2008 Buell XB 12 SCG Lightning “Signature Edition”

by | Jul 30, 2020 | Buell

“Signature Edition”

The Buell Motorcycle Company was an American motorcycle manufacturer based in Wisconsin.

It was founded in 1983 by the ex-Harley-Davidson engineer, ex-racer and entrepreneur Erik Buell. Harley Davidson acquired 49% of Buell in 1993 and Buell became a wholly owned subsidiary of Harley Davidson by 2003. On November 17, 2006, Buell announced that it had produced and shipped its 100.000th motorcycle.

On October 15, 2009, Harley Davidson announced the discontinuation of the Buell product line and the last Buell motorcycle was produced on October 30, 2009, bringing the total number manufactured to 136.923 .

The XB line-up ran from 2003 to the end in 2009 and this bike in picture being part of the “Lightning” range, was marketed as a streetfighter.

The XB12 as well as the XB9 engines had their roots with the Harley Sportster 1203cc and 984cc respectively, with the design focus of “torque trumps horsepower”


This bike has some very unique features such as “fuel-in-frame” concept where the fuel is stored in the frame instead of the traditional tank on top of the bike. A dual purpose rear swing arm which also doubles up as the oil tank, as well as the patented “inside-out” front braking system, eliminating the 2nd disc as well as the 2 disc carriers, making it approximately 30% lighter than the traditional dual front disc.

Being a 2008 bike, makes this a 25 year celebratory model and these bikes had a commemorative plaque fitted between the handle-bars with this designation as well as Erik Buell’s signature etched in it. The SCG in the bikes designation notes that this is a Low rider model, “CG” Center of Gravity, meaning lowered front and rear suspension with a cut out rider seat. Lastly, this bike also has no paint job, but instead translucent covers where the fuel tank traditionally sits and in front of the clocks

It is adorned with:

  • Cherry Bomb Translucent bodywork
  • Fuel-In-Frame tank concept
  • Dual purpose rear swing arm doubling as the oil tank
  • Harley Davidson Sportster derived 1203cc motor
  • Low Rider front and rear suspension
  • Low cut seat
  • Smoked Indicator lenses for 2008
  • Patented “Inside-out” front brakes
  • 25 Year Anniversary commemorative plaque

Basic Specifications:

  • Engine – 45° V-Twin, four stroke, pushrod actuated overhead valve, hydraulic self-adjusting lifters, 2 valves per cylinder
  • Bore x Stroke – 88.9 x 96.8mm
  • Compression Ratio – 10.0:1
  • Cooling System – Air cooled
  • Lubrication – Dry sump
  • Induction – Ø49 mm downdraft DDFI II fuel injection
  • Transmission – 5 speed wet multi-plate clutch
  • Final Drive – Belt
  • Tyres – front 120/70-ZR17 , rear 180/55-ZR17
  • Weight – 179kg dry
  • Max Power – 86.9kW / 103hp @ 6800rpm
  • Max Torque – 114Nm @ 6000rpm
    Standing ¼ Mile – 12.2sec
  • Top Speed 216.2km/h / 134mph

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