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Lightning F-40


Lightning F-40


The Lightning F-40 is the fastest production bike ever to hit the street!

The result of years of research, the patented F-40 has all of the performance advantages of a fully-faired custom racer, but is also practical enough for everyday riding, commuting and touring. It’s the ideal all-around performance bike. The spandex fairing means excellent ventilation, stability in crosswinds and results in an overall weight of only 33 lbs.! The fairing is also great protection from cold or rainy weather.

The F-40’s cruising speed is 50% faster than a standard bicycle and 6-10 mph faster than an unfaired Lightning. So if you can cruise at 18 now, say hello to 28mph! Scores of cyclists worldwide now use the F-40 for sport and century rides, touring and daily commuting.

The F-40 is based on the P-38, so you can buy a P-38 bike and later add the F-40 body and fairing. If you decide to upgrade a P-38 to an F-40, note that we highly recommend also installing the rear disc brake and front suspension. Once installed the entire fairing can be removed for open air riding, or for transporting the bike in just 5-10 minutes.

Recumbent Type

High Racer, Short Wheelbase

Suitable For

Racing, Road, Touring

Total Weight

32 – 34 lbs

Seat Angle

50 – 65 degrees


Rear: Shimano Deore LX, Front: Shimano 105


Shimano 105, 30/46/60, 170 – 175 mm


Shimano LX, 11-34 9spd

Bottom Bracket

Shimano 105, Tube Spindle


Shimano 105


Shimano XT


Rear: Sun CR18 700c 36 spoke, Front: Deep carbon 20″ 18 spoke


Rear: Panaracer T-Serve 700x28c 105psi, Front: Schwalbe City Jet 20″ 100psi


Rear: Hayes 9 hydraulic disc, Front: Avid SD7


S-1 Chromoly, coil spring suspended, 1.5″ travel


KMC Z9000


Above Seat, Direct


42 – 45.5″


4130 Chromoly tubing, nickel silver brazed, with custom investment cast seat lugs and forged dropouts

Total Length

78 – 86″

Total Width



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