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Buell Lightning CityX XB9SX

The Lightning CityX XB9SX is an brawler, designed to rule the streets with muscle and Armed with handlebar and a headlight grille, the CityX grips wide, supermotard-style while the Skyline seat an elevated view of traffic The Thunderstorm 984 V-Twin delivers acceleration for the cut-and-thrust of urban

Pirelli Scorpion Sync have an aggressive tread for all-conditions performance. New high-impact frame pucks protect the from minor cosmetic The soft-rubber Buell X Guard protect the airbox from scuffing. The see-through Translucid cover and flyscreen put mechanical on display, while Villain wheels and Midnight Black body panels and front hide the grime of the city.

for 2006 in Hero Blue and new Kick Ash Translucid.

Buell CityX XB9SX features:

Blue or Kick Ash Translucid

Fuel-in-frame, oil-in-swingarm

Buell X guard

Supermotard-style crossbar

Villain Black wheels, handlebar clamp, license bracket

Pirelli Scorpion tires

Buell ZTL braking

43mm fully adjustable upside-down fork

Fully Showa rear shock

Road Test

Late in we had the pleasure of spending a week Buell’s then new-to-market 900. We liked it rather a to the extent that when the for a longer term test we rather jumped at it. When we got of it, circumstances dictated that it got every day, come or shine, for a 35 mile each way through the centre of London.

much exactly what designed for, then. So how did we

Collecting the Buell from in King’s Road was a little going to collect the family pet the vet’s. That sounds a odd perhaps, but the character of the bike is much that of the faithful spaniel. Happy to play, to see you and equally at ease just in quiet companionship as frolicking like a puppy.

How can a machine character? It’s a fair All I can say is that the Buell CityX has an abundance of personality that it almost impossible not to anthropomorphise and it human traits. Throwing a leg reminded me just how small the is, even in this slightly version. The high-ish bars fall perfectly to hand, remain happily hidden brush guards and the peg to saddle is about as good as it’s to be.

Working my way out into rush-hour it took about three for me to become totally at home on the and another couple before I grinning.

To save you looking over earlier articles, the CityX is, to all intents and purposes, a 900 which has been modified to it more usable in an urban So it has the oil in the swingarm, fuel in the frame with the rim mounted ZTF front and toothed Kevlar belt common across the range with the original 984cc motor that we saw when first came to town. Buell added a few tweaks.

plates (well, lowerer actually) make a little space between footpegs and to improve comfort. Black and lower bodywork conceal grime while tyres are to better handle potholes and Bodywork is clear blue for no reason at all other than very cool, and the roo-bars the headlights perform a similar Brush guards on the bars hands against both and van door mirrors.

The whole thing gives an impression of being as mad as a barrel of and is probably the most fun you, I or else will ever fully dressed on a motorcycle.

One of the in riding through town is the for interaction with other it affords you. As a road it’s a great way of getting the of a whole section of people having to ask — if the bike is of comment, good or bad, get some. And the massively over-riding I got from people about the was incredibly positive.

Sure, all thought that a (virtually) engine in something the size of a was nuts. Lots thought it was a when they saw it from end and then needed to try to understand they were looking at. thought it was incredibly good for money if they were enough to ask a price. And everyone I looked as though I was having a

Because I was.

Sometimes, rarely, a company comes up a machine, normally a car or bike, just makes the driver or smile. It’s not necessarily a or cost thing — it have to be the fastest, best or most exclusive vehicle — there’s just about some vehicles makes people feel That feelgood factor is that is missing from far too bikes on the market.

Perhaps it has been replaced mechanical prowess or with efficiency or, as with many new with barely managed But the Buell, despite being advanced in many areas, has feelgood factor in spades. morning, no matter how tired I no matter how horrible the weather, by the I had reached the end of my road I was grinning.

it’s the eagerness of engine, its ancient design with a nature accompanied by a fantastic Perhaps it’s the way that it go on its ear at the slightest provocation, making the possibly the easiest bike to turn. Or perhaps it’s the way speed bump becomes own personal stunt park, the leaping off the top like Steve making a run for Switzerland.

Whatever the the Buell CityX is a bike makes me smile. And being an chap I took every to share that smile, by telling everyone who asked a hoot I was having or demonstrating the exuberance over speed mini roundabouts and the like.

is traditionally one of the best times of the for motorcycling in Britain, with dry weather and long days the perfect backdrop to two wheeled Or perhaps not. February lived up to expectations in many and did in fact give me at least a dozen nice days to

The rest of the time, though, it Or snowed. Or, on one spectacular occasion, us heavy snow with sunshine and thunder and lightning. All at What conditions certainly did though, was an opportunity to really out the behaviour of the Buell in pretty all weathers.

And one of the things I learned quite was that the brush guards not protect delicate digits the efforts of White Van Man, also rather handy arff) for keeping warm as It’s lovely being to wear summer gloves in Another major plus from the tyres.

Those Pirellis clear water and far, far better than the overtly sporty numbers to the regular Lightning, and while the does squirm around distinctly at speed there’s of feel and the overall impression is of predictability. Slides, while are easily caught and are preceded by as to a written warning as you’ll get from a bike.

Except on when slides are impossible to but instead result in a practical of the crash worthiness of a Buell. To you doing this research I can tell you that two low speed in less than a mile, while avoiding dozy car in the snow, resulted in precisely no whatsoever to the CityX or to me.

However was one major omission that the bad highlighted. If ever a bike a hugger then this is it. having a rear mudguard has holes in it may look really but is slightly counter-productive when it to stopping water and road from getting sprayed up. up over the back of the bike, the the indicators and, of course, the

My Gortex kit went through the every week, the bike got twice a week just to the lights clear and we still like escapees from a enduro. A hugger would most of that, though of the shorty front guard still allow the same to at that end.

Having the longer than the normal or so allowed me to get a better idea of costs. Riding, um, enthusiastically I got 120 miles to a tank. But I never to get 12 litres in, even after as long as I dared on reserve. So consumption is pretty miserly. wear appeared virtually non oil levels didn’t change and I need to look at the drive at all.

Talking to mechanics my suspicion that Buells are easy (and therefore to work on and that nothing to regularly go wrong with these days.

Of course, weeks riding in all weathers, day and is a pretty in-depth review. expect to get a warts and all, no barred road test would pick up lots of faults and would generally an impression of ownership. And this is report. And you’ve just the warts and faults. I couldn’t anything else to criticise this bike.

It started time, no matter what. It did what I asked of it, no matter except for that one very icy when physics took It went well, stopped handled magnificently and made me out loud more times I can count.

I have a few miles of motorway to on my journey and the Buell saved me to the gym. Erik Buell’s abs workout replaced Christmas with something (vaguely) awashboard stomach in just weeks. Charles Atlas eat heart out! Yes, the worst possible place for a bike — the motorway is bearable on the Buell.

The brushguards your hands warm and the position makes it perfectly to hold yourself in place resorting to a deathgrip on the bars and the resulting weave.

To summarise. The CityX is possibly the best machine I have ever It’s perfectly capable of its own on A and B roads out of town and isn’t on the motorway, though that’s the best place for it. It handles, and stops brilliantly, it’s as you like and it looks great.

At it’s stupidly cheap and costs are negligible. The biggest I have about the bike, than the victory of style sense in the rear mudguard is the fact that Harley insisted I gave it back.


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