View Full Version : 2003 XB9R, Indianapolis area, 22K miles, $4K or trade for XB#S

03-17-2011, 11:10 AM
2003 XB9R Firebolt
Battle Blue
22K+ miles (I still ride it)
Race Kit

Looking to trade for a Lightning (XB9S, XB9SX, XB12S, XB12STT, or XB12SS). There is nothing wrong with the bike, it just doesn't fit me for commuting. This past winter I replaced the shift shaft, put in a new Pro-series air filter, re-zeroed the static timing, re-routed the crankcase breathers, and reset the TPS. The front brake pads are only a year old, the spark plugs are only a year old, the rear tire is 6 months old, the air filter has about 45 miles on it, and the belt has about the same.

I purchased the bike in summer 2007 from another forum member. In full disclosure, I did lay it down that summer in a slow corner, but have ridden 12K miles with no issues. It does have a few "minor" cosmetic blemishes, like a small dent in the header elbow (from the previous owner), and one of the headlight bezels is broken (my stupidity). I clean it about once a year, so it isn't perfect, but it runs great. The front tire probably only has on season left on it. It could probably use a fork service, but I don't ride it hard enough to know.

I am looking for a lightning in the "same" condition or better. I ride my bike way more than I look at it, and make darn sure it runs as good or better than it looks. I'll get some pics up sometime soon-ish.

03-17-2011, 03:28 PM
Keep it. Cause youre asking way to much for it. I got my 08 xb12r with 10k for 4100. Granted mine was a deal but i can get all kinds of buells for 4k with alot less miles.

03-17-2011, 06:38 PM
Wow, thanks for crapping on the thread Loki. If you read the post, I am WAY more interested in a straight-up trade than I am in a sale. If I sell it, I have to find another one to buy and will be bikeless until I do. Maybe somebody was having a bad day and needed to crap a thread or two? If you want to buy it, make me an offer. If not, bugger off.

03-17-2011, 07:05 PM
Here's some pics:


03-17-2011, 07:15 PM
Got my 07 12R with 1900 miles for $3500

03-17-2011, 07:24 PM
Got my 07 12R with 1900 miles for $3500

Congrats! Again, I am 99% interested in a trade for a lightning, 1% interested in a straight sale. Thanks for the input guys, but if you're not interested in the ad, please avoid crapping on it.

03-17-2011, 11:08 PM
We arent crapping on it. Just saying that people look at price first 98% of the time. Honestly it will be hard to find someone who wants to trade and if you want a lighting, youll probably be better off just converting it. The bike looks great. Just change the bars and get a lighting front. And dont get so butt hurt.

03-18-2011, 04:49 AM
I am not a buyer (UNFORTUNATELY - not enough money and live too far) but must admit that the bike looks great!
jandj_davis, perhaps you'd better listen to Loki's advice

if you want a lighting, youll probably be better off just converting it. The bike looks great. Just change the bars and get a lighting front. And dont get so butt hurt.
At least you know your bike better than somebody's other bike. I would do so if I had the Firebolt.
Very not bad idea, Loki[up]
I think there would be more peaple willing to swap Lightning/Firebolt front fairing.

Good luck!

03-18-2011, 05:25 AM
I considered swapping to a lightning front end. Personally, I think the S front and R tail is a dead sexy combo, I just don't know if I am ready to put that much work into it. Mechanically it shouldn't be that big a deal, but re-locating all of the electronics from the front to elsewhere is what has me a little leery.

If I don't get any bites, this winter I'll try putting on the AmericanSportbike.com riser bars. That may add enough comfort that I can live with the bike as a commuter. If that doesn't fix it, I'll have to lower my asking price. I can't stand the look of the R fairing combined with the S triple and bars, so I probably won't try that route.

04-14-2011, 01:47 PM
I have an 03 Lightning that I'm looking to trade for a Firebolt. It has 7000 and its completely stock. The only problem is that I am located in Miami, FL. Any ideas?

04-16-2011, 09:11 AM
Unless you are ready to take a road trip, I don't see an easy solution. I can maybe meet you in KY, but that's probably the best I can do.

05-05-2011, 06:48 AM

05-19-2011, 11:11 AM
No longer for sale. I found some HeliBars!

05-19-2011, 03:00 PM
No longer for sale. I found some HeliBars!

Nice find, and I'm glad they work for you. I can say if I hadn't found some, my Firebolt would most likely no longer reside in my garage.