Smart Buy: EBR 1190RX, The American exotic bargain.
Think the only way to stand out on a motorcycle is to spend a bunch of money on a Ducati? Think again. The EBR is rarer, and more interesting.
Eric Buell will go down in history as one of the greatest motorcycle designers of our time. in 50 years when he is immortalized in motorcycle legend people will wonder what it must have been like to be a contemporary of his. To see, experience and use his epic creations. That time is now, actually it was a couple of years ago already. But right now these bikes offer an absolutely incredible amount of passion and performance for very little money.
What we have here is a modern exotic superbike with over 180hp, more then 100 ft-lbs of torque, top tier suspension and brakes, all designed by a leading racer and manufacture. It this bike said Ducati on the side of it the price would easily be twice.
A dealer on the west coast of USA has it listed for under $7,200 after only turning 15k miles.
The story of EBR is almost as amazing as these bikes. After Harley locked Eric Buell out in 2009 he opened a new shop under his own name with about a dozen people. They set up to win races and build desirable motorcycles. One of their first offerings was a 1190RS. At $40k it was meant as a homologation bike to get them on track. Ultra low production.
Soon after the more street oriented version came out, the 1190RX. The RX was priced around $19k, and aimed right at Ducati and Aprilia buyers. Horsepower was increased of the RS, and now was 185. Enough to make anyone take notice. Modern tech like a digital color dash topped things off. The 1190RX mean serious business.
Most period reviews praised the power and handling of the bike. Many quoted lap times as fast, or faster then the Italian rivals.
I have to say this listing is making me question the value of some of the bikes in my garage right now. Is there anything at this price point that can match it?
Are there better looking or more universally desirable bikes?
But this combination of modern performance and rarity is something I just can not see elsewhere. Being so new, it is something that isn't normally on my radar. These can't continue to depreciate, can they? Surely this is the bottom in terms of pricing.