For quite a while now Roehr Motorcycles has been readying themselves to build a single product. Their dream is to produce an American-made, 50-state legal, superbike that can compete with the best from Japan, Italy, and Germany. They’ve now moved one step closer to fulfilling that dream. The Environmental Protection Agency has certified the Roehr 1250sc as meeting the environmental requirements for sale in the United States. That makes the bike legal for sale in 49 states. Approval from the California Air Resources Board is expected shortly.
This means that a real American superbike is almost ready for sale in the United States.
The Roehr 1250sc is powered by the water-cooled, Harley-Davidson Revolution engine, which, with the addition of a proprietary supercharger developer by Roehr, that provides an output of 180 HP at 9100 RPM, and 115 lb/ft of torque at 7600 RPM.
The 1250sc is ready for a track day right off the showroom floor, since it comes stock with and Ohlins 43mm fully adjustable upside-down fork up front and a Ohlins fully adjustable linkless monoshock in back providing the suspension. Stopping power is provided by 2 x 330mm semi-floating discs with radially mounted Brembo 4 piston calipers on the front wheel and 245mm single disc with 2 piston Brembo calipers on the rear wheel. The exhaust system flows through dual Akraprovic carbon-fiber performance mufflers. The final drive is a 520 O-ring chain in the single-sided swingarm.
The dry weight of the 1250sc is a claimed 432 lbs (196kg). Wet weight won’t be all that much more, since the fuel tank only holds 3.2 gallons, which kind of limits the bike’s street potential. You may find that the price does too, since all those premium components come with a $50k price tag. But, people buy the Ducati Desmo, so there’s no reason they can’t buy this, too.
More information about the 1250sc is available at Roehr’s web site. And if you’re really interested, and will be in the Santa Monica, CA area, you can set up a test ride.
I went back to Biggs Harley today. I scheduled a test ride on the Buell 1125r for next Saturday. They did have a sales guy there who is familiar with Buells (he rides a Uly), so I was able to ask him some questions about the bike.
Just sitting on the bike, though, I really do dig the ergos on the 1125r. They are about the best sportbike ergos I’ve encountered. When you sit on an R6, for example, you really are stretched out over the tank, your legs are tucked up into your guts, and you are putting a lot of weight on your wrists. Not comfy at all for anything other than the trackm or for any extended riding.
On the 1125r, the riding position is still relatively aggressive, but while you are leaned forward, it’s not enough to put any weight on your wrists, so you can keep your elbows bent, and your arms loose. And your shoulders aren’t hunched up. The footpegs are also slightly lower so that’s more relaxed as well. It seems like a sportbike that you can actually use as a commuter without discomfort.
Next week, I’ll see how the bike is for things other than sitting.