The 1997 MY Buell S3T Thunderbolt is the long-haul oriented version of the naked machine, and comes, unlike the base model, standard with color-matching side panniers, fairing lowers, touring handlebars and touring foot pegs. The engine and the innards of the machine remain the same as the base model.
At its heart lies an air-cooled, four-stroke, 1203cc, 45-degree V-Twin powerplant paired to a five-speed manual transmission with a low-maintenance, Kevlar-reinforced belt drive, that can reach a maximum power output of 101 horsepower and 90 Nm of torque.
The S3 Thunderbolt from American manufacturer Buell is a powerful naked machine that is mainly addressed for riders who expect high levels of performance from their machine. It comes with a half-fairing with a small windscreen, die-cast aluminium wheels, an under-belly exhaust system, an one-piece, dual seat, an analogue and digital instrument cluster, a 40mm Showa adjustable upside-down fork coupled to a Showa adjustable mono-shock in the rear and a large, 340mm front disc brake with a 6-piston caliper.
Also, it boasts a maximum power output of 101 horsepower and 90 Nm of torque from its air-cooled, four-stroke, 1203cc, 45-degree V-Twin powerplant that is mated to a five-speed manual transmission with a Kevlar-reinforced belt final drive.