Buell XB12STT Super TT Sport Rider

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First Ride An factoid came up during the presentation for the new Buell Lightning TT that went unnoticed by of the motojournalists present for the bike’s introduction in Southern California: At 50 percent of all Buells produced are now overseas. This helps the introduction last year of the adventure-tourer (or adventure-sportbike, as company Erik Buell prefers it be a market segment that is minute in the U.S. but relatively in Europe. Buells have now far beyond cult status or the fascination stage across the and more Europeans are buying the than ever before.

would also explain the of the Lightning XB12STT, a bigger, powerful cousin to the Lightning Styled in the same urban machine vein, but with of a supermoto flavor, the Buell TT fills another niche more popular in Europe in the States. Continuing in its parent (Harley-Davidson) path of changing exterior components on the same platform to create a new model, the Super TT uses the same 45-degree, air-cooled Thunderstorm (rated at a claimed 103 horsepower at rpm, with 84 ft.-lbs. of at 6000 rpm) found in all models, and the chassis sports the 54-inch wheelbase and slightly steering geometry of the Lightning Long and is wrapped up in a supermoto-inspired

Suspension travel-measuring 5.6 inches and rear-is greater than of half of the completely street-oriented XBs the standard Lightning and Lightning but almost an inch shorter the faux-off-road Ulysses’. A high-mount fender and dual headlights by a combination number plate/mini-windscreen and the hand-guard setup from the complete the supermoto look up A narrow, flat solo (a passenger seat with brackets is available as an option) number plates hanging the subframe finish off the rear to the Super TT from other XB

Although Buell lists the TT’s seat height as inches, it feels quite a bit despite the slim saddle. The flat handlebars seem a out of place with the rearset placement, but you quickly get used to the once underway. Vibration the V-twin engine shakes the incessantly at idle, but the Uniplanar mounts help cancel out the once past 2000

As with the other 1203cc engines, there’s loads of low-end torque available, you to swiftly churn out of slow and corners in your choice of The heavy flywheel and wide of the five-speed transmission can make between the lower three a little lurchy if you’re not with gear changes,

Overall handling is nice and agile, with the Super TT less of the idiosyncratic steering of the previous Lightning models. of this is undoubtedly due to the higher, handlebars, which provide leverage over the steering the XB12R clip-on-style bars; the TT is much more amenable to corrections as a result.

We rode over a tight, dirty and very bumpy mountain fire road the intro ride, and the Super TT it all in stride. Not only was it rock-stable the gnarliest broken-down pavement, the was still nimble enough to around some of the worst while negotiating the jump-laden

We’ve been impressed Pirelli’s Scorpion Sync on other bikes, and the ones to the Super TT are no different. Excellent was the norm on everything from high-speed tarmac to the aforementioned road. The longer-travel suspension was a plus in these conditions, as was the seat, which allowed body movement when the got rough.

The trademark ZTL rim-brake provided ample stopping and while overall feel wasn’t up to where we’d it was better than previous And with the Lightning Long’s frame bumping fuel up to 4.4 gallons, squeezing 180 miles out of a frameful-is easily done.

For interested in a supermoto-style machine of a vein, the Buell Super TT may be the ticket. Available in Arctic and Barricade Orange (although all parts are interchangeable, allowing you to with other Lightning the XB12STT will retail for

Buell XB12STT Super $10,295EngineType: Air/oil-cooled, 45-degree 1203ccBore x …: 88.9 x Compression ratio: 10.0:1Induction: II fuel injection, 49mm body

ChassisFront tire: Pirelli Scorpion SyncRear 180/55ZR-17 Pirelli Scorpion 23.1 deg./4.7 in. (119mm)Wheelbase: in. (1372mm)Seat height: 31.4 in. capacity: 4.4 gal. (16.7L)Claimed dry 400 lbs. (181kg)

Short ShiftIt was kind of every time I’d up to pass a car, it would slow like the driver was the brakes to let me by. And at other times, glance in the mirror and notice all the traffic was trailing quite a behind me. What was up with people?

