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2006 Buell Lightning XB12Ss

The Long XB12Ss is a lengthened version of Buell’s unique XB12S Lightning, and will be offered alongside the original model. The new bike is designed to accomodate larger riders and give a slightly less frantic riding style.

Buell Motorcycle Company adds the Lightning Long XB12Ss, a streetfighter with expanded rider and passenger positions and revised chassis geometry, to its line of 2006 Lightning motorcycles.

All three 2006 Lightning models have a lighter, stiffer swingarm design, a new,smoother-shifting transmission, and other technical updates for 2006.

In addition to the new Lightning Long XB12Ss, the 2006 Lightning line-up includes the Lightning CityX XB9SX and the Lightning XB12S. Each combines an athletic riding position, bold naked styling and the stirring performance of an American V-Twin engine.

Inspired by the minimalist profile of a flat-track racer, the Lightning models feature wide handlebars, dual headlights mounted below a short flyscreen, and a clipped, screened-aluminium tail section over a beefy 180mm rear tyre.

Buell Lightning XB12Ss

Technical upgrades


A new transmission features a “dog ring” design for even quicker shifts with less effort. Helical-designed gears reduce transmission noise, and the oil-change interval is extended to 16090 km from 8045 km. Clutch lever effort has also been reduced, by 15 percent on the XB9SX and by 22 percent on the XB12S.

A durable new Goodyear Hibrex final drive belt with Flexten Plus technology requires no scheduled service.

A redesigned swingarm (all models except XB12Ss) is stiffer and 0.25 kg lighter than the previous design. The swingarm continues to also function as the oil reservoir, and the oil cap has been relocated and redesigned to be easier to access and open. The inner fender and upper and lower belt guards have been restyled.

The engine air intake has been integrated directly on the air-box cover with an aluminum hex screen that wraps around the fuel cap cowling, replacing the air duct that formerly passed through the frame. Fuel-in-the frame capacity is increased to 14.5 litres for the Lightning CityX XB9SX and Lightning XB12S, and to 16.7 litres for the Lightning Long XB12Ss.

Buell Lightning XB12Ss

Street Performance


Each Lightning model is powered by the Buell Thunderstorm, a 45-degree air/oil/fan-cooled V-Twin engine tuned to deliver the broad powerband and tyretwisting torque that’s perfect for real-world street performance. Both the 83-hp Thunderstorm 984 and 100-hp Thunderstorm 1203 cc feature electronic fuel injection for precise throttle control.

The Thunderstorm 1203 cc engine also features Buell InterActive Exhaust, which utilises a valve in the dual-chamber muffler that is controlled by the ECM and adjusts exhaust flow according to riding conditions to smooth torque delivery and optimise engine power.

The Buell Trilogy of Technology design principles – frame rigidity, mass centralisation and low unsprung weight – contribute to the performance of each Lightning model. Fuel is carried in the massive aluminium frame, engine oil is carried in the swingarm, and the muffler is located below the engine, all in an effort to centralise mass and lower the center of gravity. The Buell Uniplanar engine mounting system reduces vibration to the rider and increases frame rigidity by utilising the engine as a stressed member of the chassis.

The Buell Zero Torsional Load (ZTL) front brake features a single 375mm rotor mounted near the wheel rim, gripped by a six-piston caliper. Because braking forces are transmitted directly from the rim to the rotor, torsional load at the front wheel is virtually eliminated and brake feel and control is enhanced.

Reduced torsional load permits the use of a very lightweight cast aluminium front wheel for a significant reduction in unsprung weight and steering inertia. A lightweight drive belt reduces unsprung weight at the rear.

Premium suspension components include a Showa upside-down fork adjustable for pre-load, compression and rebound damping and a fully adjustable Showa coil-over rear shock.

Buell Lightning XB12Ss

Features


An extended swingarm and increased fork rake give the new Lightning Long a 1360 mm wheelbase, 40 mm longer than the Lightning XB12S. Fork rake is increased from 21 to 22 degrees and trail goes from 84 mm to 119 mm.

The result is a streetfighter with more relaxed handling and expanded ergonomics better suited to taller riders. The tail section is longer and the seat is taller and wider, and offers more room for a passenger. There’s also a larger under-seat storage compartment. Larger frame side panels give the Lightning Long a fuel-inframe capacity of 16.7 litres.

