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Harley-Davidson XR1200

Motorcycle Comparison: 2009 Davidson XR1200 vs. 2009 Lightning XB12Scg Spec

The 2009 XR1200 brings an sports bike back to

Davidson’s American lineup.

Davidson has dominated both the and cruising markets for

decades, but the introduces the company into a new market with many

new One of the biggest

competitors comes a subsidiary of Harley Davidson in the of the Buell

Lightning XB12Scg .

The 2009 Harley Davidson is powered by an air-cooled

Evolution engine, measuring cubic inches and making 90 and

73.8 lb-ft of torque.

The Lightning XB12Scg uses an from the same

family as the but under the name Thunderstorm. a better flowing cylinder setup

inch engine 103 horsepower and 84 lb-ft of torque. the Buell has the clear advantage,

shows the potential of the XR1200′s engine with only


sent to the wheel by of a belt drive with a final drive

ratio. The Buell Lightning also

uses a 5-speed with a wet multiplate clutch but the

drive ratio is a more 2.407:1 ratio. This the Buell more low

end acceleration, as as more steady RPM for the higher-revving


Suspension and Braking

Not the front suspension layout of the

Davidson XR1200 and the Buell XB12Scg is very similar. The Davidson XR1200 uses a sport

tuned 43mm fork, and the Buell uses a smaller, 41mm inverted

The rear suspension differs

a bit, as the XR1200 uses a dual sided swing arm coil-over shocks

on both The Lightning XB12Scg

uses a coil-over monoshock with a under seat reservoir. The suspension is more nimble, but the

suspension offers a smooth for cruising with track


The XR1200′s braking uses a dual disc in the

with 4-piston calipers down on the 11.5″ rotors. In the a single 11.5″ disc is

by a single floating piston The

Buell Lightning XB12Scg the unique ZTL2 braking with a massive

14.76″ that sits along the edge of the rim with an 8-piston

clamping it from the inside than the outside. The rear of the Buell sports bike

a standard 9.44″ rotor a single floating piston. unique braking system is for

high performance, and it gives the an advantage over the XR1200.


The chassis of the 2009 is made of tubular steel, and

of the framework of the motorcycle is tucked under the seat and fuel

tank. The Buell Lightning uses a black

aluminum with Uniplanar powertrain isolation system. The XR1200 the rider up high on the

bike, with the fuel tank, the Buell tucks the rider in the

tank. The Harley Davidson is the

XR1200. Both of these give the

Buell an advantage in especially in tight turns.

The is getting rave reviews all the world, but Harley

Davidson to rely on more than power.

In this case, the Buell is the better choice if you are basing

choice on performance or bang for the (the Buell also about $1,000


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