At the recent press ride of the EBR 1190RX, held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, EBR surprised those in attendance by unveiling the next model in its lineup, the 1190SX streetfighter. EBR is calling it “a true naked streetfighter-style sport bike with uncompromised Superbike race-bred performance and handling.” However, virtually no information was given on the bike in order to build hype and suspense. Now more information is trickling in from EBR, the latest being official pricing and specs.
Perhaps the best bit of information is the SX shares the 1190RX’s V-Twin engine rated at 185 crankshaft horsepower and more than 100 lb.-ft. of torque. Unlike other naked version of flagship sportbikes, with revised camshafts and fueling tweaks for more grunt down low, the 1190SX gives the same unadulterated power that was so addicting with the RX. EBR claims the 1190SX delivers the highest performance available in the streetfighter category.
EBR founder and Chief Technical Officer Erik Buell is no stranger to streetfighter-style sport bikes, having defined the category with the introduction of the S1 Lightning in 1995. “The streetfighter classification, which was so revolutionary when we first came to market, is now being used by marketing people for all sorts of motorcycles, including some thinly-disguised standard bikes that have de-tuned or obsolete powertrains,” said Buell. “So, perhaps the appropriate new name for a bike like the 1190SX is, ‘Superfighter.’“
With much componentry carried over from the EBR 1190RX superbike, the 1190SX is a genuine high-performance motorcycle with a racing heritage. True to its “streetfighter” designation, however, the 1190SX is designed to be a street machine first. Featuring an upright riding position and wider handlebars for nimble handling, and minimalist bodywork for lower weight, the 1190SX is meant for those wanting a comfortable sportbike to carve canyons or take on the concrete canyons of the city.
As with all EBR sport bikes, the 1190SX features many Erik Buell signature innovations to optimize handling and performance, such as fuel in the frame for lower weight and centralized mass, hubless wheels and perimeter brake rotors for lower unsprung weight, and EBR’s proprietary Controlled Swirl Induction (CSI), which improves power and fuel economy, while lowering exhaust emissions.
The 1190SX is being introduced with a MSRP of $16,995 and is available in white, red and black color schemes. Shipments to EBR dealers will begin in early July.