2007 Buell Lightning Long XB12SS Review — Ultimate MotorCycling

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Buell Lightning Long XB12Ss
Buell Lightning Long XB12Ss

2007 Buell Lightning XB12SS | Review


In the Middle Ages, the alchemist’s was to turn a base metal gold. If there is a modern day of a base metal in the motorcycle it is quite possibly the Harley-Davidson Designed for appearance over the big V-twins from Milwaukee excel at their jobs as as a Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14 But then, there are the alchemists. The men who to defy physics.

Erik is one such practitioner—he has taken on the of powering a viable sport with a tall, heavy originally designed for cruising.

takes some inventive and, by necessity, Buell Motorcycles is as much of a marketing as it is a motorcycle company. Buell its performance oriented motorcycles some of the same visceral shown by its parent company and builder, Harley-Davidson. Extreme inspired monikers such as Firebolt and Lightning dominate the catalog, along with hues such as Kick Hero Blue, Villain and Cherry Bomb. Buell a different kind of sport and the company sells it in an equally manner. (Click image to

Positioned as the “American Streetfighter” arm of the program, the Lightning line from the hooliganesque CityX to the urbane Long XB12Ss; a that plays by the Marquess of rules. (Click image to

Compared to the standard Lightning the Long employs an extended that lengthens the wheelbase by two and at the same time, the rake and are suitably increased to further the handling. Additionally, the rider is supplementary room thanks to a wider seat. A stretched section means the passenger benefits from the Long’s

Still a streetfighter, the Long is now in civilized society.

In a world with 200 hp hyperbikes, the air-cooled, Thunderstorm 1203cc 45-degree may seem under-powered, as it barely the dynamometer’s horsepower reading triple figures. The Lightning power comes on low—the spot ranges from to 7,000 rpm—with peak attained when the rev counter 6,000 rpm, so short-shifting is the motor management tactic.

is a powerplant you direct with right wrist, not manipulate the clutch and shift levers. is emphatically sufficient acceleration to riders who are not addicted to neck throttle response. Part of the adequacy is due to weight-saving efforts puts the Lightning Long’s dry on par with the Ducati Monster (Click image to enlarge)

Helmet: Icon Hooligan Mainframe

Jacket: Icon Leather Hero

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Boots: Icon Field Chukka. Photograph by Riles and . (Click image to enlarge)

Buell Lightning Long XB12Ss
Buell Lightning Long XB12Ss

attention to the centralization of mass is apparent. The largest weight on the XB12Ss is the motor, which at the center of the bike, nestled the aluminum twin-spar frame doubles as a 4.4-gallon fuel The entire exhaust system between the tires.

At the Long’s weight savings techniques are the aluminum swingarm, belt and the front wheel with its single-disc Zero Torsional braking system.

Reducing weight and optimizing its has great benefits on the XB12Ss’ as do the Showa suspension components. its status as a long-… V-twin an extended wheelbase, the Lightning refuses to disappoint in tight While we cannot describe the as flickable, the Long will not itself to a prescribed path the pilot’s wishes.

The riding though roomy, is nevertheless toward sport riding; english is effective and the superb new Diablo T tires enhance correction capabilities. Having that, the Long is most at when choosing the correct through a turn and then to it.

On high-speed straight-line runs, the is reassuringly stable as the big motor up the speedometer without an alarming in engine speed. Returning to from those adventures you a chance to admire Buell’s Torsional Load front which extracts both and feel from a single, disc and a six-piston caliper.

The simple act of mounting the Lightning is a rewarding one. Though a bit it has an inviting seating position. up the motor stirs the soul. 100 years of Harley-Davidson history through your body—this is no in-line four—and, without the touch of subtlety, it provokes a to ride.

The motor is a provocateur and the is its willing accomplice. Really, the leaves you no choice.

As flexible as the motors are in their own motorcycles, the Thunderstorm powerplant and reliably five-speed transmission makes the Lightning Long unforced. you are putting on a couple of miles to the Starbucks, or a couple of hundred to a favorite spot in another of mind, the XB12Ss will the knots accumulated from corner office and massage out of your memory, and that, is the greatest alchemy act of all.

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