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2010 Buell Lightning CityX XB12SX
2010 Buell Lightning CityX XB12SX

2010 Buell Lightning CityX XB12SX
2010 Buell Lightning CityX XB12SX

2010 Buell Lightning CityX XB12SX
2010 Buell Lightning CityX XB12SX

2010 Buell Lightning CityX XB12SX
2010 Buell Lightning CityX XB12SX

– 2010 Buell Lightning CityX XB12SX

2010 Buell Lightning CityX XB12SX

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.

Urban Warrior. Just as a jagged stretch of country road offers one kind of challenge, a crowded city environment offers another. This urban streetfighter comes fully equipped to handle whatever the big city throws your way, with standard wind deflectors, frame pucks, headlamp grille, and the unique X-Guard to protect the airbox cover from your tank bag. Light, nimble, and aggressive, it’s powered by a 1203cc Thunderstorm® air/oil/fan-cooled, fuel injected, 45-degree V-Twin. Who says a road has to be wide open to be fun?


Model Highlights

ZTL-2™ Front Brake
Proven through multiple wins in US AMA Pro Racing, the Buell Zero Torsional Load (ZTL-2™) front brake utilises a 4-pad, 8-piston caliper and single 375 mm rotor. The caliper casting was optimised for clamp stiffness, yielding a more progressive and connected braking feel to the rider. New for 2010, the flycut ZTL-2™ logo adds a trick look to the caliper. The rim-mounted design eliminates the need for load-bearing spokes or even a second disc, resulting in a front-end assembly that is significantly lighter than competitive designs.

6-Spoke Cast Aluminium Wheels
The Buell 6-spoke front wheel is extremely light, reducing steering inertia and unsprung weight for better handling on the track or less-than-perfect streets.

Underslung Exhaust
Exhausts are heavy and hot. It doesn’t make sense to hang them up high and off the back of the bike and close to the rider. Our underslung exhaust – a Buell staple since 1985 – concentrates the weight underneath the chassis to provide greater Mass Centralisation. The result is a clean, uncluttered look, improved flickability and superior handling. It also features a large-volume muffler tuned to produce a linear horsepower and torque curve.

Frame and Swingarm
Handling is key to everything we do. That’s why our massive frames and swingarms are made of aluminium. Lightweight and extremely rigid, they minimise torsional flex and optimise lateral flex for control in the corners. Incorporating the fuel tank into the frame and the oil reservoir into the swingarm also improves handling. By lowering the placement of the fluids, the centre of gravity shifts downward, which explains why a Buell® flicks so effortlessly through corners.

Front Suspension
The fully adjustable 43 mm Showa® inverted fork features a high-performance damping cartridge that lets you adjust the setup for any situation. Whether it’s at the track or the ride home, you can optimize the suspension for excellent feedback and razor-sharp handling.

Rear Suspension
A top-shelf, Showa® push shock with a fully adjustable damping cartridge allows you to fine-tune the compression, rebound and preload to maximise handling and feedback for any condition.

1203cc Thunderstorm® Engine
The Thunderstorm® 1203 cc, 45-degree V-twin delivers the iconic look, thunderous sound and power-pulsing feel that only a V-twin engine can offer. Following the style of an American Muscle machine, you can tap into maximum torque in any gear, regardless of where the tach needle is pointing. Performance and dependability are enhanced with a large crank pin, a large-capacity oiling system and an electronic timing system and ECM that control a DDFI 3 fuel injection system. Combined, these features improve drivability and performance while reducing maintenance costs.

Buell Intuitive Response Chassis (IRC)
The Lightning handles with surgical precision. And because the chassis is so rigid, it keeps you stable and confident through the turns.




