In 2005, while working at a local motorcycle dealership, I had been dreaming of two wheeled fun. Streetfighter-styled bikes really caught my eye. I looked at the Kawasaki Z1000, Triumph Speed Triple, and the Buell XB12S. The unique engineering of the Buell’s front perimeter brake, chassis, and short wheel base was very attractive, and after gasping at the cost of insurance (I was 22 years old) for the Z1000 and the Speed Triple, I had almost made up my mind.
Soon after, I test rode a 2003 XB9S that we received as a trade in and it was a blast. Over the next few months I thought it over and in July of 2005, I bought a new 2005 Buell XB12Scg.
Here is a shot next to my brother’s Honda CB1:
It was an awesome bike and so much fun to ride but it wasn’t long before I wanted more power.
The Buell XB motor shares the general layout of the Harley-Davidson Sportster motor, but with many major components re-designed for better performance.Even though the XB12 motor produces ~100hp I thought it needed more.
There are lots of high performance parts available for the XB motor and I was interested in the power, but I didn’t want to build an off-the-shelf machine. I decided to design a turbocharger setup.
At the time, there had only been two other turbocharged XBs that I had seen. They were both built by Hillbilly Motors in Germany and, other than the pictures and a few brief write-ups on their website, there was little information on what they had done so I started from scratch. I had turbo experience from modifying a 1988 Saab 900 SPG so I knew I could put something fun together for my XB.
Here are some shots of my bike over the years. If you have any questions, send me a message using the contact page.