Buell InterActive Exhaust, a valve in the dual-chamber muffler controlled by the ECM that adjusts exhaust flow, gives the Thunderstorm 1203 cc V-Twin engine smooth torque delivery and optimised power. Like all Buell motorcycles, the handling remains quick and responsive.

It is offered in Sunset Orange with Sunset Orange wheels, Midnight Black with Translucent Amber wheels, and Thrust Blue with Translucent Amber wheels, all with a Graphite Grey frame.

Buell Lightning XB12Ss

SPECS


(US Imperial)

MSRP: $10,495
Dimensions:

  • Overall Length: 79.6 in
  • Overall Height without mirrors: 42.1 in

Seat Height:

  • Laden: 30.5 in
  • Width: 29.7 in

Ground Clearance: 4.66 in
Rake:

  • Steering Head: 23.5º
  • Fork Angle: 22º
  • Trail: 4.7 in
  • Wheelbase: 53.9 in
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.4 gal
  • Fuel Capacity: DDFI - Low Fuel Indicator Light 0.83 gal
  • Oil Capacity: 2.5 qts
  • Primary Fluid Capacity: 1 qts

Weight:
Dry Weight: 400 lbs
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating: 850 lbs
Load Carrying Capacity: 372 lbs

ENGINE
Thunderstorm® 1203cc Air/Oil/fan-cooled, four-stroke, 45º V-Twin
Displacement: 73.4 in³
Bore: 3.5 in
Stroke: 3.812 in
Peak Engine Torque: 84 ft-lb
Peak Engine Torque: 6000 RPM
Peak Horsepower: 103 hp
Peak Horsepower: 6800 RPM
Oil Sump: (Wet or Dry) Dry
Cooling System Type: (Air, Air/Oil or Liquid) Air/Oil
Fuel System: (Carburated or DDFI) DDFI II
Intake: Throttle Configuration and Bore Diameter Downdraft 49mm, single-piece design
Compression Ratio: 10.0:1

Drive train
Primary drive type:
Chain
Primary drive ratio: 1.500 (57/38)
Secondary Drive Type: Constant path, 14mm pitch aramid-reinforced Goodyear® Hibrex® belt with Flexten® Plus technology
Secondary Drive Ratio: 2.407 (65/27)
Clutch Type: Wet, multiplate, compensated, reduced lever effort
Transmission Type: 5-speed, Helical gear
Transmission Ratio:

  • 1st: 2.648
  • 2nd: 1.892
  • 3rd: 1.407
  • 4th: 1.166
  • 5th: 1


Chassis
Front Brake System:
ZTL™ Braking System
Front Rotor and Caliper Configuration: 6-piston, fixed caliper. Single-sided, inside-out, floating rotor
Front Rotor Size: OD 14.77 in
Front Rotor Size: Width 0.2 in
Rear Rotor and Caliper Configuration: Single-piston, floating caliper. Fixed rotor
Rear Rotor Size: OD 9.45 in
Rear Rotor Size: Width 0.2 in
Rear Suspension Type and Configuration: Showa® Fully adjustable, coil-over monoshock with remote, underseat reservoir
Front Fork and Suspension: Showa® inverted fork with adjustable compression damping, rebound damping and spring preload
Front Fork Slider Tube Diameter: 1.69 in
Suspension:

  • Front Wheel: Along Fork Line 4.72 in
  • Rear Wheel: Vertical 4.97 in

Lean Angle at Full Suspension Compression: Soft Contact, Left 42º
Lean Angle at Full Suspension Compression: Soft Contact, Right 42º
Lean Angle at Full Suspension Compression: Hard Contact, Left 48º
Lean Angle at Full Suspension Compression: Hard Contact, Right 50º
Frame: Aluminum frame with Uniplanar™ Powertrain vibration isolation system - Expanded capacity
Swingarm: Extended XB Cast aluminum swingarm with detachable brace
Exhaust System: InterActive, Mass centralized muffler mounted under the bike
Muffler Finish: Black muffler body with brushed cast stainless steel outlet finisher
Wheels and tires:

