Buell S1 Lightning 1200: review, history, specs
|Buell S1 Lightning|
|Production||1996 - 1998|
|Bore / Stroke||88.9mm x 88.9mm|
|Top Speed||124 mph (200 km/h)|
|Horsepower||84.22 HP (62.8 KW) @ 6000RPM|
|Torque||78.92 ft/lbs (107.0 Nm) @ 5400RPM|
|Spark Plug||NGK DCPR7E '98|
|Battery||YUASA YTX20L-BS '98|
|Transmission||Gear box: 5-speed
Final Drive: belt
|Suspension||Front: 40mm adjustable telescopic fork
Rear: adjustable mono-shock
|Brakes||Front: single disc
Rear: single disc
|Front Tire||120/70 ZR17|
|Rear Tire||170/60 ZR17|
|Seat Height||29.49 inches (749 mm)|
|Weight||425.49 pounds (193.0 Kg) (dry), 200.0 kg (wet)|
|Oil Filter||K&N KN-171|
|Fuel Capacity||1.06 Gallon (4.00 Liters)|
The Buell S1 Lightning was a v2, four-stroke Naked motorcycle produced by Buell between 1996 and 1998. It could reach a top speed of 124 mph (200 km/h). Max torque was 78.92 ft/lbs (107.0 Nm) @ 5400 RPM. Claimed horsepower was 84.22 HP (62.8 KW) @ 6000 RPM.
The S1 Lightning was a more fundamental sportbike than the S3 Thunderbolt and M2 Cyclone that it was marketed alongside. Variants of this version of the Lightning include the S1W White Lightning (1998) and the X1 Lightning, with new "Thunderstorm" heads and cams (1999–2002).
The bike has a 5-speed transmission. Power was moderated via the wet multi-disc, manual. Final drive was via belt.
It came with a 120/70 ZR17 front tire and a 170/60 ZR17 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via single disc in the front and a single disc in the rear. The front suspension was a 40mm adjustable telescopic fork while the rear was equipped with a adjustable mono-shock. The S1 Lightning was fitted with a 1.06 Gallon (4.00 Liters) fuel tank. The bike weighed just 425.49 pounds (193.0 Kg).
1996 Buell S1 Lightning
The 1996 MY Buell S1 Lightning has, at its heart, an air-cooled, four-stroke, 1203cc, 45-degree V-Twin powerplant paired to a five-speed manual transmission that can reach a maximum power output of 101 horsepower and 129 Nm of torque.
This naked machine shares it's chassis with the Thunderbolt, but has been redesigned to be as light and maneuverable as possible. It comes standard with features such as a 40mm telescopic front fork coupled to a rear adjustable mono-shock, front and rear disc brakes, an under-belly exhaust system, for a lower center of gravity, a small, dual seat, a small windscreen, cast-aluminum wheels and a low-maintenance, Kevlar-reinforced belt final drive.
- 2019 K&L Supply Co Catalog. K&L Supply Co. 2019.