Like many things in life, bikes are often more fun once they've been stripped naked. The folks at Erik Buell Racing seem to agree. They've just announced the EBR 1190 SX— a naked, street-oriented counterpart to the completely insane 1190 RX.
It's fundamentally the same bike, meaning it's still shy of 420 pounds and powered by the same 1190 cc engine found in the RX. Most likely, the engine will be detuned a little bit, since 185 hp on a street bike is a Russian oligarch-esque level of excess.
Without some of the bodywork, the SX isn't quite as aerodynamically slick as the RX; but if you can tell the difference on any street with a speed limit, you're definitely breaking the law.
Because it's purely a street bike—albeit an extreme one—the seat position is more upright, which is fine, because it should make it easier to look around and watch everyone checking out your motorcycle.
Aaron Miller is the Rides editor for Supercompressor. He'd put this up against anything the Italians are making right now.