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Buell Lightning Super TT XB12STT

MD First Ride: 2007 Lightning Super TT XB12STT

since my first test of the generation of Buell motorcycles my First Ride and full Review of the ’07 Lightning), I’ve a big fan of Buell’s combination of innovative, chassis design and grunty derived motors. Using the basic chassis (their twin-spar aluminum frame, doubles as a fuel tank to the weight of the fuel down and motors (Buell offers two both air/oil-cooled pushrod derived from H-D’s Sportster – 984cc and 1203cc), has created a wide range of from sportbikes (the to Streetfighters (the Lightning) and a big ‘adventure bike’ (the

The latest model from Buell’s creative design is the Lighting Super TT, which the basic Lightning streetfighter and supermoto-inspired styling and features to an aggressive urban assault Because it shares it’s architecture with the rest of the range, the XB12STT possesses all the Buell “Trilogy of Tech” features as its parent model – to more about the Trilogy of check out the full write-up in my ride of the Lightning XB12S .

who comes from a motocross or back ground (which the author) will feel at home swinging a leg over the and settling down onto the but aggressive-looking single seat The riding position is very to most motocross bikes, the rider sitting almost upright and controlling the bike wide, dirt-bike style mounted to the top of the triple clamp.

The Super TT is quite narrow, far than any inline-four sportbike. the frame spars bulge out a bit next to the rider’s knees, excellent purchase for gripping the with your legs. The strikes an excellent balance firm and soft, and at the end of a 175-mile day I wishing for anyplace different to my backside.

Regular readers have seen me mention in reviews that having low body fat means my … pack much cushioning of its and I find very few seats don’t leave me hurting 100 miles or so – so the TT’s seating was by a particularly tough critic.

the starter button and the 1203cc lurches to life, immediately into a slightly loping accompanied by the low-frequency vibration of big-piston Harley engines. you get moving, the vibration all but dissapears, but when stopped it is in no way uncomfortable, and I find it kind of cool. a good reminder that got a big internal combustion engine there, rather than kind of electric motor.

We rode the XB12STT in a wide of conditions – everything from Southern California’s famous (or Ortega Highway, which is with miles of high-speed all the way to an insanely tight, (badly) fire road which was one lane wide and kept us in gear (occasionally I got into for almost an hour, constantly from left to right to a seemingly endless set of switchbacks in a valley in the mountains south of We spent some time in in the city, and even got a chance for a romp on a relatively smooth fire road. Through it I was extremely impressed with the TT’s versatility and fun factor.

5.63 inches of suspension front and rear (.91″ than the standard XB12S up and .63″ more in the rear), the STT rough pavement, potholes, and a few small jumps with only bottoming once the day (that was my fault, as I didn’t see the big dip in the until too late, and I hit it going WAY too On the extremely tight, roughly fire roads, the STT was in its element – the bars gave me tons of to throw the bike from to side, and the seat was shaped in a way allowed me to get pretty far forward on the using my weight to help the front end planted while deep into each

As you can see from the photo, I decided to the XB12STT like a dirt at least on the tighter stuff – I felt more comfortable my foot in position to catch the if I slid out on some of the gravel or that dotted this maintained road. Plus it was plain FUN! Fortunately, I never had any big slides (well, the ones I initiated on purpose!) – the Scorpion Sync tires impressive grip and confidence on all of surfaces, from smooth to grainy, dirty, rough that looked like been paved decades ago and used to transport tanks military kind propelled by treads) in the years since.

As you can probably tell, I had tons of fun the Super TT, and a lot of this was due to the handling. the fast sweepers of Ortega to the tight first-gear switchbacks of our fire road, nothing to faze this bike – and all without touching the suspension all day!

I even enjoyed our foray into the dirt, and was at how well the Super TT handled and how I was able to go through the corners – for that are much more than the near-knobbies found on bikes (which the Buell but it is similar to one in some ways), the Scorpion Syncs had really grip in the dirt. My confidence in the end carried over into the as well, and I soon found getting on the throttle early and the STT sideways coming out of the dirt I wouldn’t suggest tackling single-track or Baja whoops, but for the foray onto dirt roads, the Super TT is perfectly

Like the standard Lightning, I was impressed with the feel and power offered by the Super ZTL (Zero Torsional Load) front brake. Initial was strong without being and excellent feedback was available at the – along with the confidence-inspiring end, the excellent brake played a big part in my willingness to deep into tight on crappy pavement. When you to scrub off a ton of speed in a hurry I did when I finally spotted huge dip, just 40 or 50 feet before I hit it!), the ZTL is willing and able, and the rear works well to keep the level when used in with the front.

The 1203cc air/oil-cooled pushrod doesn’t pack a lot of peak and can feel a tad wheezy when for its 7000rpm redline (despite claim that 103 peak horsepower is attained at 6800rpm), but somewhat outdated design than makes up for any lack of with expansive torque and flexible midrange. As long as carrying at least 2,500rpm, the can create linear forward linked directly to the position of right wrist.

You’ll that the word ‘flexible’ was an description of the Super TT’s character, and this goes a way towards explaining why the powerplant, a of ancient technology (now injected) seemingly in sharp to the advanced chassis design, is an excellent match for the Super hooligan character. Yes, the seems to be saying (while away at a red light) wheelie off the then throw me around with those wide and slide the back wheel the 90-degree right at the next – I love this kind of can’t you tell!

Nevertheless, underneath the hooligan it can be a very practical machine perhaps for the lack of passenger Surprisingly, freeway windblast is at a 75-80mph cruising speed, the minimalist number-plate style fairing. The torquey V-Twin in relaxed around-town use, and as previously, the seating position is comfortable.

In short, the Buell Super TT XB12STT can be a great for your mood swings. A thing, indeed.


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