2006 Buell Lightning XB12s

Buell says the 2006 XB12Ss Lightning Long is aimed at above-average riders. Above average in size, that is.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Previous Buell sportbikes were tailored more to ballerinas than linebackers. And some the S1 Lightning strikes a painful memory had one-cheek seats that might as well have been pilfered from a Schwinn Sting-Ray. There was one ray of hope the M2 Cyclone, and lo and behold that’s the model whose dimensions Buell targeted for the Long.

Built on the same chassis as the Ulysses, the Long had its wheelbase stretched 2 inches over the standard Lightning’s, although it retains that model’s shorter-travel suspension and street tires. Rake went from 21 to 22 degrees, trail from 3.3 to 4.7 inches, fuel capacity from 3.7 to 4.4 gallons, weight from 395 to 400 pounds. Rounding out the upsizing program are a longer tailsection and a taller, wider seat with room for a passenger. MSRP is $10,495, color options are orange, blue or black.

The press spent a day riding the Lightning Long in the mountains west of Denver (the Rockies, we think they’re called), and all agreed it’s a much-improved motorcycle. The 6-footers on hand found it definitely fit them better, and even shorter riders said it handled better, much more stable and neutral steering, with less of a ten-dency to resist turning on the brakes.

An extended swingarm and increased fork rake give the new Lightning Long a 54-inch wheelbase, two inches longer than the Lightning XB12S. Fork rake is increased from 21 to 22 degrees and trail goes from 3.3 inches to 4.7 inches. The result is a streetfighter with more relaxed handling and expanded ergonomics better suited to taller riders. The tail section is longer and the seat is taller and wider, and offers more room for a passenger. There’s also a larger under-seat storage compartment. Larger frame side panels give the Lightning Long a fuel-in-frame capacity of 4.4-gallons. Buell InterActive Exhaust, a valve in the dual-chamber muffler controlled by the ECM that adjusts exhaust flow, gives the Thunderstorm 1203 V-Twin engine smooth torque delivery and optimized power. Like all Buell motorcycles, the handling remains quick and responsive. It is offered in Sunset Orange with Sunset Orange wheels, Midnight Black with Translucent Amber wheels, and Thrust Blue with Translucent Amber wheels, all with a Graphite Gray frame.

Buell Lightning XB12Ss features:

Buell Thunderstorm 1203 fuel-injected air/oil/fan-cooled V-Twin engine
103 peak hp, 84 ft. lbs. peak torque
Buell InterActive Exhaust
4.4-gallon fuel-in-frame capacity
New extended swingarm
New easy-shifting transmission
New Goodyear Hibrex drive belt with Flexten Plus technology
New air intake location
Graphite Gray frame
Oil-in-swingarm
43mm fully adjustable Showa upside-down fork
Fully adjustable Showa rear shock absorber
Buell ZTL front brake system
Flat track-style handlebar

SPECIFICATIONS (US Imperial):

MSRP (USD)
Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (1) $10,495

DIMENSIONS
Overall Length 79.6 in
Overall Height without mirrors 42.1 in
Seat Height
Laden (2) 30.5 in
Width 29.7 in
Ground Clearance 4.66 in
Rake
Steering Head 23.5º
Fork Angle 22º
Trail 4.7 in
Wheelbase 53.9 in
Fuel Capacity 4.4 gal
Fuel Capacity, DDFI – Low Fuel Indicator Light 0.83 gal
Oil Capacity 2.5 qts
Primary Fluid Capacity 1 qts
Weight
Dry Weight 400 lbs
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating 850 lbs
Load Carrying Capacity 372 lbs

ENGINE
Engine Thunderstorm® 1203cc Air/Oil/fan-cooled, four-stroke, 45º V-Twin
Displacement 73.4 in³
Bore 3.5 in
Stroke 3.812 in
Peak Engine Torque (3) 84 ft-lb
Peak Engine Torque (3) 6000 RPM
Peak Horsepower (3) 103 hp
Peak Horsepower (3) 6800 RPM
Oil Sump (Wet or Dry) Dry
Cooling System Type (Air, Air/Oil or Liquid) Air/Oil
Fuel System (Carburated or DDFI) DDFI II
Intake Throttle Configuration and Bore Diameter Downdraft 49mm, single-piece design
Compression Ratio 10.0:1
Mileage per US EPA Urban Trace, CITY (4) 48 mpg
Mileage per US EPA HIGHWAY Fuel Economy Test (4) 65 mpg

