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Buell Likes Short People, Too

In our never-ending advocacy of equal rights for all motorcyclists, we here at MD have often lamented the lack of high performance machines with seat heights accessible by shorter riders. As detailed in the following press release, Buell is doing something about this problem by offering one of its hottest models with a 28.6″ seat height (very low for a sport bike). Bravo, Buell!


Milwaukee, Wis. – (Jan. 28, 2002) Buell Motorcycle Company recently revealed the 2003 Lightning Low XB9S, a new model with a 1.5-inch lower seat height than the standard Lightning XB9S. The Lightning Low delivers uncompromised street performance in a package that will be more comfortable for a shorter rider.

The Lightning Low XB9S has a seat height of just 28.6 inches, achieved by altering the front and rear suspension and reshaping the seat pad. According to Buell engineers, the Lightning Low retains the responsive handling and exhilarating performance of previous Buell models. The Lightning Low also offers the same lean styling and advanced design features found on the innovative Buell Lightning XB9S and Firebolt XB9R, including fuel-in-the-frame, oil-in-the-swingarm, and Zero Torsional Load front brake, with the muscular torque of a 92-horsepower, 984cc air-cooled, 45-degree V-Twin engine with Dynamic Digital Fuel Injection.

The new Lightning Low XB9S will be available in Buell dealerships in February with an MSRP of $9,995.