The 2006 Buell Motorcycle Range
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Erik Buell and The Trilogy of Technology
Isn't it strange that despite motorcycling being about individuality,
independence and personal freedom, the market is dominated by faceless
corporations producing characterless 'appliances' rather than motorcycles
with attitude & soul?
One man has been dedicated to providing an antidote to the monotony.
Erik Buell raced really fast bikes for a living because he was paid to. They
weren't nice to ride and he felt this was because they'd lost sight of what
made riding a motorcycle enjoyable.
The obsession with the pursuit of straight-line top speed had led to
manufacturers failing to think about what bikers could enjoy & appreciate.
Erik thought it was time to do something about it. Time to develop bikes for
real fun on real roads for real people to use everyday. His mission was to
build the best handling bikes on the road bar none.
He reviewed the basic engineering principles utilised by the big corporations
and realised they were doing it wrong. He tore up the rule book and sought a
He developed his own revolutionary engineering approach. He calls it
The Trilogy of Technology.
There are 3 fundamental principles which are not only radical but were
developed with the sole intention of delivering his mission.:
Mass Centralisation - the concentration of as much of the bikes
weight at the heart of the machine & away from the ends to maximise
Chassis Rigidity - a totally flex free frame to ensure that no matter
how hard the bike is thrown into a turn the wheels stay in line, to deliver
precise rider control & predictable cornering every time.
Low unsprung weight - the minimisation & clever distribution of the
weight not supported by the suspension to maximise grip, feel & flick ability.
Revolutionary features arising from the trilogy of tech include fuel in the frame,
oil in the rear swing arm, rim mounted front brake discs, the lightest road
wheel in class by a massive margin and exhaust exiting just in front of the rear
The result of Erik's belief, technical brilliance and sheer determination is a
range of bikes unlike any others on the road today. Bikes that stand out from
the crowd because they stand for a racer & engineers belief in a better way to
New Ulysses and Lightening Long, Llead Buell Line-up for 2006 - New Transmission and Stiffer Swingarm for all XB Models
Buell Motorcycle Company will extend the reach of
its product line in 2006 with the introduction of two new models, the Ulysses XB12X
adventure sportbike and the Lightning Long XB12Ss, a longer, more comfortable version
of the original Lightning XB12S. In addition, all 2006 Buell XB Lightning and Firebolt
models are enhanced with a new swingarm design, a new transmission and a
redesigned intake system.
The 2006 Buell product line features five models: the Firebolt XB12R sportfighter; the
Lightning family of streetfighters, including the Lightning CityX XB9SX, Lightning XB12S,
the new Lightning Long XB12Ss; and the new Ulysses XB12X adventure sportbike.
"I'm really excited about the 2006 Buell line, because we are taking our proven XB
platform in some bold, new directions, creating motorcycles that will appeal to more
riders," said Erik Buell, chairman and chief technical officer at Buell Motorcycle
Company. "We also significantly improve our existing models. Call it evolution. At Buell,
we will never stand still."
Buell Gets Dirty and Goes Long;
The new Ulysses XB12X is an adventure sport motorcycle with long-travel suspension
and aggressive tyres designed to offer outstanding performance on and off road. With a
dry weight of just 193 kg and the broad powerband of the 100 hp Buell Thunderstorm
1203 cc V-Twin engine, the Ulysses offers an outstanding power-to-weight ratio and
sporting performance on the tight-and-twisty back roads that typically lead to dirt roads.
A wider frame and extended swingarm stretch the wheelbase of the new Lightning Long
XB12Ss to 1360 mm, 40 mm longer than the Lightning XB12S, to give this model a
more relaxed personality and a cockpit that's also ideal for taller riders. Fuel capacity of
the Lightning Long is 16.7 litres. Handling remains quick and responsive, and the thrust
of the Buell Thunderstorm 1203 cc V-Twin is undiminished.
Updates Enhance All 2006 XB Models;
All Buell XB models benefit from the following design changes in 2006:
Designed to be significantly lighter and stiffer, the new XB swingarm weighs 6.75 kg,
0.25 kg less than the previous swingarm, a significant reduction in unsprung weight. The
XB swingarm continues to double as the engine oil reservoir, and the oil-filler cap has a
new easy-to-open design and is relocated for better access. The upper and lower belt
guards and rear inner fenders have also been reshaped.
A New Transmission, Lighter Clutch, Stronger Belt
A redesigned transmission for all Buell XB models offers reduced mass and improved
shift quality, quieter operation and extended service intervals. This transmission
replaces moving/sliding gears with thin steel "dog rings" that slide to cause gear
changes, a design commonly used in automotive racing gear boxes. Because the dog
rings have less mass than gears, shifting is quicker. New helical-cut gears are smoother
and quieter than straight-cut gears. Oil change interval for the primary/transmission case
is extended from 8,000 kilometres to 16,000 kilometres.
Clutch effort has been reduced by 15 percent (on 984cc powertrain) and 22 percent (on
1203cc powertrain) due to a lighter spring. Finally, a new Goodyear Hibrex final drive
belt with Flexten Plus technology features 10 cords per 25.4 mm (compared to nine
cords per 25.4 mm on the previous Buell belt) for enhanced durability. The new belt
weighs just 0.48 kg, compared to drive chains that weigh 1.8 to 2.2 kg, a significant
contribution to the Buell philosophy of minimising unsprung weight.
New Air Intake System;
The engine air intake is relocated and integrated with a wrap-around fuel cap cowling in
the airbox cover, where air flows through an aluminum hex screen. The new intake
system replaces the intake duct that previously passed through the left-side frame
section. This results in an increased fuel capacity, as the frame doubles as the fuel tank.
A new duct on the left side of the motorcycle below the frame delivers cool air to the rear
New Tie-Down Connection;
All XB models feature new rear reflector brackets with an eye designed to act as a tiedown
point for cargo. The passenger heel guard can also act as a tie-down point.
Buell Motorcycle Company, a subsidiary of Harley-Davidson, Inc., produces sport
motorcycles, motorcycle parts, accessories and apparel. To learn more about Buell
motorcycles, visit your local Buell dealer today and experience the pure streetfighter
attitude, style and performance only found on board a Buell.