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Buell’s Monster

Submitted by on December 12, 2011 – 10:33 amNo Comment

The most radical motorcycle yet from the Buell Motor Company just happens to make the best sense. Buell didn’t do things the ordinary way. Most model changes result in higher numbers. Not this time, not this motorcycle. The model number went from the S2 Thunderbolt (which continues in the Buell range) to the S1 Lightning. And they dropped the price $2,000 while doing so. Confused? Who wouldn’t be. But read on for the full story of the best-performing bike from Buell so far. First impressions, when you see the Buell S1, are of size. The 1200cc Sportster-based motor seems massive inside the trelliswork of the chrome-moly space frame. The seat is tiny, postage stamp size. It may be the smallest motorcycle seat ever, we’ve never seen a smaller one. It’s one buttock sized.

So we immediately decided to subject a Motorcycle Online staffer to the rack. Four hundred miles on the Lightning, stopping only for gas and vital fluids (coffee for the staffer, oil for the Buell). All your sensible instincts tell you it’s going to be hell. Yet that 400 mile ride was survivable, enjoyable even. The tiny gas tank actually holds four gallons, giving a range of over 150 miles between fillups. With an extremely steady right hand, you could even get close to the 200 mile mark on one tank. The handlebars are 7/8 inch diameter, instead of the 1.0 inch bars used on the Thunderbolt, and that new dimension translates to an easier, more familiar grip on the smaller handgrips.

The chunky Harley-sourced switchgear has been replaced with neater, easier-to-use Italian units which appear to be identical to Ducati parts.

Hand levers, too, are Italian, and much easier to use than the Thunderbolt’s wide, thick levers. The wide bars give a comfortable, upright seating position which levers the rider just enough into the wind to make long journeys at highway speeds possible without neck and shoulder aches.

Longer legged riders, however, complained about interference with the huge, right side mounted air box (air tunnel might be a more appropriate description). Otherwise known as the Helmholtz Volume Power system, the plenum chamber is one reason why the Buell’s 1200cc engine performs so much better than a stock Sportster — our testbike churned out over 80 rear-wheel horsepower.

Other reasons include specially produced, higher compression cylinder heads, lightened flywheels and different camshafts. The end result is a motor with a serious power advantage over a stock Sporty.

Manufacturer: Buell Motorcycle Company
Model: S1 Lightning
Price: $9,995
Engine: Air-cooled OHV pushrod V-twin
Bore x Stroke: 88.8mm x 96.8
Displacement: 1203cc
Carburetion: 40mm CV Carburetor
Transmission: 5-speed, belt final drive
Wheelbase: 55.0 in.
Seat height: 31.2 in.
Fuel capacity: 4.0 gallons
Claimed dry weight: 425 lbs.

source:motorcycle.com

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