Buell Lightning Long 2008

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Buell Lightning Long XB12Ss

From being a limited of company in terms of their range — you could either a sports fairing and or no fairing and raised bars on an identical bike and that was it Buell have come a long way in developing their Because although the Lightning/Firebolt was a bike in many ways, if you something else then you going to end up on a different brand. was a shame, because Buells a lot to offer.

So now the range has grown. As as the soon to be replaced XB12R sportsbike and the fundamentally identical Lightning, you’ve got the XB12X a monster trailbike available or without luggage, a hybrid called the STT and two other versions of the — one with a reduced height for the short of leg and the other a longer wheelbase for the slightly person. The logic is easy.

One size doesn’t fit all, when you’re trying to Americans, who are generally somewhat framed than average, as as Europeans who err on the side of svelte. And the Lightning especially, despite it just so very good in so ways, was just a little too for many people, particularly it came to pillion accommodation. the pillion perch on the standard is, um, a perch, really.

It certainly qualify as a seat in any real And if you strapped a bag on then there was a chance of blocking the rear But, of course, that wheelbase made for fabulous

It’s probably worth out at this point that the Long or XB12Ss to give it its name, is still not exactly a motorcycle. Overall it’s eighty millimetres longer the standard diminutive Lightning, a ten millimetre taller seat. And in all it feels exactly the same to sit on, everything falling nicely to and foot as before.

Perhaps there’s a little room to shuffle around, but it leap out at you. And that’s — the original was sublime so why it more than necessary? The is partly in the frame and partly in the with a longer rear to accommodate the extra pillion The real bonus is twofold.

of all you get a very useful two litres of in the frame mounted tank. And you get a pillion seat that is worthy of the name. It’s a fine looking bike, well proportioned and definitely has even before you hit the starter.

The extra translucent bodywork is a piece, though I suspect it look just as good in black as well as being a few pounds cheaper.

But having the starter, let’s get on and ride, we? Starting the Buell is straightforward and caused any concern. Tickover is but regular, though the vibration is a disconcerting. Deceptive, too, as the smooths out dramatically at a couple of rpm.

Blip the throttle and note the Buell response — climb fast but thebig makes them slower to Pull in the surprisingly light remark to yourself how much the gearbox is on the Dyna Harleys and when the improvements will their way onto the Sportster therefore Buell) boxes as you it into first and pull

The vibration, while never absent, decreases dramatically and increases in a totally linear way open the throttle more to faster but there are no sudden or lurches, just this wave of thrust. Once moving the gearshift seems to as well, though it’s agricultural compared to newer let alone oriental machinery. The at which you gain speed is surprising as it doesn’t feel near as quick as the hard to speedo indicates.

At vaguely sensible out of town speeds, staying in two figures but not the Lightning makes perfect It’s comfortable enough, the tiny flyscreen providing enough wind deflection to this sort of pace while the longer seat room to move if your starts getting tired. The is, if anything, even better the original Lightning.

The puppy-like of the shorter bike has matured a bit and it still turns ever so the more relaxed geometry it a bit more stable and the overall is of sure footed agility than slight friskiness. The are as excellent as ever and the ground will never, ever, to be a problem.

But it’s in town the Lightning, regardless of variant, is in its element. The short wheelbase, spaced bars and sharp response make it nigh on the urban tool. Perhaps the is better, but it’s close.

Certainly I could make my London journey around percent quicker on the Buell on anything I normally ride. The and bars are just the right to miss most car and van mirrors and lanes is an exercise in thought than muscle. Of course a set of interesting exhausts would make the journey even though perhaps I’m old as I rather like the discreet

The Lightning Long is probably the sensible bike in the Buell It’s a superlative town it has room for a passenger or to carry a it’s guaranteed to raise a as soon as you get on it and it’s relatively to run.

The belt drive is a being completely maintenance though you’d be advised to use sort of tyre sealant as the rear wheel is a job best to the dealer, and the engine, while fairly primitive, does what is asked of it without It’s not perfect — the is way too hard to read for a bike accelerates as well as this and the aren’t especially brilliant but it’s pretty damn’ And for the money there’s almost other than Buell’s own 900 that comes anywhere it for sensible, usable fun.

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