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2010 Buell Lightning XB12Ss/XB12Scg/XB9SX


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Buell has recently launched the 2010 lineup and the implicit press release for it. From there, we’re caught up by the Lightning series, one that is diversified and so allows different categories of riders to find their place on one of the three models available: the XB12Ss, XB12Scg and XB9SX.

 

PRESS RELEASE

The Buell® riding experience embodies radical designs and intuitive performance that rewards uncompromising riders. From the race track to the back road, a Buell® motorcycle will take any path necessary to put its rider out front because Buell believes a deep bond between rider and machine is the essence of motorcycling.

Buell maintains its defiant stance in 2010 with a versatile line-up of motorcycles designed to inspire riders to achieve ultimate performance. For the street, the 1125CR™ café racer with new upright handlebars, and the extended XB Lightning® line-up for Europe – including the new Lightning® CityX XB12SX motorcycle – are now packing more style and power than ever. In the sportbike category, in a nod to Buell’s increasing victories and success on track, riders will see even more of Buell’s convention-breaking liquid-cooled 1125R™. For adventures that go way beyond the road, the Ulysses® XB12 range sees various upgrades make it the most exhilarating ride yet.

Buell Lightning XB12Ss/XB12Scg/XB9SX


“The story of Buell® motorcycles shows that great things can happen with creativity, vision and hard work,” said Erik Buell, Chief Technical Officer, Buell Motorcycle Company. “A dream that started with a few of us getting our hands dirty in garages and on racetracks in the 1980s is now providing riders with quality American-built motorcycles and winning at the top levels of AMA Pro Racing.”

In 2010 Buell continues to focus on the ride with the addition of features like front brake master cylinder piston seals and rotor mountings, LED taillights and rear turn signals, oxygen sensors and tyres, as well as new graphics and bodywork. Whether it’s the 1125cc Helicon® liquid-cooled, four-stroke, fuel-injected 72-degree V-Twin engine or the 1203cc Thunderstorm™ air/oil/fan-cooled, four-stroke, fuel-injected 45-degree V-Twin engine, Buell blends original design with productive power and dynamic performance for a light and tight ride.

Always willing to challenge conventional motorcycle design with leading edge innovations like fuel in the frame, oil in the swing arm or a perimeter-mounted front brake, Buell continues to give its riders what they want in a performance sport bike. The Buell Trilogy of Technology principles of low unsprung weight, mass centralisation and chassis rigidity have long guided the Buell ruthless approach to motorcycle engineering. This approach ensures that riding a Buell motorcycle is a fully satisfying experience, whether weaving through the city streets, taking on a tight corner on the track, or tackling off road terrain.


2010 Buell Highlights

Buell Lightning XB12Ss/XB12Scg/XB9SX

 

Out in the Street

For those looking for a bike with agile handling, as well as serious torque and acceleration for real urban power, MY10 sees the introduction of the new Lightning® CityX XB12SX. Receiving its debut in Europe, the XB12SX marries the sheer power of the Thunderstorm™ 1203cc V-Twin engine with Buell’s popular Lightning CityX XB9SX chassis and suspension, inspired by the needs of today’s urban rider. Delivering a whopping 104 Nm/ 77 ft lbs of torque, the bike is available in Valencia Orange Translucent & Hero Blue Translucent, both with black wheels.

Meanwhile the Lightning® CityX XB9SX, is readier than ever for a street fight, with the broad, smooth power of its Thunderstorm™ 984 V-Twin engine, wind deflectors, frame pucks, headlight grille, airbox cover X-guard and new Designer Black wheels. Features such as the upright rider position, wide Supermoto style handle bars and intuitive handling help the Lightning CityX XB9SX and XB12SX dodge through back streets and effortlessly pull away from the traffic – enabling the ultimate urban riding experience.

Buell® XB Lightning® streetfighters, powered by an air/oil/fan-cooled Thunderstorm V-Twin engine, have a ferocious look with new airbox cover graphics added to blacked-out frame, forks, engine and other components. Lightning XB models receive new oxygen sensor with updated calibration, fuel pump and sensor, front brake piston seal and LED taillight, and front and rear turn signals. The XB12Ss with supermoto-inspired long suspension has size, comfort and convenience, and the Lightning® XB12Scg road-hugging suspension for a low centre of gravity.

