While we're disappointed not to see any new models, the 2010 Buell range does bring a host of important tweaks. Perhaps most importantly, all models receive revised brakes in the form of a new front master cylinder, but there's also LED rear lights and new turn signals across the range. We'll detail the changes model-by-model below.
The optional flat bars become standard, further differentiating the CR
from the R. New graphics help reduce the visual weight of the huge side
pods, while the new black and white color scheme really helps improve
the looks. Like the R, there's also a new sight glass on the engine
case for easier oil-level checks. There's also a battery tender plug
integrated into the wiring harness.
Polished stainless steel headers, that sight window, batter tender
plug, black triple clamp and wheels. Yawn. More interesting is the $499
optional lower fairing that's shared with the controversial Buell 1125RR.
Buell Firebolt XB12R:
Yellow Paint! There's also a second o2 sensor for improved driveability, cooling and fuel economy.
Buell Ulysses XB12X:
A brighter shade of yellow plus a blacked-out frame, swingarm,
flyscreen, triple clamps and footrests. The Ulysses also gets the new
o2 sensor. The new airscoop looks great.
Buell Ulysses XB12XT:
Optional black paint, Pirelli Angel ST and STE tires and that cool new airscoop.
Buell Lightning XB12Ss:
The Lightning for fatties gets that o2 sensor and Pirelli Scorpion Sync tires like the 2010 Buell Lightning XB12SX.
Buell Lightning XB12Scg:
The Lightning for midgets also gets the o2 sensor and the Scorpion Syncs.
Buell Lightning CityX XB9Sx:
The Lightning for pretentious city folk gets new "Kick Ash" translucent grey bodywork and the new o2 sensor.