2008 Buell Lightning XB12S motorcycle review @ Top Speed

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Buell Lightning XB12S



Among the successful Buell motorcycles, the XB12S made a name of by featuring the impressive 1203cc engine fitted on a light and chassis. It stands as a … bike, a commuting machine, and a haul transporter, but if you take it the track it sure won’t

It is also a uniquely-styled motorcycle so if in for one, you must love viewers.


The bike inspired its creation is the 1996 S1 Lightning, a … with and loads of character coming the 1203cc V2 engine developing 86 HP and 107 NM. The looking bike reached a top of 125 mph so it was a good starting point Buell thought at building an greater Lightning together the new millennium.

Buell’s plans reality starting with model year when the Lightning XB12S was produced and Still a … bike in the frame, of course) and still by the 1203cc V2 motor, the new introduction was an greater monster as it got fuel resulting in 100 HP at 6600 RPM and 109.70 NM at RPM.

Introduced for the most riders out there, the new Buell an aluminum frame and Showa and rear suspension, features contributed at raising the sales as as the 375mm front and 240mm brakes. But what really this bike attractive was its new streetfighter-like look. It featured two headlights underneath a small and the maker minimized the weight to a (394.6 pounds).

Colors available for 2004 Midnight Black, Racing Amber.

For 2005, the bike was with a 49 mm down draft || fuel injection system despite the retuned engine, the on the dyno show less (92 HP at 6800 RPM) and more (113.9 Nm @ 6000 RPM) and it was all due to the belt which was replaced a shaft drive. Colors in the 2005 could be covered Midnight Black, Racing Red and Blue.

A year later, the Lightning XB12S would of featured belt drive again. This feature contributed at the significant power (103 HP at 6800 RPM), torque remained the same.

In the American streetfighter was improved 52’ wheelbase, 21” and 3.3’ of trail. The engine was the fuel-injected 45 degree V-twin that air/oil/fan-cooled. Color were Valencia Orange w/Translucent Amber wheels.

a pretty solid past only brought goodies, the XB12S is also a fierce for the bikes that dare up against it.


One of those which by many is considered the powerful contender for this … comes from the of … bikes, Italy. recognizable due to its unique design and great character is the Ducati S2R 1000.

The biggest monster stands as an combination of power and handling. are features which would never characterized this if it wasn’t for the 1000 Dual engine, Trellis frame and suspension.

We’re in for some V-Twin competition as this is the powerful air-cooled Monster (95 HP) enjoys being revved and recompenses its rider with and linear power. The engine a Dual Spark system offers more efficient and a healthier feel when the is being opened suddenly. The have never enjoyed a thing so they’re in for some technology such as fuel and computer engine control.

The is indeed a bit more powerful and of a brute, but when it comes to looks and smooth lines, is clearly the leader. Partly, also reflects on the road the upside-down Showa forks and ZF rear shock will to become suitable for anybody a thing or two for performance. Brake is also included as the Brembo are fitted on the new S2R 1000.


If I absolutely anything about and you would have shown me two models one next to the other, I be 100 percent certain that the called Monster is the one produced by

I would be induced in error by the bodywork, aggressive lines and V-twin which lets be seen just a little enough to leave your jaws hanging and your with no reaction whatsoever.

Even though this celebrates only 25 years of motorcycles (the testimony the 25th anniversary badge) and it got a big history lesson on its back, during the few year of production has let its and the final product is a … not only lines up with the but gives the tone in matters of

For 2008, the Lightning XB12S with new cosmetic frame and translucid bodywork.

Colors are: Cherry Bomb Valencia Orange Translucid, Black.

Test Drive

after you swing a leg over it and hit the button you will feel the engine vibrating pretty underneath you and expect to have a harsh ride. I certainly did so, but I say that the two days of riding the Lightning XB12S haven’t let a bad on my lower back and I am not shaking as writing this review.

The Thunderstorm 1203 V-Twin is this bike’s centerpiece and the fun source, but without the impressive and chassis, this bike have been rubbish.

As as you raise the needle above the impressive low-end torque have you covered and an even twist of the throttle will you introduced to the powerful mid-range This is pretty much I experienced during the rides I had in the between stop signs and red

All of the four-wheeled vehicles will be behind and the Lightning will in front of most bikes are ridden in the city, but when palls on supersports line up, you feel like the engine’s rpm limit is fairly low. As you close to them again at the stop sign you will that for a V-Twin motor, is an awful great amount of something that always as an advantage, no matter a bike’s

The exhaust noise seems appropriate to a Ducati or SV 1000 a Harley and it is all a result of Buell’s exhaust that has seen its way on bike.

Once you go behind the barriers, there is nothing to this raging bull showing off. The engine perform impressively and the chassis dispose of the environment needed in to make the palls on racing with headlights breath V-twin smoke. On your twisty roads, the 21 degree will sharply have bike corner, pass up the R and leave you confident for the next turn, but when the straights themselves seen again motorcyclist ego will suffer a bit.

I was impressed by this compactness, aggressive feel and throttle response. This feature is mostly due to new DDFI 3 fuel injection ECM. The will rev quickly and yet linear all the way up the RPM redline and all through the five of the gearbox. I decided to go for it and twist the at the max in fifth gear while the aerodynamic position was carefully

My top speed was 140 mph, enough for two-cylinder … bike. impressive I could say!

I the time and adjust both the and rear suspension in order to on a stable bike, but what I was that it became more and implicit, more confident-inspiring. was simply nothing to stop the from proving its point. The up bumps part was successfully so I could concentrate on getting the off the engine and chassis and hopefully get at the of meeting in the same day period as my

Brakes are simply amazing and I bet agree with me at this The ZTL front brake featuring a disc and six-piston calipers is of stopping an angry bull, not to the Lightning made by a manufacturer an appropriate looking name.

Due to the brakes system (240mm single cylinder at the rear) the is confident in accelerating powerfully when approaching corners it will rely on the performance to have things sorted out in an Quick stops are also a of cake.


Buell Lightning XB12S

The fact the improvements don’t reflect on the which remains $10,495 this maker has a well marketing policy and that in North America generally keep buying the thing there will be not a single one at dealers showrooms.


The 2008 Buell XB12S stands as a commuting a great ride on which to your weekend escapades and an Changes during the years raised its success even and if you find your way on one today, I you won’t feel like off of it at all.


Engine and

Engine: Air/oil/fan-cooled, 4-…, 45 V-Twin

Valve Train: two valves per cylinder, self-adjusting

x Stroke: 3.50 in. x 3.81 in. mm x 96.82mm)

Displacement: 73.40 cu. in.

Compression Ratio: 10.0:1

Delivery: 49 mm down draft |||| fuel injection

Zero-resistance airbox

Exhaust: tri-pass resonance chamber InterActive valve and mass-centralized

Torque: 84 ft. lbs. @ 6000 rpm NM @ 6000 rpm)

Horsepower: 103 hp @ rpm

Starting: 1.2 kW electric with shift starter motor

Lubrication: Dry sump

Oil Capacity: qts. (2.37 L)

Final Constant path, 14 mm pitch Goodyear Hibrex belt Flexterr Plus technology, (65/27) ratio

Clutch: multi-plate, compensated, reduced effort

Buell Lightning XB12S

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