DRIVE TRAIN
Primary Drive Type Chain
Primary Drive Ratio 1.500 (57/38)
Secondary Drive Type (5) Constant path, 14mm pitch aramid-reinforced Goodyear® Hibrex® belt with Flexten® Plus technology
Secondary Drive Ratio 2.407 (65/27)
Clutch Type Wet, multiplate, compensated, reduced lever effort
Transmission Type 5-speed, Helical gear
Transmission Ratio
1st 2.648
2nd 1.892
3rd 1.407
4th 1.166
5th 1

CHASSIS
Front Brake System ZTLâ„¢ Braking System
Front Rotor and Caliper Configuration 6-piston, fixed caliper. Single-sided, inside-out, floating rotor
Front Rotor Size, OD 14.77 in
Front Rotor Size, Width 0.2 in
Rear Brake System
Rear Rotor and Caliper Configuration Single-piston, floating caliper. Fixed rotor
Rear Rotor Size, OD 9.45 in
Rear Rotor Size, Width 0.2 in
Rear Suspension Type and Configuration (6) Showa® Fully adjustable, coil-over monoshock with remote, underseat reservoir
Front Fork and Suspension (6) Showa® inverted fork with adjustable compression damping, rebound damping and spring preload
Front Fork Slider Tube Diameter 1.69 in
Suspension Travel, Front Wheel, Along Fork Line 4.72 in
Suspension Travel, Rear Wheel, Vertical 4.97 in
Lean Angle at Full Suspension Compression, Soft Contact, Left 42º
Lean Angle at Full Suspension Compression, Soft Contact, Right 42º
Lean Angle at Full Suspension Compression, Hard Contact, Left 48º
Lean Angle at Full Suspension Compression, Hard Contact, Right 50º
Frame Aluminum frame with Uniplanarâ„¢ Powertrain vibration isolation system – Expanded capacity
Swingarm Extended XB Cast aluminum swingarm with detachable brace
Exhaust System InterActive, Mass centralized muffler mounted under the bike
Muffler Finish Black muffler body with brushed cast stainless steel outlet finisher

WHEELS AND TIRES
Front Tire (brand | model) (6) Dunlop® D208FW
Rear Tire (brand | model) (6) Dunlop® D208M
Tire Size Designator, Front 120/70 ZR-17
Tire Size Designator, Rear 180/55 ZR-17
Wheel Type, Front 6-spoke, ZTLâ„¢ Braking System, cast aluminum front wheel. Translucent Amber
Wheel Type, Rear 6-spoke, cast-aluminum rear wheel. Translucent Amber
Wheel Size, Front 3.5×17 (width x dia) (in)
Wheel Size, Rear 5.5×17 (width x dia) (in)

ELECTRICAL
Battery Type and Specifications Sealed Lead Acid, maintenance-free, 12-volt, 12 amp-hour (per Battery Council International rating), 200 cca
Charging System Specifications 38-amp permanent magnet 3-phase alternator with solid-state regulator (481 watts@3,000 rpm, 494 watts peak)
Starter System Specifications 1.2 kW electric with Bendix-type engagement
Headlamp Type and Wattages (high and low) Twin quartz Halogen (H7) 55-watt low beam. 5-watt position lamp (EUR, ENG, JPN, AUS)
Tail Light Wattages (stop and running) 21w stop, 5w running
Turn Signal Lights Type (manual or self-canceling) and Wattage Manual canceling, 10w
License Plate Lamp Wattage 5w
High Beam Indicator Lamp Available Yes
Neutral Indicator Lamp Available Yes
Oil Indicator Lamp Available Yes
Low Fuel Indicator Lamp Available Yes, plus odometer shows miles traveled on reserve
Turn Signals Indicator Lamp Available Yes
Hazard Warning Indicator Lamp Available No
Engine Diagnostics Indicator Lamp Available Yes
Speedometer/Odometer Type (mechanical or electronic) Electronic
Resettable Tripmeter Available Yes, dual
Tachometer Available Yes
Additional Electronic Features Clock, auto fuel counter

