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Buell Firebolt XB9R

Buell Firebolt XB9R NZ Review

Buell Firebolt NZ 2002

Are you a sports bike who enjoys weekends riding through twisty roads? to Buell, you are the ideal customer for new Firebolt XB9R. ‘Yeah, I hear a pack of Dainese race replica helmeted, cynics chorus back in But after taking the latest from America on a hunt for around a closed circuit at a Aussie location, I can confirm Buell’s aim is true.

Granted, the is powered by an air cooled, pushrod Harley engine which the muscle of most of its Japanese and rivals. Even so, the Americans delivered a unique sports bristling in technical innovation.

new motorcycle was presented to the Australasian at a slick product launch on by Queensland-based importers Morgan Kick-starting the two-day introduction was a conference linking the Firebolt’s design team to a room of at a classy Gold Coast Still on a high from only just returned Daytona Bike Week, Mike Cicotto took the to an impressive second place in the Pro event, the Buell team a polished and convincing pitch on the attributes of their new creation.

The idea behind the Firebolt’s is linked to Erik Buell’s of Tech’ — mass frame rigidity and low unsprung a philosophy already tried and by Buell. This time are several new features that add up to the Firebolt as a radical new toy. fuel-in-the frame, oil-in-the-swingarm, and a new engine and chassis for starters?

Following the technical briefing, a question and answer session saw of the Firebolt’s specs being out for cross-examination. In particular, the unusually 21-degree steering rake the focus of much scepticism; the front end would be unstable and to be fitted with a steering ‘Just ride it, it’ll be assured head designer Luc Mars.

Arriving at the test I made a point of checking the Firebolt had a boss moulded the frame upon which to fit a damper. It doesn’t. Ever the hosts, Morgan Wacker had technicians tailor a Firebolt to a set up for my height and weight. Hopping on revealed foot rests set and low clip-on bars that to give the impression of sitting on a bike.

The ride position is bit as aggressive as the geometry stats of the rake. The diminutive Firebolt its short 1320mm wheelbase and 175kg weight are dimensions common to a light-to-middleweight racer to a 1000cc road bike.

At the Firebolt ticks over a lumpy, uneven beat any other Harley Davidson-powered But pull away through the and the similarity ends. The Firebolt smoothly all the way close to redline at with only a relative from the exhaust. Acceleration is not blinding.

Loads of torque 2,500rpm up means exiting in too high a gear is no problem. The Harley belt drive delivers power.

On the Firebolt the belt tension constant throughout suspension thanks to a drive belt pulley that reduces and grab’.

The power plant may be the Harley 45-degree V-twin but it is not the same Sportster motor has powered previous Buell’s. A new engine, designed to provide over a wide rpm range, has built with features claim NASCAR technology. pistons, rings and stronger rods combine with a … light flywheel to the engine to rev ‘high and hard’.

The is a 984cc engine that claim produces the highest of any mass-produced pushrod engine. Try at 7200rpm, which puts the slightly down on power the 1200cc Lightning and Cyclone, only by five to six horsepower.

Norwell racetrack is a place handling takes precedent horsepower. It’s a compact with a string of hairpins and no of any decent length. It’s not a race venue but is owned and by Holden, mostly for driver

But being so tight and twisty, the ideal place to put to the test claim that ‘the new delivers an artful balance of and real world performance’.

with soft compound D207 Sportmax’s developed for Buell, the XB9R certainly and braked its way around Norwell in an way. Relying entirely on the brake to haul the bike up, I was to brake deep into without any hint of the bike up. My pace was well below of one or two of the Australian riders who were with the circuit.

The single 375mm floating mounted to the front rim, as to the hub, with a six pot Nissin works as effectively as a twin set-up. Buell claim their single disc, is noticeably thicker than a disc, does not require a hub which therefore saves

The same Japanese firm supplies wheels to the McLaren One team manufactures the wheels. is a Showa affair with an fork upfront with spring preload, compression and damping, the rear shock directly to the frame and swingarm. is sharp with no discernible traits showing up during our series of rides.

A ‘clean design’ is how Buell’s engineering describes their approach to the Firebolt XB9R. As if to highlight the leap forward the Firebolt an assortment of Cyclones and Lightnings parked alongside the test on the dummy grid. The bikes available to ride for comparison.

A new and resulting slimmer profile is the new characteristic. The other difference on the new is the addition of the bikini fairing and headlights that sit upfront in of the classic round lamp and screen of the established models.

the list of design initiatives is the gas tank. The piece of bodywork the Buell logo attached atop the aluminium frame is not the tank but the air box cover. Volume is in the in-take and air flow game and the 11- box is fed by a whopping ram-air duct on the side of the bike, the engine breathing through a 45mm mounted between the cylinders.

The frame, sorry. that read fuel tank, has a sleeve through which the air is into the box as well as to the engine’s cylinder.

Incorporating the fuel into the frame is not an entirely new but is one originally patented by Erik back in the 80s. A nod to Formula One technology is apparent in this to fuel storage, with being paramount in the design.

In the of a big impact the fuel cell is to remain intact, similar to of an F1 driver’s cockpit in crash On top of that, the swing arm that off the rear of the engine doubles as an oil The objective behind both moves is to locate as much as central and as low as possible.

By doing it helps to lower the motorcycle’s of gravity.

As well as working as of Erik Buell’s theory of centralisation, the multi function of the frame and swing arm also in with the designer’s vision of single parts in place of

Buell Firebolt XB9R

Towards the end of the day I had the measure of the Firebolt’s handling capacity and took in testing just how far the little would lean over in This is an activity best as an act of human folly, as an extreme is required to even gently the tar with the foot peg hero Maybe two-up with a perhaps.

Norwell is about 60km from the Queensland coast. The makes it the ideal place for sugar, but it’s rather hot for in full leather and safety Added to that discomfort is the required to negotiate Norwell’s and turns at pace.

Drink to thwart heat exhaustion sessions became more as the day progressed. Motorcycle connoisseurs’ of the Firebolt varied on finer but there was general agreement on two One, that the Firebolt is far in handling and finish to the earlier and Lightning. On the track the Firebolt ran around the X-1 and M2.

Two, by any standard, have delivered a quality that will satisfy novice and expert sports

ERIK BUELL -the so far

Erik Buell may not have a radical motorcycle from in his backyard like New Zealander Britten did in spectacular fashion, but so, he is undoubtedly one of motorcycling’s great

The United States motorcycle recognised his achievements at this Daytona Bike Week by him into the National Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

As a teenager the Erik took up road and made a name for himself in circles. One highlight of his racing occurred in 1978 when he the fastest newcomer qualifying for the Daytona 200 event.

Buell’s design career began at the of Pittsburgh having paid his way school working as a mechanic and bike builder. By the mid-80s, a stint as a chassis engineer at Davidson, he was building his own race He developed a square-four, two … to race in the AMA F1 road race

With the dropping of the Formula One from the AMA’s calendar he his attention to customising and producing bikes.

Between 1987 and Harley Davidson supplied with engines for a string of looking American sports He quickly gained a reputation for and excellence. He was the first manufacturer to fit down front forks and brake lines on a production

Most importantly, Buell had a motorcycle with a Harley engine that actually

Harley Davidson liked Erik did and by 1994 they had 49 percent of Buell’s business. In they increased their to 98 percent, leaving the founder two percent and a contract to continue the Buell range.

With backing Buell has grown to a that employees over 200 and produces just on 10,000 a year.

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