Buell Firebolt XB12R



Buell Sportbikes take control of the road in 2009, ready to fuel the passion of the most demanding sportbike riders on the road or track.

Buell sportbikes feature an athletic motorcycle riding position, which allows the rider to fully enjoy the handling advantages of the Buell Trilogy of Technology: chassis rigidity, mass centralization, and low unsprung weight. Designed to respond intuitively to rider commands, Buell sportbikes combine real-world street performance with race-proven design.

The 2009 XB12R Firebolt is a muscular sportfighter providing award-winning handling and raw torque from a 45-degree air-cooled V-Twin engine. Designed from the rider down, each Buell sportbike combines V-Twin power with unmatched precision and agility.

The original Buell sportfighter, the Buell Firebolt XB12R has evolved into one of the most versatile sportbikes on any road or track today. The Firebolt is known for the precise handling provided by a 52-inch wheelbase, 21-degree rake and 3.3-inch trail. Combining agility with the performance of an American-made Thunderstorm 45-degree, air-cooled 1203 cc V-Twin engine, the Firebolt delivers both character and performance.

The blacked-out Thunderstorm engine produces 103 peak horsepower at 6800 rpm, and 84 ft. lbs. of peak torque at 6000 rpm, with 85 percent of peak torque available over 2500 rpm. The Buell InterActive Exhaust system utilizes a valve in the dual-chamber muffler that is controlled by the ECM and adjusts exhaust flow according to riding conditions to smooth torque delivery and optimize engine power.

The 2009 Firebolt has enhanced braking performance from the Buell ZTL2 front brake, a four-pad, eight-piston system also used on the 1125R and originally developed for the Buell XBRR race motorcycle. Three-zone Pirelli Diablo Corsa III tires are also now standard equipment on the Firebolt.

Up front, the Firebolt features a fully adjustable Showa inverted fork, while the rear is equipped with an adjustable Showa shock.

The Veyance Hibrex drive belt with Flexten Plus technology, based on the belt developed for the Buell 1125R, is strong and durable while weighing about four pounds less than a chain drive.


Buell calls the Firebolt XB12R a superbike, but we can’t help noticing that it is a more docile one compared to the 1125R and even the 1125CR models. This basically excludes it from the battle with the Japanese liter class models such as the Honda CBR1000RR. Yamaha R1. Suzuki GSX-R1000 and Kawasaki ZX-10R. but also from that with the Italian alternatives to the same just mentioned models. These are the BMW S1000RR.

Aprilia RSV4. Ducati1198. 1098R and 848 .

Given this fact, the 2009 Buell Firebolt XB12R is a rather user-friendly alternative for those who have still plenty to learn and need to take it step by step.


With incomparable styling, the Firebolt XB12R blends innovative technology with premium components to create an extraordinary riding experience.

The Firebolt comes with clip-on-style handlebars for optimal control, an aerodynamic quarter-fairing with dual projector-beam headlamps, and a covered trim passenger pillion.

New colors include Midnight Black with Cherry Bomb translucent wheels and Arctic White with Hero Blue translucent wheels, with color-match translucid windscreen. For 2009 the Firebolt has blacked-out frame, powertrain and other components.


Buell Firebolt XB12R

High performing and visually attractive, the 2009 Buell Firebolt XB12R turns out to be a fairly affordable piece of American engineering, given the $9,995 MSRP.



Engine: Thunderstorm® air/oil/fan-cooled, 4-stroke, 45 V-Twin

Valves: OHV, two valves per cylinder, self-adjusting

Intake: Zero-resistance airbox

Exhaust: Tuned, tri-pass resonance chamber with InterActive valve and mass-centralized mounting

Torque: 84 ft. lbs. @ 6000 rpm (113.9 nm @ 6000 rpm)

Horsepower: 103 hp @ 6800 rpm

Lubrication: Dry-sump

Oil Capacity: 2.5 qts. (2.4 L)

Buell Firebolt XB12R
Buell Firebolt XB12R
Buell Firebolt XB12R
Buell Firebolt XB12R
Buell Firebolt XB12R
Buell Firebolt XB12R

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