it is still based on the Rotax design. Although I've read a couple of things that say Erik bought the rights to the engine design. Therefore, it can be produced anywhere he chooses, possibly entirely in the US.
Except that subframe. But mis-matched wheels and a fairing that looks like it's from Suzuki in the early 2000's isn't good enough. Maybe again that's to a European eye (i have a friend who is a product designer who does kitchen stuff for the US market and he tells me there is no way euro stuff would sell over there and vice versa, our eyes and brains are just used to a different "look"). But it looks like a 10 year old design, which when you know there's plenty of innovation in that bike seems a shame. The electronics were usually reviewed as good but a generation behind.
The engines were not Rotax in design. The Buell 1125 engine was designed by Erik Buell / Harley and contracted to Rotax to be built. It was not a rotax designed engine. After Harley closed Buell and gave Erik a non-compete when he left, they dropped that and allowed Buell to have/use his patents. This allowed Erik to use all the best parts of the XB and 1125 bikes, the 1125 engine being one of them. The 1125 design was punched out to an 1190 making an impressive 185 HP and built all in house at EBR
ah ha it wos you I seen thereAnybody that writes off Erik Buell is on crack. That guy has done more than most, seen all the ups and downs, and still come back year after year. He's been doing this for decades
Exactly right! They were designing the 1190 when i was there
I, as one of my jobs, run a bar. If i had worked in bars for decades but all of the bars i had worked in had gone bankrupt or closed down i would not be someone who should be selling motorcycles. Beer, i meant beer. No matter how many cool or quirky things i put in those bars:Anybody that writes off Erik Buell is on crack. That guy has done more than most, seen all the ups and downs, and still come back year after year. He's been doing this for decades
Great pic though, he honestly does seem like a cool guy.People can talk about how he was held down by HD all they want, but as evident with what just went down you need more than a cool bike to actually be successful selling production bikes...