Buell X1 Lightning Escape Artist Shines like a Polished Diamond

Custom Works Zon prefers to work with American muscle, but that doesn’t mean they don’t know their way around other bikes. After finding a neglected Buell X1 Lightning, the shop proved that they can polish just about anything into a true diamond.

Buell X1 Lightning front view

The project started by stripping the Buell X1 down to almost its bare bones. From there, the team started rebuilding. The Buell X1 is known for its swing arm, which Custom Works Zon completely removed. They fabricated a custom steel swing arm for the project that could stand up to the roughest treatment—which is exactly what the team had in mind, with riding trails in the mountains being the end goal of the build.

The new swing arm helped to elongate the bike, which had the result of increasing the bike’s stability. Custom Works Zon also pulled out the original belt drive to shave off more weight.

Buell X1 Lightning body view

The wheels come from Aprilia and are shod in metzeler MC 360 tires, perfect for any conditions no matter how rough they are. That combination required that the axles and spacers be custom fit, which the team did on their old Daiwa lathe. The Aprillia racing brakes also required some customization, as did the rebuilt Showa 41mm front fork, which was done for off-roading.

Speaking of going off-road, the Gears Racing shocks in the rear will help with that. The gas tank and oil tank both had to be made from scratch to fit the frame. The custom headlight gives an original look, which is topped off with an in-house black and brushed finish paint.

Buell X1 Lightning custom build

Unlike many customizations, this particular bike was meant for the mountains. Adapted fenders keep the mud from the trails at bay. The custom exhaust gives the bike a roar that echoes through the trees as this bike tears up the trails.

buell x1 lightning bike seat

This is a bike that showcases just how talented the crew over at Custom Works Zon is. With the sheer amount of customization and adaptation, not to mention how much of it they did themselves and from scratch, it’s abundantly evident that they can polish just about anything into a diamond.

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Buell X1 Lightning motorbike