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Old 04-13-2004, 07:43 AM   #101
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A Thunderbird Sport or T100 Bonneville would be a good choice, especialy the Bonnie, low seat hight combined with usable power and good handling, decent price and "cool factor" off the charts make it a good pick

If she has to have a V-twin then I'd go with the Warrior.
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Old 04-13-2004, 08:19 AM   #102
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I don't really agree with you. If you build a reliable bike or car or whatever then a long warranty period doesn't cost you anything. It does however show that you have confidance in your product. With the case of Hyundai, then yes, they had to warranty them for ten years to show that they fixed the reliability issues of their earlier models.

Any new car you buy they push like hell to get you to buy an extended warranty because they're sure your vehicale won't break. IE if you pay $1500 for an extended warranty and your vehicale doesn't fail, they've just made an extre $1500, conveniantly financed (at 8%) at the time of sale.

Manufacturers like Triumph and Bmw offer long warranties because on average their vehicales don't fail. I'd say with Buell they're trying to repair their image but from what I've read the newer ones are holding up better, and at least Buell steps up to the plate when their bikes have problems.

As far as Sporty engines lasting 20k miles that pertains to Ironheads, and wasn't really true then. I can run any bike you show me into the ground through abuse and no maintainance so that doesn't prove anything. The deciding factor with any bike or auto is going to be the dealer. If you get a good one they'll go the extra mile for you, if you get a prick you'll have to fight them for anything warrantied or not.
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Old 04-13-2004, 08:28 AM   #103
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I have to agree with you, I think the new Buells are a vast improvement but unless one of my friends buys one I won't find out.

If it were my girlfriend buying a bike I'd point her to a Triumph or the 620 Ducati as well. The 599 Honda looks like a nice bike, but I'd probably stick to the Euro's for the "cool factor"
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Old 04-13-2004, 08:29 AM   #104
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So, reading between the lines... You're saying the Buell would be a great bike for someone who doesn't ride very much.
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Old 04-13-2004, 08:31 AM   #105
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I'd hit his dog in the butt, If she was a hottie
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Old 04-13-2004, 09:04 AM   #106
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Buells are a hot topic on this site. Most hate em, but very few have ridden them. The early models were a lot of problems, but it seems that the new ones are somewhat better.

I still don't think that you will have the quality and reliability of the Jap stuff, but you will have something with character (expensive to fix and repair).



The Buell is no different than a Ducati in some respects, and it would be far cheaper for routine maintenance than any Ducati.



I am in the process of purchasing a used 9S for $6k with 450 miles on it. The guy who bought it thought he was going to be racing R6's! I'm was also looking at a 900 Monster S for about $8K.



Neither the XB or Ducati is ever going to win against the supersports etc, except maybe in the curvy bits. Where the Buell and Ducati do win out is in the fun factor. Riding with torque is completely different than dealing with HP. The ability to twist the grip and go is appealing to a lot of people who want to have fun without dealing with a narrow power band.



Buell in Canada has done track tests for the last 4 years, and I have ridden all their bikes on these tests. It's a full day, with everything supplied, including an Instructor who runs his own race school (FAST in Quebec). My point: These bikes are a lots of fun!!



I'm sure that any 600 out there would turn a faster lap with the right rider, but there wasn't one person out there that was capable of outriding the bike. To prove this point the instructor took 4 of the best riders, put them on xb9's and X1's (with race kits). He took the Blast and gave them a 1 lap lead (1.8miles). He passed the fastest of the 4 on the beginning of their 5th lap. Once again proves that for the most part it's the rider not the bike.



As for reliability we thrashed these bikes (10 of them) all day and put on over 200 miles of hard riding, no problems other than tires on the xb's.



Back to the subject:



Buell can be a lot of fun, but could be a headache (you never know). Basically a simple bike and regardless, there are a lot more Harley/Buell dealers than Ducati dealers (at least in Canada)



Ducati: Check out the "routine" maintenance costs (approx $350 / 6000 miles), gorgeous bike with Italian mystique.



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