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2006 Buell Lightening CityX XB9SX

Buell Lightening CityX XB9SX Buell Lightening CityX XB9SX

New Lightening Long Extends Buell Streetfighter Line

Buell Motorcycle Company adds the Lightning Long XB12Ss, a streetfighter with expanded rider and passenger positions and revised chassis geometry, to its line of 2006 Lightning motorcycles.

All three 2006 Lightning models have a lighter, stiffer swingarm design, a new, smoother-shifting transmission, and other technical updates for 2006. In addition to the new Lightning Long XB12Ss, the 2006 Lightning line-up includes the Lightning CityX XB9SX and the Lightning XB12S. Each combines an athletic riding position, bold naked styling and the stirring performance of an American V-Twin engine. Inspired by the minimalist profile of a flat-track racer, the Lightning models feature wide handlebars, dual headlights mounted below a short flyscreen, and a clipped, screened-aluminium tail section over a beefy 180mm rear tyre.

Lightning Technical Upgrades for 2006;

  • A new transmission features a "dog ring" design for even quicker shifts with less effort. Helical-designed gears reduce transmission noise, and the oil-change interval is extended to 16090 km from 8045 km. Clutch lever effort has also been reduced, by 15 percent on the XB9SX and by 22 percent on the XB12S.
  • A durable new Goodyear Hibrex final drive belt with Flexten Plus technology requires no scheduled service.
  • A redesigned swingarm (all models except XB12Ss) is stiffer and 0.25 kg lighter than the previous design. The swingarm continues to also function as the oil reservoir, and the oil cap has been relocated and redesigned to be easier to access and open. The inner fender and upper and lower belt guards have been restyled.
  • The engine air intake has been integrated directly on the air-box cover with an aluminum hex screen that wraps around the fuel cap cowling, replacing the air duct that formerly passed through the frame. Fuel-in-theframe capacity is increased to 14.5 litres for the Lightning CityX XB9SX and Lightning XB12S, and to 16.7 litres for the Lightning Long XB12Ss.
  • Aggressive Street Performance;

    Each Lightning model is powered by the Buell Thunderstorm, a 45-degree air/oil/fan-cooled V-Twin engine tuned to deliver the broad powerband and tyretwisting torque that's perfect for real-world street performance. Both the 83-hp Thunderstorm 984 and 100-hp Thunderstorm 1203 cc feature electronic fuel injection for precise throttle control. The Thunderstorm 1203 cc engine also features Buell InterActive Exhaust, which utilises a valve in the dual-chamber muffler that is controlled by the ECM and adjusts exhaust flow according to riding conditions to smooth torque delivery and optimise engine power. The Buell Trilogy of Technology design principles - frame rigidity, mass centralisation and low unsprung weight - contribute to the performance of each Lightning model. Fuel is carried in the massive aluminium frame, engine oil is carried in the swingarm, and the muffler is located below the engine, all in an effort to centralise mass and lower the center of gravity.

    The Buell Uniplanar engine mounting system reduces vibration to the rider and increases frame rigidity by utilising the engine as a stressed member of the chassis. The Buell Zero Torsional Load (ZTL) front brake features a single 375mm rotor mounted near the wheel rim, gripped by a six-piston caliper. Because braking forces are transmitted directly from the rim to the rotor, torsional load at the front wheel is virtually eliminated and brake feel and control is enhanced. Reduced torsional load permits the use of a very lightweight cast aluminium front wheel for a significant reduction in unsprung weight and steering inertia. A lightweight drive belt reduces unsprung weight at the rear. Premium suspension components include a Showa upside-down fork adjustable for pre-load, compression and rebound damping and a fully adjustable Showa coil-over rear shock. Buell Lightning Long XB12Ss An extended swingarm and increased fork rake give the new Lightning Long a 1360 mm wheelbase, 40 mm longer than the Lightning XB12S. Fork rake is increased from 21 to 22 degrees and trail goes from 84 mm to 119 mm. The result is a streetfighter with more relaxed handling and expanded ergonomics better suited to taller riders. The tail section is longer and the seat is taller and wider, and offers more room for a passenger. There's also a larger under-seat storage compartment. Larger frame side panels give the Lightning Long a fuel-inframe capacity of 16.7 litres.

    Buell InterActive Exhaust, a valve in the dual-chamber muffler controlled by the ECM that adjusts exhaust flow, gives the Thunderstorm 1203 cc V-Twin engine smooth torque delivery and optimised power. Like all Buell motorcycles, the handling remains quick and responsive. It is offered in Sunset Orange with Sunset Orange wheels, Midnight Black with Translucent Amber wheels, and Thrust Blue with Translucent Amber wheels, all with a Graphite Grey frame.

