Buell XR9SX Lightning City X Black


Make Model.

Buell XR9SX Lightning City X Black


2009 - 10


45° V-Twin, four stroke, pushrod actuated overhead valve. hydraulic self-adjusting lifters, 2 valve per cylinder.


984 cc / 60 cu in

Bore x Stroke

88.9 x 79.4 mm

Compression Ratio


Cooling System

Air cooled


Dry sump


Two-into-one, free breathing


Ø45 mm Downdraft DDFI fuel injection




12V, 12Ah

Max Power

67.1 kW / 92 hp @ 7200 rpm

Max Torque

97 Nm / 9.9 kgf-m / 71.5 ft.lbs @ 5500 rpm


Wet, multi-plate


5 Speed, constant mesh

Final Drive

Kevlar belt

Gear Ratios

1st 2.69 / 2nd 1.85 / 3rd 1.43 / 4th 1.18 / 5th 1.00


Hollow aluminium twin-spar frame doubles as the fuel tank




84 mm / 3.3"

Front Suspension

Showa Ø43 mm upside-down forks, adjustable for preload, compression & rebound damping

Front Wheel Travel

119 mm / 4.7"

Rear Suspension

Showa shock absorber, adjustable for preload, compression & rebound damping

Rear Wheel Travel

127 mm / 5.0"

Front Brakes

ZTL-type brake, 6-piston fixed caliper, Ø375 mm single sided, inside out, stainless steel, floating rotor

Rear Brakes

Single Ø230 mm disc, 1 piston caliper


6-Spoke cast

Front Rim

3.50 x 17"

Rear Rim

5.50 x 17"

Front Tyre

120/70 ZR17, Pirelli Scorpion

Rear Tyre

180/55 ZR17, Pirelli Scorpion


Length: 1924 mm / 75.7"

Width:     831 mm / 32.7"

Height:  1232mm / 48.5"


1320 mm / 52"

Ground Clearance

127 mm / 5.0"

Seat Height

797 mm / 31.4"

Dry Weight

177 kg / 390 lbs


388 kg / 855 lbs

Oil Capacity

2.3 L / 2.5 qts

Fuel Capacity

14 L / 3.7 US gal

Consumption  average

6.4 L/100 km / 15.7 km/l / 37 US mpg

Standing ¼ Mile  

12.7 sec

Top Speed

206 km/h / 128 mph


Motorcycle USA, Motorbikes Today, Motorcycle.com

The Buell Lightning CityX XB9SX is now available in a new, all-black paintjob, with blue and cherry-red being the other colour available for 2009. The engine is the same air-cooled, fuel-injected 948cc v-twin as before, that makes 80 horsepower at 7,500rpm and 79Nm of torque at 4,500 revs.

The usual Buell bits are all there – Intuitive Response Chassis (IRC) that’s made of aluminium, Zero Torsional Load (ZTL) braking system that comprises a single 375mm rotor mounted to the front wheel’s perimeter, with six-piston callipers, fully adjustable 43mm Showa USD fork and fully adjustable monoshock, underslung exhaust for mass centralisation, six-spoke 17-inch cast aluminium wheels shod with Pirelli Scorpion Sync tyres, and belt drive which, according to Buell, never needs replacing, maintenance or adjustments of any kind.

The CityX XB9SX weighs 177kg dry and with its upright 764 mm seating position and wide, flat handlebars, the bike is ideal for street riding.

Model Highlights

New Kick Ash Translucid color choice
New LED taillight
New Clear-lens front and rear turn signals
New Thin-film airbox graphics
New Second oxygen sensor and updated EFI calibration improves fuel economy and drivability
New Battery tender plug

• Buell® ZTL™ six-piston front brake
• Blacked-out engine, frame, forks and other components
• Pirelli Scorpion Sync tires combine street-sport and off-road technology
• Cosmetic frame protectors
• Supermoto-style crossbar handlebar with deflectors
• Minimal front flyscreen
• X-Guard protects airbox cover
• Sculpted Streetfighter seat
• Twin quartz halogen headlamps with grille
• Upright, athletic riding position

Key Features

The Lightning® CityX is an urban streetfighter designed to handle whatever the big city throws your way. The quick-revving Buell® Thunderstorm® 984cc V-Twin engine offers broad power to pull through traffic, while an upright rider position, wide Supermoto-style handlebars and intuitive handling help the CityX scat around potholes and dodge through back alleys.

Buell Lightning models and the new 1125CR™ are at the core of what Buell is all about – pure performance with a broad, seamless power delivery in a stripped down, raw and aggressive package.
Each Buell model is designed utilizing the Buell Trilogy of Technology™ – chassis rigidity, centralized mass, and low unsprung weight – to produce a motorcycle which responds instantly to rider input.

• Buell Thunderstorm 984cc air/oil/fancooled 45-degree V-Twin engine with DDFI 3 Electronic Fuel Injection ECM
• Fuel in Frame Intuitive Response Chassis
• Rigid cast-aluminum swingarm doubles as engine oil reservoir
• Eight-row oil cooler with Jiffy-tite fittings
• Goodyear® Hibrex® final drive belt with Flexten Plus technology with a constant-tension pulley
for smoother on/off throttle transitions
• Underslung exhaust
• 6-spoke, cast aluminum wheels
• Steel braided brake lines
• Fully adjustable 43 mm Showa inverted fork
• Fully adjustable Showa rear shock absorber
• Adjustable hand controls