Buell Freedom Edition Hammerhead 1190 Is How the American Flag Shines on Wheels

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Back in 1983, somewhere in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a new motorcycle company was born. Spawned from the mind of former Harley-Davidson engineer Erik Buell, the company adopted the man's name, and went on to live a pretty complicated existence to our time.
Somehow, the small company survived everything, and this year it is celebrating its 40th anniversary. It does so with a lineup of five distinct models, namely the Hammerhead 1190, 1190SX, Super Cruiser, Supertouring, and the Baja Dune Racer.

Of all five bikes, the Hammerhead is perhaps the most important, and that's why it was probably chosen by the company to be the base for a special edition version meant to celebrate both the anniversary and the "lifeblood of American freedom."

The model is officially called Freedom Edition Hammerhead 1190, and the main (and only) thing that sets it apart from its siblings is the paint scheme.

Normally, the Hammerhead 1190 can be had in a variety of color schemes, binding together in various shapes grey, yellow, white, and red. The Freedom Edition however goes all in to celebrate the colors of the American flag, red, white and blue, but also the stars that dot it.

The colors are skillfully applied directly on the bike's carbon fiber bodywork, and can be seen almost everywhere, from the fairing up front to the fender at the rear. I said "skillfully” because this has got to be the most interesting use of the Stars and Stripes colors and design I've seen on a motorcycle.

Underneath all that patriot guise however, the same Hammerhead 1190 can be had. The bike is powered by a liquid-cooled V-Twin engine 72.6ci (1,190cc) in displacement. The powerplant develops 185 hp at 10,600 rpm and almost 138 Nm of torque at 8,200 rpm.

The two-wheeler is supported by an aluminum frame with an integrated fuel tank. Showa supplied the suspension hardware (inverted fork at the front and single shock at the rear).

In normal configuration, the cheapest Hammerhead 1190 there is starts at $19,995, and can reach up to $25,995 fully loaded. Naturally, the Freedom Edition is a tad more expensive.

As is, customers can have a 2023 Buell Freedom Edition Hammerhead 1190 from $24,990. Provided some enhancements and customizations are made, that price jumps to at least $26,775.

Buell says the new iteration of the Hammerhead will become available on July 1, shortly before the U.S. celebrates its Independence Day. It's unclear how many of them will be made, but we are informed the first 40 of them will be offered with a special four-year warranty. Additionally, the underside of the bikes will be signed by the Buell factory team.
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Daniel loves writing (or so he claims), and he uses this skill to offer readers a "behind the scenes" look at the automotive industry. He also enjoys talking about space exploration and robots, because in his view the only way forward for humanity is away from this planet, in metal bodies.
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