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Old 06-10-2004, 07:39 AM   #31
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Default Re: You asked for it: My Buell experience.

Thanks for the perspective. You should also be a mystery writer, given the nice head-fake at the beginning of your piece.



It's good to have choices, although I prefer Earl Grey to Orange Peeko.
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Old 06-10-2004, 07:48 AM   #32
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Default Re: You asked for it: My Buell experience.

yeah man I saw it and parlayed it into passes to laguna seca. It's like E Buell said, diff. between 9 and 12 is kind of like small-block and big-block Vettes. I think the 9 has a lighter feel to it that fits the XB's character better, and the thing runs smoother at part-throttle cruising around cause of smaller power pulses and shorter gearing. I think. as you know, once above 50 mph or so they are both dead smooth cruisers. I am also cheap. Even if I weren't i might rather have the 9. With race kit, 9 has plenty of acceleration and it revs, even without it.
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Old 06-10-2004, 08:19 AM   #33
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You see, this makes the decision harder. The bikes are the same, but ones bored out, with a lower rev limit. Ones revs better, but makes less power. They both weigh about the same, so whats the real difference?

Clarify some more, oh great sage.



I have never complained about reving a bike to get it going, and I don't understand the big deal about having to shift. Its part of the feel of riding a motorcyle. The interaction with the machine, the tactile feel of shifting, turning, moving around on it thats makes it more enjoyable than any other land vehicle.

I guess some people just want an automatic transmission on their bike.



Anyway, what is the practical difference between the 9 and the 12, then whats the gut tell you?
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Old 06-10-2004, 08:21 AM   #34
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I've actually left a half a plate of food on the table, then the other half in the bushes outside the front door.
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Old 06-10-2004, 08:40 AM   #35
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Oh, c'mon. It's been at least 50 years since a Maytag was driven by a gas engine ...
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Old 06-10-2004, 08:42 AM   #36
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12 i think has 1/2-inch longer stroke so it feels thumpier and rougher, and heavier crank (i think?) seems like it doesn't turn so quick and light as the 9 does. 9 revs more cause it's geared shorter... ***** man, ride em both, Buell dealers give test rides do they not?
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Old 06-10-2004, 08:43 AM   #37
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Default Re: Excellent Review

As opposed to what? The excellent management practices in Italy?



I did enjoy the article. Informative, well written and organized.



I've spent some time on an XB9R, and it's a fun bike, but not so much that I would spend the asking price. It really did stand up under braking, and the front brake feel was somewhat soft. It was also very heavy steering. I left the setup alone, since it was a friendÂ’s bike.



A rear wheel bearing disintegrated at around 8000 miles. It was fixed under warranty even though this was an early XB9R, and was out of warranty.



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Old 06-10-2004, 08:52 AM   #38
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There was an element to the Buell that I should have included, because it may influence your thinking. IÂ’ve ridden with the owner of the XB9R a lot; heÂ’s the person who got me into motorcycling in the first place. IÂ’m riding either a 748 or CBR 929. The Buell has instant, effortless, power from a standing start and off of low speed corners. On the 748, he leaves me for dead and thereÂ’s no way to prevent it. Even on the 929, I have to abuse the clutch to stay with him from a standing start. He has a ball with it.

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Old 06-10-2004, 09:07 AM   #39
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I can answer one of those questions right now. 2000 900SS, just dropped it off for the 24,000 mile service. Bought it new in '01 and the only problem I've had (if you can even call it that) is that about 2000 miles ago it developed a small oil leak around the slave cylinder side of the clutch pushrod. I bought new o-rings for the pushrod from a dealer for about 3 bucks and replaced them myself. That said, the clutch slave cylinders are notorious for leaking. Mine hasn't, maybe I'm just lucky, or maybe they've actually addressed the problem. Aftermarket replacements are readily available and run about 120 bucks. As for maintenance costs, they're not cheap. I've used two dealers now, and the 6000 mile services are around 350 to 400 while the 12,000 mile services are closer to 5 or 6 hundred. The 12K is higher because of cam belt changes (40-60 bucks a pop), fork oil replacement, and a few other items that aren't part of the 6K. I bought an entire set of fairings for track days off ebay (in varying conditions, some were perfect) including a tank and probably spent 600 bucks total. I absolutely love this bike and have been nothing but pleased with how well it's performed and lasted over the years.
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Old 06-10-2004, 10:10 AM   #40
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Great writing, great article. "Living with" section sounds like a real plus, count me in.
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