2017 Motorcycle Previews EBR Black Lightning to Debut at Long Beach IMS | Basically a...

EBR Black Lightning to Debut at Long Beach IMS | Basically a Lowered 1190SX

2017 EBR Black Lightning to Long Beach IMS

EBR Black Lightning to Debut at Long Beach IMS | Basically a Lowered 1190SX
EBR Black Lightning

Back in September, EBR Motorcycles began teasing information on its 2017 model lineup. The American sportbike manufacturer out of East Troy, Michigan, which resumed business March 1 under the rebranded EBR Motorcycles following bankruptcy of Erik Buell Racing, promised a “quick, dark and low” bike to arrive in fall, and a sub-$10,000 bike to arrive in early 2017 (we’re hoping for an ADV-styled EBR).

This week EBR Motorcycles announced that “quick, dark and low” motorcycle, and offered a single photo. Meet the Black Lightning, which is basically a lowered 1190SX with higher handlebars and blacked-out styling. The EBR Black Lightning will debut Friday, November 18, at the Long Beach International Motorcycle Show.

[Visit the 2017 Motorcycle Previews page]

Speaking of the bike, Erik Buell says “When you combine the upright seating with intense acceleration, you have the ultimate all around superbike. It has striking looks and performance for urban riders, and yet it is comfortable for a long day of riding or sport touring.”

The Black Lightning arrives with EBR’s proven 185-horsepower 1190cc V-Twin that powers the SX (naked0 and RX (full faired). EBR Motorcycles says the Black Lightning’s gearing has been revised for more responsive power on the street. It’ll also arrive with a lower seat height, lower foot pegs, higher handlebars, and an optional comfort seat. Exact details remain hush until Friday, but EBR says it will begin deliver in spring 2017.

“With this new model, an improved capital structure, and additional models in development, it is an exciting time at EBR Motorcycles,” said EBR’s CFO, Bill Melvin.

EBR Motorcycles will present a Facebook Live Presentation of the 1190 Black Lightning on Friday, November 18 at 4 p..m PST on Facebook.com/ErikBuellRacing.


Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

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