Buell XB9 1/1 – Part 1

Todd, the owner, bought the XB9 from new. After 10 years of fun he felt it was time to change things up. He rode down to us last summer and after chatting over some ideas we were left with an open brief (our favourite kind of brief!)

Our first job is always to set the stance of the bike. After some time measuring various components we started with the front-end swap to a set of Showa forks and set of custom yokes machined up by Fastec Custom Racing. We then got on the phone to Maxton suspension who put together one of their RT10 monoshocks units with remote reservoir. Finally we added a set of Dymag 5 spoke carbon wheels. This sat the bike perfectly and gave us the base to start fabrication.

The XB9 is a challenging bike to customize given its unusual frame design.

The frame is also the fuel tank, so what looks like the tank is just a skin covering the top half of the engine, air filter and battery. We started with mounting the Shorai lithium battery and air induction on top of the frame. This gave us some clearance to work to with the tank skin. The Skin is made up of 5 sections and features air induction ports leading to the K&N air filter. As with all our builds we used traditional metal shaping techniques to fabricate all the panels from aluminium. This gives us total freedom in terms of design and creates very lightweight bodywork.

Check out part 2 of the Buell build diaries here

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