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A tour of EBR's Wisconsin factory with Erik Buell (pictures)

Every EBR 1190RX is hand-built in East Troy, Wisc. Erik Buell himself showed us around.

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EBR factory visit

This is Erik Buell, the namesake for Erik Buell Racing.

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EBR factory visit

Buell kindly gave us a tour of his company's factory in East Troy, Wisc.

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EBR factory visit

Buell looks on as an 1190RX, fresh off the assembly line, gets run in on the rolling road.

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EBR factory visit

Buell examines a wheel with a trademark rim-mounted brake disc.

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EBR factory visit

A collection of 1190RXs ready for delivery.

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EBR factory visit

This is the short assembly line, where each 1190RX is hand-assembled.

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EBR factory visit

Hero, an Indian company, now owns roughly half of Buell.

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EBR factory visit

Buell stands next to one of his company's race bikes, ready for competition in AMA.

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EBR factory visit

Buell himself was a racer before dedicating himself to engineering and entrepreneurship.

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EBR factory visit

An early test ride on the SX version of the 1190, using rather privileged plates.

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EBR factory visit

A box of parts, ready for 1190RX assembly.

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EBR factory visit

Exhaust and intake valves, ready for insertion into the 1190RX's V-twin.

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EBR factory visit

Engines are assembled on-site.

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EBR factory visit

Once assembled, the bike is built around the motor.

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EBR factory visit

The motor is a stressed member of the bike, meaning the suspension is bolted directly to it.

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EBR factory visit

The frame cradles the motor, leaving room for a large air box.

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EBR factory visit

A row of front wheels ready for mounting.

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EBR factory visit

The "fuel" tanks on EBRs don't actually hold any fuel. It's stored in the frame.

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EBR factory visit

Every EBR is hand-built, not far from Harley-Davidson headquarters.

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