2003 Buell Firebolt XB9R Consumer Reviews A bike that goes fast instead…

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Buell Firebolt Sport Bike
Buell Firebolt Sport Bike

User Rating: Excellent


Handling And Control:

and Craftsmanship:

Pros: Great Riding Position, Handling, and Quality

Cons: A little expensive compared to the competition

The Line: A great bike at a price, real world and very unique. Easy to and good resale value. A ride to the Harley function.

bike is certainly a mixed It has innovative features such as a that doubles as a fuel and a dry sump oiling system stores oil in the hollow swingarm. The like most sportbikes, you a great view of your

You have to hold up your in order to see behind you. The produces power very and the extremely tight kevlar has zero lash, so you get power and without oil or chain wax being all over the rear wheel and Then engine seems to be to rev far beyond the 7500rpm rev limiter.

The is built much like a Chevrolet truck with pushrods, and hardened roller-rockers. It has a 45 degree, 2-valve, twin engine that makes the sort of racket as any sportster. The claims to put out 92HP, but use this to compare values to other

A dyno test on a DynoJet showed that the bike 64 Rear Wheel horsepower and 62ft-lbs of torque. That was at above sea level, so the actual should be more like and 70lbs of torque (at the rear This bike will hit the rev limiter in its top gear (5th) a top speed of 140mph.

It is probably capable of something 155 or so if it had the gearing.

The price, out the door in New was $10,612. There are many in that price range ad bikes that are simply for less money including the 919, CBR600RR, CBR929RR, R6, R1, and a few others.

The big thing about bike is that you get very performance, at a pretty good and you still fit in with the Harley When is the last time you to a biker event where bikes were welcomed? bike draws plenty of ad compliments, rides beautifully, is ad will definitely be another Harley because they are not

I expect mine to be like the XR750’s in the near future. I see Harley sticking with good idea very only because the young that ride sport are more interested in scaring than actually having a monster actually making go fast.

The HighWay Test.

Me and my wet out on I-25 to test my FireBolt his CBR600RR he just bought. a 70mph roll-on, He would hit the gas and I dart out in front of him about 3 lengths, then about 5 later he would go by me about faster. As soon as his bike revved to the 14-15k rpm range, his 600 me alive. The only thing the does really right is the limited amount of power it out is available right away.

The requires you to drop 1 or 2 gears, ad wait for the bike to go from to 14000rpm. If you get the jump on the Honda, is, hit the accelerator first, there is no way the can keep up for the first few seconds. You have to let them see your light before they you.

The CloverLeaf Test.

This can lean farther than any bike I have ever or even seen. The pegs warning tabs on them many bikes, but it would be impossible to drag them. I size 11 shoes and have my toes on nearly every bike I have ridden all of the Hondas and Yamahas.

This is super-solid in radical cornering and is way ahead of the foreign competition.

Racing Test

Because of the 70 lbs of and the zero-lash belt, this accelerates as hard as any bike out To take off fast on the CBR600RR, you to dump the clutch while the is making alot of horsepower. tends to scare the crap out of the

The Buell Firebolt is easy to and get through the tach in 1st gear, ride second from to 7500rpm, then 3rd from to 7500rpm, etc. The other will eventually pass you much faster at the end of the 1/4 mile, but you can almost any bike in the 1/8th which is good enough for street racing. Again, let them see your brake and they will think you got off the because you knew you could

It is somewhat hard to spin the tire on this bike, so you to be ready for the front wheel to up in the launch and also in second

Performance Parts

There are exhaust mufflers you can buy for the FireBolt DD, WileyCo, Harley-Davidson (raceKit), (Latus HD), and you can also the stock muffler by eliminating the pipe (see http://www.geocities.com/buell_racing/muffler.html ). You can buy a KN air but only from Harley because they own the design. You can buy a Race-Only ECM from Harley that will allow you to the fuel delivered to go with the in Air flow from the muffler/air mods.

There is no Power Commader for the FireBolt, as DynoJet has abandoned the The open-loop portion of the ECM has some and the throttle-position sensor and the O2 sensor is all is considered. When you try to increase the in the fuel-air mixture, the ECM sees the and moves the entire fuel to compensate.

