Buell X1 Lightning: review, history, specs

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Buell X1 Lightning
Manufacturer
Also called Lightning, White Lightning
Production 1999 - 2002
Class Naked
Engine
1200cc air-cooled, four-stroke, 45-degree V-Twin, pushrod OHV, 2 valves per cylinder
Bore / Stroke 88.9mm x 88.9mm
Compression ratio 10.0:1
Top Speed 130 mph (210 km/h)
Horsepower 100.98 HP (75.3 KW) @ 6000RPM
Torque 89.99 ft/lbs (122.0 Nm) @ 5600RPM
Air Filter K&N BU-1297 `99-02[1]
Spark Plug NGK DCPR7E '00-02
Battery YUASA YTX20L-BS '00-02
Transmission Gear box: 5-speed, manual

Final Drive: belt

Clutch: wet multi-disc, manual
Final Drive Belt `00-02[2]
Suspension Front: 41mm Showa adjustable upside-down fork
Rear: Showa adjustable mono-shock
Brakes Front: single 340mm disc, 6-piston caliper
Rear: single 230mm disc, 1-piston caliper
Front Tire 120/70-ZR17
Rear Tire 170/60-ZR17
Wheelbase 55.0 inches (1397 mm)
Seat Height 30.98 inches (787 mm)
Weight 440.92 pounds (200.0 Kg) (dry), 200.0 kg (wet)
Fuel Capacity 4.17 Gallon (15.80 Liters)
Fuel Consumption 0.56 liters/100 km (178.6 km/l or 420.04 mpg)
Manuals Service Manual


The Buell X1 Lightning was a air-cooled, four-stroke, 45-degree V-Twin, pushrod OHV, 2 valves per cylinder Naked motorcycle produced by Buell between 1999 and 2002. It could reach a top speed of 130 mph (210 km/h). Max torque was 89.99 ft/lbs (122.0 Nm) @ 5600 RPM. Claimed horsepower was 100.98 HP (75.3 KW) @ 6000 RPM.


Overview[edit]

The Buell X1 was an upgrade of the S1 Lightning and featured new "Thunderstorm" heads and cams (1999-2002).

Engine[edit]

The engine was a air cooled air-cooled, four-stroke, 45-degree V-Twin, pushrod OHV, 2 valves per cylinder. A 88.9mm bore x 88.9mm stroke result in a displacement of just 1203.0 cubic centimeters.

Drive[edit]

The bike has a 5-speed, manual transmission. Power was moderated via the wet multi-disc, manual. The final drive was via belt.

Chassis[edit]

It came with a 120/70-ZR17 front tire and a 170/60-ZR17 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via single 340mm disc, 6-piston caliper in the front and a single 230mm disc, 1-piston caliper in the rear. The front suspension was a 41mm Showa adjustable upside-down fork while the rear was equipped with a Showa adjustable mono-shock. The X1W White Lightning was fitted with a 4.17 Gallon (15.80 Liters) fuel tank. The bike weighed just 440.92 pounds (200.0 Kg). The wheelbase was 55.0 inches (1397 mm) long.



1999 Buell X1 Lightning[edit]

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The 1999 MY Buell X1 Lightning is a powerful naked that is suitable for riders who make zero compromises when it comes to performance. It has, at its heart, an air-cooled, four-stroke, 1203cc, 45-degree V-Twin powerhouse paired to a five-speed manual transmission with a Kevlar belt final drive and can produce a claimed 88 horsepower and 104 Nm of torque.

Standard fittings for this machine include a 41mm Showa adjustable upside-down telescopic fork coupled to a Showa, low-mounted, adjustable mono-shock as a rear suspension, a large, 340mm front disc brake with a beefy 6-piston caliper, a small windshield, an one-piece dual seat, an under-belly exhaust system with a bronze finish and die-cast aluminum wheels.


2000 Buell X1 Lightning[edit]

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The 2000 MY Buell X1 Lightning sports an air-cooled, four-stroke, 1203cc, 45-degree V-Twin powerplant mated to a five-speed manual transmission with a Kevlar belt final drive that can reach a maximum power output of 88 horsepower and 104 Nm of torque.

Also, it boasts standard features such as a 41mm Showa adjustable upside-down telescopic fork coupled to a Showa, low-mounted, adjustable mono-shock as a rear suspension, a large, 340mm front disc brake with a beefy 6-piston caliper, a small windshield, an one-piece dual seat, an under-belly exhaust system with a bronze finish and die-cast aluminum wheels.


2001 Buell X1 Lightning[edit]

The 2001 MY Buell X1 Lightning boasts a trademark aggressive styling, coupled to superior performance that make for one of the most sought after machines from the American manufacturer. It comes with a 41mm Showa adjustable upside-down telescopic fork coupled to a Showa, low-mounted, adjustable mono-shock as a rear suspension, a large, 340mm front disc brake with a beefy 6-piston caliper, a small windshield, an one-piece dual seat, an under-belly exhaust system with a bronze finish and die-cast aluminum wheels.

In the engine department, it sports a four-stroke, air-cooled, 1203cc, 45-degree pushrod V-Twin engine paired to a five-speed manual transmission with a Kevlar-reinforced belt final drive, and can produce a claimed 88 horsepower and 104 Nm of torque.


2002 Buell X1 Lightning[edit]

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The 2002 MY Buell X1 Lightning is probably the sportiest, all-American built machine available on the market up to date, and can reach a maximum power output of 88 horsepower and 104 Nm of torque from its air-cooled, four-stroke, 1203cc, 45-degree pushrod V-Twin that was mated to a five-speed manual transmission with a Kevlar-reinforced belt final drive.

Also, this powerful naked two-wheeler comes with a 41mm Showa adjustable upside-down telescopic fork coupled to a Showa, low-mounted, adjustable mono-shock as a rear suspension, a large, 340mm front disc brake with a beefy 6-piston caliper, a small windshield, an one-piece dual seat, an under-belly exhaust system with a bronze finish and die-cast aluminum wheels.


2002 Buell X1W White Lightning[edit]

2002 Buell X1W White Lightning 2002 Buell X1W White Lightning

The 2002 MY Buell X1W White Lightning comes with a special white paint scheme on its bodywork and frame, and a blue finish on its exhaust pipes that is sure to fit the taste for those riders looking for a more unique touch on their machine. Standard fittings are the same as the ones found on the base model, such as the 41mm Showa adjustable upside-down telescopic fork coupled to a Showa, low-mounted, adjustable mono-shock as a rear suspension, a large, 340mm front disc brake with a beefy 6-piston caliper, a small windshield, an one-piece dual seat, an under-belly exhaust system with a bronze finish and die-cast aluminum wheels.

In the engine department, it sports an air-cooled, four-stroke, 1203cc, 45-degree pushrod V-Twin powerhouse paired to a five-speed manual transmission and can produce a claimed 101 horsepower and 122 Nm of torque.


In Media[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 2019 K&L Supply Co Catalog. K&L Supply Co. 2019. 
  2. 2019 Western Power Sports Catalog. Western Power Sports. 2019.