If only Erik Buell had had the opportunity to develop the Buell 1125 before being unceremoniously shown the door, especially since the 1190 was waiting in the wings, we might have seen something like this, the Typhon 1190, developed by the Pegasus Race Team and Gruner Engineering over in Germany. Pegasus races an 1190RR in Europe and looked at the design with fresh eyes, coming up with something that could have been the logical evolution of this bike. While Erik is working hard to bring the 1190 to the street, Pegasus and Gruner reconfigured the old design moving the radiators from those huge side pods and came up with a solution that slides them behind the front wheel.
A radiator up front certainly isn’t a new idea unless, you’re really pressed for space, so they squeezed it tight against the engine, so tight, the center of the radiator has to be opened up to fit around the exhaust. The end result is a much cleaner side profile and a narrower front.
The 1190, as installed here, puts out 185 horsepower in a package that weighs 355 pounds before fuel. I guess that’s what happens when racing guys do the buildup. Grins all around.
Our friend Sabine Welte, who we’ve mentioned many times, took all the photos here.
Thanks J.E., for the tip. I’ve had my head down on a lot of technical work and might have missed this for a little while.
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