I sort of had a feeling that was the situation from previous reading. But whoever is promoting a new ‘Buell’ using the previous 1190 motor would have to be looking at a niche product, but hoping for a healthy niche or slice of an enthusiast market.
Not everyone cares about V4s or having 200bhp. The V twin is the purest form of motorcycle engine, if only because it is better than a single in giving twice the bang for the buck and twice the smoothness while fitting inside a similarly slim crankcase.
Having said all that, when bike magazine tested an 1190 alongside an equivalent Ducati they said that the Buell....sorry EBR was a better bike to ride. However given the choice of actually buying they would buy the Ducati.
That seems to be the attitude of most bikers.
l am more likely to ask myself what I would buy if l was the last person on the planet (probably an RE350 so l could scavenge around for remaining fuel stocks!
) and didn’t need to impress anyone else or worry about resale values. And even today pre or post Covid, it’s not like they are handing out medals for having the fastest bike when l stop for a cafe break on a Sunday ride out!
Would l buy a new 1190? A hypocritical no perhaps, but l might buy any bits l could fit or adapt for my old Buell. The next bike l buy is likely to be home designed and built with someone else’s infernal engine.....if We are still allowed to ride such things.