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Buell Firebolt Sport Bike

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I consider myself one of the fortunate that get to test new motorcycles all round, primarily because of my location Florida, the sun capital of the or should I say, the bike of the United States. But, most of us, Im not privileged enough to on a canyon road or near the that resemble the environment for some of these sportbikes created for that long, road that in a word is nirvana.

For years I rooted for the of an American-made sportbike, but after some Buell products a few ago and listening to the constant complaints quality and service, I sort of put idea on hold until a few ago, when I finally got to Buells new XB12R for the first And boy was I surprised, for this new model the intuitive handling and innovative of the original Firebolt XB9R a torque-monster engine — a new lightweight 45 degree, air/fan and fuel-injected V-Twin rated at 103 horsepower and 84 ft. lbs. of tire-twisting Its entire displacement boost through an increase in …, 3.125 inches to 3.812 with a compression ratio of

Torque comes from the big of course, but the linearity of the powerband is due to the that this new engine equipped with Buell Exhaust, thus broadening its band by way of an electronic actuator activates a butterfly valve in the to adjust back-pressure by alternating two exhaust gas flow paths. The computer monitors engine and throttle position while the valve to optimize torque and for the riding condition.

The valve at low rpm for the best flow, and then in the midrange for optimum torque opening again at high As part of the system, header diameter is increased from inches to 1.75 inches. The throttle body diameter is from 45mm to 49mm, and a clutch spring and new Aramid Hibrex drive belt are to handle the torque demands of the engine. The primary drive is lowered from 1.68:1 to

Gear ratios in the five-speed remain unchanged.

The rigid frame is a light-weight, multi-functional that serves as a solid for the bike as well as a support for the fuel tank. Using the to carry fuel significantly the center of gravity and reduces the of inertia, both of which the bike’s reaction to rider Mass centralization and a low center of are further enhanced by locating the below the Firebolts engine.

A aluminum swingarm doubles as the oil reservoir, and is supported by an adjustable shock absorber.

The Buell Zero Torsional front brake system braking forces from a caliper through a 375mm rotor mounted near the rim to virtually eliminate torsional to the front wheel. This the use of a light-weight, six-spoke cast wheel that significantly unsprung weight and steering The front end is suspended by a fully 41mm Showa inverted

It surely feels like the sportbike ever built by definitely the smoothest drivetrain Ive on a sportbike, with not a hint of many other injected have when re-applying the coming out of corners. Simply one that will satisfy the of most sport riders, and its not the peak horsepower, but the ground-pounding, torque you can command to accelerate instantly in any given situation. I comfortable all the time I was riding my average 57 body wasnt too up, and the close-coupled riding position on the new didnt force too much on my wrists, although it might be for taller riders, who might get from the high pegs offer plenty of ground

At speeds of up to 80 mph, its a smooth as the engine turns at just rpm thanks to a taller primary ratio than fitted to the but when you go past that 80 vibration becomes an issue and get intrusive, eventually numbing the hands. Despite the vibration-isolating mounts, vibration sneaks the solid-mounted clip-on handlebars and the seat; a skinny … get sore after more an hour in the saddle.

There are two to choose from; either the Red color that I tested, or Black. The bike features a Grey frame and swingarm, tail and airbox graphics, clutch and cam covers, and a wild windscreen. The cast aluminum receive an exclusive, high-gloss paint process that a beautiful amber color natural variations and depth.

The perforated seat cover the premium look.

Though a bike, I would like to see a few made or at least addressed the unfinished (non-glossy) inner panels look inexpensive, the bar housing and the plastic turn switch looks and feels the clutch cable rubbed the plastic lower fairing, and the windscreen causes the yellow light to appear illuminated in

Theres plenty to like the XB12R, starting with the that they have abandoned the barrel-type key and separate lock of previous models in of a regular slot key and integrated lock. The analog instruments two tripmeters and a clock are easy to and one of my favorites are the wheels with spokes and that translucent color that glows in

I say this bike is worth for many reasons, but at $10,995 the new two-year unlimited warranty one-year coverage for models to 2003), plus the comfort and and the uniqueness of riding this American bike, makes it every penny. And if you ever the power was not cutting it for you, are always plenty of aftermarket for the engine to make it DYNOMITE.

All in all, this new Buell Firebolt is one to think about, for it not gives you plenty of fun riding, but look plenty good riding it!

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