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Buell XB12R Firebolt

Make Model.

Buell XB12R Firebolt

Year

2008

Engine

45° V-Twin, four stroke, pushrod actuated overhead valve. hydraulic self-adjusting lifters, 2 valve per cylinder.

Capacity

1203 cc / 73 cu in
Bore x Stroke88.9 x 96.8 mm
Compression Ratio10.0:1
Cooling SystemAir cooled
ExhaustFree breathing, 2-into-1 Buell Interactive exhaust system

Induction

Ø49 mm downdraft DDFI II fuel injection

Starting

Electric

Max Power

86.9 kW / 103 hp @ 6800 rpm

Max Torque

114 Nm / 11.6 kgf-m / 84 ft-lbs @ 6000 rpm

Transmission 

5 Speed

Final Drive

Belt
FrameAluminium frame with Uniplanar™ Powertrain vibration isolation system

Rake

21°

Trail

83 mm / 3.3"

Front Suspension

Showa Ø43 mm inverted forks compression damping, rebound damping and spring preload adjustable

Front Wheel Travel

120 mm / 4.7"

Rear Suspension

Showa coil-over monoshock, remote underseat reservoir and adjustable compression damping, rebound damping and spring preload, 127mm wheel travel

Rear Wheel Travel

127 mm / 5.0"

Front Brakes

ZTL type brake, 6 piston, fixed caliper, Ø375 mm single-sided, inside out, stainless steel, floating rotor

Rear Brakes

Single Ø240 mm disc, 1 piston floating caliper

Front Wheel

3.50 x 17"

Rear Wheel

5.50 x 17"

Front Tyre

120/70 ZR17, Pirelli Diablo

Rear Tyre

180/55 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo

Dimensions

Length: 1924 mm / 75.7"

Width:     768 mm / 30.2"

Height:  1092 mm / 43.0"

Wheelbase1320 mm / 52.0"
Ground Clearance127 mm / 5.0"
Seat Height775 mm / 30.5"

Dry Weight

179 kg / 395 lbs

Fuel Capacity

14 L / 3.7 US gal

Average Fuel Consumption

5.6 L/100 km / 17.9 km/L / 42 US mpg

Standing ¼ Mile

11.4 sec, 182 km/h / 113 mph

Top Speed

249 km/h / 155 mph
ReviewsGreg Sanchez

A premium sportfighter motorcycle, the Firebolt XB12R utilizes a compact wheelbase and race-inspired chassis geometry for nimble, intuitive handling. The 1203cc Buell Thunderstorm V-Twin engine makes 103 peak horsepower at 6800 rpm, and 84 ft. lbs. of peak torque at 6000 rpm, with 75 percent of peak torque available at 3500 rpm. The Buell InterActive Exhaust system utilizes 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 optimize engine power. The Firebolt features clip-on handlebars for optimal control, an aerodynamic quarter-fairing with dual projector-beam headlamps, and a sleek, covered passenger pillion. The suggested retail price of the Firebolt XB12R has been reduced by $500, to $9,995.

In a convergence of American V-Twin muscle and track-inspired chassis dynamics, the 2008 Buell Firebolt XB12R offers sportbike riders an unrivaled riding experience. Powerful, well-balanced, reliable and also easy to own, the Buell Firebolt is a sport motorcycle designed to take its rider to a new level of performance, whether as a track-day champ or as an exhilarating canyon carving tool. A winner of multiple pro and amateur roadracing championships around the world, the Firebolt was also presented with the coveted "Best Cornering Motorcycle of All Time" award by Britain's Bike magazine.

The Firebolt XB12R is powered by the air/oil/fan-cooled 1203cc Thunderstorm V-Twin engine tuned to deliver immediate, usable power over a broad rpm range and launch the Firebolt out of corners and down the road. The Buell Trilogy of Technology principles – frame rigidity, low unsprung weight and mass centralization  are employed to give the Firebolt uncanny, intuitively responsive handling. Styled to reveal its pure, mechanical beauty, the Buell Firebolt looks and performs like no other motorcycle on the road.

 What's New on the Firebolt XB12R for 2008
Modifications enhance the performance of the Thunderstorm 1203 V-Twin powertrain, reduce maintenance costs, and allow a redline of 7100 rpm (see separate Thunderstorm release for details)

The Firebolt is pre-wired for installation of accessory heated hand grips, with 18 watts per side and High and Low heat settings.

The instrument panel styling is refreshed and the tachometer reflects the new 7100-rpm redline.

A commemorative Buell 25th Anniversary graphic with Erik Buell's signature is placed on the upper triple clamp.

Cosmetic frame protectors help reduce damage to the frame in case of a tip-over incident.

A new color choice: Arctic White body panels, Hero Blue Translucid wheels and windscreen, and a Graphite Grey frame.

 FEATURES:

Buell Thunderstorm 1203 V-Twin engine
103 peak hp @ 6800 rpm (per SAE J607)
84 ft. lbs. peak torque @ 6000 rpm (per SAE J607)
Buell InterActive Exhaust
New DDFI 3 Electronic Fuel Injection ECM
New eight-row oil cooler with Jiffy-tite fittings
Dry Weight: 395 pounds
Wheelbase: 52 inches
Fully adjustable 43 mm Showa inverted fork
Fully adjustable Showa rear shock absorber
Buell ZTL front brake
Goodyear Hibrex drive belt with Flexten Plus technology
New Cosmetic Frame Protectors
New Pre-Wired for Available Heated Grips
New Instrument Panel Graphics
Pirelli Diablo T tires
New Arctic White/Hero Blue Translucent colors
Commemorative Buell 25th Anniversary badge

