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2009 Buell Lightning XB12Ss
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2009 Buell Lightning XB12Ss
2009 Buell Lightning XB12Ss

2009 Buell Lightning XB12Ss
2009 Buell Lightning XB12Ss

2009 Buell Lightning XB12Ss
2009 Buell Lightning XB12Ss

2009 Buell Lightning XB12Ss
2009 Buell Lightning XB12Ss

2009 Buell Lightning XB12Ss
2009 Buell Lightning XB12Ss

2009 Buell Lightning XB12Ss
2009 Buell Lightning XB12Ss

- 2009 Buell Lightning XB12Ss

2009 Buell Lightning XB12Ss

With a 53.7-inch wheelbase, the Lightning Long XB12Ss offers an expanded cockpit for the rider, a larger passenger position and 4.4-gallon fuel-in-frame capacity for extended range. For 2009, the suspension is upgraded to offer the supermoto-like handling previously found on the Lightning Super TT, with front and rear travel extended to 5.6 inches. A new, sculpted Streetfighter saddle maintains seat height at 30.6 inches and covers a handy storage compartment. The new Buell ZTL2 eight-piston front caliper enhances braking performance. A fuel-injected Buell Thunderstorm 1203 V-Twin engine with Buell InterActive Exhaust pounds out the power. The Lightning Long is available with Midnight Black, Cherry Bomb Translucid, or Hero Blue Translucid bodywork.

 

Buell Lightning XB12Ss highlights

Buell Thunderstorm 1203cc air/oil/fan-cooled four-stroke, 45-degree V-Twin engine
103 peak hp @ 6800 rpm (per SAE J607)
84 ft. lbs. peak torque @ 6000 rpm (per SAE J607)
Buell InterActive Exhaust
DDFI 3 Electronic Fuel Injection ECM
Eight-row oil cooler with Jiffy-tite fittings
New stronger Veyance Hibrex drive belt with Flexten Plus technology
New fully adjustable 43 mm Showa inverted fork with 5.63-inches of travel (was 4.72 inches in 2008)
New fully adjustable Showa rear shock absorber with 5.63 inches of travel (was 4.97 inches in 2008)
New Buell ZTL2 front brake with eight-piston caliper
Dry Weight: 400 pounds
Wheelbase: 53.7 inches
Seat height: 30.6 inches
Fuel in frame 4.4-gallon capacity
Cosmetic Frame Protectors
Pre-Wired for Accessory Heated Grips
Pirelli Diablo T tires
New black engine, frame, swingarm, powertrain and forks





SPECIFICATIONS:

Dimensions
Overall Length6 81.9 in. (2080 mm)
Overall Width8 29.7 in. (755 mm)
Seat Height7 30.6 in. (776 mm)
Ground Clearance6 5.50 in. (140 mm)
Rake7 (steering head) 23.1°
Fork Angle7 21.6°
Lean Angle9:
- Soft Contact, Right 44°
- Soft Contact, Left 44°
- Hard Contact, Right 53°
- Hard Contact, Left 46°
Trail7 4.7 in. (119 mm)
Wheelbase6 53.7 in. (1364 mm)
Tires4 (Pirelli® Diablo® T):
- Front 120/70 ZR-17
- Rear 180/55 ZR-17
Fuel Capacity 4.40 gal. (16.7 L)
Reserve Fuel Capacity 0.83 gal. (3.1 L)
Fuel Economy2 (EPA urban/highway test)
48/65 mpg (4.9/3.6 L/100 km)
Weight:
- Dry Weight 400 lbs. (181 kg)
- Gross Vehicle 850 lbs. (386 kg)
Weight Rating Load Capacity 373 lbs. (169 kg)

Engine
Engine Thunderstorm® air/oil/fan-cooled, 4-stroke, 45° V-Twin
Valves OHV, two valves per cylinder, self-adjusting
Bore x Stroke 3.500 in. x 3.812 in. (88.90 mm x 96.82 mm)
Displacement 73.4 cu. in. (1203 cc)
Compression Ratio 10.0:1
Fuel Delivery 49 mm down draft DDFI III