As a modern café racer, the Buell® 1125CR™ motorcycle is powered by a 146-hp, liquid-cooled Helicon® 1125 V-Twin engine with Buell Intuitive Response Chassis (IRC), new upright tapered aluminium streetfighter handlebar, and new graphics to deliver top sportbike handling in style. Final-drive gearing optimises acceleration and performance, along with new water pump bearing, front brake piston seals and rear wheel bearings and axle. The 1125CR will be available in Arctic White, Midnight Black or new Racing Red bodywork.

Taking it to the Track

Buell Lightning XB12Ss/XB12Scg/XB9SX

Whether on the street or the track, Buell® sportbikes are engineered for high levels of performance and handling – providing a ride no less exhilarating than a bike built specifically for racing. This is perfectly illustrated by the Buell® 1125R™. European sport performance riders will see more of this convention-breaking, large capacity sport motorcycle in 2010. With its 72 degree liquid-cooled V-Twin 1125cc BRP-Rotax® engine – exclusively designed to Buell specifications; all-new Buell IRC (Intuitive Response Chassis) - the stiffest chassis ever offered by Buell; Quiet Zone™ aerodynamics; and fully-adjustable Showa® piggyback suspension, the 1125R™ motorcycle offers power, torque, handling and agility that takes its owner to a new level of riding experience. Available in Arctic White, Racing Red or Midnight Black bodywork and with distinctive styling that leaves many of its mechanical components exposed, the bike has a uniquely aggressive look. This is further enhanced by an athletic riding position allowig for unparalleled comfort whilst in pursuit of superior street or track performance.

On and off road

The sport-touring Buell® Ulysses® XB12XT and the versatile, all-road Ulysses® XB12X are equally exhilarating rides in the Buell Adventure Sportbike category. Both Ulysses models feature a new right-side air scoop, fan shroud, header shield, and ECM calibration that work together to reduce heat and improve rider comfort.

Light and agile on any kind of road, the Ulysses XB12X is equipped with a broad, usable Thunderstorm™ 1203cc V-Twin engine, rugged protective features like frame pucks, headlight grille and wind deflectors. The XB12X has a new blacked out Phantom Metallic frame, swingarm, and footrest supports, and triple clamps, as well as new Sunfire Yellow bodywork and smoked windscreen. The Ulysses XB12XT is ready to carve the continents on new Pirelli® Angel ST tyres with side and top cases, heated grips and a tall windscreen. Both Ulysses models feature the patented Triple Tail™ system that adjusts between three functional positions.


 

Buell Lightning Long XB12Ss

Buell Lightning XB12Ss/XB12Scg/XB9SX

 

Model Highlights

New Master cylinder piston seals for improved brake feel
New LED taillight
New Clear-lens front and rear turn signals
New Thin-film airbox graphics and fly cut brake logos
New Second oxygen sensor and updated EFI calibration improves fuel economy and drivability
New Pirelli Scorpion Sync tires
New Battery tender plug
• Buell® ZTL2™ four-pad, eight-piston front brake
• Blacked-out engine, frame, forks and other components
• Extended swingarm
• Cosmetic frame protectors
• Wide, flat-track style handlebar
• Minimal front flyscreen
• Sculpted Streetfighter seat
• Twin quartz halogen headlamps
• Upright, athletic riding position