II consider myself one of the fortunate journalists that get to test new motorcycles all year round, primarily because of my geographical location – Florida, the sun capital of the world – or should I say, the bike capital of the United States. But, like most of us, I’m not privileged enough to live on a canyon road or near the surroundings that resemble the environment for which some of these sportbikes were created for – that long, winding road that in a word is motorcycle “nirvana.”
For years I rooted for the concept of an American-made sportbike, but after testing some Buell products a few years ago and listening to the constant complaints about quality and service, I sort of put that idea on hold until a few weeks ago, when I finally got to test Buell’s new XB12R for the first time. And boy was I surprised, for this new model mates the intuitive handling and innovative technology of the original Firebolt XB9R with a torque-monster engine - a new 1203cc lightweight 45 degree, air/fan and oil-cooled fuel-injected V-Twin rated at 103 peak horsepower and 84 ft. lbs. of tire-twisting torque. Its entire displacement boost comes through an increase in stroke, from 3.125 inches to 3.812 inches with a compression ratio of 10:1.

Torque comes from the big cylinders, of course, but the linearity of the powerband is due to the fact that this new engine comes equipped with Buell InterActive Exhaust, thus broadening its torque band by way of an electronic actuator that activates a butterfly valve in the muffler to adjust back-pressure by alternating between two exhaust gas flow paths. The engine computer monitors engine speed and throttle position while activating the valve to optimize torque and horsepower for the riding condition. The valve opens at low rpm for the best flow, and then closes in the midrange for optimum torque before opening again at high rpm. As part of the system, header pipe diameter is increased from 1.50 inches to 1.75 inches. The intake throttle body diameter is increased from 45mm to 49mm, and a stiffer clutch spring and new Aramid reinforced Hibrex drive belt are fitted to handle the torque demands of the 1203cc engine. The primary drive ratio is lowered from 1.68:1 to 1.50:1. Gear ratios in the five-speed transmission remain unchanged.

The rigid aluminum frame is a light-weight, multi-functional structure that serves as a solid foundation for the bike as well as a support for the 3.7-gallon fuel tank. Using the frame to carry fuel significantly lowers the center of gravity and reduces the moment of inertia, both of which improve the bike's reaction to rider input. Mass centralization and a low center of gravity are further enhanced by locating the muffler below the Firebolt’s engine. A massive aluminum swingarm doubles as the engine oil reservoir, and is supported by an adjustable Showa shock absorber.

The Buell Zero Torsional Load front brake system feeds braking forces from a six-piston caliper through a 375mm inside-out rotor mounted near the wheel rim to virtually eliminate torsional loads to the front wheel. This permits the use of a light-weight, six-spoke cast aluminum wheel that significantly reduces unsprung weight and steering inertia. The front end is suspended by a fully adjustable 43mm Showa inverted fork.

It surely feels like the best sportbike ever built by Buell; definitely the smoothest drivetrain I’ve experienced on a sportbike, with not a hint of abruptness many other injected bikes have when re-applying the throttle coming out of corners. Simply put, one that will satisfy the needs of most sport riders, and it’s not just the peak horsepower, but the ground-pounding, mid-range torque you can command to accelerate almost instantly in any given situation. I felt comfortable all the time I was riding -- my average 5’7” body wasn’t too crumpled up, and the close-coupled riding position on the new Firebolt didn’t force too much pressure on my wrists, although it might be different for taller riders, who might get cramped from the high pegs that offer plenty of ground clearance.

At speeds of up to 80 mph, it’s a smooth cruise, as the engine turns at just 3800 rpm thanks to a taller primary drive ratio than fitted to the XB9s, but when you go past that 80 mark, vibration becomes an issue and could get intrusive, eventually numbing the rider’s hands. Despite the vibration-isolating engine mounts, vibration sneaks through the solid-mounted clip-on handlebars and the firm seat; a skinny butt will get sore after more than an hour in the saddle.

There are two colors to choose from; either the Racing Red color that I tested, or Midnight Black. The bike features a Graphite Grey frame and swingarm, black-and-amber tail and airbox graphics, magnesium-toned clutch and cam covers, and a wild amber windscreen. The cast aluminum wheels receive an exclusive, high-gloss translucent paint process that produces a beautiful amber color with natural variations and depth. The perforated seat cover completes the premium look.

Though a terrific bike, I would like to see a few changes made or at least addressed -- the unfinished (non-glossy) inner fairing panels look inexpensive, the bar control housing and the plastic turn signal switch looks and feels tacky, the clutch cable rubbed against the plastic lower fairing, and the yellow-tinted windscreen causes the yellow fuel light to appear illuminated in daylight.

There’s plenty to like about the XB12R, starting with the fact that they have totally abandoned the barrel-type key and separate fork lock of previous models in favor of a regular slot key and integrated fork lock. The analog instruments with two tripmeters and a clock are easy to read, and one of my favorites are the wheels with thin spokes and that translucent amber color that glows in sunlight.

I say this bike is worth considering for many reasons, but at $10,995 with the new two-year unlimited warranty (unlike one-year coverage for models prior to 2003), plus the comfort and dynamics, and the uniqueness of riding this proud American bike, makes it worth every penny. And if you ever felt the power was not cutting it for you, there are always plenty of aftermarket parts for the engine to make it DYNOMITE.

All in all, this new Buell XB12R Firebolt is one to think about, for it not only gives you plenty of fun riding, but you’ll look plenty good while riding it!

Source Greg Sanchez

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Buell XB12R Firebolt

Make Model.

Buell XB12R Firebolt

Year

2004

Engine

45° V-Twin, four stroke, pushrod actuated overhead valve. hydraulic self-adjusting lifters, 2 valve per cylinder.

