Buell’s bolt of lightning — Buell Xb12 Bike Reviews Bike Expert

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Buell Lightning

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MY admiration for Buells dates to way before my recent outing on For years they’ve been the technically interesting bikes

Take the Lightning XB12. muscle-bound … bike Harley-Davidson’s torque-laden Sportster air-cooled V-twin engine, and it up in a super-lightweight chassis with a so short it defies belief.

The twin-spar frame doubles up as the tank, while the oil is stored in the It also gets an unconventional front brake disc by a six-pot caliper, while the is positioned underneath the bike the mouth sticking out from the left.

This contributes to the bike’s low centre of gravity. And somewhat today’s MotoGP bikes adopted similar exhaust as have Yamaha’s R6 and Suzuki’s range of GSX-Rs. Talk being ahead of its time!

The steering geometry is the steepest, of any production sports bike yet it still manages to be super-stable. I this because I finally got a ride this week the first Buell I’ve swung a leg over. And it felt like handling a two-… powered by a monster engine.

The XB12 looks so small and you forget the sheer capacity of the motor, until you twist the to be greeted by a baseball-bat punch of power that continues its surge all the way to the redline.

The fuel picks up smoothly and instantly, and just 179kg to haul the engine feels surprisingly for such an old H-D lump. The Lightning devastatingly agile, scything its way heavy London traffic aВ bolt of lightning.

The intoxicating mix of and agility makes a great tool of the Lightning — no some of the world’s wildest including Christian Pfeiffer, Buells!

In my hunt for open roads, I hit the twisties of the Surrey countryside I float effortlessly from one to the next. I manage just 135mph on a straight piece of Although as with all … your neck muscles really agree with much beyond 90mph.

quality Showa suspension is enough to soak up the potholes, yet enough for me not to cry out loud for a sports The brakes work a treat, acres of power and progression to the rider. The Buell’s rim-mounted offer several advantages conventional brakes, including greater leverage over the centre.

The Lightning is probably the smallest big bike your money can But it still manages to feel and comfortable, with an imposing, riding position. At 5’6′, no problems placing both on the ground.

For the more vertically Buell has produced the Lightning This version gets an of foam carved from the and another inch or so pinched the suspension, giving it a seat of just 726mm. This further lowers the Lightning’s of gravity, hence the ‘cg’ in the

And it’s even more as a result.

The Buell Lightning is a original motorcycle with performance and mean looks. you like the transparent tank exposes the inner workings of motorcycle is a question of taste; certainly different. And at just the Lightning’s a steal.

Buell Lightning

No wonder so Buells appear to be dominating the big streets these days.


Buell Lightning

Price: ВЈ7,745

MaxВ speed:

Power: 82.8bhp @7,000rpm


Engine: 1,203cc, air-cooled 45В° V-twin,

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