Driving report Buell XB9SX CityX


Driving report
Buell XB9SX CityX

Drive into the blue

Erik Buell obviously has the blues, his motorcycles now come in blue: The XB12 models in “Thrust Blue” and the XB9SX CityX in “Hero Blue” with translucent plastic parts and cross handlebars.

Buell already has what KTM wants to bring: a fun bike with a fat V2 drive. The latest versions, XB12S and R, impressed with theirs
rich torque, which recently suffered interest in the more revving 9 series
a little. That’s why Erik Buell now has
hatched a peppy facelift that off
immediately in the form of the Lightning XB9SX CityX goes on sale.
It looks really cool: translucent plastic parts for the tank cover and windshield, plus hand protectors, a protective grille in front of the headlights and a wider handlebar with cross brace. The viewer reveals the direction immediately: a cool mix of supermoto, fun bike and street fighter.
The technique was only detailed
optimized. The Buell connoisseur immediately notices that the gears run a little better. Thanks to fine-tuning of the engine management system, this does not escape this-
direct load change. The fork grew in diameter by two millimeters, which is of little benefit to the steering precision. Device for sporty driving
Occasionally they stumble, harder springs from the range of accessories could help.
The new tires are much more important
at all Buells: The 12er now finally rolls on Dunlop D 208, which makes it cornering
runs considerably more smoothly than with the idiosyncratic D 207. The Pirelli Scorpion Sync on the CityX leave a similarly good impression with slightly less grip in handling.
The two millimeter thicker seat and the wider handlebars ensure a more active sitting position. Short-legged ones, however, dangle their feet in the air, but there is also something: Beside
the lower seat of the 12 is found
an extra flat bench in the accessories list. The best comes for last: With 9280 euros, the CityX keeps a proper distance from the 12er (11500 euros).

Technical data – BUELL Lightning XB9SX CityX

Engine: air-cooled two-cylinder four-stroke 45 degree V engine, Kur-
Belwelle lying transversely, a balancer shaft, four chain-driven camshafts below, two valves per cylinder, hydraulic valve lifters, bumpers, rocker arms, dry sump lubrication, injection,
Ø 45 mm, no exhaust gas cleaning, 520 W alternator, battery
12 V / 12 Ah, primary drive via triplex chain, mechanically operated multi-disc oil bath clutch, five-speed gearbox, toothed belt.
Bore x stroke 88.9 x 79.4 mm
Cubic capacity 985 cm3
Compression ratio 10.0: 1

Rated output 62 kW (84 hp) at 7400 rpm

Max. Torque 86 Nm at 5600 rpm

Chassis: Bridge frame with integrated fuel tank made of aluminum, screwed rear frame, upside-down fork, Ø 43 mm, adjustable 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 1320 mm, steering head angle
69 degrees, caster 83 mm, spring travel f / h 119/127 mm, seat height 765 mm, weight with full tank 205 kg, payload 180 kg, tank capacity /
Reserve 14/3 liters.

Two year guarantee
colour blue
Price 9279 euros
Additional costs 310 euros

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