EBR Motorcycles is set to debut a new model during the upcoming Long Beach International Motorcycle Show, the Black Lightning. It’s built around the 1190cc V-Twin that powers both the SX and RX models, but with different ergonomics, revised gearing and blacked-out color treatment.
“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,” said Erik Buell in a company press release.
Seat height is two inches lower than the 1190SX, measuring 30.8 inches, the footpegs are one inch lower and handlebars are two inches taller, all to create a more relaxed ride position. The Black Lightning’s gearing is revised to optimize torque and acceleration.
Other spec sheet items include a six-speed constant mesh transmission, an OSR aluminum frame and high density cast aluminum swingarm. Showa suspension components soak up bumps front and rear and the signature 386mm perimeter rotor with eight-piston caliper handles stopping duties on the front wheel. Out back a 220mm rotor is pinched by a dual piston Hayes Performance caliper. It has a fuel capacity of 4.5 gallons and a 415-pound curb weight. It rolls on Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa tires and has 17-inch aluminum wheels front and rear.
This is the first new model to emerge from EBR after a long downturn, which saw the company enter receivership and halt all operations before liquidation. Liquid Asset Partners purchased the manufacturing assets of the company in early 2016, and owner Bill Melvin Jr. committed to reviving the ailing brand. Here’s what Melvin had to say in the press release for the Black Lightning:
“With this new model, an improved capital structure, and additional models in development, it is an exciting time at EBR Motorcycles.”
In September 2016, EBR revealed its intention to explore smaller displacement, lower cost platforms. Though the Black Lightning isn’t low displacement and likely won’t be under $10,000, it’s heartening to see the American brand getting back on its feet.