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First Impression: 1997 M2 Cyclone

The Lightning Goes

Do a lot of riding in traffic? Are twisties thing? Maybe an occasional tour or checking out the local If you’re like most the answer is a little of each.

For folks, Buell’s sporty S1 was just too uncompromising to be used as only motorcycle. For this who admired the S1 but wrote it off as impractical, Buell designed the more dual-seat M2 Cyclone. Last Buell stunned the world the S1.

Here was a bike that was lighter, better handling, and two cheaper than their offerings. Buell’s S1 Lightning had it except a saddle that was for more than 150 miles.

“All-around motorcycle — a do-anything bike.”

Well, now it’s and Buell has come out with a another $600 cheaper the S1, and it has a seat! Buell design behind the M2 Cyclone was for an “all-around — a do-anything sport bike.”

ergonomics contribute to this, as an ample passenger seat, bottom-end torque, and a $9,395 price. Taller folks who the Lightning, but for the airbox-to-knee clearance will appreciate the Cyclone’s new unit.

Reflecting the Cyclone’s utilitarian role is the tuning of its engine. Power can be found low, while the Lightning’s is less torquey and accelerates at higher revs. Dyno both machines illustrates how their horsepower and torque differ. The Cyclone feels a breathed-on Harley engine, new Lightning owners will be peering down to check if bike really is powered by iron.

We spent four months the first M2 off the line (serial 000001) in a variety of situations from twisty roads to highways and heavy traffic.

in the twisties where the M2 really

First came the L.A. torture test. With its of torque and light weight, the was in its element. Not even the most or inattentive commuter drone get in the M2′s way as the power-on-demand engine and steering allows it to escape the smallest of traffic openings.

Out on the road the Cyclone’s relaxed make cruising at moderate comfortable, but a lack of wind from its tiny bikini retards high speeds for travel.

Just as well: the Cyclone’s mill doesn’t have the rush of other Buells, out at about 110mph. However, low-end grunt does for effortless wheelies in lower – not that we would attempt hooliganism on public streets.

comfort is greatly increased the Lightning, and rides of several miles passed without from our passenger. Try taking significant other for a ride on the postage-stamp passenger seat, and end up single.

Buell M2 Cyclone

“The M2 couples the of a Harley with Ducati’s prowess, all the while combining function into a single downright fun-to-ride) package.”

Buell’s Cyclone is a capable for devouring highway miles, in the twisties where the M2 really Its front end, while not as as a Lightning’s WP inverted fork, is a capable, fully-adjustable Showa Dunlop’s new D205 Sportmax radials offer higher than the D204, but still for aggressive riding.

Differences between the two compounds noticeable at even slightly sane street speeds, so the mileage will be appreciated. The airbox allows a Cyclone to move around a bit more and hanging off in right-hand corners. clearance, although less the Lightning, was never a problem.

bars make it especially to toss the 435-pound (dry) around, turning the M2 into a motorcycle for romps through the

Aesthetically the M2, while sharing to an S1 Lightning, possesses a few subtle over its stablemate. It ditches the combo for a more conventional unit, and a front fork does double-duty as a very fender mount. Its mini-fairing is as it has only one gauge to cover, and a seat continues the bike’s further aft, making for a profile.

Also, a rough-cast finish on the clamps, foot levers, and covers add a unique touch. the M2 Cyclone succeed? If you’re not specifically for a sportbike, tourer, or muscle bike, the answer be yes. While it is a good bit than other Buells and in the range of tamer Ducatis, its may still be a bit steep for some.

though, the M2 couples the character of a with Ducati’s sporting all the while combining utilitarian into a single (and fun-to-ride) package.


Manufacturer: Buell 1997 M2 Cyclone Price: Engine: ohv 2-valve, V-twin and Stroke: 3.5 by 3.8 inches Displacement: Carburetion: 40 mm Keihin CV Transmission: constant mesh Wheelbase: 55 (139.7cm) Seat Height: inches (74.93cm) Fuel 4 gal – .6 reserve Claimed Dry Weight: (197.31kg)

Buell M2 Cyclone
Buell M2 Cyclone
Buell M2 Cyclone
Buell M2 Cyclone

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