Key Features

The Lightning® Long XB12Ss delivers true classic American brute performance and the bold, edgy look of the original Lightning XB12S, with stretched chassis dimensions and ergonomics for more size, comfort and convenience. Supermoto-inspired long-travel suspension, aggressive streetfighter styling and American V-Twin muscle earn top marks for handling.
Buell Lightning models and the new 1125CR™ are at the core of what Buell is all about – pure performance with a broad, seamless power delivery in a stripped down, raw and aggressive package.
Each Buell model is designed utilizing the Buell Trilogy of Technology™ – chassis rigidity, centralized mass, and low unsprung weight – to produce a motorcycle which responds instantly to rider input.
• Buell Thunderstorm® 1203cc air/oil/fancooled 45-degree V-Twin engine with DDFI 3 Electronic Fuel Injection ECM
• Fuel in Frame Intuitive Response Chassis
• Rigid cast-aluminum swingarm doubles as engine oil reservoir
• Eight-row oil cooler with Jiffy-tite fittings
• Goodyear® Hibrex® final drive belt with Flexten Plus technology with a constant-tension pulley for smoother on/off throttle transitions
• Underslung Buell InterActive Exhaust
• 6-spoke, cast aluminum wheels
• Steel braided brake lines
• Fully adjustable 43 mm Showa inverted fork
• Fully adjustable Showa rear shock absorber
• Adjustable hand controls

SPECIFICATIONS

Dimensions
Length (in./mm): 81.90/2080.0
Seat Height (laden) (in./mm): 30.60/776.0
Ground Clearance (in./mm): 5.50/140.0
Rake: 23.1º
Fork Angle: 21.6º
Lean Angle (right/left)
Soft: 44º/44º
Hard: 53º/46º
Trail (in./mm): 4.70/119.0
Wheelbase (in./mm): 54.0/1372.0
Fuel Capacity (U.S. gals/liters): 4.40/16.70
Weight as Shipped (lbs./kg): 400/181
Powertrain
Engine: Thunderstorm® 1203 air/oil/fan-cooled, 4-stroke, 45º V-twin
Displacement (in./cm): 73.40/1203
Fuel System: DDFI 3
Transmission: 5-speed, Helical gear design
Color Options: Cherry Bomb Translucid, Kick Ash Translucid, Midnight Black
U.S. MSRP
Cherry Bomb Translucid: $10,799
Kick Ash Translucid: $10,799
Midnight Black: $10,299

 

Buell Lightning XB12Scg

Buell Lightning XB12Ss/XB12Scg/XB9SX

 

Model Highlights

New Master cylinder piston seals for improved brake feel
New LED taillight
New Clear-lens front and rear turn signals
New Thin-film airbox graphics and fly cut brake logos
New Second oxygen sensor and updated EFI calibration improves fuel economy and drivability
New Pirelli Scorpion Sync tires
New Battery tender plug
• Buell ZTL2™ four-pad, eight-piston front brake
• Blacked-out engine, frame, forks and other components
• Cosmetic frame protectors
• Wide, flat-track style handlebar
• Minimal front flyscreen
• Lowered and re-shaped sculpted Streetfighter seat
• Lowered front and rear suspension
• Twin quartz halogen headlamps
• Upright, athletic riding position

Key Features

The XB12Scg features a lowered suspension and seat for a lower center of gravity and a shorter reach to the ground with no compromise to handling or performance. Streetfighter styling and potent American V-Twin power keeps the aggression mean and low.
Buell Lightning models and the new 1125CR™ are at the core of what Buell is all about – pure performance with a broad, seamless power delivery in a stripped down, raw and aggressive package.
Each Buell model is designed utilizing the Buell Trilogy of Technology™ – chassis rigidity, centralized mass, and low unsprung weight – to produce a motorcycle which responds instantly to rider input.
• Buell Thunderstorm® 1203cc air/oil/fancooled 45-degree V-Twin engine with DDFI 3 Electronic Fuel Injection ECM
• Fuel in Frame Intuitive Response Chassis
• Rigid cast-aluminum swingarm doubles as engine oil reservoir
• Eight-row oil cooler with Jiffy-tite fittings
• Goodyear® Hibrex® final drive belt with Flexten Plus technology with a constant-tension pulley for smoother on/off throttle transitions
• Underslung Buell InterActive Exhaust
• 6-spoke, cast aluminum wheels
• Steel braided brake lines
• Fully adjustable 43 mm Showa inverted fork
• Fully adjustable Showa rear shock absorber
• Adjustable hand controls

