MadYZF wrote:Erik Buell Racing closed shop recently. This critique on EBR's demise is quite provoking:
https://rideapart.com/articles/riding-w ... -taught-us
It's a pity such a good end product couldn't keep going. The comparos are all favorable, putting the 1190RX up there with a Panigale, for ex. The hard clutch pull issue was eventually resolved around 2014 if I remember correctly; didn't know this was common to other Buells too. The rotor issue is really inexcusable but things happen during shipment or transport. With such a large brake disk, accidents tend to happen. I wonder which brake configuration, i.e. single large disc or the typical dual disc, EBR would have selected in a racing setting.Pepperoni wrote:EBR didn't have capital or an enthusiastic dealer network and that led to its final failure. Erik Buell should have gone back to making niche bikes for big bucks and not trying to make mass-produced bikes competing at Ducati/Aprilia/MV Agusta prices.
Sport Rider (http://www.sportrider.com/sportbikes/20 ... ide-review) and Cycle world (http://www.cycleworld.com/2014/06/13/du ... fications/) both liked the EBR 1190RX quite a bit (though they both seemed to comment on a very hard clutch lever pull) and, golly--like I described with virtually every model of Buell, Cycle World had a front brake rotor problem (apparently a supplier didn't finish them all correctly and it was replaced and then worked fine; not a big deal, but not something that can be easily financially handled by a small manufacture and must have caused Hero (owner of 49.2% of the company) to have a coughing fit, so to speak).
HOWEVER, every review of the EBR front brake on the sportbike models states that on the street, they're fine, but pushed hard on the track, they don't measure up to a twin rotor setup. If you're just on the street or just not pushing race-pace on the track, then it's never going to be an issue.
That said, if you can actually get one for the discount price of $9.995 (see cycletrader.com re: a dealership in Waukesha, WI), which is 1/2 the MSRP, then it's a real score. Seriously. For $10 grand? Seriously...
Except for one BIG BIG BIG issue: there is ZERO spare parts availability from what I've read. ZERO. You're on your own. If something breaks (or worse, you crash), either you'll have to get lucky (Ebay, bike salvage yards, both of which will have few parts because there were so few bikes sold), figure out who made the part (for common stuff, like maybe the fuel pump which they certainly didn't manufacture in-house), fabricate the stuff yourself, or go hungry. But finding, say a front rotor replacement? Good luck.
IMHO, it's always a shame when a manufacturer drops out of the picture (except maybe when Chinese manufacturer, Vento, stopped selling bikes in the US within one year...not a shame at all...). It's disappointing that Victory couldn't garner the attention from US cruiser riders that it deserved (really, great bikes with lots of power and (I think) excellent reliability and great styling. It's a shame that Norton didn't come back in a big way. It's a joke (to me) that Polaris has put huge bucks into resurrecting Indian (why? Sure, the bikes are getting rave reviews (like a lot of the Victory models did) but they're basically selling nostalgia vis a vis the name and the styling of the bikes--where's the originality? WTF is wrong with American motorcyclists?). Yes, they are succeeding, and I WANT them to succeed, but...It's a shame that Bimota went belly-up over the failure of the V-Due (a modern, street-legal 500cc TWO-STROKE sportbike with amazing handling that weighed about 17lbs (it was very light) but they couldn't figure out their emissions-qualifying direct fuel-injection and the bikes ran like crap and the company "shot their whole wad" on it).
Oh, well. I'll get my new, $15.49 aftermarket fuel pump installed in my YZF this week and get back to having fun actually riding...
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