Capacity

1203 cc / 73 cu in
Bore x Stroke88.9 x 96.8 mm
Compression Ratio10.0:1
Cooling SystemAir cooled
ExhaustFree breathing, 2-into-1 Buell Interactive exhaust system

Induction

Ø49 mm downdraft DDFI II fuel injection

Starting

Electric

Max Power

86.9 kW / 103 hp @ 6800 rpm

Max Torque

114 Nm / 11.6 kgf-m / 84 ft-lbs @ 6000 rpm

Transmission 

5 Speed

Final Drive

Belt
FrameAluminium frame with Uniplanar™ Powertrain vibration isolation system

Rake

21°

Trail

83 mm / 3.3"

Front Suspension

Showa inverted forks compression damping, rebound damping and spring preload adjustable

Front Wheel Travel

120 mm / 4.7"

Rear Suspension

Showa coil-over monoshock, remote underseat reservoir and adjustable compression damping, rebound damping and spring preload, 127mm wheel travel

Rear Wheel Travel

127 mm / 5.0"

Front Brakes

ZTL type brake, 6 piston, fixed caliper, Ø375 mm single-sided, inside out, stainless steel, floating rotor

Rear Brakes

Single Ø240 mm disc, 1 piston floating caliper

Front Wheel

3.50 x 17"

Rear Wheel

5.50 x 17"

Front Tyre

120/70 ZR17

Rear Tyre

180/55 ZR17

Dimensions

Length: 1924 mm / 75.7"

Width:     768 mm / 30.2"

Height:  1092 mm / 43.0"

Wheelbase1320 mm / 52.0"
Ground Clearance127 mm / 5.0"
Seat Height775 mm / 30.5"

Dry Weight

179 kg / 395 lbs

Fuel Capacity

14 L / 3.7 US gal

Average Fuel Consumption

5.6 L/100 km / 17.9 km/L / 42 US mpg

Standing ¼ Mile

11.4 sec, 182 km/h / 113 mph

Top Speed

249 km/h / 155 mph

Colours

Midnight black, Racing red/Graphite grey/Translucent amber
ReviewsMotorcycle News

The synthesis of brute power and track-tuned agility, the Firebolt XB12R puts 103 horsepower and 84 f t. lbs. of torque in its rider's hand. The Buell InterActive Exhaust system utilizes a valve in the dual- chamber muf fler that is controlled by the ECM and adjusts exhaust flow according to riding conditions to smooth torque delivery and optimize engine power. It is available in Midnight Black, Racing Red or Thrust Blue with stunning Translucent Amber wheels and Graphite Gray frame.

Buell Firebolt XB12R features:

Buell Thunderstorm 1203 fuel-injected air/oil/fan-cooled V-Twin engine
103 peak hp, 84 ft. lbs. peak torque
Buell InterActive Exhaust
New transmission design
New Goodyear Hibrex drive belt with Flexten Plus technology
New lighter, stiffer swingarm design
New air intake location
Fuel-in-frame, oil-in-swingarm
43mm fully adjustable Showa upside-down fork
Fully adjustable Showa rear shock absorber
Buell ZTL front brake system
Translucent Amber wheels
Dropped handlebars
Fairing with projector-beam headlights and Amber windscreen

Review

The Buell XB12R Firebolt is a real Frankenstein’s monster of a motorcycle – but it works. Ancient Harley-Davidson engine mated to a stubby, innovative, high-tech aluminium frame with lots of well thought out touches makes a superb, nimble sports bike. The Buell XB12R may not be the fastest thing in a straight line but awesome in corners and stacks of fun.

As a sports bike or even a track day tool, the Buell XB12R Firebolt’s handling works. Steering’s so rapid you look and the motorcycle turns. But it manages this without being unstable too – testament that Buell’s innovations work. On the road it can be a handful. Instant power, fast steering and firm suspension make it a committed rather than relaxed ride.

Yes the Buell XB12R Firebolt engine's crude and lumpy. But that’s part of its charm. Nothing could be further than the in-line fours the Japanese power their sports motorcycles with. This 1203cc air cooled, narrow angle V-twin is an old-school charmer with plenty of brawny torque. The refinement’s not there or the manic top end power but it’s immensely satisfying to use and it digs in and drives out of corners superbly.

Always a Buell bugbear, although they claim issues have been sorted out. Older bikes had major problems, newer ones only seem to have minor niggles. The finish on some parts chucks in the towel at the first sign of winter and electrical glitches are not unheard of. No match for Honda.

  

 

 

 

 

 

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Thread: My Buell xb12 review after 1.5 years of ownership.

  • 05-29-2012, 08:51 AM#1

    fireinxb is offline
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    I wrote this review up for another forum I frequent. You guys understand the love I feel for this bike, most people don't. I tried to explain it in this review.

    To anyone who cares I'd like to drop a brief review of my Buell here after 1.5 years or so of ownership. Mine's on the left.



    I just got back from another nice ride today. I ****ing. Love. This. Bike. I still drool over it while I walk up to it in a parking lot, I still giggle like a little girl carving canyons with it, I still get that feeling in my gut (you know the feeling) every time I hammer onto the throttle, even short shifting. I've since put some nice ebay adjustable levers on it, a upgraded front brake rotor, and Jardine exhaust/uni air filter/race map flashed on the ECU. It should make around 95whp at 7500 RPMS/85ftlbs at 6000rpms.

    Now this bike isn't for everyone. Actually, I say DON'T get one unless you not only can stand, but actually LIKE the idea of the following things.

