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2008 Buell Lightning XB12Ss

2008 Buell XB12Ss

Buell® Lightning® Long XB12Ss
A Lightning for taller customers and the long haul, the XB12Ss rolls on a 1360  mm wheelbase - providing a more relaxed riding position and more room for a passenger. The seat is taller and wider than that of the XB12S, and covers an expanded storage compartment. Larger frame spars give the Lightning Long a fuel-in-frame capacity of 16.7 litres and extended range. Responsive propulsion is provided by the Buell Thunderstorm™ 1203 V-Twin with Buell InterActive Exhaust. In spite of the longer wheel base the Lightning Long is very much an agile streetfighter with quick and responsive handling.

Buell® Lightning® XB12Ss highlights
Buell Thunderstorm 1203 V-Twin engine
            94 peak hp / 70kW @ 6800 rpm (per SAE J607)
            77 ft. lbs./104Nm peak torque @ 6500 rpm (per SAE J607)
            Buell InterActive Exhaust
            New DDFI 3 Electronic Fuel Injection ECM
            New eight-row oil cooler with Jiffy-tite fittings
            Fully adjustable 43mm Showa® upside-down fork
            Fully adjustable Showa rear shock absorber
            Buell ZTL front brake
            Goodyear Hibrex® drive belt with Flexten® Plus technology
            Dry Weight: 179Kg
            Wheelbase: 1360
            Seat height: 775mm
            16.7 litre fuel capacity
            New Cosmetic Frame Protectors
            New Pre-Wiring for the easy installation of Accessory Heated Grips
            New Instrument Panel Graphics
            Pirelli® Diablo T tyres
            Available with Translucid bodywork
            Commemorative Buell 25th Anniversary badge

Buell® Lightning® Long XB12Ss Technical Specification:

Type Air/oil/fan cooled, 4 stroke, 45° V-Twin
Displacement 1203 cc
Bore and Stroke 88.9 mm x 96.8 mm
Compression ratio 10.0:1
Valves OHV, two valves per cylinder
Valve adjustment Self adjusting
Fuel system 49 mm down draft DDFI III fuel injection
Exhaust Tuned, tri-pass resonance chamber with InterActive valve
and mass-centralised mounting
Intake Zero resistance air box
Power* 94 hp / 95 PS / 70 kW @ 6800 rpm (EU Standard EC95/1)
Torque* 77 ft. lb / 104 Nm @ 6500 rpm (EU Standard EC95/1)
Lubrication Dry sump / 2.4 litres capacity
Oil filtration Screw-on disposable element

Frame Aluminium frame with Uniplanar™ powertrain vibration
isolation system, fuel in frame
Wheelbase 1360 mm
Rake 23.5°
Trail 119 mm
Front fork 43 mm Showa® inverted fork with adjustable compression
damping, rebound damping and spring preload
Rear shock Showa® coil-over monoshock with remote, under-seat
reservoir and adjustable compression damping, rebound
damping and spring preload

Suspension Travel
Front wheel 120 mm
Rear wheel 126 mm
Front brake -type brake, 6-piston, fixed caliper, 375 mm single sided,
inside out, stainless steel, floating rotor
Rear brake 240 mm stainless steel, single piston, floating caliper, fixed
Front wheel 6-spoke ZTL™ cast, 3.5 in x 17 in
Rear wheel 6-spoke ZTL™ cast, 5.5 in x 17 in
Front tyre Pirelli® Diablo T 120/70 ZR-17
Rear tyre Pirelli® Diablo T 180/55 ZR-17

Lean Angle
Soft Contact: Right 42°
Soft Contact: Left 42°
Hard Contact: Right 50°
Hard Contact: Left 48°
Fuel capacity 16.7 litres
Gross vehicle weight rating 385 kg
Dry weight 179 kg
Load capacity 169 kg
Seat height 775 mm
Ground clearance 118 mm
Overall length 2070 mm
Overall width 753 mm

Type Five-speed, helical gear
Ratio (1) 2.65, (2) 1.89, (3) 1.41, (4) 1.17, (5) 1.00
Primary drive Triplex chain 1.500:1 ratio
Clutch Wet, multiplate, compensated, reduced lever effort
Final drive Constant path, 14 mm pitch aramid reinforced Goodyear®
Hibrex® belt with Flexten® Plus technology**, 2.407:1 ratio
Instruments Electronic speedometer, tachometer, odometer; dual
resettable tripmeter; high beam, neutral, oil, low fuel (plus,
odometer show miles traveled on reserve), turn signal and
engine diagnostic indicator lamps; clock

Charging system 405W peak, 30-amp, permanent magnet, single phase
alternator with solid-state regulator
Battery 12 volt, 12 amp-hour
Headlight Twin Quartz Halogen [H7] , 55-watt low beam, 55-watt high
Taillight 5/21 Watts
Turn signals 10W manual canceling
Warranty 24 months (unlimited mileage)

* Europe only - Australian specifications to be confirmed
**Hibrex and Flexten are registered trademarks of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.