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MrBear44 04-13-2004 03:18 AM

Re: Long term reliability of Buell lightning?
I had a 95 Buell, and it had tons of problems. However, I have a friend who has nearly 10K miles on an XB9R, and the only problem was a failed rear wheel bearing, which was fixed under warranty even though the bike was way out of warranty. The Buell is far lighter and easy to handle than the other bikes mentioned here (Triumph T-Bird, V-Rod, etc.). I had a T-Bird Sport, and also have a 5Â’4" tall wife who rides, and it wasnÂ’t a very comfortable bike for her. The low Buell is almost ideal. Consider how and how much she is going to ride it. The engine is pretty over-stressed for the design, and some are worn out by 22-25K miles, but a lot of people never get there.

seruzawa 04-13-2004 04:19 AM

No it's not....
It's not your fault. Kook has been doing this for years. You shoulda been here when he was calling everyone who owned any bike but a race replica a fool. BMW owners, Harley owners, Goldwing owners, Moto Guzzi owners.... all fools to him.

I call it Kook's Universe of Circular Logic. He calls everyone dummies and then complains about being attacked back.

Funny how when Bush has the same economic numbers as Clinton it's the worst economy since Hoover. When it's Clinton with the same numbers it's a vibrant economy. Kerry is proposing some of Jimmy Carter's economic policies. That should be enough to mafe everyone head for the hills.

ValknMag 04-13-2004 04:34 AM

Re: Long term reliability of Buell lightning?
Not entirely based on displacement--State Farm charges more to insure my CBR1100XX than my Valkyrie (GL1500). If you can imagine.

gbrummett 04-13-2004 04:48 AM

You can get a new 2003 XB9S low for $6,999
FYI, the $10,000 is MSRP, you can pick up a brand new 2003 XB9S for $6,999 at

electraglider_1997 04-13-2004 04:55 AM

I rode Hondas for years and from my experience they are no better than any other bike. My Harley is put together much better than any Honda I ever owned. I had a S90, CL350, two CB750's, and a CB900. Each bike was a joy while I had them but they had their share of maintenance issues and I dealt with them as they happened and I just figured that bike owership came with these problems.

nweaver 04-13-2004 05:48 AM

Re: Long term reliability of Buell lightning?
Does one have collision and comprehensive on it? Or a different set of options?

It also may vary by state as well.

ValkBandit 04-13-2004 06:07 AM

"the lightning is the only thing thus far she can stand flat-footed with"
there are TONS of bike that are lower to the ground and as easy to ride or EASIER than the buell.

but if her heart is set on a buell, then get one. especially if there is a good dealer in your area. i personally think the dealer is more important than the make.

i believe it is possible to buy a buell and have minimal problems with it. but i also think it is highly unlikely that it will be as trouble-free as, say, a honda or a suzuki.

ya pays yer money and ya takes your choice. the buell is loaded with character but you may have to belly up to the parts counter more often than you'd like.

personally, i favor reliability over "character." if i were you i'd get an suzuki sv650, get a lowered corbin seat, a nice exhaust system, and go riding. but that's just me. i prefer roostin' over wrenchin'.

Tigercub 04-13-2004 06:18 AM

Re: Long term reliability of Buell lightning?
9/11 and the economy are not Bush's fault. Iraq is Bush's fault.

Tigercub 04-13-2004 06:30 AM

Re: Long term reliability of Buell lightning?
I use all my bikes for daily transportation and what's most important is how you take care of it. The days of bad assembly and incomplete engineering are gone (I hope?). But when I bought my sport bike I was concerned about having to buy tires every 4000 miles. However, I have nearly 10k miles on the original tires and they look to have a good several thousand more. Obviously, I'm very gentle engaging and disengaging the engine to the rear wheel. Well, I used to have to rely on my '70 Triumph Tiger and still do on occasion. Well cared for it's a very reliable bike.

Tigercub 04-13-2004 06:37 AM

Re: test ride! :)
Except that Triumph did it two years ago in the Speed 4. Why waste money on the 599 version of the F3 when you can get a TT600 in a Speed 4 for less and with better suspension and handling?

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