2002 Buell XB9R Firebolt Program #2147 MotorWeek

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2002 XB9R Firebolt Program

Episode 2147

Harley has long been regarded as one of the most tradition- bound builders. But that image did a bit in 2002 with the release of the V-rod. But even before Harley’s Buell division was some of the most innovative and new bikes on the market.

Well, latest creation is the XB9R and as you can see, it’s anything but But you only have to look at the Buell XB9R Firebolt to that it’s about as far a traditional Harley as a motorcycle can Its striking insect-like styling and aggressive stance are pure sport-bike.

And like many sport bikes, the Firebolt a twin-spar aluminum frame. But frame, which is made in also serves as the fuel While the stiff alloy does double duty as the oil

The Firebolt is suspended up front by a set of adjustable 43mm inverted from Showa, which the frame at a super-sharp 21-degree angle. And at the rear an equally single shock is mounted on the spine of the frame. The wheels are 17-inch alloys, the front wearing an unusual 375mm disc that’s bolted to the rim instead of the hub, and clamped by a 6-piston caliper.

The whole rides on an ultra-short 52-inch the shortest of any modern sport

The most traditional part of the is the fuel-injected 984cc air-cooled V- twin engine, which 90 horsepower and 68 pound-feet of torque. It through a large single can, that sits beneath the engine, which the rear wheel with proven belt drive, never needs adjustment, to this idler wheel maintains constant tension on the

And we were as impressed with the quality as we were with the Buell’s sometimes dodgy fit and has been replaced with metalwork and an almost Asian to detail. Our only real are with the sloppy fit of the rear and exhaust headers that on a funky, corroded look only a couple of thousand

But the proof of any motorcycle design is in the and in urban traffic it feels and friendly, with a smooth and a surprisingly comfortable riding Clutch action is slick good feel, though the 5-speed gearbox requires a kick to upshift. While Uniplanar engine mounts do a job of isolating the V-twin’s substantial

Stiffen up the suspension and hit the curves, and the exhibits a tighter, more character. Focused enough for a track like Summit West Virginia’s tight and Jefferson Circuit, where we put it in the hands of AMA 250 Grand Prix Chris Pyles for a serious speed shakedown. ‘‘The was definitely smooth power It wasn’t as much vibration as I had expected. It does have torque off the corners.

Buell Firebolt XB9R

It kind of signs off as you approach the red It feels like it’s got some left, it might be choked down a little bit by standards. The handling was really, nice.

It was very nimble the corners, but without upsetting the end. The front end felt planted, but at the same time you flick the bike very from left to right. you’re in the corner, mid corner, you can pull the bike down for lean angle if you want. You can much put the bike anywhere you

It’s probably better average as far as sport bikes go. I’m a braker, and I definitely liked The front brake, you get a lot of good good feel through the It’s so good, you’re the rear end up just a bit, so the end wants to fishtail, squirm a little bit.’‘nbsp Chris

Sounds like a recipe for street riding fun, and a few tweaks, a competitive race as well. The price is also with that of today’s top bikes, $9,999 for a Firebolt of own.

As we said earlier, the Buell XB9R Firebolt is as far a traditional Harley Davidson as a can get. But with its innovative and razor sharp handling, set to start an exciting new performance of its own.

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Engine: Air-cooled 45-degree V- Twin

Buell Firebolt XB9R
Buell Firebolt XB9R
Buell Firebolt XB9R
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