WSBK » Erik Buell Racing confirms WSBK entry


American manufacturer Erik Buell Racing will enter the 2014 World Superbike Championship, it is confirmed.

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jonmog

December 12, 2013 3:05 PM

Interesting and welcome news indeed - not too well versed with AMA I have to admit - what are EBR bikes ? are they complete independent bikes or 're-worked' existing ( jap / Ger / Ita ) bikes ? Do you guys know if they're likely to be competitive ?

96viffer

December 12, 2013 4:40 PM

Buell used HD engines very, very early in its history, but EBRs are far removed from that. The engine in the 1190RX is a liq-cooled 72 deg V-twin putting out 185 hp at 10,600 rpm and 101 ft-lb (137 Nm) of torque at 8,200 rpm. Definitely not HD!

Tetley

December 12, 2013 5:02 PM
Last Edited 59 days ago

reinmacre: The EBR bikes run Harley Davidson engines.

Sorry but not so now. Eric Buell used to work for Harley and race his own advanced frames with Harley Sportster motors. Then he left Harley and launched the Buell brand, still using Harley motors. Eventually Harley bought him out, re-hired him and marketed the Buell brand in their Harley showrooms. Then Harley dropped the Buell brand and Eric formed EBR, Eric Buell Racing. Just before Harley dropped the brand they had been working with Rotax on a new motor for Buells and although Eric was prevented from using the Harley version of the Rotax I believe his racing motor owes much to that design.
Among Eric Buell's road and racing innovations were fuel-in-frame, oil-in-swingarm, rim mounted disc brakes, and he is widely creditted with launching the concept of mass centralisation which most Japanese racing teams consequently adopted.
BTW, Aprilia's Mille motors were built by Rotax.

Jim Clausen

December 12, 2013 7:40 PM
Last Edited 119 days ago

I see there are some who think the EBR is a warmed over Harley-Davidson, complete with handlebar streamers and floorboards. You may be in for quite a shock. The EBR may do quite well in WSBK. Eric Buell knows what he is doing. The Buell association with Harley-Davidson is long over. Yes, at on time, Buells used a modified Harley designed motor. That was some five years ago, or so. There was an acrimonious parting of the ways when Eric Buell refused to any longer use the Harley engine. Buells rarely finished a race without an engine failure when running the Harley engines. In fact, Harley forced Buell to not manufacture any motorcycles after the breakup for a period of 3 years, if I'm not mistaken. Since Buell, as EBR, has resumed racing motorcycles they have had considerable success in AMA racing, winning the Daytona Sportbike championship in 2009, as well as winning a championship in European Superbike Championship in 2011. This EBR ain't no Harley!

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