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.

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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.

https://www.cycletrader.com/listing/2014-EBR-1190RX-5014724702

https://www.cycletrader.com/listing/2014-EBR-1190RX-5014724702

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.

Thoughts?

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Comments (15)

  • Also...Harley’s duckers with Buell “just happened” to coincide with their decline. Now I’ll be amazed if they can pull it out of the crapper.

      1 month ago
    • I just cant see why Harley dropped Buell. He had a long history with them and proved that the market wanted what he was building with a number of HD models that he had a hand in (not marketed as buells)

        1 month ago
  • While the 1190 seems to be a great bike, I believe the Harley engined ones will ultimately be the ones collectors will want.

      1 month ago
    • That is probably true. Collectors like the first or last of what ever. Also the connection with Buell and HD is cemented in most peoples minds.

        1 month ago
  • Glad Buell can more or less give one of these 🖕🏻to Harley and make bikes that are not only priced right, but can play with the big boys and win. Good on ya!!

      1 month ago
    • To be fair, this was not a cheap bike when new. But inline with others in the class.

        1 month ago
    • There is no doubt it wasn’t cheap, but in the grand scheme of things? I am glad to see Buell didn’t back down and went head to head with companies that are top tier!

        1 month ago
  • When Harley dropped Buell I exclaimed to my co-workers that it was a stupid and short sighted move and they would regret it. Now I don't have inside information but I have read many reports of how Harley is suffering a huge decline and it couldn't happen to a more deserving company. They are one trick ponies and are scrambling to diversify.

      1 month ago
    • RyanF9 on YouTube did a great video on how Harley doubled down on a declining clientele. I have a rather wide range of motorcycle tastes, but could NEVER see buying a new HD. There really are only a couple of used/vintage ones that I might own. ...

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        1 month ago
    • Yeah, the prices for new Fat Boy or Road King full dress is outrageous especially when you compare it to a Holding. The Wing is superior in every category, and the BMW touring bike is superior as well.

      Harley missed the boat and the ship has...

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        1 month ago
  • Amazing bargain, although I don’t know book value on EBR. It’s not my cuppa, but if you’re into crotch rockets, I say go for it.

      1 month ago
    • After looking around a bit the $7,200 asking price of this bike seems "about right". There are still some new bikes sitting on dealer floors for a bit more.

      My goal with these articles is not to showcase a screaming deal on a specific bike,...

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        1 month ago
    • That it does. If I had the cash laying around, I’d be all over that bike.

        1 month ago
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