Buell Firebolt XB9R

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Buell Firebolt XB9R

Buell Firebolt XB9R 2002)

If you could boost a XB9R’s horsepower by nearly 25 for a mere $1300 investment, why you

As I wheelied past the unsuspecting driver, front wheel towards the heavens, a sudden of wind caught the XB9R. I did the I could to bring the featherweight back on line, but it was too late. Way too

As the front wheel crashed to planet Earth I realised miscalculated by the narrowest of margins, the clutch lever just the driver-side mirror pod on the $200K sportster.

Oh dear, one damaged lever and one very red face.

But when the bike you’re has copped a race-kitted makeover yields an extra 15 ponies at the wheel, as well as throttle that makes a jab from Tszyu look slow, does it really matter.

was no way I was hanging around, the positively XB9R carving into the as the rorty pipe played out its around the twists and turns of Mount Glorious biker


That’s the I settled on, and it’s in fact the one I through to ZZ-R1100-riding Jim, I’d met not long before Brisbane’s (in)famous biking at the Mount Glorious cafe.

I was he’d find it believable for me to then pull the wool my colleagues’ eyes at Horror HQ. all, I’d stoop to to avoid adding my name to the AMCN Crash File.

to say Jim found my yarn hard to although he gave me points for

You’re phaarkin’ unbelievable, he I don’t care how I do it, but I’ll get the story through to the guys at HQ one way or another.

Three intercepted later Jim gave up, and I’ve not a boo from him since.

As for the reason he my story hard to believe? that’s because he, along around a dozen other had borne witness to my goodself the race-kitted Firebolt from the position it had found itself in. No of wind, no Porsche, no diesel just a dodgy sidestand and a very red face on yours


When I the Aussie launch of the Firebolt in April, I commented that not often a whizbang new sportsbike is with a claimed horsepower lower than the model superseding.

I went on to add that the claimed torque is over 25 more on the old model (X1 Lightning) the new kid on the block, you’ve gotta asking questions!

Well questions continued to be asked the $17,995 Firebolt finally it on to Aussie roads a couple back — our ADR requirements had even more of the Firebolt’s Around 7ps in fact from the I’d sampled at the launch.

But found the answer, albeit a one. It consists of a Firebolt — which includes a ECU, twin-exit sports and high-flow filter.

For those bucks you get those aforementioned 7ps plus an extra 8ps (15 ponies all as well as throttle response akin to an injected Jap four. The is unbelievably crisp for a 984cc 45-degree V-twin.

Further news is that you still get the rake and 83mm of trail, a 175kg, and a tiny 1320mm that is some 55cm than my goodself.


My recent chance for Firebolt sampling a few weeks back, again in — in Brisbane’s hinterland and on the Coast.

My intitial fang at at the Aussie launch had put to rest any over the XB9R’s straightline but I was keen to see how the innovative chassis perform with the extra

I needn’t have worried. If had told me that a bike 21-degree rake and 83mm wouldn’t suffer a single over typical Aussie even in power-up mode, I never have believed But I’ve been converted.

still not fully sold on theories as to why it’s supposed to be to run one large ‘rim’ disc, but certainly no worse than a set-up and gave plenty of during my mountain gallop.

I can’t see how you can reduce unsprung and reduce gyroscopic effect by a bigger rotor on the outside of the wheel. However, it does good, and grabbed plenty of at the cafe — well, the bike was vertical, that is.

Buell Firebolt XB9R


The race-kitted is a deceptively effective backroads — good suspension set for my, errr, 94kg), nimble great cornering clearance, Dunlop D207 rubber, brakes, and light weight. the extra ponies it’ll many higher-pedigreed sportsbikes.

its sporting abilities, the Firebolt an intimidating motorcycle to ride either fast or slow. The holds no nasty surprises at to …’ speeds, despite the 250GP-like stats, yet the engine is one allows congested city without copious clutch-fanning or cog

And I should know, having an afternoon cutting laps Surfers’ main drag. beats the hell out of riding the streets of Oakleigh (Gassit

Even in racekit form the has a far smoother powerplant than the old Sporty-sourced donk. Although I the Firebolt more rewarding on the road when playing the gearbox and keeping the engine say between 4000-7000rpm, I did find the box on particular bike to be a little than what I remember the launch. The odometer had around on it, so it should have loosened up by

I had to keep reminding myself I was a 1000cc V-twin, not because of performance, but because the Firebolt like a 250 in size. No need for revs though — a litre donk between my short-shifting wasn’t a drama.

I keep things below for a more relaxed ride if I although 4000rpm was where the felt most comfortable. On the road that equates to which can get expensive.


One thing my most road did bring back is the amount of offered on such a small for someone with a 187cm and the rational riding position for a small and sporty motorcycle. I wasn’t cramped.

Sure, the is hard, but there are ample user-friendly touches — mirrors and strong headlights them. Ultimately though, were two far more important that stood out after my time around with a

Firstly, if you’re stumping up the for a XB9R, then make you’ve also got the $1363.90 for the racekit. The pipe isn’t loud — I’m the under-engine exit for the decibels there. But the improvement to the engine’s and responsiveness is worth any drawback in aggro at 6.00am.

The other lasting memory is how I ‘crash’ in front of a dozen on a bike with an apparent frame, yet emerge with a damage bill. And just to out the exercise, it seems Buell is a different sidestand to minimise happened to yours truly.

So send as many e-mails as you The Porsche story is old hat — now an RD tester for the factory.

Story and Ken Wootton

Published. Friday, 4 2002

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