Buell is on a mission. Sizzling on the heels of the discharge of their Roland Sands-designed Tremendous Cruiser idea, the American firm has simply thrown the wraps off the newest iteration of the upcoming Buell SuperTouring 1190. And we’ve questions.
First teased a yr in the past, the SuperTouring was initially pitched as a high-speed tourer. However Buell has refined and developed the idea since, and it’s now being touted as a ‘modular superbike’—or an ‘adaptive bike.’
In plain English, that signifies that all of the bits that make the SuperTouring a tourer, are designed to bolt on and off in minutes. The concept, in accordance with Buell, is to construct a motorcycle that may go from street-legal to trace prepared in lower than an hour. Which, though not solely groundbreaking, is form of intelligent.
Motorcycling within the US is extra about leisure than transport. So a motorcycle that may do a number of issues—like hit the open street one weekend, and the observe the following, whereas additionally perhaps commuting—is a nifty proposition.
On the floor, the SuperTouring seems like a revival of the Buell XB12XT Ulysses. Which is unavoidable, actually, given the marque’s inherent design language, and the touring underpinnings of each bikes. On nearer inspection although, it’s extra akin to a bulked-up 1190SX.
It was designed in collaboration with J. Ruiter—an award-winning industrial designer with a knack for creating left-field bike ideas. You’ve in all probability seen his blocky, utilitarian Moto Undone and Snoped ideas.
The variations are simple to identify. The SuperTouring incorporates a sturdier subframe, little doubt to assist baggage and passengers. It additionally sports activities a comfier-looking two-up seat, and detachable passenger pegs, baggage racks and exhausting panniers.
Sitting up entrance is a pair of LED headlights (a basic Buell contact), wrapped in a modular fairing with various display screen heights on supply. The fake tank covers and aspect panels look to be largely carried over from the 1190SX—and like on the SX, they’re all comprised of carbon fiber.
Buell haven’t launched too many particulars but, however they’ve confirmed that the SuperTouring’s chassis and engine are the identical as these on the 1190SX and Hammerhead 1190. And that tells us just a few issues.
The 1,190 cc V-twin engine within the 1190SX is nice for 185 hp and 137.8 Nm. And whereas the SuperTouring is more likely to characteristic its personal engine tune, we are able to in all probability count on numbers in the identical ballpark. Examine the SuperTouring to the 1190SX and Hammerhead 1190, and also you’ll additionally spot the identical swingarm, wheels, and Buell’s signature perimeter disc brakes.
We will additionally count on the SuperTouring’s fuel-in-frame chassis to carry the identical quantity of petrol as its two stablemates; 17 l [4.5 gallons]. That leaves it with barely shorter legs than a few of its rivals, just like the Harley-Davidson Pan America (5.6 gal) and the Ducati Multistrada V4 (5.8 gal).
You possibly can’t blame Buell for utilizing a longtime platform although. They’re nonetheless a comparatively small firm—and growing a brand new forms of bikes on an present platform is way inexpensive than constructing every thing from scratch. However the SuperTouring will in all probability want just a few extra tweaks to actually shine.
Given the modular idea at play right here, will Buell supply some form of auxiliary gasoline cell to assist the SuperTouring go additional? And can elements just like the foot pegs be adjustable, in order that riders can optimize the bike for every driving situation? Solely time will inform.
One factor’s for certain although—Buell is listening. The SuperTouring is just slated for manufacturing in 2025, however Buell are displaying it off at Daytona Bike Week proper now, as a result of they wish to know what individuals consider it. The corporate’s CEO, Invoice Melvin, has said that buyer suggestions is central to Buell’s growth course of.
So in case you have an opinion on the SuperTouring, let ’em have it.