Buell M2 Cyclone

Buell M2 Cyclone review

Buell twins are oddball machines and have struggled to win over traditional Harley and Japanese retro bike owners alike. The basic problem is the old hat pushrod V-twin, with its frankly clunky gearbox and diesel-esque power delivery. The Buell M2 Cyclone is one of the more funky versions of the Buell concept from the late 90s, but lacks the easygoing rideability of many Japanese four cylinder, or European twin cylinder rivals.

Buell M2 Cyclone

The Buell Cyclone M2 retains a single, 40mm Keihin CV-carb rather than receiving the new, dynamic digital fuel injection DDFI system. This is Buell first attempt at EFI and while the system should continue to improve, the present EFI Buells have first-year glitches such as a slight dead spot in the middle of the powerband. Check out the dyno chart to the right and you notice that the M2 torque band is flat from 3100rpm to redline. More specs and user manual of Buell M2 you can see in next overview.

Buell M2 Cyclone

Buell M2 Cyclone specification

General information
Model: Buell M2 Cyclone
Category: Naked bike

Engine and transmission
Displacement: 1203cc
Engine type: V2
Stroke: 4
Power: 91HP (66.4 kW) @6000RPM
Torque: 115.26Nm @4900RPM
Compression: 10:1
Bore x stroke: 88.8x96.8mm (3.5 x 3.8 inches)
Fuel system: Carburettor
Valves per cylinder: 2
Starter: Electric
Cooling system: Air
Gearbox: 5-speed
Transmission type
final drive: Belt

Physical measures
Dry weight: 197 kg (434.3 pounds)
Seat height: 787mm (31.0 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting.
Ground clearance: 132mm
Wheelbase: 1397mm

Chassis and dimensions
Front suspension travel: 119 mm (4.7 inches)
Rear suspension travel: 117 mm (4.6 inches)
Front tyre dimensions: 120/70-ZR17
Rear tyre dimensions: 170/60-ZR17
Front brakes: Single disc
Front brakes diameter: 340mm
Rear brakes: Single disc
Rear brakes diameter: 230mm

Speed and acceleration
Power/weight ratio: 0.4619 HP/kg

Other specifications
Fuel capacity: 18.9 litres (4.99 gallons)
Reserve fuel capacity: 2.2 litres (0.58 gallons)

Buell M2 Cyclone

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