Cafe Racer Buell X1 Lighting

Belva0belva1Belva2Not much I know about this custom X1 Lightning, a Buell model produced between 1999 and 2002 when it succeeding the better known S1 Lighting. It was rebuilt in Italy by a shop called whose philosophy or manifesto is “We believe in beauty and noisy twins…” Named Belva (meaning Wild Beast) it’s another machine inspired by the old glory days of Cafe Racing with a hint of contemporary design. A more aggressive riding position to tame the Belva, a custom made rear end with a beefy inverted front suspension, a new Norton Endurance gas tank with a conversion from Buell EFI back to carburation are enough to make it a very nice around-town daily sled.

5 Responses to “Cafe Racer Buell X1 Lighting”


  1. 1 Guy Oct 15th, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Wrong, wrong, wrong. Sticking a Triton tank on a Buel dosent make it a Café Racer, in this case it makes a right pigs ear of a perfectly good Buel.

  2. 2 nicker Oct 15th, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    The tank does look a taste out of place, as in form not following function.

    IMHO anyway/
    -nicker-

  3. 3 TJ Martin Oct 15th, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    At first glance ? Maybe . After a reasonable second look ? Definitely not ! Eeesh ! A bodge job if there ever was one . How to take several perfectly good bits and pieces …. then combining them into a complete and utter mess . In my [ hardly ever ] humble opinion that is .

  4. 4 Septic the Sceptic Oct 15th, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    What is the deal with taking good looking standard bikes and making them ugly with a mish mash innapropriate parts?

  5. 5 Oct 21st, 2014 at 5:34 am

    No No No, The tank looks so wrong on this. Looks like a poor backstreet conversion to me. Take a decent motorcycle and make it look naff!!

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