2008 Buell Lightning Super TT XB12STT motorcycle review @ Top Speed

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Buell Lightning Super TT XB12STT



Buell’s XB12S can have many and the Supermoto approach is marked by the adding at the model’s name. not quite sure that the is built for the track, but I do know it is one hell of a blast out on the streets I consider it belongs.

It manages to its initial building purpose: a styled motorcycle combined the performance of a street destined


The Buell Lightning was first introduced to the public in 2006 at the EICMA show in Italy. But the bike was to be sold as a model year and guess It wasn’t that different the other Lightning models have already been and marketed until the time.

models, especially the Buell XB12S, stood as the starting for the 2007 new model, but the bike started it all had been first in 1996 and it was called the Buell S1 This is also the first to ever feature the 1203cc engine which produced 86 and 107 Nm. Now, the modern XB12STT 103 peak hp at 6800 rpm and 84 ft. lbs. torque at 6000 rpm so development stops.

The main difference between the old and the new is but if you take a look at the simple S and than at the TT you will not find else but styling and ergonomic


Those who have seen a Buell model always recognize the rest of the and it is also how the Lightning XB12STT be recognized.

The radical Supermoto is what practically “makes” bike so it is strongly recommended we take some walks it and uncover its every single feature that get’s in a memory and never gets

Starting with the front you will notice the 6-spoke and the massive 375mm brake being quite close to the fender while on the forks is attached Buell’s idea on (sharp and stylish).

Its two eyes are protected by a plastic net and the small above the headlights is the one which the instruments and makes indeed a difference when actually the thing.

It looks imposing and it invite to adventure, no doubts it. Also testimony to that is the crossbar handlebar with

On the sides I usually get to speak the gas tank which is the dominating in the case of most motorcycles, but not in case. In fact, it is, but the idea is the frame which dominates the also holds the fuel so it is talking about the gas tank, that not the one that everybody us to refer.

Underneath the wide section, you can spot the engine’s V and the cruiser-like exhaust pipes gather in an under-the-engine muffler.

blended in with the rest of the and practically ending it is the solo which gives the bike an sharper appearance while the rider in complete comfort.

In to fill up the remaining space in the rear end, Buell have applied a good without which we wouldn’t called the bike Supermoto: the panels.

Colors for the anniversary (25th anniversary badge) are Orange and Arctic White.


I would like to say during my time on the 2008 Lightning XB12STT I tried not to it with the model which its creation, but simply take it as it is: a of its own.

As I was saying in the introduction, the bike is for the streets and it is a really impressive in its most appropriate environment. The key to its was mass centralization, frame and low unsprung weight. Shall I mention the 1203cc V-Twin

Yep, the powerplant is definitely worth mentioning.

Powerful, and a real torque-provider, the Thunderstorm manages to amaze its rider as the throttle begins being It is a very appropriate bike for even though this was not the of its creation and its massiveness won’t help you squeeze between in order to be the first to leave the stop signs.

Being a the engine vibrates pretty but it also has advantages nowhere to be found. One of them would be the that torque is unsuppressed and feel like on a rocket to the moon when you decide to it a go. The mid-range is also strong and the only difference between it and the being the fact that it rev that high, feeling a bit

But the 103 horses do make their felt and by the time you reach the redline there will be no bike for you to love.

Due to its lightweight and low of gravity, handling becomes the thing. Although not as sharp-cornering as the (23.1 degrees rake of 21 degrees), the TT is very easy to and to accommodate to. Also, very to do with the proper accommodations has the flat handlebars, centered peg placement and the narrow seat. The riding position helps the feel more in control and be confident in its riding abilities ever before.

It will have a fairly demanding experience due to the 54-inch wheelbase, but the does remain agile.

town, the twisty roads blink an eye to it and the riding enjoyment reach the highest levels as you the footpegs on the asphalt proving this ride was built to go no other when leaned This is also the point you’ll be passing over any other motorized vehicle on the and have no regrets to have this ride.

And if the road a little bumpy, the fully 43mm Showa inverted and fully adjustable Showa shock absorber will you covered in an instant. The bumps get absorbed and although you won’t it taken to a closed course track and jump the hack out of it, the perform excellent on the street and it enough to me.

The Buell Zero Torsional (ZTL) front brake working on a 375mm disc provides all of the needed stopping for this 380 lbs. piece of and combined with the single floating caliper, 240mm brake system, the feel a corner is secure and totally in It will easily pop up front but it won’t through you at the ground time you feel like fast.

Buell Lightning Super TT XB12STT


Offered for a retail price of only the Lightning that everyone to strike in its garage is not only a but an easily accomplishable fact.

Bulletproof built, reliable and an piece of machinery the subject of review is a uniquely looking and piece of machinery. Some like to criticize it by saying a Harley engine will properly power a bike clams looking and performing as a model, but I like to consider this is actually its highest Because it does the job wonderfully!


Engine and Transmission

Air/oil/fan-cooled, 4-…, 45 degree

Valve Train: OHV, two per cylinder, self-adjusting

Bore x 3.50 in. x 3.81 in. (88.90 mm x

Exhaust: Tuned, tri-pass chamber with InterActive and mass-centralized


Torque: 84 ft. @ 6000 rpm (113.90 NM @ 6000

Horsepower: 103 hp @ 6800 rpm

Starting: 1.2 kW with solenoid shift motor engagement

Lubrication: Dry

Oil Capacity: 2.50 qts. L)

Buell Lightning Super TT XB12STT
Buell Lightning Super TT XB12STT
Buell Lightning Super TT XB12STT

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