First Ride: 2004 Buell Lightning CityX — Road Tests: First Rides — Visordown

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Buell Lightning CityX XB9SX

First Ride: 2004 Lightning CityX

Way back in Erik Buell was watching The The opening scenes portrayed a of the future where control of the in the Year of Darkness, 2029, was between man and machine in a wasteland of A dune buggy roared view trying to make its Erik thought how much it would be if the escapee were on a

His mind started working on his own of a two-wheeled urban future. The was to be a machine steeped in modern that could cope any eventuality the metropolitan arena of the Century could throw at it and its

Twenty years later and the CityX XB9SX is the result, if we are still pre-apocalypse. The CityX it ‘City Cross’) is, in true style, something different, a left field and outside of the The basis of the machine is the XB9R launched in 2002. Although the Harley-Davidson motor remains, is up to 984cc to provide a wide, delivery of power, perfect for the streets.

Initial concerns were Buell should have the bigger XB12R motor, but it needed. For a start the smaller allows for better traction and low control, has a wider spread of and improved fuel economy is claimed) over its bigger Buell has also remapped the injection to pass impending Cat II fuel emissions.

The CityX the three basic principles of technology; mass centralisation of the components (engine, shock, to improve handling; chassis to maximise feedback; and low unsprung in the form of lighter wheels and The large, rim-mounted ZTL (Zero Load) front disc a part, transferring braking directly to the wheel rim rather via the spokes. This means the can be lighter but still deliver stopping power.

And boy do they stop well!

Buell wanted to try a new approach. The air box fly screen and part of the tail are all blue in a kind of funky style, while the hand and headlight cage help the CityX a mean urban look. A comfortable yet aggressive position comes courtesy of a seat and motocross-style bars, are wide enough to provide leverage while hooning but also narrow enough not to hit while filtering.

Well, of them.

Mirrors though are a bit on the poor being small and continually in of readjusting. The rubber-mounted engine vibrate them as much you expect but even so visibility is not great.

On the plus side, the clutch is remarkably light. And so, as most of its time will be posing and dodging traffic the more affluent city The gearbox retains the characteristic clunk but is easy to get used to and to me it adds a little personality.

is basic Buell, in other simple to use and easy to reach. The are nice looking and a doddle to with a cool blue Their digital readout you two trips, an odometer, a clock and a reserve light.

Don’t forget these will only do around miles once you hit reserve!

The one flaw I did come across around the rear of the bike. tail packs or pillions unless they are the size of a child — as the rear is absolutely miniscule. The tiny hugger does its intended job by the shock, but it does mean the of the bike is very exposed. a very wet and splattered back if in the rain!

For the first time a comes shod with tyres as standard — Scorpion Syncs in this This move away the Dunlop D207/8 series from a desire to clothe the with rubber that not looks like aggressive tyres, but also works in all weather conditions. They disappoint.

The majority of the CityX’s riding take place on urban A and B and that’s a good thing as 70mph she does start to her head, which is unnerving. under this and you’ll get the from the big V-twin and its otherwise chassis.

Sales figures may not be any records for Buell but the brand is rapidly. A 130% sales this year already 2003 has been strengthened by dealers starting Rider Groups. Europe-wide the age demographics of their needs and the environments in they are riding have dramatically over the past few and Buell is one company aiming to

The CityX should help do just that.


The is capable, quirky, good and produces plenty of low down but it doesn’t really fit into any But is that a bad thing? Even all its urban aggression it’s not a and it’s not a practical commuter you wear a rucksack.

That said, the CityX is a fun that will be at home on streets and rural B-roads.


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