Buell for more details on the Hammerhead 1190.
The good news, then, is that the first street bikes in the new Buell will be motorcycles originally designed by Erik Buell. And Buell isn’t just going to make a bunch of old models either, as he plans to make his own adventure bikes, his two sports, and even his cruisers.
As Motorcycle.com reportsBuell has been very busy filing trademark applications for a logo and names like Baja, Blast and Supercruiser. Would love to see a modern version of Buell’s decried entry-level thumper Blast.
Pricing for the Hammerhead 1190 has not been announced, but you can reserve one from November 1 through a reservation and delivery system Buell calls Buellvana. He says he will provide more information on October 21. If you missed out on buying an EBR, it looks like the new Buell will give you another chance.