Fuel injection
Intake Zero-resistance airbox
Exhaust Tuned, tri-pass resonance chamber with InterActive valve and mass-centralized mounting
Torque (North America per SAE J607)
84 ft. lbs. @ 6000 rpm (113.9 nm @ 6000 rpm)
Horsepower (North America per SAE J607)
103 hp @ 6800 rpm
Lubrication Dry-sump
Oil Capacity10 2.5 qts. (2.4 L)
Oil Filtration Screw-on disposable element

Drivetrain
Primary Drive Chain, 1.500:1 (57/38) ratio
Final Drive3 Constant path, 14 mm pitch aramidreinforced
Veyance Hibrex® belt with Flexten® Plus technology, 2.407:1 (65/27) ratio
Clutch Wet, multi-plate, compensated
Transmission 5-speed, helical gear
Gear Ratios:
- 1st 2.648
- 2nd 1.892
- 3rd 1.407
- 4th 1.166
- 5th 1.000

Chassis4
Frame Aluminum frame with Uniplanar™ powertrain vibration isolation system, fuel in frame
Front Forks 43 mm Showa® inverted forks with adjustable compression damping,
rebound damping and spring preload
Rear Shock Showa® coil-over monoshock with remote, under-seat reservoir and adjustable compression damping, rebound damping and spring preload
Wheels:
Cherry Bomb Translucent, Hero Blue Translucent or Designer Black Powdercoat
- Front
6-spoke, ZTL™ cast aluminum, 3.5 in. x 17 in. (88.9 mm x 431.8 mm)
- Rear
6-spoke, cast aluminum, 5.5 in. x 17 in. (139.7 mm x 431.8 mm)
Brakes:
- Front
ZTL2™ brake, 8-piston, fixed caliper; 375 mm single-sided, inside-out, stainless steel, floating rotor
Single-piston, floating caliper;
- Rear 240 mm stainless steel, fixed rotor
Suspension Travel:
- Front Wheel 5.63 in. (143 mm)
- Rear Wheel 5.63 in. (143 mm)

Electric
Battery (per Battery Council International Rating) Sealed lead acid, maintenance-free, 12V, 12-amp/hour, 200 cca
Charging 30-amp, permanent magnet, singlephase alternator with solid-state regulator (405W @3000 rpm, 405W peak)
Starting 1.2 kW electric with solenoid shift starter motor engagement
Lights (as per country regulation):
- Headlamps (twin quartz halogen [H7])
55-watt low beam,
55-watt high beam
- Tail/Stop Lights
5W/21W
- Turn Signal Lights
10W manual canceling
- License Plate Light
5W

Instruments
Electronic speedometer, tachometer, odometer; dual tripmeter; high beam, neutral, oil, low fuel (plus, odometer shows miles traveled on reserve), turn signal and engine diagnostic indicator lamps; clock

Colors5
Cherry Bomb Translucid, Hero Blue Translucid, Midnight Black

Warranty
Warranty 24 months (unlimited mileage)
1 Specifications for non-U.S. markets might differ. Buell reserves the right to
discontinue models or change specifications at any time without incurring any
obligations. Vehicle specifications may vary from country to country depending on
local laws. Some models are not available in certain countries.
2 Based on tests conducted under lab conditions per U.S. E.P.A. test procedures.
Mileage will vary depending on personal riding habits, weather conditions, trip
length and vehicle condition.
3 Hibrex® and Flexten® are registered trademarks of Veyance Technologies, Inc.
4 Showa® and Pirelli® are registered trademarks of their respective owners.
5 Availability may vary from dealer to dealer, and is subject to change without notice.
6 Unladen, wet configuration (no rider, all fluids).
7 Laden, wet configuration (design rider, all fluids).
8 Without mirrors.
9 Bottomed-out configuration (100% suspension compression).
10 Oil capacity at oil change with filter.

