Buell XB9R Reviews from United Kingdom

2002 Buell XB9R

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired2000 miles
Most recent distance5600 miles
Previous motorcycleKawasaki Z1000-R

Summary:

What motorcycling should be - a blast!

Faults:

Fuel sensor failed at 1,800 miles.

Headlight came loose at 2,000 miles.

Heat sensor failed at 5,000 miles.

General Comments:

Forget straight line performance - get into a fight on a straight road and you'll get eaten by most decent Japanese 600s. But go and play in the twisty things, and you'll be digging dead flies out of your teeth for months.

With the race kit (uprated cam, chip and exhaust) it produces just over 100BHP, plenty for a 1 litre bike that weighs as much as most 250s.

Torque is plain silly. Somewhere around force 9 on the Richter Scale. Crack the throttle at any revs and woo hoo!

Not the bike for everyone - but put a proper rider between the tank and the bumstop, and it's pretty well uncatchable.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th June, 2005

14th Jun 2005, 18:00

Is "digging dead flies out of your teeth for months" supposed to be a good thing?

17th Jun 2005, 04:26

The dead flies aren't necessarily a good thing, but the experience that left you grinning like a toothpaste commercial is undoubtedly positive. If there's any other way of having this much fun without the risk of addiction, blindness or imprisonment, I've yet to discover it.

2002 Buell XB9R

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.9 / 10
Distance when acquired1500 miles
Most recent distance6000 miles

Summary:

A stonking V-Twin with attitude!!

Faults:

2002 Buell XB9-R.

The drive belt started to crack, got it replaced under warranty.

Wheel bearings started to rust, also got those replaced free of charge.

General Comments:

Fantastic bike, massive amounts of torque, feels great to ride. If you're going for one of these, make sure you get the race kit (K&N, ECU and exhaust), sounds beautiful. Also, there are a lot of under body exhausts now available. I spent a few quid making mine look pretty sexy, had a paint job, and some custom bits and bobs.

Top end is about 135mph, will sit there all day, I went to Assen GP on mine and it coped no problem at all.

The new generation of XB Buells can handle lots of abuse and are pretty bullet proof compared to earlier models.

I'm 6'2 and had to put the XB9S foot pedals on there, as they gave me 1" extra leg room, which I found more comfortable.

If you want a different bike and like the attention, then you can't go too far wrong with one of these!!!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st January, 2005

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 2 reviews