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Buell X1 Lightning

Buell X1 Lightning (March

Striking styling, a thunderous and enough vibes to shake fillings loose — is race-kitted X1 Lightning the ultimate alternative?

If anything, Buell’s X1 is certainly different. That tank, upside-down front its ‘lopsided’ appearance courtesy of its airbox, and — shock of — isn’t that a donk above that exhaust?

Pull up among a of fellow riders, and the X1 will become the centre of attention, as eyes pour over detail of this unusual from its Kevlar belt to its massive front brake and six-piston caliper.

Thumb the and it quickly becomes the centre of for roughly the surrounding two or three blocks — care of the fitted to this particular X1, of an airfilter, chip and innocent-looking but loud exhaust. I certainly recommend gunning it past cars fitted with car alarms, that’s for sure.


But anti-social though pipe may be, it all fits into the left-of-field personality jigsaw as does its antics when at And I use the word ‘antics’ because I it goes some way to describing the in which the thing threatens to itself to bits while at a

The ‘bar-mounted mirrors threaten to passing insects, as does the flyscreen, while the whole does its best to imitate a mobile marital aid. It to make sure certain are firmly tightened — I close to spending an afternoon in Victoria searching for an errant linkage pin! But open the and move off, and the vibes out into more a pleasant, sort of thing — again, it’s simply aspect which adds to the ‘in your face’

Hopping aboard, the Lightning just right — not an tall seat, and a slight forward to its wide-ish ‘bars me an automatic feeling of being in although the raw edge to that Harley V-twin certainly has a quality.

It’s that raw which is the major defining to the X1, and one which has lured many the folds of traditional sporting where faced with of disposable plastic bodywork depressing re-sale bottom they’ve opted for something different and totally soul-stirring, yet capable of demolishing a twisting with aplomb.


I sampled those capabilities in the to Melbourne’s east recently, away from touchy car although I’m sure many a nocturnal critter on the of Mount Baw Baw who wasn’t too thrilled to be from a daytime slumber by the V-twin.

It was ripping up the road to the summit I there was plenty of substance behind all that spitting, attitude. This particular dog had of bite as well as bark, and Dunlops were suffering of it!

With a claimed dry weight of the X1 isn’t fighting in the featherweight when it comes to sporting but it’s no heavyweight either. On the Baw Baw which is in places incredibly in others less so, but fairly just about everywhere, the excelled — its relatively but compliant Showa suspenders an excellent job of harnessing the 1200’s

Suspension adjustment is high and easy to get to, but isn’t without its own foibles — apart that rear monoshock tucked out of sight beneath the engine, those sporty USD offer rebound and compression but no preload adjustment. Go figure.


I bothered in any case; I didn’t a need to fiddle with the and the bike was rigid enough to with the conditions and significant that the V-twin produces with nary an alloy-beam in sight! It’ll flick side to side with (the leverage-affording ‘bars a big here), and once committed track through the corners The ride position allowed me to get my right over that end, which up the winding always felt planted and — ignoring the odd gravel-induced that is!

The X1’s ‘useability’ was a stand out for me in the performance stakes; it mightn’t huge horsepower (not 85ps isn’t enough to put a on your face), but I can use all of what its And the way in which it delivers it is a big part of the fun

Just take at look at dyno charts — smooth curves without a dip anywhere, just tractable, power throughout its rev range.

pull from a little 2000rpm, but from then on a real arm-wrencher just all the way to the 7000rpm redline, with torque of over 10kg-m in around 4500rpm. That’s where you want it for around commuting ease, or stupendous feats — should the be your forte.


Away from the cityscape, grunt’s a big helping hand out of corners through the tighter and allows minimal interaction the gearbox.

And while we’re ‘boxes, I should mention the gearing is almost ridiculously At 100kmh in top the five-speeder shows 2500rpm on the tacho — on the highway I think the only I ever used fifth was to at its uselessness. If I was to reach the speeds fifth came into I would have been too hanging on for dear life or about my self-combusting licence to myself on utilising it!

Similarly, around town I ever used first or as it’ll happily pull in bottom — although the difference between the two can be a bit of a nuisance 70kmh, which is right on the of both.

While the electronic delivers good throttle hard and fast starts can be a tricky — wind it on a too much and it’ll generally a moment to clear its throat, roaring off and leaving the tin tops to be by countless angry sound

The gear change action is a stodgy, and when the red-mist came down I found it a fair old shove to nudge it second, less a false see that tacho streak off to — while that rorty exhaust bellow all in the region of my stuff up.


Buell X1 Lightning

The clutch is also on the decidedly side, and should be enough to your average grown man to should a significant traffic ensnare the X1 for longer than a few In a Jap bike it’d be a hindrance, for the X1 just another ‘character-building’ to the overall ‘character’.

In the anchor department there’s a 340mm single disc up gripped by a whopping six-piston with a single-pot unit the back. Together they do a enough job, although the chance I’d happily that wacky front for a ‘mundane’ twin-disc four-piston

The Lightning fares well in the stakes, and although the seat is my backside well and truly it had been for a decent ride a few hundred clicks passed the wheels.

That flyscreen did a good job of deflecting the blast off my body, but on the downside, I found my didn’t really fit too well the tank — only a annoyance while in scratching

Not that I was scratching too much for spirited road riding the clearance is good, despite the legroom.


It’s not a real gas-guzzler — the X1 averaged around while on test, and despite specs listing the tank as a 16.3lt tank, it mysteriously just over 17lt at the with nearly 250km on the meter.

At the end of the day, when I was of scaring the neighbours or clearing from my BBQ area with the from its down-angled pipe, I had a great commuter, sportsbike, machine or even tourer.

The X1 Lightning is a total attention — for both the rider and around it. It’s a sportsbike dozens on offer, but it’s so different from anything on the road.

Love it or hate it, the X1 has an presence, and the ride experience it is truly unique. At $18,699 or $21,682 as tested — in the exotic Nakedbike niche, and a bit dearer than the big Jap fours for a ZRX1200R). Or around the same as Ducati’s S4 Monster.

If you put passion and before refinement and practicality, it out — it could be just you’re after.

Story Rod

Photos Ellen Dewar

Friday, 1 March 2002

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