 

 

 

Media Press Release:

LIQUID-COOLED 1125CR JOINS BUELL STREET LINE-UP
Sophisticated Aggression from a 21st Century Café Racer

EAST TROY, Wis. (July 22, 2008) – Part superbike and part streetfighter, the 2009 Buell 1125CR combines the soul of the classic café racer with the thrilling performance and advanced technology demanded by today’s most-passionate sportbike riders.

The new 1125CR joins three XB Lightning models in the Buell Street line-up for 2009: The Lightning CityX XB9SX is a quick-revving middleweight designed to negotiate the traffic and potholes of the urban roadscape. The lowered suspension and seat shape of the Lightning XB12Scg offer a shorter reach to the ground with no performance compromise. The Lightning XB12Ss offers an expanded cockpit, low profile sculpted seat and increased suspension travel featured previously on the Lightning Super TT XB12STT. The Super TT and XB12S will not be produced for 2009.

Buell motorcycles are distilled from the three elements of the Buell Trilogy of Technology – mass centralization, chassis rigidity, and low unsprung weight – to produce a motorcycle which responds instantly to rider input. The styling is aggressive and deliberately displays the mechanical elements of Buell’s innovative design. The broad powerband of a Buell V-Twin engine keeps abundant power on tap at all times, in all gears and in any situation.

New on Buell Streetfighters for 2009
Blacked-Out Component Styling – To reinforce the aggressive styling of the Buell Streetfighter line, new black finishes are applied to the frame, swingarm, engine, fork tubes, triple clamps, brake calipers and other components.

ZTL2 Front Brake – XB Lightning models powered by the 1203 Thunderstorm engine are now equipped with the ZTL2 front brake. The eight-piston caliper design offers a larger pad surface, optimizes heat-dissipation capability and allows even pressure distribution over each of the four pads in the caliper. A single 375 mm stainless steel rotor mounted directly to the wheel rim produces outstanding stopping power, weighs less than a dual-disc system, and permits the use of a very lightweight front wheel that helps reduce steering inertia and unsprung weight.

Improved Drive Belt – A new Veyance Hibrex drive belt with Flexten Plus technology, based on the belt developed for the Buell 1125R, is stronger and more durable than the previous drive belt.

Buell 1125CR
Naked styling and clubman-style handlebar give a respectful nod to the nostalgic era of café racers. A 146-hp liquid-cooled V-Twin engine is geared for acceleration. Sinister styling.

Sophisticated technology. The 1125CR, Erik Buell’s 21st century interpretation of the classic café racer, is a new motorcycle that defies convention and expands the streetfigher category in the direction of superbike performance.

Positioned behind the black-anodized, tapered aluminum clubman-style handlebar and streamlined headlight and flyscreen, the rider has a wide-open view forward that intensifies the sensation of speed. With a dry weight of 375 pounds, the 1125CR is the lightest liter-class streetfighter on the market, and combined with 146 horsepower, it offers the best weight-to-horsepower ratio in the category.

The Buell 1125CR offers liquid-cooled technology and responsive handling from a proven platform based on the Buell Trilogy of Tech principles. The Buell Helicon 1125 powertrain provides the foundation for this riding experience. This 1125cc DOHC V-Twin engine features a compact, 72-degree design and is rated at 146 crankshaft horsepower and 82 ft. lbs. of peak torque. Buell DDFI3 closed-loop EFI produces throttle operation with a quick, smooth response.

New for 2009 on the 1125R and 1125CR models are targeted fuel injectors, relocated O2 sensors, and updated engine spark and fuel maps. The combination of these features offers improved drivability below 6000rpm, even crisper throttle response, improved heat management, and significantly improved fuel economy. The updated engine spark and fuel maps will also be made available for 2008 1125R models. A ram-air system pressurizes the 12-liter air box for a gain in peak performance. Twin side mounted radiators within aerodynamic cowlings lower the center of gravity (cg) and centralize mass. The exhaust system features an underslung muffler mounted below the engine to optimize cg location and mass centralization. An HVA (Hydraulic Vacuum Assist) Slipper Action clutch features hydraulic actuation from the hand control with assistance from engine vacuum for lighter clutch effort and reduced engine braking. Low 76/27 (2.815:1) final-drive gearing produces outstanding acceleration.

