Buell XB-9S LIGHTNING 2003

After the birth of the incredible XB-9R and its equally surprising chassis (frame containing gasoline, oil in the swingarm, Harley engine of 92 hp, minimalist wheelbase, very sensitive suspensions), we thought of giving him a little sister to fight in the street. We take out the screwdrivers, we replace the fork crown with 2 small headlights and a piece of screen, we swap the handlebars-bracelets for a handlebars (with footrests and a lower saddle, it allows to change the position driving), 2-3 small odds and ends and here is the XB-9S. Looks like a roadster who wants to kick things. Like the XB-9R, the Lightning requires a period of adaptation but a different user manual: as much its sister is akin to a tracker that you have to drive almost like a competition 125, as the S demands a driving coiled, which results in a bluffing efficiency.

The technical solutions adopted are the same as for the XB-9R and this Buell remains in fact an atypical machine. The bike is ultra compact, hyper-agile and, while its performance is not extraordinary in absolute terms, the available power can be used to the full on the road. The gearbox is slow and lacks precision; and the engine does not like going to touch the top of the tachometer. But the philosophy of the Buell is not there: on its handlebars, there is no point in rushing it! When winding, the efficiency is startling and the speed of passage in curve incredible. A real toy. Which is not without flaw: the rear brake has forgotten to be effective, the turning radius is abominable, the duo is synonymous with torture; as for protection and autonomy, quite simply not provided for in the specifications. But the XB9S is a roadster with a strong character, without compromise, and packed with sensations..

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    Model marketed in

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    Performances

    Max speed:
    about 210 km / h

  • Acceleration
    0 to 100: 3.70 s
  • Consumption
    medium: 5.40 l

The technical aspect

2003 Buell XB-9S LIGHTNING

  • Frame
  • Tank: 14 liters
  • Width: 831 mm
  • Height: 1232 mm
  • Wheelbase: 1320 mm
  • Dry weight: 175 kg
  • Operating weight: 204 kg
  • Train before

Buell XB-9S LIGHTNING 2003

  • Transmission
  • Secondary toothed belt transmission
  • Rear axle
  • Engine
  • 984 cc
    (88.9 x 79.8 mm)
  • 92
    ch
    at 7,200 rpm
  • 8.50 mkg
    at 5,600 rpm

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Buell XB-9S LIGHTNING 2003

Buell XB-9S LIGHTNING 2003

Buell XB-9S LIGHTNING 2003

Buell XB-9S LIGHTNING 2003

Buell XB-9S LIGHTNING 2003

Buell XB-9S LIGHTNING 2003

Buell XB-9S LIGHTNING 2003

Buell XB-9S LIGHTNING 2003

Buell XB-9S LIGHTNING 2003

Buell XB-9S LIGHTNING 2003

Buell XB-9S LIGHTNING 2003

Buell XB-9S LIGHTNING 2003

Buell XB-9S LIGHTNING 2003

Buell XB-9S LIGHTNING 2003

Buell XB-9S LIGHTNING 2003

Buell XB-9S LIGHTNING 2003

Buell XB-9S LIGHTNING 2003

Buell XB-9S LIGHTNING 2003

Buell XB-9S LIGHTNING 2003

Buell XB-9S LIGHTNING 2003

Buell XB-9S LIGHTNING 2003

Buell XB-9S LIGHTNING 2003

Buell XB-9S LIGHTNING 2003

Buell XB-9S LIGHTNING 2003

Buell XB-9S LIGHTNING 2003

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