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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 04-26-2002, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
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Question Any Firebolt/XB9R owners??????

Does anyone in this forum OWN a firebolt???

If yes, then give us a (un-biased as possible) review of the bike.

If no, WHY NOT???????

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I don't own one but seen a few of them. I could not take them for test rides because they were all sold. Every last one of them. I don't think there will be anymore available for awhile. It looks to be a masterpiece of engineering though.

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XB9R firebolt

Just test rode one today.This WILL be my second bike[XI rules top spot]The ride,handling,exceleration,and braking are incredible.

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Re: XB9R firebolt

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Just test rode one today.This WILL be my second bike[XI rules top spot]The ride,handling,exceleration,and braking are incredible.
When you get it how about a review?:-)

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I was at the Slimy crud bike rally in Pine Bluff WI today, and saw three firebolts. Looks like they are selling like hotcakes. :-) Talked to one guy that owned one and he said it is an amazing bike. He also owns an S3T and he said compared to the Firebolt the S3T feels like a tank. All in all I think Buell may have a hit on its hands.:-)

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XB9R

I might not get it for almost a year[gotta save the cash first]
By then,you will have had a demo ride too.

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Re: XB9R

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I might not get it for almost a year[gotta save the cash first]
By then,you will have had a demo ride too.
By then they will have the XB12r. 20% percent more HP with basically the same weight. Think July is when they will appear.

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If it appears in July,does that mean they will be in the dealers by next May?Since I have the XI,I can wait till I get a second bike.

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I've got some seat time...

My best friend just got his Firebolt. I was able to put a couple of hours in the seat, and can offer my opinion.
First, it is on the small size, about the same size as my Ducati 900 SS- SP. It does have a very high seat height. I'm 5"11 and my feet barely touch the ground when standing up with it between my legs.
After about 30 minutes of riding, the heat soak from the rear cylinder gets you ass & crotch very hot.
The brakes are very good.
The engine is not as tourqey as I thought it would be, but the horse power is nice. The bike revs quickly.
The suspension from the factory is quite hard, and it needs to be tweeked, this one needs a little less rear compression...
Both myself and my buddy thought the front end had a wobble in it. Almost like a VERY mild headshake, but ALL THE TIME. Maybe something is out of alignment or balance.
We're going out again tomorrow, and If I get more seat time, I'll revisit the Forum and repost more info.
First impression is very good.
It might be worth the wait until the July Dealer Meeting to see what else is coming...

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Re: Any Firebolt/XB9R owners??????

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Originally posted by desmo079
Does anyone in this forum OWN a firebolt???

If yes, then give us a (un-biased as possible) review of the bike.



Desmo couldn't possibly be considering a Buell after all the horrible things he's said over the past year could he???????

If so:

Hell must of froze over and duck, the flying pigs are on the way!!!!!!

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You have to keep it above 3500 rpm to keep any feeling of power on tap but it is there ( I'm guessing about 75hp at the wheel). The flywheel must be BIG cuz the motor seems to wind down much more slowly than my other bike (Triumph Speed Triple). The handling rocks and the brakes are very predictable. I have had mine about 3 weeks, 900 miles and no regrets yet.

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