A good thing because staying on the throttle through the corner is essential in order to ride the Lightning quickly. Just 52 inches between the axles, with an extremely low, forward CG ("Mass Centralization" is Buell's design priority), the Lightning is a breeze to steer at low to moderate speeds. But once you up the pace, the XB12S shows the same disconcerting tendency as the XB9S to stand up under braking, then fall over once the binders are released. Trailing throttle through the corner (to balance the suspension and unload the front end) helps. Hanging waaay off to reduce lean angle also made the push and flop less pronounced. You can ride the Lightning quite fast (we were just a few seconds off the best motard times, remarkable for 400-pound bikes with street tires), but it's not easy.