Can you ride the Buell XB9SX Lightning on an A2 licence?

Yes, you can ride the Buell XB9SX Lightning (2004 - 2009) on an A2 motorbike licence. However, you will need to fit a restrictor kit to reduce its power output and make it A2 licence compliant!

Buell XB9SX Lightning (2004 - 2009) motorcycle

Buell XB9SX Lightning (2004 - 2009)

The Buell XB9SX Lightning, also know as “CityX”, is an old-school, stylish-looking scrambler with a unique design that reminds me some kind of a Mad Max movie bike.

It might seem like a modern urban bike at first glance, but don’t let that fool you. The 984cc v-twin engine of the XB9SX Lightning is outdated by today’s standards and it is the bike’s weakest point. The engine vibrates a lot and its fuel economy is rather poor.

Other than that, the motorcycle handles relatively well, and has a lot of character. However, I wouldn’t recommend buying it as an A2 licence bike.

A2 Licence Compliance

The Buell XB9SX Lightning is a 984cc A2-friendly bike. It has a power output of 62 kW (84 bhp), which exceeds the 35 kW (47 bhp) limit needed for an A2 licence. The bike has to be restricted by at least 43.5% to become A2 licence compliant.

You will need a restrictor to ride the Buell XB9SX Lightning on an A2 motorbike licence. See the restrictor kits section to check out what restrictors are available for the Buell XB9SX Lightning.

CategoryCafe Racer
Engine typeV-Twin
Engine strokes4-Stroke
Engine size984cc
Power output62 kW
Torque output60 ft-lb
Top speed120 mph
Horsepower84 bhp
Weight177 kg
Seat height765 mm
Front tyre size120/70-17
Rear tyre size180/55-17
Fuel tank size14.5 litres
Fuel tank range171 miles
Fuel consumption45 mpg
Oil capacity2.4 litres
Annual road tax£117
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