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Old 06-10-2004, 07:52 AM   #41
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Default Re: Excellent Review



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, 08:07 AM   #42
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Default Re: Compliments and suggestions.

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, 09:10 AM   #43
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Great writing, great article. "Living with" section sounds like a real plus, count me in.
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Old 06-10-2004, 09:19 AM   #44
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Default Re: You asked for it: My Buell experience.

Great read! Now how bout borrowing a Guzzi Le Mans and reporting on that? No one around here owns one and Im dying to get a real world perspective. Any Guzzi owners who care to comment?
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Old 06-10-2004, 09:22 AM   #45
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Default They both turn so light they make a CBR600RR feel like a truck

Just so you know, we have 2 XB9R's with race kit, 1 XB12R stock, and 1 XB12S with race kit and a new CBR600RR here at work.



The CBR600RR feels like a truck in comparision to the XB12R. One of our riders said he felt like the CBR must have had flat front tire and got off to check after being on the XB12R.
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Old 06-10-2004, 10:31 AM   #47
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Default I agree! Make this an article!

Thanks for taking the time to write such a thoughtful review.
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Old 06-10-2004, 10:36 AM   #48
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Default Early model XB9R/S's suffered a less than opimum batch of wheel bearings

Factory provided free replacement. Suspect bearings have black seals, replacements have orange seals.
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Old 06-10-2004, 10:44 AM   #49
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Default Re: You asked for it: My Buell experience.

You find me one and I'll ride it. Hell, I'll ride anything. I rode a Heritage Softail Classic last week. Anyone want to hear about that?







Anyone?







Didn't think so.
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Old 06-10-2004, 10:56 AM   #50
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Default Re: You asked for it: My Buell experience.

With the well written review of the Buell, I'd take another snapshot review by your hand. So anytime you get to spend some saddle time on any new, or unique bike, send a story on in to MO. If its half as good as this one, they'll probably publish it (and if you didn't lie to us, this was done at 3:00 am with no sleep, not to shabby either).
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