2002 — 2010 Buell XB9R Firebolt Bike Social

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Buell Firebolt XB9R

Buell XB9R Firebolt review

Posted: 04 July

Buells are bikes that split opinions – they are a Marmite machine with falling passionately in love their quirks and non-owners pointing out their numerous

Founded by Erik Buell, Motorcycles went mainstream in as Harley-Davidson’s ‘sportsbike arm’ it wasn’t until the launch of the XB that their popularity started to increase. Having several Harley-powered racers, company was bought out by Harley in the and he was given the backing to create his own of sportsbike. Early machines as the Cyclone and Thunderbolt were a of things to come, but no one really what arrived in 2002…

People sniggered at the thought of a sportsbike, in 2002 they laughing. The XB9R was like else. Part 250GP part Harley, the Firebolt technology that even the weren’t using.

Ok the engine may been a fairly low-tech V-twin (despite looking a Sportster motor it isn’t) but the fuel stored in the frame, the oil in the and a huge rim-mounted front the Firebolt was a truly unique And it worked.

The Buell soon developed a as one of the best handling bikes Small, agile and extremely to lean over, the Firebolt was entertaining to ride, but like all it had its faults…

The air-cooled engine like to be rushed and the gearbox was – then drive belts to snap. Wags quickly it the Firefault as more mechanical arose. Undeterred, Erik the XB’s capacity to 1203cc in the models and also introduced a bike into the range, the

But despite the generally positive from buyers things good behind the scenes.

dealers struggled to grasp the of a sportsbike and weren’t comfortable Buells alongside the traditional When Erik launch the 1125 range it was the last of the dice, sadly they succeed as the financial crisis hit and closed the doors on Buell on 9 th 2009.

Nowadays the XB has a loyal following and if you are a quirky second hand the Firebolt is well priced and Some spares are becoming to locate, reliability is suspect and costs can be high, but as with any machine owners soon over these facts. In the light of day it’s hard to owning a Buell, however if you do you certainly fall in love its unique charms…

Buell Firebolt XB9R
Buell Firebolt XB9R

+ points – Unique look, technology

— points – costs, reliability, lack of

Year: 2002/2010

Power: – 97bhp, 70lb.ft. XB12R 103bhp, 84lb.ft

Kerb 179kg (dry)

Seat 775mm

Colours: Blue, black, white

Buell Firebolt XB9R
Buell Firebolt XB9R
Buell Firebolt XB9R
Buell Firebolt XB9R
Buell Firebolt XB9R
Buell Firebolt XB9R
Buell Firebolt XB9R

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