    1) It's a Harley motor. Not only that, but its a "built" Harley motor. Lopeier cams, higher compression, the works. It hisses, clicks, spits, and sputters. Think a hot rod, or muscle car. It's got good throttle response off idle due to the EFI (if tuned right), it idles high around 1100rpms, its air cooled and gets HOT in traffic, WHEN it gets hot it retards timing via the ECU, thus gets slower. Cold nights it runs ridiculously good, wheelying in the first few gears. During a hot day it can barely ride out a 1st gear wheelie.

    2) Parts are going to be somewhat rare and thus somewhat expensive. Don't think MV agusta expensive though, think Ducati expensive. The motor requires no valve adjusts whatsoever, you change the oil and go. It's belt drive and belts last 12k miles. There is PLENTY of aftermarket available. Sportster jugs/heads fit, but many companies make buell specific parts with bigger cooling fins. Lots of jugs, big bore kits (think 1450cc stroker), head work, etc mods available. Most anything for a Harley Evo motor will work. So most of the motor parts are guaranteed available for years to come. H-D is required by law to supply Buell parts until 2017 (7 year rule), after that hopefully aftermarket will pick up the slack. There's actually tons of parts available now, so if you're like me and want to keep this bike forever stock up while you can.

    3)This ---- vibrates. Seriously. loc-tite everything, get used to not using your mirrors for more than a vague outline of what's behind you, I always turn my head to actually check before switching lanes and never trust my mirrors. It will vibrate bolts loose, exhausts apart, and your ass to sleep. Once rpms rise to about 3k, its smooth as most bikes, but when your loping around its a beast(again, think hod rod/muscle car).

    4) You're the outcast. Boo-hoo, I know. But it's true. "sport bike" guys look down on you for not purchasing a "real bike", cruiser guys (most of them) don't think your cool enough to be associated with (who cares really), and ducati/exotic guys will talk trash on build quality. The good thing here is you have quite a rare bike and there are also just as many people who absolutely drool over it, think its a 20k dollar bike, etc. It goes both ways. My point here is make sure you buy the bike for YOU, not to impress others.

    5) Best handling bike I've ever ridden. Now I havn't ridden all that many bikes, but I have ridden these: 2007 ducati 620 dark, 2006 r6, hd-sportster, ninja ex500, 07gsxr1000. Now I'm not going to say it outright out handles all of these, because I don't know. I havn't pushed the limits of any of these bikes to their maximum, they were all ridden on the street. I will say that the short wheelbase and low center of gravity, along with light weight (sub 400lbs) inspires confidence. I love the way it falls into corners, and I've drug pegs on it a few times and never felt like I was going to lose it. It rails through bumps mid turn perfectly, assuming you properly adjust the suspension to your weight, riding style.

    6) THE SOUND. If you like the sound of a good v-twin this bike is for you. It has an intoxicating exhaust note that makes my balls tingle. I love the raw deep growl it produces screaming at 7krpms. GET AN EXHAUST. the stock one sounds like a sewing machine due to lots of valve noise and no exhaust note.

    Now this comes with a few drawbacks. First because of the short wheelbase its not considered the most stable at speed. However the bike will only do 140(gearing limited) so it never becomes an issue. Secondly it takes getting used to, as due to its short wheelbase it doesn't feel like a "standard" Japanese sport bike - it's not worse, its different. Ride it and see if you like it.

    Now I think that covers most everything, I'm sure there's a few other things I could go over like riding position, etc. But they make a few different models of XB to accommodate that. I like my clipon bars, but I've ridden my brothers lightning and its fantastic as well. Now you might think I'm just some Buell fanboi, and maybe I am. I love this bike that much, and I certainly had my doubts going into ownership(Bought a absolutely abused/lemon bike for cheap as a project and rebuilt it) I will own it forever, and hope to acquire a few other bikes along the way. Next on the list is a clean RC51. Then maybe an 1125R, or a SM like a KTM or a DRZ400.

    If you look at a Buell and love everything about it, WTF are you waiting for, BUY ONE!


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  • 05-29-2012, 09:09 AM#3

    IstartTheMachine is offline
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    Can I say this? **** YEAHH!!!

  • 05-29-2012, 09:12 AM#4

    stamen is offline
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  • 05-29-2012, 09:30 AM#5

    fireinxb is offline
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    Thanks guys. If you cant tell already, i love my bike :D


  • 05-29-2012, 09:31 AM#6

    MustangGuy is offline
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    I've only owned my Firebolt a short time and have only ridden a few different bikes - none of them super sports - but this still sums up my feelings perfectly. I spent a couple of hours on it yesterday ( we are still getting acquainted) and realized that I've had more enjoyment from it in the past couple of months than I've had in the classic car hobby in the past 20 years! I wish I discover Buells sooner, but I think there's a right time for everything and "better late than never"!


  • 05-29-2012, 09:35 AM#7

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  • 05-29-2012, 09:52 AM#8

    bigflash1 is offline
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    Great write up! Captured it right on the nose.


  • 05-29-2012, 10:09 AM#9

    BuddhaBuell is offline
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    excellent write up fireinxb!
    +1

  • 05-29-2012, 10:30 AM#10

    pur pony is offline
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    nice write-up...

    I went from a 03 R1 to a 99 X1.... I dont miss the R1 a bit... well maybe just a little.... but i LOVE my buell. Its just plain and simple FUN to ride.