The engine is rigid-mounted as a structural component of the Buell Intuitive Response Chassis (IRC) that has outstanding torsional stiffness, yet is compliant in the planes required to help absorb mid-corner bumps, and doubles as a 5.3-gallon fuel reservoir. Showa 47 mm inverted forks and a Showa rear shock absorber are both fully adjustable. Positive braking performance is provided by the Buell ZTL2 front brake system. The rear brake caliper is mounted directly to the inner surface of the swing arm and weighs 1.5 pounds less than a typical rear-brake design.

All this performance is packaged in a motorcycle that is visually stunning. A narrow headlight pod incorporates a clipped flyscreen, while a removable cowl covers the passenger seat section. The blacked-out frame and chassis components contrast with red highlights on the front brake caliper, wheel rims, rear shock spring and damping adjusters atop the fork tubes. The Buell 1125CR will be offered with Racing Red or Midnight Black bodywork. Production of the 2009 1125CR is scheduled to begin in August 2008.

Buell 1125CR highlights

Buell Helicon 1125cc liquid-cooled, four-stroke 72-degree V-Twin engine
146 peak hp @ 9800 rpm
82 ft. lbs. peak torque at 8000 rpm
76/27 final drive gearing optimized for acceleration
Underslung muffler with Helmholtz chamber
DDFI 3 Electronic Fuel Injection ECM
Ram-air pressurized air box
Twin side-mount radiators
HVA (Hydraulic Vacuum Assist) Slipper Action clutch
ZTL2 four-pad, eight-piston front brake
Fully adjustable 47 mm Showa inverted fork
Fully adjustable Showa rear shock absorber
Fuel-in Frame 5.3-gallon capacity
Dry Weight: 375 pounds
Wheelbase: 54.5 inches
Seat height: 30.5 inches
Pirelli Diablo Corsa III tires
Pre-Wired for Accessory Heated Grips
Buell Lightning XB12Ss
With a 53.7-inch wheelbase, the Lightning Long XB12Ss offers an expanded cockpit for the rider, a larger passenger position and 4.4-gallon fuel-in-frame capacity for extended range. For 2009, the suspension is upgraded to offer the supermoto-like handling previously found on the Lightning Super TT, with front and rear travel extended to 5.6 inches. A new, sculpted Streetfighter saddle maintains seat height at 30.6 inches and covers a handy storage compartment. The new Buell ZTL2 eight-piston front caliper enhances braking performance. A fuel-injected Buell Thunderstorm 1203 V-Twin engine with Buell InterActive Exhaust pounds out the power. The Lightning Long is available with Midnight Black, Cherry Bomb Translucid, or Hero Blue Translucid bodywork.

Buell Lightning XB12Ss highlights

Buell Thunderstorm 1203cc air/oil/fan-cooled four-stroke, 45-degree V-Twin engine
103 peak hp @ 6800 rpm (per SAE J607)
84 ft. lbs. peak torque @ 6000 rpm (per SAE J607)
Buell InterActive Exhaust
DDFI 3 Electronic Fuel Injection ECM
Eight-row oil cooler with Jiffy-tite fittings
New stronger Veyance Hibrex drive belt with Flexten Plus technology
New fully adjustable 43 mm Showa inverted fork with 5.63-inches of travel (was 4.72 inches in 2008)
New fully adjustable Showa rear shock absorber with 5.63 inches of travel (was 4.97 inches in 2008)
New Buell ZTL2 front brake with eight-piston caliper
Dry Weight: 400 pounds
Wheelbase: 53.7 inches
Seat height: 30.6 inches
Fuel in frame 4.4-gallon capacity
Cosmetic Frame Protectors
Pre-Wired for Accessory Heated Grips
Pirelli Diablo T tires
New black engine, frame, swingarm, powertrain and forks
Buell Lightning XB12Scg
Lowered suspension and a reshaped saddle drops the seat height of the XB12Scg to just 28.6 inches – for a lower center of gravity and a shorter reach to the ground – with no compromise to handling or performance. The powerful Buell ZTL2 eight-piston front brake caliper is new for 2009. Blacked-out engine, frame, swingarm, fork and other components give the XB12Scg a menacing new look. The muscular Buell Thunderstorm 1203 V-Twin backs it up with pavement-pounding power. Available with Midnight Black, Cherry Bomb Translucid, or Hero Blue Translucid bodywork.

