Buell S2 Thunderbolt Reviews from United States of America

1995 Buell S2 Thunderbolt

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired6200 miles
Most recent distance22100 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda VF750C Magna

Summary:

Basically - I love it

Faults:

Things shake off the bike often. Most damage has been caused by this. Front brake caliper lost a bolt causing the caliper to swing out and hit the PM wheel/rim causing scratches. The carbon fiber Vance and Hines pipe, which I added when I got it, literally has shaken itself to death. Nuts bolts and screws constantly need to be tightened, sometimes replaced. Only the caliper bolt resulted in danger and significant cost (had it buffed out).

Clutch cover needed a gasket at 15K miles. A throttle cable needed to be replaced. They over the top of the engine and the lube effectively dries/bakes and the inner cable rusts through. Rear brake pads die quickly, and I rarely use the rear brake... mainly because it really doesn't work much at all.

Nothing really expensive, nor major. More and more parts, however, are made of "unobtainium"... just can't find them. The 1995 is a pre-production hand-built and only 1400 were made.

General Comments:

Bike still looks awesome and turns heads. It is so unique it always get lookers in parking lots.

The bike sounds awesome, and turns heads. Get compliments on the sound.

The torque is amazing. I live in Colorado and it eats up the mountain roads. The 50 to 100mph roll-on is nearly super bike numbers (look it up, it is true... it eats most in-line fours in that range).

While a tad heavy, it handles fantastically well. It always starts and is easy enough to maintain. There are LOTS of go-fast options available... I have a moderate few: the aftermarket pipe, a MUST, a Screaming Eagle ignition (basically, some advance and higher rev limiter, which gives it a better sound as well).

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd May, 2008

19th Sep 2008, 09:10

The 2nd Thunderbolt I ever saw was in Colorado, it was Pearl Yellow between Durango and Silverton Co. Blasting down the mountain roads. I was up there riding Dirt Bikes and saw that bike, it was real nice, after that my brother-in-law was giving me subliminal messages just saying "BUELL" real soft on and on, then I bought one (Pearl Yellow With PM Wheels) 1 week after I got back to Texas! Also bought a 98 White Lightning a few years ago! Great Bikes! RacerDave.

1995 Buell S2 Thunderbolt

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2005
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.9 / 10
Distance when acquired4500 miles
Most recent distance12000 miles

Summary:

Great handling and braking, and you can still hang with the Harley guys

Faults:

Blew a head gasket. The frame was replaced under warranty.

General Comments:

I've had 4 different motorcycles while I've owned this bike. I sell the others and keep my S2. It's cheap to maintain and really fun to ride.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th October, 2005

1995 Buell S2 Thunderbolt

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.7 / 10
Distance when acquired8900 miles
Most recent distance24000 miles
Previous motorcycleYamaha FZR600

Summary:

I often look to see what other Buell S2 Thunderbolts are for sale, thinking I might buy another one

Faults:

Replaced the header pipe, which broke at the head (16,500 miles).

Replaced 2nd header pipe with one from an S1 (new design), which broke again at the head (18,400 miles).

Replaced the recalled rear shock, which was leaking fluid (19,650 miles).

Valve head breathing system would often leak oil over the right side of bike. I finally modified it to collect in a catch can.

Since the bike has a v-twin engine, the drive train tends to chew thru back tires. I often would go thru two rear tires before replacing one front tire.

General Comments:

This bike was lots of fun and was a head turner.

There are many modifications for the engine, because it is the same that is used on the Harley Davidson XL1200 motorcycles.

This was a heavy bike and it helped being tall, to hold it up.

I took many long trips on this bike.

The v-twin, 1203cc engine sounded GREAT!

This was a great bike for the corners, it felt stable and put a grin on my face each time I got off of it.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th March, 2005

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 3 reviews