Buell XB9R Firebolt — Road Test & Review — Motorcyclist Online

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We ask that you surrender all biases, prejudices and predictions at this All will be safely returned to you at the conclusion of this test. here on, clear your and realize no matter what you of Erik Buell’s 2003 now, it will surprise America’s only sportbike has never taken the conformist to motorcycle design.

Having that far, the Firebolt is a departure, even for Buell. It be a singular piece compared any other motorcycle. if there any other motorcycle to compare it

Those of you paying attention be dialed in on all the Buell bright-think throughout the XB9R Firebolt. Our Firebolt preview covered all the minutia, and our February ’02 story went for a quick around Las Vegas Motor small track on the little For everyone else, we’ll hit the spots again. The Firebolt a conventional sportbike.

It isn’t a replica. It isn’t an anything Buell calls the Firebolt a fighter—a fuel-injected 45-degree V-twin torque-pump, artfully into a chassis with resembling a 250cc racebike’s. your frontal lobes the idea of 21 degrees of fork buffered by just 84mm of

As you might expect, persuading the 984cc Sportster-derived motor a chassis with axles 52 inches apart took very atypical design

To make those numbers and engine play nice Lead Chassis Engineer Strader and company pushed all the heavy bits down the center of the motorcycle. The resulting gives major Firebolt components more than one job to do. for Buell by Verlicchi, that frame is also the gas tank, 3.7 gallons (not much, of unleaded in its specially sealed

All 3.5 quarts of engine oil live in a one-piece aluminum swingarm. A 375mm rotor bolts to the front rim instead of the hub. especially the unsprung kind, is our

With braking loads (almost) directly to the tire, the Showa fork has less to do, carrying a nine-pound front on a light, hollow axle.

latest Uniplanar engine-mounting restricts the 45-degree V-twin’s thrashing to a vertical/longitudinal plane using its structure as part of the Moreover, the Buell people are as to what they feel particular twin isn’t. It only 88.9mm x 79.4mm dimensions and pushrod covers the Buell’s single-cylinder beginner so don’t call it a double-barrel

Various strands of design DNA from Harley-Davidson’s XL family, but not really a Sportster engine, The transmission, primary drive and come from existing parts bins. From the engine team mixed and making the most of Harley capabilities to keep the price out of 998 territory.

Still, everything the pistons and connecting rods to the and valves are Firebolt-specific. Higher-flow heads are new, and NASCAR-inspired trickery fends off float up to the redline. The motor weighs in at 169 dry, complete with oil and attendant mounting hardware—41 lighter than the 1200 mill, but still 46 pounds up on new superlight V-twin.Hop on and you’re an exceedingly compact motorcycle.

Everything looks cleanly and nicely bolted together the saddle. Instrumentation—featuring an LCD clock, two meters and mileage on reserve—is and well placed, though the is the quaint analog type, and found the numbers hard to Keeping heavy bits low on the makes the Firebolt feel than its 455-pound wet weight suggest.

Ergos are a mixed clip-ons are a comfortable reach the seat, but the foot pegs are enough to require yoga injection takes all the spit/stumble/pop out of the mix startup, but the ensuing mechanical is pure Sportster: Whether cool or archaic is in the ear of the beholder. warmed up to forward motion, the is perfectly cooperative around

The 45-degree twin’s endemic behavior remains at idle, but the mounts smooth things out 3000 rpm on up, though somewhat vibration gets through on previous Buell systems. pull is on the heavy side, but the linkage allows smooth as long as you take your Power builds adequately idle, though basement-level is less impressive than, a Honda VTR1000’s.

That little idler pulley the driveline lashfree. It also drive-belt tension so you don’t to. In fact, a fixed rear-axle means you can’t.Slow-speed steering is a touch heavier than numbers would suggest. the Firebolt is a nimble, serviceable tool. Showa suspension deliver a taut ride loosening one’s dental over potholes.

