2005 Buell XB12S The Evil Twin Super Streetbike

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Buell Lightning XB12S

2005 Buell XB12S The Evil Twin


only so much you can do to trick out ‘Busa or Gixxer. What do you do, when you want to build a sportbike that’s really Easy-start with a bike really different, which is what Rick’s Motorcycles in New Hampshire, did to create the wild-looking custom seen here.

it comes to unusual motorcycles, don’t get much more than the Buell. With its wheelbase, the fuel carried in the the oil carried in the swingarm, the front mounted to the rim and a torquey V-twin that has a raw character more a big-block Chevy than a Toyota, the Buell is unlike any motorcycle on the market, making it a starting point for a truly custom sportbike.

Buell to categorize its standard bikes as and in a lot of ways this creation Rick’s holds true to stripped-down streetfighter aesthetic. an absence of sparkly adornments and graphics, this bike has from a skinny streetfighter something much darker and the two-wheeled equivalent of the huge you don’t make eye contact when you’re out drinking. How did bar brawler come to be?

The guys from Rick’s built plenty of customs have previously been in this magazine. You might Goldmember, their 24kt Honda CBR900RR/1100XX hybrid and the Lee turbo Gixxer, both of were featured in the January issue of SSB, as well as a Hayabusa that was the subject of a budget build-up project this past summer. But Buell is a completely different than those previous

What inspired such a divergence? BJ Basnett, co-owner his brother Johnnie) of Rick’s, it down to boredom. I love and Hayabusas, BJ says.

The reason so popular is that they’re good bikes, but I needed a Combine that with the that both BJ and Johnnie a thing for old-school American cars that share so characteristics with the Buell, and bike almost becomes a conclusion.

The starting point was a 1200cc, Buell XB12S, more known as the Lightning. Delivered the factory with an almost short 52-inch wheelbase, the of distance between the two axles is a big of what makes the Lightning so When the Basnetts decided to the chassis, then, they the temptation to go overly long it.

With that in mind, Sapp at CS; Customs in Mocksville, Carolina, was commissioned to fabricate a that was wide enough to a massive 300-series rear but that only stretched the by six inches. Sapp also the arm for rigidity and integrated an internal oil (another core element of the design). Much credit to CS; not only for building the impossible, but for getting it finished impossibly to have it on the bike in time for photo shoot.

Once the arm was on the the Basnetts converted the drive from the standard belt to chain drive-without a jackshaft-utilizing an front sprocket that fabricated in-house. Direct is a much more user-friendly than a jackshaft, but it requires more engineering to construct in the place.

The bike was converted to chain for two reasons: one, because no one a drive belt long to work in conjunction with the swingarm, and second, because drives are notoriously sensitive to other than absolutely alignment. The new chain system allow for a little lateral should any exist in the modified on this bike.

The Basnetts retained the Buell’s factory-fitted tensioner (now, technically, a tensioner) that the chain over. Don’t worry-you hear the chain running it; the bike is way too loud for that.

there were no aftermarket wheels available for the Lightning, the widened the stock rear to accommodate the fatty tire. The rim now 10.5 inches wide and is to carry a custom-made billet that holds a Suzuki brake caliper.

In addition to the brake bits, the rear a Tricky-brand air-ride system, was originally intended for a Suzuki Johnnie modified it to work the Buell frame and CS; swingarm, going to the extra effort to it into the fork as well. The end has six inches of drop courtesy of the air and the front has around three.

Buell Lightning XB12S
Buell Lightning XB12S

Though the big back tire is the biggest visual cue, air intakes sticking out of the gas tank your eyes, too. you see on the top of the bike isn’t actually a gas (fuel is carried in the frame on the but an air box cover that the Basnetts pierced with a pair of up-n-out velocity stacks from Chopper Guru Trotta. Rest assured, are fully functional.

The other styling touches to this include the oddly shaped which came from Performance, and the beautiful tailsection was hand-made in-house by Johnnie from pieces of alloy, the under tray section. To off this area Johnnie a side-mount Pro-One license kit and modified it to fit under the tail.

At point the look of the Buell had so much that some of the factory-designed pieces just look right anymore, so re-shaped the front fender to fit the new style, junked the high-and-proud handlebars and put on some straight-and-flat bars that transform the riding position as well as its

Any modified bike needs a different exhaust, so Rick’s its own short, straight-through system raw tubing. Once shaped, the finished it off by wrapping it with heat tape. Damn it’s LOUD!

As this was all about being different, the went in the opposite direction chrome, and powdercoated everything was once bare metal in black. This finish all of the engine covers, the wheels, sprocket and most of the miscellaneous

The ultimate finishing touch is the paint, and as the whole point of bike had been to turn style upside down, just weren’t an option. So in-house artist, Eric applied some House of Rattle Snake paint has a flip/flop effect, shifting green to maroon as the light it in different ways. Eric finished it off with some pinstriping and christened it with the El Gemelo Malo (The Twin, en espaol) painted on the

Like BJ says, Hayabusas and are indeed great bikes, and we see really impressive customs around these donor but Rick’s really is right on the with this dare-to-be-different Seeing something so unusual, and that’s been so ideally is like a huge breath of air.

The Evil Twin-how and utterly appropriate.

Buell Lightning XB12S
Buell Lightning XB12S


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