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Well the local Buell shop finally got one in.

It's very very tiny. The XB9R fells like a small bike, but with the smaller tail section and no front fairing, the S fells like a Schwin. I'll have to go back later for a test run (I was on my lunch), but I can say that I'm sure it'll be a blast to ride.

To read the 385lb. dry weight spec and then sit on the bike, you'd swear they'd over estimated the bike by at least 50 lbs. The closest thing I can compare it to is maybe a big RS or TZ 250 as far as weight and size feel go.

The ergos are fairly up right but tighter in the foot peg to seat relationship department than my 919 is. I can't really see it as a bike that the owners will do too many high mile days on, but then again I've seen guys tour on 916's across the US, so I guess anythings possible.

All in all, I can see it as being a very desirable 2nd bike for somebody who has a bigger tour type bike
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the only bike for somebody who does weekend burns through the twisties and short commutes during the week.

 

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XB9S

The impression I got when sitting on it and looking at it, was that of a super motard without the extensive suspension travel. Word is that it is super easy to throw into turns and that it has incredible balance while doing stoppies.
 

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I like the Bolt better. I rode mine with all the farings off while they were at the paint shop and noticed the front much lighter. It needs the downforce more than I expected. I wonder if they have compensated somehow for this in the S model.
 

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Ok, I'm ready to hear from someone who actually owns one and has put at least a couple hundred miles on! GIVE ME THE SCOOP!:D
 

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All Ive done is sit on one and go vroom, vroom!!!! That was enough to get me going on it. It looks like an awesome wheelie bike. :)
 

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sargent said:
Well the local Buell shop finally got one in.

It's very very tiny.
now i'm nervous...i was worried about looking like a monkey F'ing a football on my test ride....

guess now it's gonna be more like a gorilla F'ing a peanut!:redflip

someone add water and make this thing grow!!!! i want a bigger bike from BUELL!!!!

-rd
 

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Funny, that's exactly how I described my buddy on his "Bolt. He's about 6'2" and 260 and he looks just like a monkey fucking a football.
 

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hey I resemble that statement....except its 6'0" and 245....but none the less amonkey fuckin a football....but its the best damn girlfreind I've evr had ....and I've had a few....psycos that is....I am a poor judge of the fairer or unfairer sex....depending on the day time and the direction that the wind is blowing
 

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The more I stare at both of the XB's, the more I love the Lightning. We took a black one, ripped the turn signals, mirrors, passenger pegs and the cheese grater off it, and then sent it out to have the frame and swinger hand polished. WOW it is a neat looking bike.

You know the crazy thing about how small it is? You'll still fit comfortably on it. I'm almost 6'5", and I fit (which is something I can't say for a lot of much bigger bikes, like the Hayabusa).
 

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Effing Limey said:
The more I stare at both of the XB's, the more I love the Lightning. We took a black one, ripped the turn signals, mirrors, passenger pegs and the cheese grater off it, and then sent it out to have the frame and swinger hand polished. WOW it is a neat looking bike.
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