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Old 09-13-2004, 10:28 AM   #21
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Default Re: One Year / 12,831 Miles on a 2004 Buell XB12s

Great in depth review! Thanks for spending time writing this up, it really helps me in considering my next bike, given I haven't own one in two years.



I've never seriously look into a buying a Buell, the engine really ticks me off, but I always love the looks though. Like you said, it looks pretty small. I'm 5'11" almost 6', fat (240) so I have to ride one out to see how it goes.



Once again, good review. Hope other it inspires other riders to do more informative pieces.
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Old 09-13-2004, 10:32 AM   #22
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Default Re: Excellent stuff

That sounds about right. I rarely meet a 600 rider that isn't a spotty faced kid. They just don't have the experience that an older fart on a bike built more for torque would have. Besides on roads with a lot of turns you don't need to shift much, but the 600 you are shifting a lot. All that shifting, braking and on and off throttle takes a little getting used to. Whereas the Buell you can leave it in one gear a smooth everything out between clutch and brakes.
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Old 09-13-2004, 10:32 AM   #23
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Keep it to yourself would you, or they'll start charging retail. If you want to know how they stack up to 4-cyls, KP, go to amaproracing and find fx results. Cicotto and Barnes have done pretty dang respectable given the low-$$ nature of their effort. I think their best was about a 6th, in a field where the top 3 all-season are high-dollar factory Hondas with c-f tail sections and high-dollar factory riders.

Plus, Buells go even better on the street, where speeds are slower, traction's lower and lots o blind corners, etc.
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Old 09-13-2004, 10:42 AM   #24
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Default Nice work

for me the best part is that you love your bike. without getting to damn philisophical, wanting what you have is a big deal.

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Old 09-13-2004, 11:00 AM   #26
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Default pushrod racing

the class is a honda invention, so it's not a surprise they might come in first. i don't know how far the lap times are behind for the buells. i think the buells racing in ama have different swing arms and a chain, but you can do that at home too. did they keep the front disc or switch to a more conventional setup?

i wonder why h-d doesn't help those guys out a little. it's not like they have any real rules in fx. why not build an uberbuell? bring some showroom zip to the buell program. a little race cred would go a long way it seems to me. one finish ahead of one of those hondas and i would pay attention, if not ten grand.

plus they sound great.

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Old 09-13-2004, 11:07 AM   #27
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buells are, i think, quite a few sec's off factory Hondas, but not usually more than a sec or two off other top-five 600s (and doug chandler's bologna-connected 749).

I can only imagine the minds in milwaukee are still smarting from that whole VR1000 episode. They probably wear garlic necklaces and silver crucifixes in case the subject of pavement racing comes up...
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Old 09-13-2004, 11:09 AM   #28
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Don't forget the marketing mantra of the Buell from the beginning has been that it's not a race bike.
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Old 09-13-2004, 11:12 AM   #29
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i heard that barber is a track where you never get to sixth, or maybe in to fifth, so i could see it there.

i have watched pridmore live. he has mad skills compared to a mortal, but i would think he would hit 6th on most medium long straights, have a couple of second gear corners and so on.

i just didn't know those guys were carrying that much more corner speed. would that mean he could keep the rs high in 4th to never get down to 2nd or 3rd? or does he never get to 6th?

i am not doubting it, i just am amazed.

did you see him back it in to t2 at the seattle 100? i didn't, but i heard about it from a bunch of folks. having had way too much drama in that turn myself, i wish i had been there.
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Old 09-13-2004, 11:18 AM   #30
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Default Re: One Year / 12,831 Miles on a 2004 Buell XB12s

Good review... this kind of thing is good.



The blabbering about who has the fastest bike is hilarious. Does anyone really doubt the Buell is fast enough for street riding and track days?



Things impress me though:



1) At your height you can ride the Buell as it's freakin tiny!



2) That you are beating people in roll ons, drag races, whatever at such a high weight. Lose some weight and you will crush them even more.



3) That you definitely appear to be using the bike for it's intended purpose as there is no mention of a weekend trip or anything like that.



4) You don't mention if you've been to the track.. if not it sounds like you are very very ready to do so and would have a ton of fun
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