Another plus: The underslung muffler is quiet enough to out of the condo complex at 5:55 with no nasty letters the homeowner’s association. The intermittent whir of the rear cylinder’s fan isn’t something you expect the engine bay of a Milwaukee twin, but it help avert the heat-induced of previous models. The problem is, it to run once you’ve parked, is embarrassing at the Sunday-morning hangout.

up to freeway speed, top gear turns 4500 rpm into a 75 mph. The string-bikini fairing decent protection for its size. seat foam and scarce will squelch most aspirations after 90 minutes, is approximately when the low-fuel wakes up anyway.

Expect 150 miles between fillups if relatively easy on the throttle.Going on the throttle becomes increasingly once the pavement gets a few in it. The power curve is relatively showing none of the dips and blighting Buell’s higher-performance-spec Extra tractability comes at the of peak power. The massaged Sportster mill in Buell’s S3 made 90.1 ponies at rpm vs. the Firebolt’s 78.2-horse peak at rpm.

Put to work pushing a motorcycle, Firebolt horses a lot of work to do. They’re most between 5000 and the 7500-rpm and as long as you’re not riding in company they provide a little rush between

For those who must consider the Big 78.0 horsepower from does beat Ducati’s 900 Supersport (barely), but it’s special on streets full of TLs, VTRs and even OK, so 90 or 95 horsepower would make the more fun to ride and make it a viable mainstream contender. For the chassis plays the starring

On paper, all that extremist geometry could add up to one edgy twin, but mostly it doesn’t. As expect with such numbers, the bike is tremendously to suspension settings. The difference love and hate is just a few in the wrong direction.

However, in correctly and ridden on its own terms, the can be a serious back-road tool.

The key is most of the bike’s weight on the wheel by dialing up rear preload, with just up front to keep the fork bottoming. Unbolting the seat peeling up the edge of the foam, with a Torx key from the tool kit reveals a ramped set on the second (of seven) preload with compression and rebound dialed out 1.5 turns.

The fork adjusters come with (of seven lines) showing, compression and rebound screws 1.5 turns from maximum. set, the Firebolt should for an average 140-175 pound possessed of average skills on roads.

For an aggressive, 200-pounder on convoluted pavement, stock don’t work, making the only slightly more than a ’66 International milk truck. Heavier place more weight on the of the bike, and the Buell definitely like that setup.

To compensate, bump shock to number five (moving the forward again) and you’ll be to filet a decreasing-radius right—or about any other corner likely to dive into—with grace. Set up thusly, steering is linear and precise as long as you use at a little throttle to keep the loaded and happy. The fork and are compliant enough over all but the pavement, though midcorner and grooves a longer bike ignore can unsettle the Buell’s is beautiful as long as you play by the

Keep the tach needle 5000 and 7200 rpm for maximum and be smooth. Momentum is the name of game: Once you’ve got it, it. There’s a lot of heavy metal around between your so don’t rush the gearbox. the throttle shut on the way into a bad idea on any bike—cranks up the steering considerably and puts precise somewhere between difficult and Even if you forget the other remember to brake, then

The big inside-out rotor and six-pot are a reasonably powerful combination. bite is good, but feel under hard braking. some measure of this to a caliper that flexes under a handful of front Once heeled over, a little front brake the Firebolt stand up and run wide.

testers who carry a little brake into corners about spooky, unpredictable until they changed ways. You can forget dialing in mainstream handling with extra trail. Dropping the legs in their clamps and the shock to neutralize the chassis for painfully slow, heavy no matter how smooth your

When the credits roll, Firebolt is either a breakthrough or a depending upon those you checked at the door. Devotees of iron and ingenuity are already in the streets. Here’s a domestic with technical credentials can be proud of.

But a truly capable sportbike? Hard-nosed speed will recite the litany of machinery at or under the Firebolt’s sticker price, and dismiss it as an powered by an anachronism. And what the great huddled masses out in between? If you’re looking for the back-road weapon, look

But if something truly unique is you’re after—a viable alternative to the Ubiquitous Japanese Replicant—and you can accept life on its terms, this could be bike.

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