2010 Buell Lightning CityX XB12SX – Specifications
Europe MSRP: starting at £7,640
Canada MSRP: TBA


Length2 1985 mm
Seat Height3 765 mm
Overall Width4 831 mm
Ground Clearance2 110 mm
Rake at Steering Head (°) 21
Fork Angle (°) 21
Trail 84 mm
Wheelbase 1320 mm
Fuel Capacity 14.5 l
Oil Capacity5 2.4 l
Dry Weight 179 kg
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating 386 kg
Load Capacity 173 kg


Engine Thunderstorm™ air/oil/fan-cooled, 4-stroke, 45° V-Twin
Displacement 1203 cc
Bore 88.9 mm
Stroke 96.8 mm
Engine Torque (EU Standard EC95/1) 104 Nm / 77 ft. lbs.
Engine Torque RPM (EU Standard EC95/1) 5500
Horsepower (EU Standard EC95/1) 93 hp / 94 PS / 69 kW
Horsepower RPM (EU Standard EC95/1) 7000
Compression Ratio 10.0:1
Mileage per US EPA Urban N/A
Mileage per US EPA Highway N/A
Intake Zero-resistance airbox


Primary Drive Type Chain
Primary Drive Ratio 1.500:1 (57/38)
Secondary Drive Type7
Constant path, 14 mm pitch aramid-reinforced Goodyear® Hibrex® belt with Flexten® Plus technology
Secondary Drive Member Pitch Length (# of Teeth or # of Links) 128
Secondary Drive Ratio 2.407:1 (65/27)
Transmission 5-speed, helical gear
1st 2.65
2nd 1.89
3rd 1.41
4th 1.17
5th 1.00
6th N/A


Front Brake ZTL²™ brake
Front Rotor and Caliper Configuration 8-piston, fixed caliper
Front Rotor Size, OD 375 mm, single sided, inside-out, stainless steel, floating disc
Number of Front Brake Rotors 1
Rear Rotor and Caliper Configuration Single piston, floating caliper; stainless steel, fixed disc
Rear Rotor Size, OD 240 mm
Rear Shock Showa® coil-over monoshock with remote under-seat reservoir and adjustable compression damping, rebound damping, and spring preload
Front Fork Showa® inverted forks with adjustable compression damping, rebound damping, and spring preload
Front Fork Slider Tube Diameter 43 mm
Fork Lock Availability (true or false) True
Suspension Travel: Front 120 mm
Suspension Travel: Rear 129 mm
Lean Angle: Soft Contact, Degrees Left 42°
Lean Angle: Soft Contact, Degrees Right 42°
Lean Angle: Hard Contact, Degrees Left 48°
Lean Angle: Hard Contact, Degrees Right 50°
Frame Black aluminium frame with Uniplanar™ powertrain vibration isolation system, fuel in frame
Swingarm Cast aluminium swingarm with detachable brace. Oil in swingarm.

Wheels and Tyres1

Tyre Brand and Model, Front Pirelli® Scorpion® Sync ® T
Tyre Brand and Model, Rear Pirelli® Scorpion® Sync ® T
Tyre Size Designator, Front 120/70 ZR-17
Tyre Size Designator, Rear 180/55 ZR-17
Wheel Type, Front 6-spoke, ZTL™ cast aluminium
Wheel Type, Rear 6-spoke, cast aluminium
Wheel Size, Front 17″ x 3.5″
Wheel Size, Rear 17″ x 5.5″


Battery Sealed Lead Acid, maintenance-free, 12-volt, 12 amp-hour (per Battery Council International rating), 200 cca.
Charging 30-amp, permanent magnet, single-phase alternator with solid-state regulator (405W @3000 rpm, 405W peak)
Starting 1.2 kW electric with solenoid shift starter motor engagement
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

2 Year, unlimited mileage warranty (Europe); 1 Year Buell Assistance roadside assistance (Europe)


Colours Valencia Orange Translucent; Hero Blue Translucent
Frame Phantom Metallic
Wheels Villain Black

1. 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. Unladen, wet configuration (no rider, all fluids).
3. Laden, wet configuration (design rider, all fluids).
4. Without mirrors.
5. Oil capacity at oil change, with filter.
6. N/A
7. Hibrex® and Flexten® are registered trademarks of Goodyear® Technologies, Inc.
8. Bottomed-out configuration (100% suspension compression).
9. Please refer to motorcycle owner’s manual for warranty details.


2010 Buell Lightning CityX XB12SX – Media/Press Releases

New Lightning® CityX XB12SX brings more power to the streets
EAST TROY, Wis. (July 25, 2009) – 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.

“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
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
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 allowing 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.

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