MISCELLANEOUS
Under Seat Trunk Available Yes
Windscreen or Flyscreen Flyscreen
Tool Kit Available Yes
Luggage or Protective racks N/A
Tie-Down Hooks Yes

COLORS (7)
Body Work Sunset Orange, Midnight Black, Thrust Blue
Frame Graphite Grey
Wheels Sunset Orange (Sunset Orange), Translucent Amber (Midnight Black, Thrust Blue)
Engine Silver Cylinders, Heads and Cases with Magnesium Tone Clutch and Cam Covers, Black Derby, Inspection, Pushrod Covers and Black Clutch and Cam cover perimeter fasteners

Warranty:
24 months / unlimited mileage
Specifications for non-U.S. markets might differ. Buell reserves the right to discontinue models or change specifications at any time without incurring and obligations. Vehicle specifciations may vary from country to country depending on laws. Some models are not available in certain countries.

(1) Prices listed are Manufacturers Suggested Retail Prices for sale in the United States of America. Prices exclude set-up, title, and licensing and are subject to change. Dealer prices may vary. Additional California fees required. See your dealer for details.
(2) Measurement reflects 180 lb./81.7 kg. operator weight.
(3) Per SAE J607, North America
(4) Based on test conducted under lab conditions per U.S. E.P.A. test procedures. Milage will vary depending on personal riding habits, weather conditions, trip length and vehicle condition.
(5) Hibrex® Goodyear® and Flexten® are registered trademarks of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.
(6) Showa® Dunlop® Pirelli® and Kevlar® are registered trademarks of their respective owners.
(7) Availability of colors may vary from dealer to dealer and is subject to change without notice.

Model: Buell Lightning XB12S
Year: 2006
Category: Naked bike
Rating: 70.1 out of 100. Show full rating and compare with other bikes
Engine and transmission
Displacement: 1202.88 ccm (73.40 cubic inches)
Engine type: V2
Stroke: 4
Power: 103.00 HP (75.2 kW)) @ 6800 RPM
Torque: 113.90 Nm (11.6 kgf-m or 84.0 ft.lbs) @ 6000 RPM
Compression: 10.0:1
Bore x stroke: 88.9 x 96.8 mm (3.5 x 3.8 inches)
Starter: Electric
Cooling system: Oil & air
Gearbox: 5-speed
Transmission type
final drive: Belt
Clutch: Wet, multiplate, compensated, reduced lever effort
Physical measures
Dry weight: 179.2 kg (395.0 pounds)
Overall height: 1,074 mm (42.3 inches)
Overall length: 1,935 mm (76.2 inches)
Overall width: 754 mm (29.7 inches)
Ground clearance: 110 mm (4.4 inches)
Wheelbase: 1,318 mm (51.9 inches)
Chassis and dimensions
Frame type: Aluminum frame with Uniplanar™ Powertrain vibration isolation system
Rake (fork angle): 21.0°
Trail: 84 mm (3.3 inches)
Front suspension: Showa® inverted fork with adjustable compression damping, rebound damping and spring preload
Front suspension travel: 120 mm (4.7 inches)
Rear suspension: Showa® Fully adjustable, coil-over monoshock with remote, underseat reservoir
Rear suspension travel: 129 mm (5.1 inches)
Front tyre dimensions: 120/70-ZR17
Rear tyre dimensions: 180/55-ZR17
Front brakes: Single disc
Rear brakes: Single disc
Exhaust system: InterActive, Mass centralized muffler mounted under the bike
Speed and acceleration
Power/weight ratio: 0.5749 HP/kg
Other specifications
Fuel capacity: 14.45 litres (3.82 gallons)
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