Dream Bike!

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As I mentioned in an earlier post, I cleaned out almost my entire stable of ratty old carby bikes and janky scooter projects.

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My close IRL friends have imposed some rules on me, think of it as an intervention.

I’m not allowed to add to the stable, but I am allowed to trade, sell, repair, modify, and replace. A temporary rule is that due to COVID-19, I’m only allowed to spend money on critical repairs to a daily and cheap modifications. That means replacements for sold vehicles have to be purchased using only the cash from the sold vehicles.

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I’m liking these new rules. They keep me focused on what I *really* want. Instead of using the cash I made in selling all the trash I sold to get more trash, I got a bike I’ve wanted ever since I got the idea I wanted to ride: A Buell Lightning.

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These bikes just hit the spot. They’re short with rounded tails that don’t even fully cover the rear tire. Add some neat exhaust work, HD v-twin soundtrack, Buell’s quirky frames, and translucent plastics that remind me of an old school iMac.

I found an example in mint shape for a fantastic price. It has a scratch on the transmission case and tarnished headers, but that’s it. Not a speck of rust, not a bit of damage. Just really dirty from being in a workshop for a while.

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He even fixed a few problem areas like the weak side stands these bikes came with. PO is an engineer, so his custom stand is brilliant and even uses the factory mounting point.

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How does it ride? It’s an XB9, so it revs slightly higher and faster than the XB12's engine. The EFI delivers smooth throttle and the engine is nice and torque-y. It’s not going to win any races but the bike is plenty fun. It feels slow going the speed limit, like it’s begging you to hit the ton...which it’ll hit in a breeze. Just don’t try outrunning, well even a 90s middleweight.

Corners? Oh it loves corners. The darn thing is basically point and click. In all, this thing is perfect for my style of road riding. I was afraid this was going to be a case of never meet your heroes but I’m glad it didn’t come true. :)

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Plans for it are removing the little tongue that sticks way out past the license plate (compliance for regulations that don’t allow open wheels) for something like this that still allows the plate to be easily visible.

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And LEDs under the translucent plastics.

Last year I tested the Harley LiveWire and compared it to a Buell and still feel it to be true. That bike feels like a Buell XB that doesn’t vibrate the feeling out of your hands.

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This bike came with a service manual, stock muffler (currently has a custom muffler), spare parts, oil change kit, and a Snell rated helmet!

And because I’ve sold almost everything titled in my name, now if the worst case scenario happens with the rental house I’ll have a much much easier time protecting myself.

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More pics once I give it a Svending and remove the autobot vinyls under the plastics.

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