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Why this bike ?

Pretty much since I bought my Sporster, I had been hearing about Buell. I thought “a roadster might be cool” because my 750 CB is not very powerful and neither is my Sporster.

First I aimed towards the XB series, especially the XB12SS (reliable and less “mad-bike”). I obviously fell in love with the perimetric front brake. Then I chatted and realized that I would probably get less power out of a XB, in comparison with older BUELL bikes (because of emission regulations). Say I could but I would have to put quite some money in upgrading… What’s more, I felt like there would be very little access to the motor, because of the frame of the XBs. Last but not least, I tried 2 XB12SS and I did not feel confident.

So I made a 180° turn and aimed back towards the X1. I tried two and thanks God, the third was perfect (all bikes are not equal). I bought this bike in November, 2015th and I must say, she thrills me.

I enjoy every moment of it, since the very beginning. She looks like a pantera. Starting the engine is very emotional. She hesitates half a second, then she roars to life and she coughes with anger. My neighbours are wide awake now so it is time to leave… but not too fast : warming up the bike is also a pleasure ! Soon enough torque will be ready to kick in my sorry ass.

This bike needs a bit of maintenance/check up from time to time and top speed isn’t that high. That sounds perfect to me, as maintenance is a hobby and I have never been interested in being dead.

Any downsides ? Well yes : you can’t really travel because (1) there is no room for your luggage, (2) sound is loud so you either risk being caught by the cops or become deaf, and (3) you may not travel above 120 km/h for a long time.

A BUELL X1 needs to bite the road, it does not hit it.

So yes, it’s a toy. But a magnificent one.

Specifications

Modèle

  • X1 de 2002
  • 4 MZ SS 11 J 9 2 3 200128
  • 4 | MZ (Manufacturer Buell Motorcycles) | SS (Lightning X1) | 11 (engine World vs California) | J9 (9 chevaux) | 2 (2002) | 3 | 200128 (numéro d’ordre)

Essence

  • contenance : 17,41 litres incluant 1,51 litres de réserve
  • autonomie : au moins 260 km (hors réserve)
  • consommation moyenne : 4.2 litres au 100 km (dixit le manuel)

Huile moteur

  • le niveau se lit moto droite, bouchon vissé
  • fréquence : tous les 8 000 km (mais préférer 4 000 km)
  • type d’huile : 20W50 de préférence, sinon 15W40, voire 10W40 pour moto (mais préférer la 20W50)
  • contenance : 2,37 litres (incluant 0,12 l à mettre dans le nouveau filtre à huile)

Huile de transmission primaire

  • utiliser de la SPORT-TRANS fluid (Part 98854-96 ou Part 98855-96)
  • contenance : 0,95 litre

Huile de fourche

  • tous les 32 000 km
  • type E FORK OIL
  • contenance : 0,45 litre

Lubrification

Une seule pompe à double flux.

Freinage

  • DOT 4 pour les motos de 2000+

Pneumatiques

  • AVANT: 120/70 ZR17 | MT 3.5 x 17.0 DOT | rear valve 0.033 in.
  • ARRIERE : 120/70 ZR17 | MT 5.5 x 17.0 DOT | rear valve 0.033 in.

Courroie de transmission

  • Courroie : 128 dents | 2,75 cm de largeur | 1′ 1/8 pouces

Batterie

  • Modèle 315 | 19 AH | Part n° 65989-97C

Bougies

  • NGK DCPR8E | type : standard | indice thermique : 8 | Culot : long | clé de 16

Divers

  • poids à sec : 199 kg
  • angle de chasse :
  • longueur :
  • empattement :
  • puissance : 95 ch à 6 200 tr/min
  • couple : 11 mkg à 6 500 tr/min
  • rapport poids/puissance : 2.11 kg/ch
  • vitesse max : 216 km/h

Manuel d’entretien