2004 Buell Lightning XB9S

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 2004 Buell Lightning XB9S
2004 Buell Lightning XB9S

 2004 Buell Lightning XB9S
2004 Buell Lightning XB9S

– 2004 Buell Lightning XB9S

2004 Buell Lightning XB9S

The nimble Lightning XB9S comes with a muscular 984cc V-Twin with Dynamic Digital Fuel Injection. It’s a high revving middleweight with remarkably smooth power delivery and the best torque-to-weight ratio in its class. There’s also a Lightning Low XB9S, identical to the standard, with a modified saddle and lowered suspension. The seat height: down almost two inches.


2004 Buell Lightning XB9S – Specifications
MSRP: Please see dealer for pricing

Overall Length:
XB9S 76.2 in. (1935 mm)
LOW XB9S 75.7 in. (1923 mm)
Overall Width 29.7 in. (755 mm)
Overall Height:
XB9S 42.3 in. (1075 mm)
LOW XB9S 41.3 in. (1050 mm)
Seat Height:
XB9S 30.1 in. (765 mm)
LOW XB9S 28.6 in. (726 mm)
Ground Clearance
XB9S 4.35 in. (110 mm)
LOW XB9S 3.55 in. (90 mm)
Rake 21 degrees
Trail 3.3 in. (83 mm)
Wheelbase 52.0 in. (1320 mm)
Front Tire Dunlop D207FY 120/70 ZR-17
Rear Tire Dunlop D207FU 180/55 ZR-17
Fuel Capacity 3.7 gal. (14 L)
Reserve Fuel Capacity (warning light at approx. 0.7 gal.) 0.7 gal. (2.6 L)
MPG – EPA Urban/Highway Test2 50/65 mpg (4.7/3.6 L/100 Km)
Dry Weight 385 lbs. (175 kg)
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating 850 lbs. (386 kg)
Load Capacity 400 lbs. (181 kg)

Engine Air/oil/fan-cooled, four-stroke, 45 degree V-Twin
Valve Train OHV, two valves per cylinder, self adjusting
Bore x Stroke 3.500 x 3.125 in. (88.90 x 79.38 mm)
Displacement 984 cc (60.0 ci)
Compression Ratio 10.0:1
Fuel Delivery 45 mm downdraft DDFI II fuel injection
Intake Zero resistance Air Box, Ram Air Intake
Exhaust Tuned tri-pass resonance chamber
Torque (North America Per SAE J607) 70 ft-lb @ 5500 rpm
Horsepower (North America Per SAE J607) 92 hp @ 7500 rpm
Lubrication Dry sump
Oil Capacity 2.5 qts. (2.4 L)
Oil Filtration Screw-on disposable element

Primary Drive Chain; 1.676:1 (57/34)
Final Drive3 Constant path; 14mm pitch aramid reinforced
Hibrex® belt w/ Flexten® Plus technology; 2.407:1 (65/27)
Clutch Wet, multi-plate, compensated
Transmission Five-speed, constant mesh
Transmission Ratios:
1st 2.688
2nd 1.850
3rd 1.433
4th 1.181
5th 1.000

Frame Aluminum frame w/ Uniplanar® powertrain
vibration isolation system – Fuel in Frame
Front Fork Showa® inverted fork w/ adjustable compression
damping, rebound damping and spring preload
Rear Shock Showa coil-over monoshock w/ remote,
underseat reservoir and adjustable compression
damping, rebound damping and spring preload
Front 6-spoke, ZTL™, cast aluminum, 3.5×17”, Stardust Silver
Rear 6-spoke, cast aluminum, 5.5×17”, Stardust Silver
Front ZTL type brake, 6-piston, fixed caliper, 375 mm single-sided,
inside out, stainless steel, floating rotor
Rear 240 mm stainless steel, single piston,
floating caliper, fixed rotor
Suspension Travel:
Front XB9S 4.72 in. (120 mm)
LOW XB9S 2.91 in. (74 mm)
Rear XB9S 5.00 in. (127 mm)
LOW XB9S 3.56 in. (90 mm)

Battery 12 volt, 12 amp-hour, 200 cca,
Sealed Lead Acid, maintenance-free
Charging 494 watts peak, 38-amp permanent magnet
3-phase alternator w/ solid state regulator
Starting 1.2 KW electric w/ Bendix-type engagement
Lights: (as per country regulation)
Headlight Twin quartz halogen (H7);
55-watt low beam, 55-watt high beam
Tail/stop lights 5/21 watts
Turn signals lights (manual canceling) 10 watts
License plate light 5 watts

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

XB9S Midnight Black, Sunfire Yellow
LOW XB9S Midnight Black, Sunfire Yellow


Warranty 24 months (unlimited mileage)
1Specifications 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, and some models are not available
in certain countries.
2Based 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.
3Hibrex and Flexten are registered trademarks of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.
4SHOWA and DUNLOP are trademarks of their respective owners.
5Availability may vary from dealer to dealer, and is subject to change without notice.

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