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    2006 Buell XB12R - The Look and The Sound

    BUELL XB12R FIREBOLT (2003 - 2007) Review

    MCN rating4 out of 5(4/5)

    Owners' rating4.3 out of 5(4.3/5)

    SpecsOwners' reviewsBikes for saleFor sale

    Buell XB12R Firebolt motorcycle review - Riding

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    At a glance

    Prices

    Overall rating

    Next up: Ride & brakes

    4 out of 5(4/5)

    Author: MCN Staff

    Published: 22 November 2006

    Updated: 21 November 2014

    The Buell XB12R Firebolt is a real Frankenstein’s monster of a motorcycle – but it works. Ancient Harley-Davidson engine mated to a stubby, innovative, high-tech aluminium frame with lots of well thought out touches makes a superb, nimble sports bike. The Buell XB12R may not be the fastest thing in a straight line but awesome in corners and stacks of fun.

     

    Ride quality & brakes

    Next up: Engine

    3 out of 5(3/5)

    As a sports bike or even a track day tool, the Buell XB12R Firebolt’s handling works. Steering’s so rapid you look and the motorcycle turns. But it manages this without being unstable too – testament that Buell’s innovations work. On the road it can be a handful. Instant power, fast steering and firm suspension make it a committed rather than relaxed ride.

    Engine

    Next up: Reliability

    4 out of 5(4/5)

    Yes the Buell XB12R Firebolt engine's crude and lumpy. But that’s part of its charm. Nothing could be further than the in-line fours the Japanese power their sports motorcycles with. This 1203cc air cooled, narrow angle V-twin is an old-school charmer with plenty of brawny torque. The refinement’s not there or the manic top end power but it’s immensely satisfying to use and it digs in and drives out of corners superbly.

    Reliability & build quality

    Next up: Value

    2 out of 5(2/5)

    Always a Buell bugbear, although they claim issues have been sorted out. Older bikes had major problems, newer ones only seem to have minor niggles. The finish on some parts chucks in the towel at the first sign of winter and electrical glitches are not unheard of. No match for Honda.

    Value vs rivals

    Next up: Equipment

    3 out of 5(3/5)

    The Buell XB12R Firebolt's price is competitive compared to other litre sports bikes – but not good next to the 600s which have similar / better performance. It’s on par with other character machines like the Tuono and Speed Triple. Running costs are moderate including depreciation as long as you don’t rack up too many miles. Find a Buell XB12R  for sale.

    Equipment

    2 out of 5(2/5)

    The latest sports motorcycles are pretty well equipped – the Buell XB12R Firebolt is somewhat behind. There’s a couple of bungee hooks on the rear seat until, basic clocks and not much else. Being part of Harley-Davidson there’s a big range of extras from carbon parts to performance exhausts and air filters. Compare and buy parts for the Firebolt in the MCN Shop.

     

    BUELL XB12R FIREBOLT for sale with MCN

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    Specs

    Engine size1203cc
    Engine type4v V-twin, 5 gears
    Frame typeAluminium twin spar
    Fuel capacity14 litres
    Seat height775mm
    Bike weight175kg
    Front suspensionPreload, rebound, compression
    Rear suspensionPreload, rebound, compression
    Front brake375mm disc
    Rear brake240mm disc
    Front tyre size120/70 x 17
    Rear tyre size180/55 x 17

    Mpg, costs & insurance

    Average fuel consumption42 mpg
    Annual road tax£96
    Annual service cost£230
    New price-
    Used price £6,000
    Insurance group 16 of 17
    How much to insure?
    Warranty termTwo year unlimited mileage

    Top speed & performance

    Max power100 bhp
    Max torque81 ft-lb
    Top speed155 mph
    1/4 mile acceleration11.43 secs
    Tank range125 miles

    Model history & versions

    Model history

    2003: Buel XB12R Firebolt launched.

    Other versions

    Buell XB9R Firebolt: Near identical but with a 984cc engine. Ran from 2002-04.

    Owners' reviews for the BUELL XB12R FIREBOLT (2003 - 2007)

    17 owners have reviewed their BUELL XB12R FIREBOLT (2003 - 2007) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

    Review your BUELL XB12R FIREBOLT (2003 - 2007)

    Summary of owners' reviews

    Overall rating: 4.3 out of 5(4.3/5)
    Ride quality & brakes: 4.5 out of 5(4.5/5)
    Engine: 4.1 out of 5(4.1/5)
    Reliability & build quality: 4.1 out of 5(4.1/5)
    Value vs rivals: 4.3 out of 5(4.3/5)
    Equipment: 3.7 out of 5(3.7/5)
    Annual servicing cost: £230
    4 out of 5

    21 May 2021by Mauro Milan Italy

    Year: 2005

    Emotional bike

    Ride quality & brakes4 out of 5

    Engine5 out of 5

    Reliability & build quality4 out of 5

    Value vs rivals3 out of 5

    Equipment4 out of 5

    5 out of 5

    17 August 2020by Michel Wenting

    Year: 2006

    Best bike ever

    Ride quality & brakes4 out of 5

    Engine4 out of 5

    Reliability & build quality4 out of 5

    Value vs rivals4 out of 5

    Equipment4 out of 5

    4 out of 5Fun oddball

    17 January 2020by 767 Driver

    Year: 2006

    Annual servicing cost: £60

    Very fun unique bike. Excellent chassis with VERY aggressive geometry means you think about putting a knee down and it’s happening. Likes to give a little head shake on rapid transitions, but as soon as you set the line it settles down. Not enough to warrant a steering dampener unless you are doing fast track days. Speaking of which, this is definitely a 95% street / 5% track bike.

    Ride quality & brakes4 out of 5

    Front rotor will warp and the first sight of a track day, very good feel though.

    Engine2 out of 5

    Great for stoplight to stoplight blasts, but it definitely is not setting the world on fire with 100hp. Lots of down low power makes for great fun on the commute. Pushing a “slow” bike hard is more fun than never using 100% of a fast bike anyway.

