Top 200 Current Motorcycles: Best Or Worst? - Buell XB Series

There comes a time when any automotive reviewer has to stop reaching for the thesaurus and simply state the clear and simple fact that the entire lineup that he or she is reviewing is a malodorous steaming pile of maggot ridden steer manure. That is most definitely the case for the Buell XB Series.

Sure, I could have gone model by model exercising my vocabulary and trying to figure out innovative and different ways of saying that the Buell XB Series is ugly, so I'll just dump the whole thesaurus out right now and provide all of the synonyms at once:

The Buell XB Series is abhorrent, abominable, appalling, atrocious, awful, barbarous, bloodcurdling, contemptible, deplorable, despicable, detestable, disgusting, distasteful, dreadful, execrable, foul, ghastly, grotesque, heinous, hideous, horrendous, horrid, loathsome, monstrous, nauseating, obnoxious, odious, offensive, repugnant, repulsive, revolting, sickening, and vile.

Is that clear enough?

Although there are some BMWs that make me retch, some Bimotas that make me feel like I've just eaten a slug sandwich, some Triumphs that make me want to fly to Britain to slap the stylists across the face, and some Yamahas that for the good of humanity deserve to be exterminated more than a pandemic virus strain, there has never been an entire lineup of motorcycles like the Buell XB Series which have absolutely not a single solitary aesthetic value in any way, shape or form.

Fortunately there are a couple of saving graces in the marque. The Buell Blast is a Blast, and I am warming to the Batbike look of the Buell 1125 R. The rest, unfortunately, is whale dreck.

Therefore, I give you the photos of the Buell XB Series, followed by a small blurb as to their powerplants. I have nothing against these fine, powerful, reliable, wonderful Harley Davidson Sportster derived engines, as I am confident in the superlative handling of the XB Series on the track. Buell XB Series performance is awesome. It's the aesthetics of the entire lineup that is unacceptable to anyone with retinas.

Buell XB Series: WORST! WORST! WORST! WORST! OF ALL TIME!

 Buell Firebolt XB9R

The bike is driven by a vigorous 984 cc, oil/air cooled, 45° v-twin powerplant designed with a bore and stroke of 88.9 mm x 79.4 mm and a compression ratio of 10:1 which grants the bike a sublime 92 horsepower (67.7 kW). When we calculate the core weight of the bike being 385 pounds (175 Kg.), and factor that into the omnipotent horsepower generated the result is 4.18 pounds per horsepower, which is in the range of the power to weight ratio of a Plymouth Barracuda Hemi.

 Buell Firebolt XB12R

The motorcycle is powered by a mighty 1203 cc, oil/air cooled, 45° v-twin motor set up with a bore and stroke of 88.9 mm x 96.82 mm and a compression ratio of 10:1 which bestows upon the model an awesome 103 horsepower (75.8 kW). When we compute the total dry weight of the cycle equalling 394 pounds (179 Kg.), and factor the weight in to the mind-boggling horsepower on tap we get a result of 3.82 pounds per horsepower, a figure that is not far off from the power to weight ratio of an ARCA racing car.

Buell Lightning CityX XB9SX

This model is driven by a highway-devouring 984 cc, oil/air cooled, 45° v-twin engine with a bore and stroke of 88.9 mm x 79.4 mm and a compression ratio of 10:1 which endows the motorcycle a sensational 92 horsepower (67.7 kW). When we consider the overall dry weight of the motorcycle tallying up to 389 pounds (177 Kg.), and factor it into the brawny power available a crack of the throttle the result is 4.23 pounds per horsepower, a total that is fairly close to the power to weight ratio of a Grand American Road Racing car.

 Buell Lightning Long XB12Ss

This bike has a eyeball-flattening 1203 cc, oil/air cooled, 45° v-twin powerplant featuring a bore and stroke measuring 88.9 mm x 96.82 mm and a compression ratio of 10:1 which gives the bike a prodigious 103 horsepower (75.8 kW). When we factor in the total weight of the bike being 398 pounds (181 Kg.), and factor that into the superlative horsepower we get a result of 3.87 pounds per horsepower, a total that approximates the power to weight ratio of a Saleen S7 Twin Turbo.

 Buell Lightning XB12S

This cycle is driven by a truly omnipotent 1203 cc, oil/air cooled, 45° v-twin motor engineered with a bore and stroke of 88.9 mm x 96.82 mm and a compression ratio of 10:1 which confers upon the model a beguiling 103 horsepower (75.8 kW). When we look at the overall curb weight of the bike being 394 pounds (179 Kg.), and factor it into the divine power generated we get a final calculation of 3.82 pounds per horsepower, a figure that is approximately the power to weight ratio of a Bristol Fighter T.

Buell Lightning XB12Scg

The bike is powered by a beefy 1203 cc, oil/air cooled, 45° v-twin engine designed with a bore and stroke of 88.9 mm x 96.82 mm and a compression ratio of 10:1 which gives the motorcycle a notable 103 horsepower (75.8 kW). When we calculate the total curb weight of the motorcycle being 394 pounds (179 Kg.), and factor it into the fabulous horsepower we get a total calculation of 3.82 pounds per horsepower, a figure that is not that far off from the power to weight ratio of a Pagani Zonda F.

