Buell XB9R Firebolt test
Intro: CHARMING AND SUCCESSFUL
It takes just one encounter with the Buell motorcycle to understand that this machine is different from the rest of the world production. Still, with only two models in the catalogue, the Cyclone and the lightening, the offer has for a long time stayed confidential. The presentation, since the last two-wheel world show, of the Firebolt and its stream of technical innovations has already been presented as a revolution. Today, we can re-affirm: for those who are looking for a sport, while retaining the side "relational" between the man and the machine expensively at Harley Davidson, the XB9R is a good bet.
Esthetique: THE FORCE IN SUBTLETY
The Buell XB9R Firebolt is demarked by its subtlety and by the presence of a superb head fork. Its largest innovation resides in its frame. The idea is to place a large V-twin in the chassis of a 250cc Grand Prix bike. Results, the frame of the Firebolt also incorporates the fuel tank. An excellent concept, resumed with the oscillating arm that welcomes the oil and also allows for re-cooling while running. Results, a significant gain in space and a footing of 1320mm, the most radical of the radical sport bikes.
Motorization: V LIKE VROOOOM!
The motor doesn't escape the rules. Buell stays obviously loyal to the bi-cylinder V, but for the rest, everything has been reviewed. Comparing the X1, the bore stay almost identical but the course has been seriously been reduced. By consequence, the motor is just 984CC, but it climbs higher in revs. And delivers 92 horsepower, all with value of torque very important thanks to the electronic injection: 92Nm at 5500 rpm. It is now equipped with a small oil radiator, an air forced cooling and a new air box for better respiration. Its weight of 175kg, it therefore is pleasurable without being scary.
On the road: A MACHINE MADE FOR PLEASURE
With a chassis fitted for the racetrack, and a raised steering column, the geometry of the Firebolt approaches the Yamaha R6. But uniquely as it concerns the statistics because the handling is astoundingly easy. The reactions of the XB9R never destabilize. The riding position, sporting but supportable, and the technical characteristics makes its manageability easy and natural.