And then I’d Oh yeah, I’m riding a bike.

When Motor magazine staffer John called and asked us if we’d their police test through a timed closed for a story they were on, we obliged on one condition: that be able to briefly road the bike ourselves, just to see the long arm of the law rides. We were that the lights and siren on the BMW to be disabled or covered up with the not in tape when we took of the boxer twin in law-enforcement

But, lo and behold, everything was Immediately, thoughts of hanging out by SR road tester Steve house and playing the ultimate joke ran through our minds.

ago, Harley-Davidson, Moto and then Kawasaki with its own of the venerable KZ900/1000 were the bikes of choice of across the Now, however, we’re more and more BMWs in the ranks, and for good reason. The boxer twins have had a reputation for long-haul reliability, with their maintenance-free drive.

Last year, BMW introduced the of their police-specific machines, the BMW RT-P.

Buell Lightning Super TT XB12STT

We sell about 600 a year to various law enforcement across the country, says Downing, BMW North America’s for the company’s Police Motorcycle and retired police officer. 600 units a year doesn’t like much, that include the thousands already in Once they see the reliability and advantages, the BMW is an easy selection, Downing.

The R1200 RT-P is more than just a dressed up with warning (new LED units that are while using less and police stickers. A larger oil with an auxiliary fan is fitted to the engine temps under when idling for long while the alternator is a more unit to keep the dual (to power the warning lights and radio with the engine charged. There are special for various police-specific items forward and rearward-facing radar, flashlight), along with a speedometer that is calibrated to be within +/-2 mph at all speeds.

So how did the compare with a standard Basically it’s the same, we could definitely feel extra heft (Downing the police radio equipment about 50 pounds to the bike) running through corners. the RT-P handles well, that long-haul comfort is the function, since a motor must endure extended in the saddle every day.

Ground clearance is very even with the standard bars on each side, are tucked up well. And grip the Dunlop D220 tires is than adequate for the uses bike will see.

We returned the bike, as we were it increasingly difficult to resist the to use the siren and lights to get home traffic quicker. Leave it to us to get in with the police while one of their bikes

Bridgestone New Track-Day And Sport-Touring TiresProductHot on the of the BT-002 Pro DOT racing tires we in the middleweight comparison in this comes a new tire from with similar performance but a everyday use in mind. Also its debut is a new-generation sport-touring that utilizes some of the dual-compound technology of its more brethren.

Bridgestone’s new BT-002 RS (RS stands for Racing Street) is the latest rubber intended for riding, both on the street and the The front tire makes use of the Dual Tread Construction with the medium-compound center paired with a softer and compound on each shoulder for grip and handling.

A new fine breaker belt underneath a belt provides good absorption with excellent and high-speed stability. The rear is single-compound construction, with Tensile Super Penetrated (HTSPC) mono spiral and silica-rich compound contributing to handling and grip in all conditions. pattern is almost identical to the Pros, and the tire is available in the 120/70ZR-17 front and 180/55ZR-17, and 190/55ZR-17 sizes.

Interestingly, the new BT-021 sport-touring is just the opposite, in that the tire uses the DTC, the front tire is a single-compound The front tire features the HTSPC-type belt as the rear RS, while the rear BT-021 has a developed Outside Bead which-when combined with the DTC and layer, cap and base technology-provides the right amount of stiffness for stability under additional along with better absorption and grip under all of weather conditions, whether at a fast pace or aggressively your favorite road.

The BT-021 is available in 120/60 and Z-rated tires in 17-inch and 110/80 and 120/70 Z-rated in 18-inch diameter. The rear in a 160/60 Z-rated tire for rims, and 150/70, 160/60, 170/60, 180/55 and 190/50 tires in 17-inch diameter.

Buell Lightning Super TT XB12STT
Buell Lightning Super TT XB12STT
Buell Lightning Super TT XB12STT


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