    Reliability & build quality4 out of 5

    Harley / Buell build quality has never been up to Japanese specs... but it’s easy as hell to work on and parts are cheap. Only issue I have had is a severely warped front brake rotor, the neat ZTL front rotor just can’t take any serious track work but is perfectly happy with quick street work.

    Value vs rivals5 out of 5

    Very easy to service, oil changes are a breeze and no coolant to worry about. Still on the original drive belt after 14 years and 35,000 miles... do not miss chain cleaning one bit.

    Equipment2 out of 5

    It’s a decade+ old, part of the charm is how basic it is. A neat benefit in cold weather is since you sit 2 inches above the rear cylinder... it has a built in seat heater!

    Buying experience: These things are dirt cheap these days, bought from a private seller that took good care of it. Beware of corrosion, OEM muffler likes to rot out if ridden in winter weather.

    5 out of 5Buy a Buell today!

    19 November 2016by Buell fan

    Version: firebolt xb12r

    Year: 2004

    Annual servicing cost: £400

    Fantastic bike, makes you feel alive and always puts a smile on your face. If you're thinking of buying one avoid the bike shops, buy private from a caring owner. Anyone who puts down a Buell Firebolt has very likely never owned one, or even ridden one, they dont go wrong any more than any other bike in the real world. If 150mph and wheelieing in the first three gears isn't enough for you,get off the road and on the track.

    Ride quality & brakes5 out of 5

    Very good bike to take a pillion on, which I often do as most people say they love it. It still rides really well two up,we only do 100 miles or less as its a fun bike. Brakes are fantastic, best bike for stoppies ever. Buy one when youre bored to death of in line fours, as we all know they are very similar to each other. If you like thrashing a bike to the max a Buell is a great fun bike.

    Engine4 out of 5

    Fantastic torquey motor,pipe keeps you warm. 11 second quarters, but up against most bikes its always the first to 100mph. Does 150 on a good day.

    Reliability & build quality4 out of 5

    In 5 years only replaced consumables, tyres, steering bearings, it's no worse than any other bike.

    Value vs rivals4 out of 5

    Depends on the milage, servicing is expensive from all rip off dealers isn't it?

    Equipment4 out of 5

    Having plastics you can change the graphics on without damaging paint is brill, eats rear tyres if you really go for it,but doesn't everything?

    Buying experience: Dealers are very untrustworthy these days with not many good ones left, always buy private as its easier to meet a genuine owner than try and deal with a guy in a bike shop who you wouldn't trust in any other situation,they are trying to make the most money out of you not give you a fair deal, just check out the prices yourself.

    4 out of 5A real V-twin experience

    08 October 2009by 2sCompany3sariot

    I had several Firebolt test rides and attended a Buell Experience at Mallory Park before I finally got a secondhand 04 XB12 in December 07. I run a Sprint 1050 ST as well so the 'bolt isn't my main bike but I've still managed about 5000 miles so far (total about 16K). I've always liked Vtwins and have previously owned several Guzzis, Dukes, a Honda Firestorm, Aprilias and 2 Harley FXR's, so I've experienced a selection of V-engines before I came to the Buell. I think the Buell delivers the kind of engine performance that I always looked for in the others. That is, a low revving torquey engine with a great sound (on a race can anyway) and with enough performance to excite, and cheap to run too. I've seen 135 on the clocks and it feels surprisingly good at that speed considering the relatively low-tech design of the engine. The Buell really does surprise you with how it feels on the road. It's pretty quick off the mark and I've caught out quite a few race rep fours at the lights who've found that they've had to dial in a few more revs than they thought to overhaul me. And when they do fly past and hit the corners, the Buell is not far behind most ordinary riders and can make up ground fast. The gearbox can be agricultural but is definitely not as bad some Guzzis. I get very few false neutrals and the box is very positive for 95% of the time as long as you have the clutch cable and primary chain coorectly adjusted. Like anything you learn how to use if effectively. You'll notice it more in town as you go up and down the box and it will seem heavier in these situations but it's no worse than many in that respect. You can buy kits to reduce the lever pressure but it's never bothered me that much! I have not had one single issue with reliability. I put fuel in and it goes. It uses no oil and returns on average 130 miles to reserve. I've kept a fuel log and average 54.08(uk)mpg,(lowest 44.28mpg, best 61.39). I've only done under 50mpg twice in the whole time!!! Because it's so low revving it's very deceptive at speed and very easy to find yourself doing an indicated 80mph or more when you think you're doing 60. I have got a non-standard Zero Gravity double bubble screen,though, which takes the wind blast down helping the sensation of effortless speed. The bike also came with an HP (Hot Performance) can which possibly allows it to breathe a little better.The engine may be an old design but whatever Buell do to the engine gives it just about perfect power and torque for real world riding. You can rev it through the gears if you want but it's equally as good changing up and letting the torque work for you. You can often leave it in top top and roll on and off the throttle making use of the huge midrange shove to overtake. Lazy and effortless. The single rim mounted disc is also very efficient and far better or equal to many twin disc set ups that I've used. The standard (showa?) rear shock doesn't always deliver the most compliant ride. It's worth spending time to dial in both front and rear as there is a comprehensive guide provided in the handbook for basic settings based on rider weight. I've had a play but never seem to get the bike absolutely right for me. The handling around corners is great but sometimes the rear seems too harsh over bumps.I'm no expert so it could just be me! I can say that I have never felt out of control on the bike so maybe I'm just being fussy - then again British roads are getting much crappier these days so maybe it's that as well!!!! The seat is very minimal for both rider and pillion. Having said that, I can't ever remember actually feeling any pain or need to stop for a rest because of it (Which I have had on the Sprint when touring). The riding position is pretty good and I've done several 120+ mile journeys without any aches or real discomfort. One absolutely diabolical part of the bike is the headlights. They really are the crappest lights I have ever sat behind! I won't even think of riding in the dark on an unfamiliar unlit road because it would be dangerous. When I say lights, Well, One side comes on for dip and one for main but they are both poor. It's an arse of a law or regulation that stops bikes having twin headlights.I haven't even tried to improve it - I just take the Sprint if I have to ride at night. If the Buell was your only bike, you would need to look at this area if you regularly ride at night. I've used BT020 tyres front and rear (same as I have on the Sprint. Just my preference but they seem to work well wet or dry and give good mileage. Both are still good after 5000 miles and should see 7000 or more. I would have expected the torque to punish the rear, but it certainly does not seem to be the case. The mirrors are so so. Sometimes they're ok but other times at speed, you can't really see what's in them due to the vibration! The belt drive (a first for me ) is great. No chain to oil, no need to adjust, no fuss, no bother. Another maintenance plus. The bike is nimble and easy to filter with and pass traffic on the move. The torque just zips you past slower traffic and I often find myself going for overtakes that I wouldn't go for on the Sprint because the Buell is small, light and nippy. The Sprint requires a bit more thought and planning because of it's extra size,weight and power!! I really really like the Buell, it's grown and grown on me over time. It provides you with a unique experience in biking and really delivers more in so many ways than the stats on paper would suggest. It never fails to put a smile on my face and that's really important for me. I can only suggest that you try one but don't blame me if it gets under your skin and you end up wanting one. Just don't expect anything like a Jap race rep as it's as far away from that as anything could be. But that is exactly why I love it.

