2009 Buell Lightning XB12Scg Review — Ultimate MotorCycling

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Buell Lightning CityX XB12SX
Buell Lightning CityX XB12SX

2009 Buell Lightning | Review

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spent plenty of motorcycling to become best chums the Buell Lightning CityX motorcycle, I was looking forward to its more muscular larger the XB12Scg. I split lanes on the freeways of Los Angeles during the and sometimes tour the unpredictable streets at night or on weekends, so I the Lightning family’s streetfighter fast, and agile.

I also the rush of a snappy ride the canyons of the Santa Monica and a few extra horses under the could add to the fun.

While at 5′ 6 I was comfortable, but not quite on the CityX, the Lightning XB12Scg has lowered suspension, front and and its seat height (28.6 sits an inch-and-a-half closer to the (the cg appendage in the model refers to the lower center-of-gravity). expands my comfort zone even though the XB12 is not heavy (395 pounds, dry), it makes handling the at slow speeds or at a stop much easier.

The ergonomics of the are well-suited to urban riding. The position is slightly aggressive, the pegs set back behind the controls on the wide, flat within easy reach, and the sits high enough to see all The short wheelbase and steep make an extremely compact and the bike’s narrow dimensions it to slip between vehicles ease.

Of course, even with its size, sometimes one gets in the stop-and-go pace of the four-wheel A thermostatically controlled fan kicks on at like these to help the keep its cool. Once the variable speed fan continues its which may cause comment non-riding co-workers who think left the bike on!

At almost any speed, the 1203 V-twin engine produces of power. The torque curve is and flat across the five and combined with significant braking, there is not a lot of need to or tap the traditionally mounted 240 mm rear If, however, you have been the revs (redline is 7100) and yourself in need of a quick down, Buell’s rim-mounted single front rotor is at the

The inside-out ZTL2 disc 8-piston caliper gets the job handily while keeping the end light.

Maneuverability of the machine comes various technological features, Buell’s signature fuel-in-frame gallons), oil-in-swingarm and under-engine mounting. Centralizing these elements makes the bike on its toes. When set loose in the the XB12 changes direction ease, like the perfect partner anticipating your And though the taut suspension may a bit uptight in a straight line, it has back in turns.

This does a very credible job pure sport bikes in the thanks to both its secure and plentiful torque.

The Lightning is an interesting character. Its gravel-voiced engine has a pleasing pulse at low but smoothes out to a purr above rpm (at which point the mirrors become useful). Its tight, body is stripped-down, functional and a head turner.

Buell Lightning CityX XB12SX

From the translucent airbox and to the beautiful lines of the wide frame, to the underslung exhaust-which like a pocketknife tucked the engine-the bike exudes If I could pick it up and tuck it in my I would. Instead, I throw a leg the saddle, tuck into and zip out into the metropolis.

Helmet: RF-1000 Flutter

Jacket: Lady Luck

Gloves: Fargo

Pants: Dainese Toronto

Boots: Alpinestars Stella 4

Photography by Don Williams

Buell Lightning CityX XB12SX
Buell Lightning CityX XB12SX
Buell Lightning CityX XB12SX
Buell Lightning CityX XB12SX
Buell Lightning CityX XB12SX


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