Looking more like a slick prop made for a new J.J. Abrams movie, this Buell XB9 has been fashioned by London’s deBolex Engineering.
But that makes sense coming from Calum Pryce-Tidd with a reputation for making sleek, technically precise, and minimalistic creations. The XB9 City X was always a kind of Mad Max beast. The Evolution derived engine sitting in a uniquely styled fuel-in-frame means that there is no real tank to work with.
A new ‘tank’ has been designed around ports funneling air to a K&N air filter and a lighter Shorai lithium battery replaces the stock one. An entirely new exhaust has been fabricated in house snaking under the engine and ending in a Spark muffler.
The custom bodywork fabrication in light aluminum continues with the front faring that hides the relocated oil cooler. Vents and headlights have been integrated into the chunky, futuristic front end look. The Rizoma flat bars are wrapped in Renthal grips and end in bar-end blinkers.
At the rear of the bike the tail section has been given a blocky 70s racing style unit. This sits on a clean new subframe with the fuse box, ECU, and Motogadget m-Unit housed inside. Tucked inside the tail a Highsider cylindrical LED taillight. A handmade seat made from waterproof Alcantara and soft black vinyl tucks between the tank and tail.
The suspension has had a complete overhaul with Ducati Panigale 899 Showa forks replacing the short stock forks. These slide into a one-off machined triple-tree from Fastec Custom Racing. The rear suspension is a Maxton RT10 mono shock with a remote reservoir. Brembo discs and monobloc calipers have been used to give good stopping power.
The wheels are ultra-light five-spoke carbon units from Dymag, with the rear being made just for this bike. Metzeler Roadtec 01 tyres have been fitted for excellent grip. The paint work is slick, and imposing. The frame has been finished in a satin black and black cracked mix, while the bodywork is in a rich Harley-Davidson metallic red. Over this lays a silver stripe running down the tank and a small but distinct ‘1/1’ on the tail section. Calum prefers to keep each bike unique.