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Old 07-23-2005, 12:50 PM   #1
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Hmm...porno soundtrack. Must be desperate for sales.
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Old 07-23-2005, 12:58 PM   #2
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Default Hum.... I like the longer idea

I like the idea of a longer frame and swing arm.



No only do you have a longer bike which is more stable and easier to launch hard from a stop without being as wheelie prone, you get more fuel capacity 4.4 gallons vs 3.7 on the old Buells.



And the Ulysses looks pretty cool. Is it any good off road and down fire roads?



Sounds like more bike comparos in our near future.



Come on Sean, who's the fastest bike down a fireroad / backroad? The new Ulysses sport, BMW R1200 GS, Kawasaki KLR 650, KTM 950 Adventure, or Suzuki V-Strom DL1000????
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Old 07-23-2005, 01:08 PM   #3
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The frame has been updated on all new Buells and all have increased fuel capacity by re-routing the air duct (even the stubby tail Lightnings with the 52" unchanged wheelbase). The swingarm of all new Buells have also been redesigned to be slightly lighter and more ridgid with an easier to fill/reach oil cap. Perhaps the best improvement is in the tranny as it has been redesigned to have a more positive feel along with an easier clutch pull... I think the tranny/clutch was all that Burns didn't like on the 03 XB9s, though he said it did get better with miles as I recall... By the way, how about a long term update of that new fuel-framer you guys got? I pick up an 05 XB9sx tomorrow, so you got about 12 hours to make me change my mind!
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Old 07-23-2005, 01:09 PM   #4
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Default Re: Hum.... I like the longer idea

You're right, GB. I meant to mention the increased fuel capacity but I forgot.



Despite the short wheelbase, I didn't notice any instabilty with the XB12, but it was definitely wheelirific. But a touch more wheebase can't hurt, either in that deparment, either.



Still, the more well-endowed Long version doesn't really seem all that "new" to me. Let's see if MO notices a big difference.
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Old 07-23-2005, 01:22 PM   #5
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This is the Buell that I've always wanted. If there ever was a bike to sway me into the ranks of air cooled V-Twin ownership this is it. To me they hit the nail on the head, I like the direction that Buell is heading.

The hard luggage appears to be Hepco and Becker Journey series (rebadged no doubt). I have been told that belts and gravel roads don't make for lasting relationship though. Can anyone comment?
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Old 07-23-2005, 01:40 PM   #6
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that is true, chain or shaft final drive does better in the gravel. but i think i remember that buell's belt final drive does not require adjusting.... very good for those 800+ mile weekends!
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Old 07-23-2005, 02:38 PM   #7
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Default XB9SX

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Please keep me updated on your reaction to the XB9SX. I am giving serious consideration to one.



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Old 07-23-2005, 02:54 PM   #8
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Not only does a shaft or chain do better in the dirt (gravel), just wait untill you get a pebble between the belt and the drive pulley. Goodbye driveline. Good bye belt drive.
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Old 07-23-2005, 02:55 PM   #9
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I'm not sure about that Ulysses thing. It looks like the ugly redheaded love child of a Harley and a BMW R1200GS. That thing is just wrong.
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Old 07-23-2005, 03:31 PM   #10
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I was waiting for someone to bring that point up. I wonder if such a scenario leading to damage would be covered by Buell's warranty? Especially since the Ulysses is marketed as a pseudo dual-sport. But yikes! $11,495 for a motorcycle named after a U.S. president?! Who does Buell think they are? Harley? Oh....wait a minute.
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