Buell Lightning XB12STT

The motorcycle is driven by a burly 1203 cc, oil/air cooled, 45° v-twin powerplant set up with a bore and stroke measuring 88.9 mm x 96.82 mm and a compression ratio of 10:1 which gives the bike a captivating 103 horsepower (75.8 kW). When we compute the total dry weight of the motorcycle equalling 398 pounds (181 Kg.), and factor that into the top-notch power available we get a total of 3.87 pounds per horsepower, which is a number that is not too far detached from the power to weight ratio of a Spyker C8 Double 12 S.

Buell XB12X

This model has a virile 1203 cc, oil/air cooled, 45° v-twin motor with a bore and stroke of 88.9 mm x 96.8 mm and a compression ratio of 10:1 which grants the model an extraordinary 103 horsepower (75.8 kW). When we work out the overall dry weight of the bike being 425 pounds (193 Kg.), and factor the weight in to the wonderous horsepower the result is 4.12 pounds per horsepower, a number that is somewhat close to the power to weight ratio of a Lamborghini Murcielago.

Buell XB12XT

This bike is driven by a lusty 1203 cc, oil/air cooled, 45° v-twin engine featuring a bore and stroke of 88.9 mm x 96.8 mm and a compression ratio of 10:1 which bestows upon the motorcycle a startling 103 horsepower (75.8 kW). When we consider the total weight of the motorcycle being 464 pounds (211 Kg.), and factor it into the potent horsepower we get a sum of 4.51 pounds per horsepower, a total which represents a fairly close approximation of the power to weight ratio of an FIA GT car.

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Jake 7 years ago

Hal Licino is absolutely wrong about Buell.


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

What Buell? It's dead. Have you been living in a cave?


Masters 7 years ago

I understand that the Buells look different, but that's part of their appeal. I've had a Firebolt and just upgraded to the new 1125CR, which most people find uglier than an XB due to the radiator pods. I love them both. I don't look like every 600-1000 race rep japanese bike I ride with.

But the secret behind the buell is looking different isn't the end, just the means. Everything on a Buell is "form follows function" to the Nth degree. The brakes don't just look dumb and stop you, they help you go faster by allowing the wheel to have less unsprung weight. Everything unnecessary has been burned away. If it's on that bike it's there to make you faster, safer, or more comfortable.

This bike is now an orphan, and why? It was a miserable failure at the only things HD has done for 40 years. Idling in front of bars and selling Tshirts.


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Ya, Joan Rivers looks different than Jessica Alba, and which one would you go for? :)

Dude, you're deluded. Harley killed Buell because THE SALES SUCKED. HD is so desperate for coin right now that are you CRAZY enough to think they'd kill off a brand that was making them money? Sheesh!


Jimbo Jones 6 years ago

i like the originality of the designs(the design did win an award from some art institue in Michigan or something), they're surely not the sexiest on two wheels, but as far as a "naked" bike are concerned(which is hard enough to create sex appeal) the XB's do about a good a job as any! there is nothing frail and antiquated looking about an XB, so the JOan Rivers vs Alba comparo lacks relavency. better to compare it as a the Plymouoth Prowler of the automotbile higher end sports car market.

better adjectives would be: different, gnarly, intriguing, funky, wicked, beastly, stubby, nekkidness, beefcaky, weird, futuristic, original, fresh, strange, etc, etc


Casey 6 years ago

I ride a 2003 xb9r


Casey 6 years ago

Nobody has them and as soon as the engine turns over i'm getting offers from friends wanting to know if i'll sell it. Exhaust and race ECM is a must and nothing will touch it in all around appeal. Also what's wrong with the looks? That is what attracted me to them, it looks a lot better than a bunch of scratched up jap crap cuz there's fairing comin from all over on it.


mark 5 years ago

Harley didn't kill Buell because sales sucked Hal , Harley killed Buell because Erik went to a superior engine in the Rotax on the 1125's and they felt their branding was threatened , also anyone who looks at that Xb12R in that pic up the top and says that's an Ugly bike .... well , also what Buell lover are looking at is handling and these things handle through the tight stuff like nothing else , Or i could go out and buy an R1 and look like the 50,000 other guys riding down the road just so i could say i own a "pretty" bike .


Nartman 5 years ago

The blokes obviously a Harley Stooge trying to counter the backlash HD got after dumping Buell... the Bike that was out performing HD in sales when ya factor the per bikes manufactured ta sales quotient.

FACT: Buell Voted BEST HANDLING BIKE ON THE PLANET.

Google it.

If you've Never Ridden a Buell, ya simply have NO place or right talking shit about the XB series period.


Tom 5 years ago

Totally bulls*it review here. Ive owned 6 top notch cyles and the XB12R is my favorite of them all. Its air-cooled so you are allowed more displacement. It was actually ment to run agianst the 600 class not the 1000 class. I got the race ecm in mine and a jardine can and I can usually stomp most 600s and a lot of the 1000 like the SV with ease. The handling and the reliabliy is the best Ive seen. You gotta own one to understand the XB


Jerred 4 years ago

Sounds like the author has never ridden a Buell before.

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