This does not the Power Commander to work offset-technology that is uses for bikes. If you use the Race ECM, it do a pretty good job on the open-loop (below 3400RPM), and you you can use a PowerCommander for the Buell X-1 to tune the fuel-map 3500rpm. The Race ECM, Race Muffler, and KN filter about $650 as a package a Harley Dealer, for about a and 10ft-lbs gain.

You can perform the pipe mod and add a KN Filter for about for the same hp gain, with bottom end loss.


I took this bike out on a track on a practice day (it cost to practice) at Sandia Motorsports You can see the track layout at http://www.sandiamotorsports.com/.

I was surprised that I could run any bike there. since the is sort of short, the quickness of the really becomes important. On the where my buddy can wind up his the Firebolt seems a little but on this short, tight, this bike is a real I am not the best rider in the world and my one concern was to not wreck my streetbike. If I a little more agressive, I probably win out there easily.

The bike is easy to control in you can speed-up and slow-down which has somewhat difficult on other I would go into a corner, lay as far as possible, then turn the to hold the line. I could not how well the bike cornered on a track.

I was shifting much than the other riders. I was to keep the bike in a 5000rpm to band, where it makes its power, and that was easy to do in 3rd, 4th, and 5th gears. The bikes were having to 2 gears in the corners, where I downshifted one gear.

Buell Firebolt Sport Bike
Buell Firebolt Sport Bike

The torque of the made all the difference.


This bike is air-cooled and it HOT on a hot day. There is no way you could shorts on this bike on a day. The air outlets by the seat the air right under your

It wasn’t the worst thing in the or a reason to not ride on a hot day, but I never ridden another whos engine get this The only good thing it is that it runs really when it is hot. I use synthetic oil EXS 5W-60) and have been happy with it.


I have been told the stock tires are very Dunlops made just for bike. I also heard you can only get them from a Dealer. They are Dunlop 207 U. the 207’s (180-55-17’s) have the P instead of U. The P tire has more grooves and is heavier.

Harley that you by the tires from a Dealer in order to not increase the weight, which will torque a little. I am still to get the Dunlop 208GP tires it is time change them.

Since Harley’s and Buell’s good re-sale value, Credit is much more to buyers with less perfect credit. It will be easier to finance the Buell than a comparable Japanese If you are turned down by Good Credit (Kawasaki) or Honda there is still a good that you can get a Buell financed and the in good and bad credit will be about $50/month for the payment.

is, a good credit guy might pay a month, and a bad credit guy might to pay $230/month, but at least they finance you and maybe you can refinance for a better deal.


I State Farm Insurance and it is $34/month for full coverage. I with progressive and Geico and it was they were not interested in the bikes at all. One was $179/month and the was $168/month. Basically as much as the

I have my 2 cars and house insured with State and there is a small discount I am also 39 years old and have a licensed rider for 25 years.


The first week I had my someone hit it in the parking lot at the DMV, it the Left peg, Left turn signal, Clutch and barely scratched the swingarm. I the bike for $79 and was very pleased how it took the hit. The bike on its bar end and peg mount when it falls so there is no chance of case or damage.

This was a big plus for me.

I recommend the bike, but only if you want to go fast in town and are not about keeping up with a Honda, or Yamaha sport at top speed. This bike get you plenty of compliments because it like a million bucks and like a Harley. It will outrun any custom or cruiser

The bikes that will you trouble are the Yamaha R6 and R1, Honda CBR900RR, CBR600RR, CBR600F4i; ZX12R, ZX7r, ZX6r; GSXR600, GSXR750, GSXR1000, and a few others. But for the most part, you can run any of them except over You could outrun any bike weighs over 600lbs.

today, this bike got me out of a ticket. The cop had never seen one and it distracted him.

Buell Firebolt Sport Bike
Buell Firebolt Sport Bike
Buell Firebolt Sport Bike
Buell Firebolt Sport Bike
Buell Firebolt Sport Bike


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