1997 Buell S1 Lightning
Torquey and sexy
Vibration caused rear number plate to break - made a new h/d one with 3mm alloy.
Various minor things - apart from rear cylinder marked and needed re-bore.
And oil leaks - get used to it - not a big deal. I ride it hard and it is an old design, so can't expect perfection.
More fun than a bag of ferrets.
Makes you grin. Great sound. Torquey motor means not much gear changing is needed. Surprises blades and such like - on a twisty road can keep up and even pass.
Handles really well. Back brake is crap even with w wavy disc. Servicing & parts are cheap and often DIY.
A real classic. Old school pushrod power and one carb - still does the business. Don't be fooled by the shaking about on tick-over; it soon smoothes out.
The seat is tiny. It is so hard - it's like sitting on a log - but looks good and really makes you feel the road. No way is this a 2-up bike. Not a serious commuters bike.
For weekend fun on twisty roads it is hard to beat.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st February, 2008