Buell Lightning XB12Scg highlights

Buell Thunderstorm 1203cc air/oil/fan-cooled, four-stroke, 45-degree V-Twin engine
103 peak hp @ 6800 rpm (per SAE J607)
84 ft. lbs. peak torque @ 6000 rpm (per SAE J607)
Buell InterActive Exhaust
DDFI 3 Electronic Fuel Injection ECM
Eight-row oil cooler with Jiffy-tite fittings
New stronger Veyance Hibrex drive belt with Flexten Plus technology
Fully adjustable 41 mm Showa inverted fork
Fully adjustable Showa rear shock absorber
New Buell ZTL2 front brake with eight-piston caliper
Dry Weight: 395 pounds
Wheelbase: 51.8 inches
Seat height: 28.6 inches
Cosmetic Frame Protectors
Pre-Wired for Accessory Heated Grips
Pirelli Diablo T tires
Available with Translucid bodywork
New black engine, frame, swingarm, powertrain and forks
Buell Lightning CityX XB9SX
A Streetfighter for the middle-weight class, the CityX was designed especially for the urban environment. The quick-revving nature and broad powerband of the Buell Thunderstorm 984 V-Twin engine lets the CityX pull briskly away from traffic and acceleration past pesky cabs, while an upright rider position, wide Supermoto-style handlebars and intuitive handling help the CityX scat around potholes and dodge through back alleys. A new saddle shape for 2009 drops the seat height by 1.3 inches to 30.1 inches. Hand deflectors, dual headlight grilles, and frame pucks fend off minor cosmetic damage. Pirelli Scorpion Sync tires grip all road surfaces and add aggressive style. Available with Cherry Bomb Translucid or Hero Blue Translucid bodywork.

Buell Lightning CityX XB9SX highlights

Buell Thunderstorm 984cc air/oil/fan-cooled, four-stroke, 45-degree V-Twin engine
92 peak hp @ 7500 rpm (per SAE J607)
70 ft. lbs. peak torque @ 5500 rpm (per SAE J607)
DDFI 3 Electronic Fuel Injection ECM
Eight-row oil cooler with Jiffy-tite fittings
New stronger Veyance Hibrex drive belt with Flexten Plus technology
Fully adjustable 43 mm Showa inverted fork
Fully adjustable Showa rear shock absorber
Buell ZTL front brake
Dry Weight: 390 pounds
Wheelbase: 52 inches
New Seat height 30.1 inches
Pirelli Scorpion Sync tires
New black engine, frame, swingarm, powertrain and forks
Translucid bodywork with X-Guard on airbox cover
Supermoto-style crossbar handlebars with deflectors
Headlight grille
Cosmetic frame pucks
Pre-Wired for Accessory Heated Grips


Buell Motorcycle Company, a subsidiary of Harley-Davidson, Inc., produces sport motorcycles, motorcycle parts, accessories and apparel. To learn more about Buell motorcycles, visit your local Buell dealer today and experience the pure streetfighter attitude, style and performance only found on board a Buell. Call 1-800-490-9635 for the Buell dealer nearest you. Or pull into www.buell.com.


 

 

 

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