Buell XB12S Lightning — Road Tests — Motoring — The Independent

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Buell XB12S Lightning

1,203cc air/fan/oil-cooled V-twin.

power: 100bhp @ 6,600rpm

height: 765mm

Fuel 14 litres

Erik Buell is a genius. This motorcycle it. The XB12S Lightning is as practical as lingerie, and about as entertaining. On encountering it, I thought the delivery van had off the wrong bike. It does not big enough to have a 1,203cc

Parked beside my beloved Sprint, it seemed more a 250cc street bike a 100 horsepower monster.

Then I it on and, after a whine the fuel pump, the huge V-twin throbbed into and neighbours’ dogs barked. At the noise is sumptuous, but the bike like a pneumatic drill. the mirrors prior to take I nearly gave up.

They were shaking so I could not tell whether were correctly positioned.

But vibration at tick-over is more of an than a problem. It stops as as you start to move. Above the big, brutal torque-mountain of an pulls smoothly and the pulsating in the rear view mirrors sharply into focus.

you notice just how hard engine is pulling. Treated this motorcycle lifts its wheel off the Tarmac.

It stops as fast. The big rim-mounted front rotor is powerful enough to the rear wheel. In expert the Lightning can do a fair impression of a unicycle. But I do not recommend trying it on roads.

Our police can be inflexible about things. Antics that Carabinieri applaud are likely to in prosecution. This is a shame playing with something as frolicsome as the Buell Lightning.

is the motorcycling equivalent of a mustang, wild horses of Mexico and which the first cowboys as their mounts. Getting to a Lightning is not a million miles breaking a bucking bronco. you have got the hang of it, the bike raw, uncivilised and, a bit intimidating.

Ten miles later, it has you inside your helmet and just how much fun urban can be.

I say urban because this is not a motorcycle. It is more than enough. It surges through with power to spare.

But the is totally exposed and the wide, handlebars, which feel so in tight bends, start to and pull like a pike on a hook. That tiny screen in front of the instruments the instruments, not you.

But this was not built to travel in straight It is a curve-king with an exceptionally wheelbase, a steep 21-degree angle and a big, strong frame. All this is augmented by obsession: mass-centralisation. Fuel is in the frame, not the translucent tank-shaped between the rider and the handlebars.

Buell Lightning XB12S

The swingarm doubles as oil reservoir. The is below the engine.

The end product is a that, though heavy, has the of a gymnast and tracks through as if on rails. Jousting with taxis and white-van men has rarely as rewarding. Blasting and leaning tight, undulating bends Glasgow and Balfron was a joy.

big twin has the handling to outpace on four wheels and many on two.

It is, of course, Harley-Davidson pushrod technology pushed to the But the torque band is immensely and a clever exhaust system performance. Granted, Japanese engines and British triples more power from capacity.

But Buell’s power unit with the grunt required for fun.

The worst thing is the gearbox. It works noisily, and occasionally imprecisely. The solution is to it firmly.

You do not soothe the Lightning first or cajole it into A good firm kick better. Get used to that, and the that accompany the shift out of cease to cause concern.

As a motorcycle, I could not afford to own a As a luxury for high-speed acrobatics, it is Potential purchasers should it with … steeds, as the Triumph Speed Triple, Monster S4R, Moto Griso and BMW K1200R.

Finally, the look: you love or Buells. I am a fan. The exposed swingarm and colour coordinated wheels are charismatic. So is the ventilated tailplate.

If you want to be daringly the Lightning invites inspection particularly in translucent Cherry

Buell Lightning XB12S

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