The new-for-2007 Buell Lightning Long is built around the Harley Sportster’s 1203cc, air/oil-cooled, pushrod, fuel-injected, 103bhp V-twin, and features a stiff, cast-aluminum chassis. Buell sportsbikes have a reputation for handling very well, and the Lightning Long is fitted with 43mm USD forks up front, and multi-adjustable, horizontally mounted shock at the back.
Compared with the standard Lightning, the Long features Increased rake (23.5 degrees), a longer swingarm and a longer wheelbase of 54 inches. The bike runs on Pirelli Diablo rubber, which is said to offer high grip levels.
The Lightning Long XB12Ss is pegged at US$10,500 and you can read a detailed road test here and right-click and download this awesome Buell video here
Buell or not, if you're a fan of Harley-Davidson bikes, you may also like the very recently unveiled XR1200 prototype, which uses the Sportster's 1200cc, 85bhp V-twin. The bike is inspired by Harley's XR750 dirt-trackers and H-D have put in a lot of development work on the machine - the bike could very well make it to production in a few months. Performance would probably be mild at best, but for what it's worth, the new XR1200 does get an electronically controlled active air-intake system. Electro-trickery in a Harley? Wonders never cease... :-)
And here's a rather risqué Harley-Davidson video!