  • Front Tire: Dunlop® D208FW
  • Rear Tire: Dunlop® D208M
  • Tire Size Designator Front: 120/70 ZR-17
  • Tire Size Designator: Rear: 180/55 ZR-17

Wheel Type:

  • Front: 6-spoke, ZTL™ Braking System, cast aluminum front wheel. Translucent Amber
  • Rear: 6-spoke, cast-aluminum rear wheel. Translucent Amber

Wheel Size:

  • Front: 3.5x17 (width x dia) (in)
  • Rear: 5.5x17 (width x dia) (in)


Elecrical:
Battery Type: Sealed Lead Acid, maintenance-free, 12-volt, 12 amp-hour (per Battery Council International rating), 200 cca
Charging System: 38-amp permanent magnet 3-phase alternator with solid-state regulator (481 watts@3,000 rpm, 494 watts peak)
Starter System: 1.2 kW electric with Bendix-type engagement
Headlamp Type and Wattages: (high and low) Twin quartz Halogen (H7) 55-watt low beam. 5-watt position lamp (EUR, ENG, JPN, AUS)
Tail Light Wattages: 21w stop, 5w running
Turn Signal Lights Type: (manual or self-canceling) and Wattage Manual canceling, 10w
License Plate Lamp Wattage 5w
High Beam Indicator Lamp Available: Yes
Neutral Indicator Lamp Available: Yes
Oil Indicator Lamp Available: Yes
Low Fuel Indicator Lamp Available: Yes, plus odometer shows miles traveled on reserve
Turn Signals Indicator Lamp Available: Yes
Hazard Warning Indicator Lamp Available: No
Engine Diagnostics Indicator Lamp Available: Yes
Speedometer/Odometer Type: Electronic
Resettable Tripmeter Available: Yes, dual
Tachometer Available: Yes
Additional Electronic Features: Clock, auto fuel counter

Miscellaneous
Under Seat Trunk Available:
Yes
Tool Kit Available: Yes
Luggage or Protective racks: N/A
Tie-Down Hooks: Yes

Colors
Body Work: Sunset Orange, Midnight Black, Thrust Blue
Frame: Graphite Grey
Wheels: Sunset Orange (Sunset Orange), Translucent Amber (Midnight Black, Thrust Blue)
Engine: Silver Cylinders, Heads and Cases with Magnesium Tone Clutch and Cam Covers, Black Derby, Inspection, Pushrod Covers and Black Clutch and Cam cover perimeter fasteners
Warranty: 24 months / unlimited mileage

METRIC

Dimensions
Overall Length: 2023 mm
Overall Height without mirrors: 1091 mm
Seat Height:
Laden: 775 mm
Width: 755 mm
Ground Clearance: 118 mm

Rake:
Steering Head: 23.5º
Fork Angle: 22º
Trail: 119 mm
Wheelbase: 1369 mm
Fuel Capacity: 16.7 liters
Fuel Capacity: DDFI - Low Fuel Indicator Light 3.1 liters
Oil Capacity: 2.4 liters
Primary Fluid Capacity: 0.9 liters
Weight:

  • Dry Weight: 181 kg
  • Gross Vehicle Weight Rating: 386 kg
  • Load Carrying Capacity: 169 kg


Engine
Thunderstorm® 1203cc Air/Oil/fan-cooled, four-stroke, 45º V-Twin
Displacement: 1203 cm³
Bore: 88.9 mm
Stroke: 96.82 mm
Peak Engine Torque: 113.9 N-m
Peak Engine Torque: 6000 RPM
Peak Horsepower: 76.8 kW
Peak Horsepower: 6800 RPM
Oil Sump: (Wet or Dry) Dry
Cooling System Type:  Air/Oil
Fuel System: DDFI II
Intake: Throttle Configuration and Bore Diameter Downdraft 49mm, single-piece design
Compression Ratio: 10.0:1

Drive train
Primary Drive Type: Chain
Primary Drive Ratio: 1.500 (57/38)
Secondary Drive Type: Constant path, 14mm pitch aramid-reinforced Goodyear® Hibrex® belt with Flexten® Plus technology
Secondary Drive Ratio: 2.407 (65/27)
Clutch Type: Wet, multiplate, compensated, reduced lever effort
Transmission Type: 5-speed, Helical gear
Transmission Ratio
:

