Buell XB12R Firebolt (2003 — 2007) review — Naked — Motorcycles — Visordown

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Buell Firebolt XB12R

Buell XB12R Firebolt — 2007)

The latest of Buells have always a special place in my heart. I many riders instantly them as quirky, unreliable but the chances are that these have never actually or indeed owned, a Buell.

I been lucky enough to do of the above, on a number of occasions. the Firebolt was launched I was one of the first to it around a sunny Valencia in Spain before running one as a bike for a year and over miles and also being the first to ride the Lightning on a soaked weekend in Southern So when it comes to these from the sports arm of Harley I probably done more than most other

So what have all these told me about the bike? for a start both in … and form the Buell is a great bike, quick and light-steering still totally stable at But it has faults.

For a start the 984cc always leaves you feeling you could do with more especially in the sportier Firebolt has the riding position and attitude to make you explore the potential of the And then there’s the old Buell of reliability. Reports of the belt on the XB9R were not too hard to and the gearbox is horribly agricultural.

But Buell does listen to complaints and it reckons that, in the new Firebolt and XB12S Lightning, it has two bikes that should put demons to rest. Well, on alone things look I love the styling of the XB9 bikes but the look even better. has kept everything on the bike that matters. The frame is the and doubles up as a fuel tank, the is identical, rim mounted front disc etc.

To separate the visually the 12s get the frame and swingarm black, anodized gold a funky yellow screen and classy deep red or mean paint schemes. And in red they look simply stunning.

But it doesn’t stop there. The engine has been given a … to take its capacity up to and increase the power to a claimed and torque to 84ft.lb (the makes a claimed 75bhp and while a new exhaust valve to Yamaha’s EXUP valve and diameter exhaust pipes the mid-range even further.

To cure the belt snapping which Buell claim is due to twisting the belt which it when removing the rear the drive belt is of a different and the guards have been to make it easier to remove the wheel. And finally a new gear pedal to give a more feel to the gear changes and longer mirror stalks so you can see other than your in ‘em.

So what do all these add up to? Well, in my humble opinion are the bikes that Buell have launched first. The alterations are beside the point, the changes to the motor that the world of difference.

Buell always keen on off the handling capabilities of the XB range to launch the new bikes at Road a racetrack just down the from Buell and Harley-Davidson’s of Milwaukee.

Obviously with logic in mind the first we rode the XB12S Lightning was on a small, very twisty track. While this ideal for testing the new motor it did that the new 1203cc engine all the good points of the smaller but with an extra kick of The engine pulls smoothly and from as low as 2500rpm to the 6000rpm with no powerbands or kicks instant grunt on tap everywhere.

the XB9 the injection is a bit stuttery very low but this is as much a character of the motor as anything else.

Buell Firebolt XB12R

As a bike I have always the … Lightning over the because, with its aggressive and tiny size combined flat bars and torquey it makes a perfect back hooligan tool. Well, the is even better thanks to the punch of the motor. On the tight the Lightning was getting quite silly angles of lean.

The wide bars mean you can force it into corners and squirt the power on and off down the straights. I can’t think of any big … bike, apart possibly the Aprilia Tuono, could have gone this course quicker the Lightning. But like I said, we got into third gear so a morning on the small track we out onto the proper circuit.

of the track riding was done on the sports-orientated XB12R Firebolt. But by Buell actually mean it has a slightly higher pegs and a tail unit. Apart this the two bikes are identical so reads for the Firebolt also for the Lightning.

As with the Lightning are no surprises with the handling. The feels just like its XB9R brother. In corners the feels totally composed and you can throw it around and lean it much further than you think with total

On standard suspension settings the turn-in can feel a bit lazy, but the back end up a few clicks on the spring and stiffening the forks makes a of difference and is definitely recommended. from this the handling is about perfect.

And with the to use the new motor properly it impresses more. Many people why Buell has such a sophisticated while still using an push-rod V-twin motor in it, but of motor aside, the extra has made a huge difference. I don’t reckon the top speed is beyond the XB9’s 130mph, the new has power every- where, means that riders find themselves searching for power on the road as you do on the XB9s.

said it before and I’ll say it XB12 is the bike Buell have built first and I really see where the XB9 now fits in. claim that the higher 984cc motor will to younger riders while the is for more … bikers, but as is only 1000rpm difference I really see this being the And the 1203cc motor is just so better that buyers be better saving up their for a few extra months.

The choice of … or faired on your situation, the fairing is of use on a motorway and looks a bit more but the flat bars of the Lightning it a real hooligan tool and fun to ride in town or back

Buell Firebolt XB12R
Buell Firebolt XB12R
Buell Firebolt XB12R
Buell Firebolt XB12R

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