Buell S1 Lightning Review from Australia

1998 Buell S1 Lightning

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2010
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance45000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleHarley-Davidson Sportster XL 1200R


A classic


I have not had ONE thing go wrong with my Buell, which may surprise some people, although I have modified heads, Nicosil barrels, Wiseco pistons, flatslide carb and race kit exhaust. The fork internals have also been modified, all to suit my riding style. With a dyno'd 100 hp at the rear wheel, I am pretty happy.

An earlier post mentioned he had trouble getting fork seals for the WP forks. That might be because they are a Japanese fork, not WP and are fitted to a number of Suzuki's, such as the 1200 Bandit. You can buy the seals anywhere, or the bushes from a Suzuki dealer. The same person mentioned problems with the Brembo brakes. Again not correct. They are Japanese Nissin.. Certainly helps if you or the dealer got the right info, I am sure.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th September, 2010

14th Mar 2013, 06:20

Depends whether they were a complete front end mod or not...