2004 Buell Firebolt Review


The MSRP for the 2004 Buell Bolt Firebolt XB9R is around $9,200, the Firebolt XB12R costs around $11,000. The 2004 Buell Firebolt motorbikes are around 6.35 feet long, 28.2 inches wide and have around five inches of ground clearance. The engine for the XB9R motorbike has a peak output of around 92 horsepower at 7,500 RPM and 70 pound-feet of torque at 5,500 RPM. The XB12R engine has a peak output of around 103 horsepower at 6,800 RPM and 84 pound-feet of torque at 6,000 RPM.

The Buell Firebolt is equipped with a nonadjustable two-piece vinyl seat that is made for two people. The bike is fitted with a standard seat tail cover as well. These bikes are equipped with foot pegs for the driver and passengers as well. Lockable storage and under-seat storage are also standard for these Firebolt motorbikes.

The center dash of these motorbikes is equipped with a speedometer, tachometer, clock, digital instrumentation and trip odometer. The bike comes with a standard exterior cover, standard front fender and a spoiler as well. Riders love the strong torque performance from these bikes and the way it handles and maneuvers winding roads or busy traffic streets.

New For 2004

  • The Firebolt XB12R was a new addition for the 2004 lineup. Overall, surveyed riders liked the 2004 Buell XB12R better than the 2003 model. Riders favored the 2004 model due to its superior engine performance and design, lower maintenance costs, marginally better racing track capabilities and better touring capabilities. Riders also thought the 2004 Buell Firebolt was safer and more fun than the previous year. These riders also thought that the 2003 model was more reliable and was a better value for the money as well.
  • Riders actually liked the 2003 Firebolt XB9R slightly better than the 2004 Firebolt XB9R. These riders liked the superior engine performance and dependability, lower repair costs and better racing track capabilities of the 2003 Firebolt motorbike. Riders also thought the 2003 version was more fun and safer than the 2004 model as well. Riders also felt the 2003 version was a better deal for the money when compared to the 2004 Firebolt. The same riders like the design and off-roading capabilities of the 2004 version better than the 2003 Firebolt.

2004 Buell Firebolt Specs

  • Buell Firebolt XB9R, XB12R
  • Engine Type: 984 cc, 1203 cc four-stroke two-cylinder v twin
  • Bore and Stroke: 3.5 x 3.13 inches, 3.5 x 3.81 inches
  • Compression ratio: 10:0:1
  • Valve Train: OHV
  • Induction: Fuel Injected
  • Ignition: Electric
  • Transmission: 5-speed manual
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 3.7 gallons and 0.7 gallon reserve
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: n/a
  • Brakes (Front): Disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Disc
  • Suspension (Front): Inverted Fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Twin Sided Swing Arm
  • Wheelbase: 52 inches
  • Rake: 21°
  • Trail: 3.3 inches
  • Seat Height: 30.5 inches
  • Curb Weight: 385 pounds, 395 pounds
  • Tires (Front): Dunlop 120/70 ZR17
  • Tires (Rear): Dunlop 180/55 ZR17


  • The 2004 Buell Firebolt scooters are available in Arctic White/Orange, Battle Blue, Arctic White/Blue, Racing Red/Graphite-Grey/Translucent Amber, and Midnight Black.
  • Stardust Silver wheels and frame
  • Rider Wrinkle Black Heel Protector Kits
  • Traction Hand Grips
  • Traction Passenger Footpegs
  • Traction Rider Footpegs
  • Translucent Amber Windscreen
  • Carbon Fiber Front Fender
  • Carbon Fiber Front Spoiler
  • Escapade Seat
  • Carbon Fiber Oil Cooler Cover
  • Carbon Fiber Rear Fender
  • Air Box Trim
  • American Flag Graphics Package
  • Armor Cloak I
  • Baja Dust Cover
  • Passenger Wrinkle Black Heel Protector Kits
  • Carbon Fiber Upper Belt Guard
  • Custom Seat
  • Black 24.5 lt. Tank Bag
  • Black Saddlebags
  • Front XB Wheels - Translucent Amber
  • Magnesium Tone Front Spoiler
  • Magnesium Tone Gear Cover
  • Magnesium Tone Primary Cover
  • Firebolt Custom Pillion
  • Firebolt Tail Bag
  • Polished Chrome-Plated Rear Footpeg Brackets
  • Race Competition Graphics Package
  • Diamond Highlighted Sprocket Wheels
  • Escapade Pillion
  • Passenger Chrome Heel Protector Kits
  • Black Wind Deflector
  • Firebolt Touring Pillion
  • Fighter Jet Graphics Package
  • Carbon Fiber Heel Protector Kit-Passenger
  • Carbon Fiber Heel Protector Kit-Rider
  • Carbon Fiber Lower Belt Guard
  • Firebolt Air Box Cover Mask
  • Rear XB Wheels - Translucent Amber
  • Rider Chrome Heel Protector Kits
  • Rider Footpeg Kit for XB Models
  • Battle Blue / Red and White Decals

Key Competitors For The 2004 Buell Firebolt

  • The 2004 Honda Super Hawk
  • The 2004 Suzuki Katana 750
  • The 2004 Honda Interceptor
  • The 2004 Suzuki Hayabusa 1300R
  • The 2004 BMW R 1100 S
  • The 2004 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R