    Ride quality & brakes4 out of 5

    Engine5 out of 5

    Reliability & build quality5 out of 5

    Value vs rivals5 out of 5

    Equipment4 out of 5

    5 out of 5Love HD

    30 April 2009by ThomasD

    You got to give it to Harley Davidson and love them. When they took over they finally brought some sense into Buells. Erik had great visions but not the ability to build quality bikes. The Tube frame models are cheap produced and that is why they are failing. HD could see the good side of Erik he is a visionary thinker but he did not know how to make good and lasting bikes. He has the concept and HD makes it real and good. There you go you have the XB series reliable and with a fair quality for a good price.

    Ride quality & brakes5 out of 5

    Engine5 out of 5

    Reliability & build quality5 out of 5

    Value vs rivals5 out of 5

    Equipment5 out of 5

    5 out of 5Brilliant like the other XB's

    30 April 2009by svens

    The R is a little more sharper than the S because of its sportsbike riding position and the clip-on handlebars other than that a brilliant and reliable bike.

    Ride quality & brakes5 out of 5

    Engine5 out of 5

    Reliability & build quality5 out of 5

    Value vs rivals5 out of 5

    Equipment5 out of 5

    4 out of 5Buell XB12R Firebolt

    11 March 2008by Doug45

    I bought an XB12R new in 2004, complete with race kit. A really good handling bike, and not too slow considering the age of the motor, although I don't know where you get 155 mph from, as mine was bouncing off the rev-limiter in top at 145 mph. Totally reliable, and not too bad for touring with a Ventura pack fitted. Recommended.

    Ride quality & brakes5 out of 5

    Engine3 out of 5

    Reliability & build quality4 out of 5

    Value vs rivals4 out of 5

    Equipment3 out of 5

    4 out of 5yes iv the 1200 now

    01 January 2008by red123

    I said i was considering the 1200 had one now 4 a year love it . But it needs input so if your used jap bikes . You ll prob hate it

    Ride quality & brakes5 out of 5

    Engine5 out of 5

    Reliability & build quality4 out of 5

    Value vs rivals4 out of 5

    Equipment3 out of 5

    4 out of 5bloody good bike

    07 September 2007by jigga04

    I've had my 07 firebolt for 3 months and i want to marry if i could. She is black and red all stock standard (for now) . Could do with a bit more power but it still a great bike . I want to buy a race kit but all the one i have seen are so damn expensive can anyone help me with a good kit at a low cost

    Ride quality & brakes5 out of 5

    Engine3 out of 5

    Reliability & build quality4 out of 5

    Value vs rivals3 out of 5

    Equipment2 out of 5

    4 out of 5Love the Firebolt

    13 May 2007by

    I fancied a big twin again,had my fill of jap fours,all seem the bloody same.I rang up my local dealer Just Harly's of Newcastle,I asked the sales guy if I could have a test ride on a Firebolt,he said yes no problem I arrived the next morning and took one out for three hours. I fell in love with the bloody thing strait away, masses of grunt from tickover,very sharp handeling flicks from side to side with no efort at all. The vibes at tickover smooth out once you are running,and it is very roomy on the bike for it's compact size.I got back to the dealers three hours later and orderd a new Bolt strate away. I would recomend a Firebolt to any fellow biker,just book a test ride you will love the thing.

    Ride quality & brakes5 out of 5

    Engine4 out of 5

    Reliability & build quality4 out of 5

    Value vs rivals4 out of 5

    Equipment4 out of 5

    4 out of 5Hooked

    24 March 2007by golfnutXB

    I have always liked the look and sound of this bike since its launch, but was always put off by the reviews, until I test rode one!! That was it, had to have one. Now its not a Japanese straight line rocket, but as individual as the rider him or herself, with all its quirky misgivings, but still an amazing riding experience.Weaknesses: Me - I want two!!

