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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

The Buell XB12STT is a new, horny looking, supermoto-inspired derivative of the Buell XB12S Lightning and Buell XB12R Firebolt series is probably the most fun Buell motorcycle yet. Great looks, a stumpy and sharp chassis plus the familiarly grunty 1203cc Harley-Davidson derived engine add up to motorcycle that’s great to hoon about out. The Buell XB12STT suffers from limited practicality and still suspect reliability, though.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Buell XB12STT uses the same powerplant as the Buell XB12R Firebolt and Buell XB12S Lightning. The Harley-Davidson derived, 1203cc Thunderstorm V-twin produces 103 horsepower and 84 lbs.-ft. of torque. That’s impressive enough but, though undeniably grunty the Buell XB12STT lacks the smoothness, sophistication and top end power of more modern rival motorcycles.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

Buell XB12X Ulysses frame but with longer swing arm and fairly long travel suspension give the Buell XB12STT a true supermoto motorcycle posture. But it manages to blend quick flickability and high speed stability well and is great fun to ride this motorcycle through the twisties, although the Ducati Hypermotard is better yet.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

Buells have always been fairly basic motorcycles and the Buell XB12STT is no different – it even only comes in white! The clocks are OK rather than attractive, the switchgear look like something that came off a 1994 Kawasaki motorcycle, there’s no mainstand or luggage provision and the Buell XB12STT's mirrors aren’t nice either. Compare and buy parts for the Buell Super TT in the MCN Shop.

Buell XB12 Super TT (2007-2008)

Detail Value
New price £7,295
Engine size 1203 cc
Power 100 bhp
Top speed 133 mph
Insurance group 14 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 4
Engine rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 5
Equipment rating is 2 rating is 3.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 2 rating is 3.5
Value rating is 3 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

Despite the Harley-Davidson connection Buell motorcycles still have a long way to go before they are held in such high regard. The Buell XB12STT's quality is only average and reliability has tarnished the Buell motorcycle name over recent years (although it is starting to improve now).

Value

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Buell XB12STT's £7295 list price sounds cheap for a funky Harley-Davidson engined motorcycle with more than its fair share of techno wizardry and in a way it is, but compared to direct rival motorcycles such as the mouth-watering Ducati Hypermotard, the Buell XB12STT suddenly doesn’t sound quite the same bargain. Find a Buell XB12STT for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 14 of 17

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Model History

2007: Buell XB12STT motorcycle introduced.

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 133 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.4 secs
Max power 100 bhp
Max torque 81 ft-lb
Weight 179 kg
Seat height 780 mm
Fuel capacity 16.7 litres
Average fuel consumption 38 mpg
Tank range 135 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 14 of 17
Engine size 1203 cc
Engine specification Air-cooled, 4v, 45-degree V-twin, 5 gears
Frame Twin spar aluminium
Front suspension adjustment 43mm inverted, fully adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Showa monoshock, fully adjustable
Front brakes Single 375mm rim disc, six-piston caliper
Rear brake 240mm disc, single piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(3 reviews)

  • Rare Buell

    svens

    Average rating rating is 5

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    Superb like the other XB bikes. So if you are after a rare-rare bike basically a rare Buell that works and doesn't break down like rare old tube frame models this is the one you want.

    30 April 2009

  • Flawed

    Bobbler

    Average rating rating is 2.5

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    Having owned one of these for coming on 18 months now it has been a very up and down experience. The Ups: The torque is fun Very rare that you pull up at the lights next to another Dealers good (Riders Bristol) The downs: Why oh why do they make all the metal work out of the old baked bean cans? The quality of fittings is nothing short of abysmal, exhausts that rot within literally days of a cold/wet spell, "life time" drive belts that snap at less than 5K - taking the drive bearings and rear wheel bearings with it, clutch slipping issues (though normally at higher RPMs in high gears ;) ) despite going back in three times now. Horrible gear change - though mine was silky smooth until it went in for the knackered bearing work :(

    15 March 2009

  • 08 XB12TT

    XB12tt08

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Best moyorcycles I have had for years. Much better in the turns then some fuel sportbikes. Engine power band is a little like the old RD350 2 strokes. Lite weight.

    26 January 2009

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