Sitting on it - it has the feel of a 125 - light, compact, short and very nimble. Hit the starter though, and instead of the razor sharp exhaust note of a 2-stroke, the grumble of a Harley Sportster motor greets the ears.
The bike is an enigma - on one hand it has the frame and running gear of a bleeding edge designer fest, yet its motor is a throwback to a now distant age of engine design. The most interesting aspect though, is that the resultant motorcycle is a gem - a bike with roadholding and scratching abilities second to none.
This is not a motorcycle designed for the racetrack but one which you'll enjoy on a backroad without the ballistic speeds of a Japanese 1000 and their inherent potential to run (very) foul of the Law. The innovative designof the Lightning XB9S extends to all areas of the machine (except the motor).
About the Author
Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.
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