2002 Buell XB9R
What motorcycling should be - a blast!
Fuel sensor failed at 1,800 miles.
Headlight came loose at 2,000 miles.
Heat sensor failed at 5,000 miles.
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.