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City Slicker: deBolex gives the Buell XB9 a sharp new suit

City Slicker: deBolex gives the Buell XB9 a sharp new suit

Buell XB9 City X cafe racer by deBolex Engineering
There has always been something special about the machines built inside the deBolex workshop, a few miles south of London, England. They are sleek and minimal, with factory levels of finish hiding some very smart engineering and technical decision-making.

Shop owner Calum Pryce-Tidd is one of Britain’s finest bike builders, and takes his inspiration from the racing cars of the 1950s and 60s. In those days, teams would often remove heavy steel bodies and replace them with lightweight aluminum versions.

Buell XB9 City X cafe racer by deBolex Engineering
“It’s an important part of our ethos not to tear up a great production bike to make something potentially harder or less practical to ride,” says Calum. (And amen to that.)

“We celebrate the efforts of the manufacturer by retaining the core of the bike, dressing it in a new set of clothes and upgrading components.” The result is invariably a usable and high quality one-off custom.…

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