    Buell Lightning CityX XB9SX features:

  • Buell Thunderstorm 984 cc fuel-injected air/oil/fan-cooled V-Twin engine
  • 83 peak hp, 64 ft. lbs./86 Nm peak torque
  • New easy-shifting transmission
  • New Goodyear Hibrex drive belt with Flexten Plus technology
  • New lighter, stiffer swingarm design
  • New air intake location
  • Kick Ash or Hero Blue Translucid bodywork
  • Fuel-in-frame, oil-in-swingarm
  • Headlight grille
  • Handlebar deflectors
  • Buell X airbox guard
  • Supermotard-style crossbar handlebars
  • Villain Black wheels, handlebars, handlebar clamp, license plate bracket
  • Pirelli Scorpion Sync tyres
  • Buell ZTL braking system
  • 43mm fully adjustable Showa upside-down fork
  • Fully adjustable Showa rear shock absorber
  • Technical Specification;

  • Engine Type - Air/oil/fan cooled, four stroke, 45 degree V-Twin
  • Displacement - 984 cc
  • Bore and Stroke - 88.9 x 79.38 mm / 3.5 x 3.125 in
  • Compression ratio - 10.0:1
  • Valve train - OHV, two valve per cylinder
  • Valve adjustment - Self adjusting
  • Fuel delivery - 45 mm downdraft DDFI II fuel injection
  • Exhaust - Free-breathing 2 into 1 collector
  • Intake - 0 resistance air box, Ram Air Intake
  • Power* - 83.0 hp / 84 PS / 62 kW @ 7400 rpm (EU standard EC95/1)
  • Torque* - 63.4 ft-lb / 86 Nm @ 5600 rpm (EU standard EC95/1)
  • Lubrication - Dry sump, / 2.4 litres / 2.5 quarts capacity
  • Oil filtration - Screw-on disposable element
  • Chassis;

  • Frame Aluminium - frame with Uniplanar powertrain vibration isolation system
  • Wheelbase - 1320 mm / 52 in
  • Rake - 21 degree
  • Trail - 84 mm / 3.3 in
  • Front suspension - Showa® inverted fork with adjustable compression damping, rebound damping and spring preload
  • Rear suspension - Showa® shock absorber with adjustable compression damping, rebound damping and spring preload
  • Front wheel - travel 120 mm, 4.7 in
  • Rear wheel - travel 129 mm, 5.06 in
  • Front brake - ZTL type brake, 375 mm stainless steel floating rotor, 6 piston caliper
  • Rear brake - 240 mm stainless steel rotor, single piston floating caliper
  • Front wheel - 6 spoke cast, 3.5 in x 17 in
  • Rear wheel - 6 spoke cast, 5.5 in x 17 in
  • Front tyre - Pirelli® Scorpion Sync 120/70 ZR-17
  • Rear tyre - Pirelli® Scorpion Sync 180/55 ZR-17
  • Fuel capacity - 14.5 litres
  • Gross vehicle weight rating - 385 kg / 850 lb
  • Dry weight - 177 kg / 390 lb
  • Load capacity - 179 kg / 395 lb
  • Seat height - 796.9 mm / 31.4 in
  • Ground clearance - 110 mm / 4.35 in
  • Overall length - 1950 mm / 76.8 in
  • Overall width - 820 mm / 32.3 in
  • Overall height - 1075 mm / 42.3 in
  • Transmission;

  • Type - Five-speed, constant mesh, Helical gears
  • Ratio - (1) 2.65, (2) 1.89, (3) 1.41, (4) 1.17, (5) 1.00
  • Primary drive - Triplex chain 1.68:1 ratio
  • Clutch - Wet, multiplate, compensated, reduced lever effort
  • Final drive - Constant path, 14 mm pitch aramid reinforced Goodyear® Hibrex® belt with Flexten® Plus technology**, 2.41:1 ratio
  • Instruments - Electronic speedometer; tachometer; odometer; 2 tripmeter; reserve tripmeter; clock; low fuel light; engine check light; oil pressure warning light; indicator for high beam, turn signals and neutral
  • Electrical;

  • Charging system - 494 Watts peak, 38-amp permanent magnet 3-phase
  • alternator with solid state-regulator
  • Battery - 12 volt, 12 amp-hour
  • Headlight - 55/55 watt, projector beam
  • Taillight - 5/21 Watts
  • Turn signals - Manual cancelling
  • Colours;

  • Flyscreen & airbox cover - Translucent Kick Ash or Translucent Hero Blue
  • Front fender & chin spoiler - Midnight Black
  • Frame and Swingarm - Fluid Silver with Buell frame pucks
  • Wheels - Villain Black
  • Warranty 2 year, unlimited mileage warranty (Europe)