    Ride quality & brakes5 out of 5

    Engine4 out of 5

    Reliability & build quality3 out of 5

    Value vs rivals4 out of 5

    Equipment3 out of 5

    1 out of 5I bought the bike ex-demo from stockport Harley - it was recommended as being a good reliable bike.

    16 October 2006by harryford

    I have had trouble with the bike, the side stand bolt snapped, the engine rattled when warm, the belt pully bearing seized, the exhaust corroded badly, the front wheel bearing collapsed, finally the key fell apart in the ignition. All this between December 23rd  2005 untill october 15th 2006! Strengths: The bike handles well when not broken, looks good. Weaknesses: Everything!

    Ride quality & brakes2 out of 5

    Engine2 out of 5

    Reliability & build quality1 out of 5

    Value vs rivals3 out of 5

    Equipment4 out of 5

    5 out of 5Most fun I've ever had on a bike. Better than the missus!?!

    01 September 2006by red123

    <p>Its a real fun bike the handling is excellant so is the braking. The fuel consumption is very good so is the service back up .Dunlop 207s are the best&nbsp;I've found. I've ridden it all day and comfort is fine, even for a 50 year old!&nbsp;I am considering the 1200, but it has the same lights, which are useless! I&nbsp;can't believe Buell let the bike down with such crap head light. Strengths: Handling , comfort, braking, fuel mpg, dealer back up. Weaknesses: Head light crap.</p>

    Ride quality & brakes5 out of 5

    Engine5 out of 5

    Reliability & build quality5 out of 5

    Value vs rivals5 out of 5

    Equipment4 out of 5

    5 out of 5Great bike but buy used. I paid 50% of new 2 years later with 1475 miles on it.

    28 July 2006by svjohn39

    <p>Loads of torque and engine sounds nice. It took me about 300 miles to get used to the short wheelbase but now I love it and ride it everywhere. Previous Buell was an XB9S and it really lacked the oomph I wanted, XB12R solved that, now I just need some decent tires, stock suck. Strengths: Torque, looks. Weaknesses: Gas mileage.</p>

    Ride quality & brakes4 out of 5

    Engine4 out of 5

    Reliability & build quality4 out of 5

    Value vs rivals5 out of 5

    Equipment4 out of 5

    5 out of 5A good fun urban street bike. That handles and then some, and the torque is sooo much fun. :)

    05 June 2006by KWAK6ftRider

    I won this bike as a result of a competion I entered through this site. At first I was seriously considering selling it, especially as it is so small and at 6'6" and 1** Kg I am not exactly a small person. When I first rode it, I was even more unsure about keeping it. This was mainly due the the extreme handling characteristics. It just didn't seam stable in bends, and I didn't feel very comfortable in the brakes as it felt like my weight was entirly over the front wheel. I decided I was going to finish off the bedding in period before making a decsion, as I was keen to know if the power band that was just starting to appear at the running in revs carried on much further. BTW the running in is a nightmare 1000 miles of it! I am so glad I did. Over the thousand mile bedding in, I learned to trust the brakes, they are a lot better than they initially seamed, but you do need to use a slight ammount of rear to stabilise the bike. I also learned how the bike liked to be turned. Strengths: * Very good at turning * so much torque * great sound * big grins every time I get off! Weaknesses: * A little bit of vibrations, they especially make rear mirrors useless. * low tank range about 95 miles.

    Ride quality & brakes5 out of 5

    Engine5 out of 5

    Reliability & build quality5 out of 5

    Value vs rivals5 out of 5

    Equipment4 out of 5

    5 out of 5To try one may be expensive!!!

    07 May 2006by batman907

    Had no intention of buying one at all, rode the xb9r thought nice, needs more oomph though. Test rode xb12r firebolt 'cos bored, off work for day, bought it 3 days later. Strengths: Torque, oomph, makes me laugh like a nutter! Weaknesses: Don't know yet, not heard anything though...

    Ride quality & brakes5 out of 5

    Engine5 out of 5

    Reliability & build quality5 out of 5

    Value vs rivals5 out of 5

    Equipment4 out of 5

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    Buell XB12R Firebolt motorcycle review - Riding

    Sours: https://www.motorcyclenews.com/bike-reviews/buell/xb12r-firebolt/2003/

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    Buell XB12R Firebolt & XB12S Lightning (2003 – 2010) | Buyer's Guide

     

    What to pay:

    As with so many bikes, the once unpopular Buells have found a new lease of life and as such used examples hold their prices. You can pick up an early XB12R or S for in the region of £5000 from a dealer, however this does rise quite dramatically to nearer to £7000 for a later generation or one of the rare models such as the STT or Lightning Long. Private sales tend to be considerably cheaper, but you are taking a bit of a punt as there is no warranty. If you are on a budget, the XB9 models are less sought after than the XB12s, so you can save around £1000 if you sacrifice a bit of capacity.

     

    Who to ask:

     

    The enthusiasts site www.ukbeg.com is your best source of information as most Harley dealers do their very best to avoid the brand. Ask who is recommended in your area as owning a Buell requires locating a specialist mechanic who knows them inside and out rather than just going to a local multi bike franchise.

     

    Better call Maz - Maz Matsell runs The Emporium – Just Buells and is an independent Buell specialist. He can be contacted via Facebook and is the man to go to for sorting out the irritating niggles that can ruin the whole experience of owning a Buell.

     

    Specs:

    Engine: 1203cc, air-cooled V-twin, 4v

    Power: 103bhp @ 6,800rpm

    Torque: 84ftlb @ 6,000rpm

    Weight: 179kg

     

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