  • 1st: 2.648
  • 2nd: 1.892
  • 3rd: 1.407
  • 4th: 1.166
  • 5th: 1


Chassis
Front Brake System:
ZTL™ Braking System
Front Rotor and Caliper Configuration: 6-piston, fixed caliper. Single-sided, inside-out, floating rotor
Front Rotor Size: OD 375 mm
Front Rotor Size: Width 5 mm
Rear Brake System:
Rear Rotor and Caliper Configuration: Single-piston, floating caliper. Fixed rotor
Rear Rotor Size: OD 240 mm
Rear Rotor Size: Width 5 mm
Rear Suspension Type and Configuration: Showa® Fully adjustable, coil-over monoshock with remote, underseat reservoir
Front Fork and Suspension: Showa® inverted fork with adjustable compression damping, rebound damping and spring preload
Front Fork: Slider Tube Diameter 43 mm
Suspension Travel: Front Wheel, Along Fork Line 120 mm
Suspension Travel: Rear Wheel, Vertical 126 mm
Lean Angle at Full Suspension Compression: Soft Contact, Left 42º
Lean Angle at Full Suspension Compression: Soft Contact, Right 42º
Lean Angle at Full Suspension Compression: Hard Contact, Left 48º
Lean Angle at Full Suspension Compression: Hard Contact, Right 50º
Frame: Aluminum frame with Uniplanar™ Powertrain vibration isolation system - Expanded capacity
Swingarm: Extended XB Cast aluminum swingarm with detachable brace
Exhaust System: InterActive, Mass centralized muffler mounted under the bike
Muffler Finish: Black muffler body with brushed cast stainless steel outlet finisher

Wheels and tires
Front Tire:
Dunlop® D208FW
Rear Tire: Dunlop® D208M
Tire Size Designator: Front 120/70 ZR-17
Tire Size Designator: Rear 180/55 ZR-17
Wheel Type: Front 6-spoke, ZTL™ Braking System, cast aluminum front wheel. Translucent Amber
Wheel Type: Rear 6-spoke, cast-aluminum rear wheel. Translucent Amber
Wheel Size: Front 3.5x17 (in)
Wheel Size: Rear 5.5x17 (in)

Electrical
Battery Type: Sealed Lead Acid, maintenance-free, 12-volt, 12 amp-hour (per Battery Council International rating), 200 cca
Charging System:
38-amp permanent magnet 3-phase alternator with solid-state regulator (481 watts@3,000 rpm, 494 watts peak)
Starter System: 1.2 kW electric with Bendix-type engagement
Headlamp Type and Wattages: Twin quartz Halogen (H7) 55-watt low beam. 5-watt position lamp (EUR, ENG, JPN, AUS)
Tail Light Wattages: 21w stop, 5w running
Turn Signal Lights Type: (manual or self-canceling) and Wattage Manual canceling, 10w
License Plate Lamp Wattage 5w
High Beam Indicator Lamp Available: Yes
Neutral Indicator Lamp Available: Yes
Oil Indicator Lamp Available: Yes
Low Fuel Indicator Lamp Available: Yes, plus odometer shows miles traveled on reserve
Turn Signals Indicator Lamp Available: Yes
Hazard Warning Indicator Lamp Available: No
Engine Diagnostics Indicator Lamp Available: Yes
Speedometer/Odometer Type: Electronic
Resettable Tripmeter Available: Yes, dual
Tachometer Available: Yes
Additional Electronic Features: Clock, auto fuel counter

Miscellaneous
Under Seat Trunk Available: Yes
Windscreen or Flyscreen:
Flyscreen
Tool Kit Available: Yes
Luggage or Protective racks: N/A
Tie-Down Hooks: Yes

Colors
Body Work: Sunset Orange, Midnight Black, Thrust Blue
Frame: Graphite Grey
Wheels: Sunset Orange (Sunset Orange), Translucent Amber (Midnight Black, Thrust Blue)
Engine: Silver Cylinders, Heads and Cases with Magnesium Tone Clutch and Cam Covers, Black Derby, Inspection, Pushrod Covers and Black Clutch and Cam cover perimeter fasteners
MSRP: $10,495



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