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Old 04-12-2004, 08:01 AM   #31
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Default First, Join a Buell Owners Group

Before making a decision have your wife join (membership is free) one or all of these groups:



http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/Buell-XB/



http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/Buell/



Have her state all her concerns, likes and dislikes; ask about problems. She'll probably find other female riders in the groups as well. Ask whether there are good mechanics and Buell shops in your area. Then make your determination. Buell and H-D have been on a major quality-control emphasis since 2000 and it is starting to show. I would have no problem owning a Buell.
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Old 04-12-2004, 08:01 AM   #32
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Default Re: She's look incredibly cute on a Monster

Ok I'm officially jealous. The Italians do make beautiful looking machinery. Ferrari did help with the engine development. Now that you are over 40 putting on that much needed extra weight will be much easier. VWW
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Old 04-12-2004, 08:04 AM   #33
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Default Re: She's look incredibly cute on a Monster

Since all the Harley haters repeat the "Porsche made it for 'em" mantra about the VRod can we similarly accuse MV Agusta of not being able to "build a motor."
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Old 04-12-2004, 08:44 AM   #34
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Default Re: Long term reliability of Buell lightning?

I believe the stock Breva seat is 31" but I think a 28" seat is available. I'd take the Breva too, even over the sv650. Won't see one on every corner, shaft drive, Italian and probably reliable. But I'd go for the new Sportster if I had to buy Harley. Too many of my friends have had trouble with Buell. One of my co-workers rides a Blast and has had no trouble with it though. But then I don't see how that bike could make enough power to hurt itself.
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Old 04-12-2004, 09:27 AM   #35
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Default Re: Good site thanks has an interesting poll

Am I reading this correctly? Of 14 resondents, 1 had a drive belt failure, of 13 respondents 2 had a serious transmission problem, or 13 respondents 3 had an oil leak? I've never seen complaint rates that high before in other groups polls.

I know the unhappy tend to respond to the polls more than the happy, but still those are very high rates. Sounds like my 2001 Harley, where my dealer and I were never able to stop a small oil leak (other than selling the bike).



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Old 04-12-2004, 09:36 AM   #36
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Default Re: Long term reliability of Buell lightning?

Had a 99 Lightning. No problems. New ones have a 2 year unlimited mileage warranty.
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Old 04-12-2004, 10:37 AM   #37
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Default Why that one?

Yo, JB, why the XB9s as opposed to the 12s?
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Old 04-12-2004, 10:49 AM   #38
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Default Re: Long term reliability of Buell lightning?

This is a no-brainer. You have two bikes that every second guy says are rough and unreliable crap. Then you have a third one that is smooth, solid and a test winner. If it is too tall you'd better swap her and keep the 599.



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Old 04-12-2004, 11:10 AM   #39
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Default A new 2004 Buell Lightening Owner speaks

I bought a new red 2004 Buell Lightening XB12S in Sept. of 2003, see pic at http://www.geocities.com/gbrummett/g...2004_buell.gif



I now have over 7,000 miles on it and it's been one of the better bikes I have ever owned. It doesn't use any oil, gets 42 to 50 mpg depending on how you ride it and has never leaked a drop of oil. The only issue I had was a recall to reroute the horn wiring to prevent chafing of the wire on the horn mounting bolt. I didn't think it needed rerouting as it showed no wear but they rerouted it for free and gave it the customary washing anyway.



I also purchased the complete race kit, which really transforms this bike from a quiet Ok top end to a bike that sounds much nicer and has a much more usable power band to redline from 4,000 rpm, see dyno at http://www.geocities.com/gbrummett/Buell_XB12_Dyno.jpg. The slight loss down at lower RPM isnÂ’t even noticeable.



After break-in I had this new bike out on a country road and held a sustained 130-mph for several miles without any problems at all.



My older Buell (a 2001 M2 Cyclone) would puke oil out the air cleaner at any sustained speed over a 100, and it was very prone to rocker box gasket leaks in the winter.



To say I am much happier with the new Buell would be an understatement. Even the new key is wearing better and I couldn't be happier.



If anyone has any questions please e-mail grant.brummett@novellus.com

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Old 04-12-2004, 11:19 AM   #40
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Default Re: She's look incredibly cute on a Monster

What!? You're off the pills!? That's cool. I like this Kpaul better. Fight the power!
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