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    New guy with an old XB9

    Hey everybody, just wanted to say hello and show off my new to me -but otherwise old- '03 XB9SL.

    I picked her up over the winter for what I felt was a very good price, although there were some items that needed attention.

    This is what she looked like when I got her:


    This bike has had at least two previous owners, and I think that meant two different rounds of customizing. Some stuff, like most of the carbon fiber and the tail tidy was nicely done. Other stuff like the pegs, turn signals, and blacked out taillight just screamed Squid! to me. It also had a melted headlight lens and a broken clutch lever end from a garage tip-over.

    So the headlight got replaced with a new stock "Worldwide" unit, the clutch lever got replaced, and a set of factory Buell lowering pegs went on to help my tall ass actually fit on this tiny bike. Old mismatched tires got replaced with Bridgestone S21's.

    Oh, and I ****ing hate yellow. So that had to go.









    Cosmetically she's nearly done. New turn signals, black clutch lever, maybe have the seat recovered. Little stuff. Not sure about the belly pan because I'm not sure what I'm going to do exhaust wise yet.

    But for the most part I've just been riding the piss outta her. Like any relationship, it has it's ups and downs (sometimes me and Neutral don't see each other for days, and the transmission bangs and clanks like a 1920's tractor... falling down an elevator shaft) but for the most part life is good.

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    Senior Member wickedchop's Avatar
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    Nice job so far cleaning her up, good save. Nice to see it in better hands. Looks REALLY nice so far. IMO put the chin fairing back on.

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    Bike looks great, nice job . I would totally put a black chin fairing back on for now, but that's me.
    Last edited by rchuff; 07-10-2018 at 04:27 PM.

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    I have the same bike and have been going through it, I'm currently battling fuel pressure issues but I love buell lightnings. Mine is yellow and I really don't like yellow, but I really like the yellow on the lightnings.

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    Thanks guys, maybe I'll plastidip the belly pan to see if I like it blacked out before buying a new one.

    Jeff, I'll admit the yellow started to grow on me, but when I took the airbox cover off to check the air filter I found I really liked how it looked with the plain black airbox. And the new plastics and headlight have made the bike look 10 years newer.

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    Very nice looking bike....

    Do the belly pan...there are brackets for it even with aftermarket exhausts. IMO these bikes just don't look complete or 'right' without them.

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    Great Job!!! Awesome!!! Welcome and thx for sharing pics. Complete ur customizing Get a tune, custom pipe, short levers, drop ur bug screen one screw hole lower.
    Last edited by Silverrider; 07-15-2018 at 03:17 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhiteKnuckle View Post
    Thanks guys, maybe I'll plastidip the belly pan to see if I like it blacked out before buying a new one.

    Jeff, I'll admit the yellow started to grow on me, but when I took the airbox cover off to check the air filter I found I really liked how it looked with the plain black airbox. And the new plastics and headlight have made the bike look 10 years newer.
    Your bike looks good!!!



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