Driving report Buell Lightning Long XB12Ss


Driving report Buell Lightning Long XB12Ss

Sooner or later

Driving a Buell is a pleasure ?? for people of guard size so far rather a short one. The XB12Ss offers more space and some technical updates.

If you want to drive what all
others drive … okay. ”The words of Buell company founder Erik B.uell exude self-confidence. Want to convince that the conventional way doesn’t always have to be the right one. And that’s exactly how the 55-year-old designed his motorcycles. Unusual and unorthodox. Petrol in the bridge frame, engine oil in the rear wheel swing arm, silencer under the engine block, toothed belt instead of chain, short wheelbase, steep steering head ?? in order to
To put the beefy 1200 V2 bumper motor between the wheels of this high-tech construction.
A combination that polarizes? and excited many. Driving Buell has something. No doubt, it turns on when a good 100 hp jerks the front wheel upwards or the last few meters before each traffic light mutate into a stoppie training slope. Fans ?? at least those over 1.80 meters? To do this, like to fold up on the compact bike, experience the pleasure of two cast wheels lurking squat.
But the Buell driving experience should be accessible to both tall and calmer people in the future? with the Lightning Long XB 12Ss. The
Thanks to the new big enduro Ulysses (MOTORRD 20/2005). Because their frame with 1.5 degrees flatter steering head, 51
The sister model of the XB12S adapts a millimeter longer swing arm and the resulting four centimeter longer wheelbase.
The first seat test confirms: That
Relationship with Buell is literally relaxed. The extended rear end with a higher and flatter seat finally creates space for those with a guard size to choose their seats and no longer wedges them between the rump and the superbike handlebars. Press on the button, the Big Twin thunders away sonorous. Gear in. What is noticeable: The clutch of the 2006 model requires noticeably less manual force thanks to a modified release mechanism.
Here we go. The engine, derived in its origins from the Harley Sportster engine, pushes properly. Quite Buell-like even with a certain amount of revving. Second, third, fourth, fifth gear. There was something? Right. Inclined instead of straight toothed gears, which are coupled via sliding sleeves instead of sliding gears, allow the gears to engage more gently and precisely compared to the previous Buell gears.
And it has to be switched frequently. At least where driving a Buell is most fun: on small and very small roads, with tight and tight corners? on which the changed chassis geometry is by no means as noticeable as the technical data suggests. Because the American is still swinging from curve to curve with relish, staying on the straights
a tad quieter than its short sister, is well coordinated on the suspension side, but still needs a tight hand on the handlebars because it lets itself be turned a little stubbornly.
Buell fans know this character. And they like this combination of
Extremes. Let everyone else do something
drive different.

Technical specifications

Engine: air-cooled two-cylinder four-stroke 45-degree V-engine, crankshaft lying transversely, four underneath, gear-driven camshafts, two valves per cylinder, hydraulic valve lifters, bumpers, rocker arms, dry sump lubrication, injection, Ø 49 mm, alternator 520 W, battery 12 V / 12 Ah, mechanically operated multi-disc oil bath clutch, five-speed gearbox, toothed belt.

Bore x stroke 88.9 x 96.8 mm

Cubic capacity 1202 cm³

Compression ratio 10.0: 1
rated capacity
74.6 kW (101 hp) at 6600 rpm

Max. Torque
110 Nm at 6000 rpm

Chassis: Bridge frame made of aluminum, screwed rear frame, upside-down fork, Ø 43 mm, adjustable spring base, rebound and compression damping, two-arm swing arm made of aluminum, central spring strut, directly hinged, adjustable spring base, rebound and compression damping, internal disc brake at the front, Ø 375 mm, six-piston fixed caliper, rear disc brake, Ø 240 mm, single-piston floating caliper.
Cast aluminum wheels 3.50 x 17; 5.50 x 17
Tires 120/70 ZR 17; 180/55 ZR 17

Dimensions and weights: wheelbase 1360 mm, steering head angle 66.5 degrees, caster 119 mm, spring travel f / r 120/126 mm, seat height 775 mm, weight with a full tank 216 kg, load 169 kg, tank capacity / reserve 16.7 / 3 liters.

Two year guarantee
Colors blue, orange, black
Price 11,249 euros
Additional costs 310 euros

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