SPECIFICATIONS

Dimensions
Length (in./mm): 76.80/1950.0
Seat Height (laden) (in./mm): 28.60/726.0
Ground Clearance (in./mm): 3.55/90.0
Rake: 21º
Fork Angle: 21º
Lean Angle (right/left)
Soft: 42º/42º
Hard: 50º/48º
Trail (in./mm): 3.3/83.0
Wheelbase (in./mm): 51.70/1313.0
Fuel Capacity (U.S. gals/liters): 3.82/14.50
Weight as Shipped (lbs./kg): 395.0/179.0
Powertrain
Engine: Thunderstorm® 1203 air/oil/fan-cooled, 4-stroke, 45º V-twin
Displacement (in./cm): 73.40/1203
Fuel System: DDFI III
Transmission: 5-speed, Helical gear design
Color Options: Cherry Bomb Translucid, Kick Ash Translucid, Midnight Black
U.S. MSRP
Cherry Bomb Translucid $10,799
Kick Ash Translucid $10,799
Midnight Black $10,299

 

Buell Lightning CityX

Buell Lightning XB12Ss/XB12Scg/XB9SX

 

Model Highlights

New Kick Ash Translucid color choice
New LED taillight
New Clear-lens front and rear turn signals
New Thin-film airbox graphics
New Second oxygen sensor and updated EFI calibration improves fuel economy and drivability
New Battery tender plug
• Buell® ZTL™ six-piston front brake
• Blacked-out engine, frame, forks and other components
• Pirelli Scorpion Sync tires combine street-sport and off-road technology
• Cosmetic frame protectors
• Supermoto-style crossbar handlebar with deflectors
• Minimal front flyscreen
• X-Guard protects airbox cover
• Sculpted Streetfighter seat
• Twin quartz halogen headlamps with grille
• Upright, athletic riding position

Key Features

The Lightning® CityX is an urban streetfighter designed to handle whatever the big city throws your way. The quick-revving Buell® Thunderstorm® 984cc V-Twin engine offers broad power to pull through traffic, while an upright rider position, wide Supermoto-style handlebars and intuitive handling help the CityX scat around potholes and dodge through back alleys.
Buell Lightning models and the new 1125CR™ are at the core of what Buell is all about – pure performance with a broad, seamless power delivery in a stripped down, raw and aggressive package.
Each Buell model is designed utilizing the Buell Trilogy of Technology™ – chassis rigidity, centralized mass, and low unsprung weight – to produce a motorcycle which responds instantly to rider input.
• Buell Thunderstorm 984cc air/oil/fancooled 45-degree V-Twin engine with DDFI 3 Electronic Fuel Injection ECM
• Fuel in Frame Intuitive Response Chassis
• Rigid cast-aluminum swingarm doubles as engine oil reservoir
• Eight-row oil cooler with Jiffy-tite fittings
• Goodyear® Hibrex® final drive belt with Flexten Plus technology with a constant-tension pulley for smoother on/off throttle transitions
• Underslung exhaust
• 6-spoke, cast aluminum wheels
• Steel braided brake lines
• Fully adjustable 43 mm Showa inverted fork
• Fully adjustable Showa rear shock absorber
• Adjustable hand controls

SPECIFICATIONS

Dimensions
Length (in./mm): 78.20/1985.0
Seat Height (laden) (in./mm): 30.10/765.0
Ground Clearance (in./mm): 4.35/110.0
Rake: 21º
Fork Angle: 21º
Lean Angle (right/left)
Soft: 42º/42º
Hard: 50º/48º
Trail (in./mm): 3.30/83.0
Wheelbase (in./mm): 51.90/1318.0
Fuel Capacity (U.S. gals/liters): 3.82/14.50
Weight as Shipped (lbs./kg): 390/177
Powertrain
Engine: Thunderstorm® 984 cc air/oil/fan-cooled, four-stroke, 45º V-twin
Displacement (in./cm): 60.0/984
Fuel System: DDFI 3
Transmission: 5-speed, Helical gear design
Color Options: Cherry Bomb Translucid, Kick Ash Translucid
U.S. MSRP
Cherry Bomb Translucid $8,999
Kick Ash Translucid $8,999



1 comments:

Test riding the three models would great to see which one is better.smiley

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