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gbrummett 04-12-2004 12:51 PM

Re: A new 2004 Buell Lightening Owner speaks
I had two Kawasaki's a 2001 Ninja 250 and a 1984 GPZ 900 R Ninja. Both were Ok bikes, but I didn't like having to mess with the chains, that's one of the reasons for buying the Buell instead. If you go by the book on maintenance it's pretty close to the same. I know of two owners here at work with XB9Rs that are doing there own maintenance. Something most people could not do with the Japanese bikes.

theDuke 04-12-2004 01:03 PM

Re: Long term reliability of Buell lightning?
I'd think that the Monster 620ie might also be easy for her to manage. I'm 5'6" and tested the XB9S Low during some races last year and was really impressed with the feel of the bike as well. Frankly, I think the most important thing to think about is the quality of the dealership you buy the Buell (or any other bike) from.

For example, I bought a brand new BMW R1100R a few years back... partly based on their reputation for reliability. Frankly, it was the biggest piece of junk I've ever owned out of about 8 motorcycles. It spent 8 weeks in the shop out of the first six months I owned it.

I also had a 1995 Harley 883 Sporster that shook like crazy, but it never had a single problem and maintenance was simple and cheap (just oil changes... no valve adjustments and the belt drive is extremely clean and requires almost no maintenance at all). It cost a third as much as the BMW.

My point is that you can hear horror stories about every bike out there (except for Hondas, but I may have just never heard the stories). Buy what she really wants... I'd rather have a bike that I love that has a few problems than a bike that bores me to tears just because it's reliable. Most of us don't use these bikes for daily transportation, so it's not the end of the world if it's in the shop. If the dealer or manufacturer includes a loaner bike as a part of their warranty coverage, then you won't even have to miss a day of riding!

bowtydaddy 04-12-2004 01:36 PM

Re: You have never ridden a bolt have you?
Hey, Kpaul,

We don't need no stinking politics in a motorcycle discussion. Whats next? Religion? As far as Buells go, I had a 97 Cyclone for three years and found I't to be a very low maintance machine. Probably the most fun motorcycle I've ever owned.

mbsween 04-12-2004 01:48 PM

Re: Long term reliability of Buell lightning?
I ride an 01 X1 Lightning, its had its share of problems, buts its a lot of fun. I'd agree on the dealer issue tho, some buell dealers suck, no parts, nobody who can diagnose problems let alone fix them.

Check out the local dealer, do they have a BRAG group? Thats a good indication of a dealer that cares.

Also if you want more info that you could read in a lifetime, check out, you'll find everything you could want to know there.

glgray81 04-12-2004 01:58 PM

Re: Long term reliability of Buell lightning?
I currently have an FZ6, and she is on her tiptoes to reach. The SV650 is another one that I wanted her to look at, but the 30" seat height is still a pain in the butt.

glgray81 04-12-2004 02:01 PM

Re: You have never ridden a bolt have you?
Man, guys! PLEASE! Leave the politics crap out of these discussions. Bush's Misery Index in no way relates in to what I am trying to help my wife figure out and consider!

pdad13 04-12-2004 03:25 PM

Re: Long term reliability of Buell lightning?
I am really sorry, man.

It's all my fault.

(By the way that "Index" was released by the Kerry campaign, which he fails to mention. How scientific.)

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