Just in time for Independence Day, Buell Motorcycles, the only American sports bike manufacturer, has announced the launch of the 40th Anniversary Freedom Edition Hammerhead 1190. The Freedom Edition features red, white and blue American flag livery, which the company says celebrates Buell’s 40th anniversary of his motorcycle and “the lifeblood of American freedom.”
“We are delighted to introduce the new Freedompaint program. Applied directly to Hammerhead’s stock all-carbon body, its design evokes Buell’s exciting 40-year journey and our excitement for the next 40. Buell CEO Bill Melvin said. “For us, the Freedom Edition represents our heritage, our fans and our unwavering commitment to the freedom that comes with driving a Buell.”
To match its free-wheeling ride, the Buell Hammerhead 1190 features a 72-degree liquid-cooled V-twin producing 185 horsepower at 10,600 rpm and 102 lb-ft of torque at 8,200 rpm, a 6-speed transmission, and a vacuum-operated slip/assist clutch.
The Hammerhead 1190 features Showa inverted big piston forks and a Showa rear monoshock. Stopping power is provided by 8-piston inside-out calipers gripping 386mm discs at the front and 2-piston Haze calipers gripping 220mm discs at the rear. The aluminum frame, aluminum swingarm and aluminum wheels (17.5 x 3.5 inches front, 17 x 6.0 rear) keep the dry weight relatively low at 419 pounds.
Beginning July 1, 2023, enthusiasts can purchase the 40th Anniversary Freedom Edition Hammerhead 1190 for $24,990. The top-of-the-line model is 26,775 for those wanting advanced features and customization, including Buell’s blackout kit (usually only available on the SX), custom-stitched seats, Öhlins steering stabilizer and an exclusive 4-year warranty.
“Our fans have long requested a red, white and blue color scheme,” Melvin said. “We listened, and we are proud to offer a design that reflects the high degree of independence Buell shares with this great nation.”