Buell XB12Scg Lightning


Make Model.

Buell XB12Scg Lightning


2007 - 08


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


1203 cc / 73 cu in

Bore x Stroke

88.9 x 96.8 mm

Compression Ratio


Cooling System

Air cooled


Dry sump


Free breathing, 2-into-1 Tuned, tri-pass resonance chamber with InterActive valve and mass-centralized mounting


Ø49 mm downdraft DDFI II fuel injection



Max Power

86.9 kW / 103 hp @ 6800 rpm

Max Torque

114 Nm / 11.6 kgf-m / 84 ft-lbs @ 6000 rpm


Wet, multi-plate


5 Speed

Final Drive


Gear Ratios

1st 2.649 / 2nd 1.892 / 3rd 1.407 / 4th 1.166 / 5th 1.000


Aluminium frame with Uniplanar™ Powertrain vibration isolation system, fuel in frame




83 mm / 3.3"

Front Suspension

Showa Ø43 mm inverted forks compression damping, rebound damping and spring preload adjustable

Front Wheel Travel

120 mm / 4.7"

Rear Suspension

Showa coil-over monoshock, remote underseat reservoir and adjustable compression damping, rebound damping and spring preload,

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 Ø240 mm disc, 1 piston floating caliper


6-Spoke, ZTL cast aluminium

Front Wheel

3.50 x 17"

Rear Wheel

5.50 x 17"

Front Tyre

120/70 ZR17 Pirelli

Rear Tyre

180/55 ZR17 Pirelli


Length: 1935 mm / 76.2"

Width:     754 mm / 29.7"


1320 mm / 52.0"

Ground Clearance

110 mm / 4.4"

Seat Height

726 mm / 28.6"

Dry Weight

179 kg / 395 lbs


386 kg / 850 lbd

Fuel Capacity

14 L / 3.7 US gal

Fuel Reserve

2.8 L / 0.75 US gal

Oil Capacity

2.37 L / 2.50 qts

Standing ¼ Mile

12.2 sec

Top Speed

216.2 km/h / 134 mph


CG stands for center of gravity, and the Lightning XB12Scg keeps it low with a reshaped seat and lowered front and rear suspension that reduces the seat height to 28.6 inches. It's all accomplished with no compromise to handling or performance.

What's New on Lightning for 2008?
Updates to both the 1203 Thunderstorm V-Twin and 984 Thunderstorm V-Twin engine enhance performance and reduce maintenance cost (see separate Thunderstorm release for details).

Each Lightning model is pre-wired for installation of accessory heated hand grips, with 18 peak watts per side and High and Low heat settings.

The instrument panel styling is refreshed and the tachometer reflects the new 7100-rpm redline on models equipped with the 1203 Thunderstorm engine.

A commemorative Buell 25th Anniversary graphic with Erik Buell's signature is placed on the handlebar clamp.

Cosmetic frame protectors help reduce damage to the frame in case of a tip-over incident.


Buell Thunderstorm 1203 V-Twin engine
103 peak hp @ 6800 rpm (per SAE J607)
84 ft. lbs. peak torque @ 6000 rpm (per SAE J607)
Buell InterActive Exhaust
New DDFI 3 Electronic Fuel Injection ECM
New eight-row oil cooler with Jiffy-tite fittings
Fully adjustable 43 mm Showa inverted fork
Fully adjustable Showa rear shock absorber
Buell ZTL front brake
Goodyear Hibrex drive belt with Flexten Plus technology
Dry Weight: 395 pounds
Wheelbase: 52 inches
Seat height: 28.6 inches
New Cosmetic Frame Protectors
New Pre-Wired for Accessory Heated Grips
New Instrument Panel Graphics
Pirelli Diablo T tires
Available with Translucid bodywork
Commemorative Buell 25th Anniversary badge