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Old 03-14-2006, 04:00 AM   #1
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First post!His r6 will smoke ya,but that,s not the point,Buell,s are lovely ,but remember no wind protection.Is this your first bike.My advice ride for yourself,don,t worry about doing what everyone else is doing ,If you are doing this because of status rather than fun,then don,t do it.
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Old 03-14-2006, 04:22 AM   #2
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As we all saw last weekend in Daytona, the only thing that can beat a racing R6 is a CBR600RR. With the Buell don't forget to get roadside assistance, none of them even finished the race.
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Old 03-14-2006, 04:33 AM   #3
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the r6 will smoke the buell?



that's a bit like saying my dad can beat up your dad...



it's only half true - the r6 is a track tool, high revving lots of hp up top and almost no torque to speak of, well relative to the xb



the buell makes more torque at 3grand than the r6 ever will



the premise - pick your battles, stay away from any situation you can't torque yourself out of [long straights!?]



congrats on joining the family [i'm a tuber owner]



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Old 03-14-2006, 04:34 AM   #4
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On the street, you are limited by visibility/conditions anyway, so who cares.



On a buell: replace the taillamps/turn signals with LEDs. The vibration at idle is something awful, and vibration kills conventional light bulbs.

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Old 03-14-2006, 04:41 AM   #5
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I figured maybe wrongly that his friend on the r6 would probably race him from light to ight etc,since he,s a newbie on the bike.
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Old 03-14-2006, 04:42 AM   #6
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Are you new to street bikes or just to this area?



Before you do any "knee dragging" Please do take advantage of the safety classes that are offered by the military. If I were you, I'd save the racing for track days. Yes a Sunday morning top end run on the Autobahn is OK, but watch your butt, because it's also serious business. (Think bug and car window?)



While you are over there, I highly recommend riding the Dolomites in Italy and the Swiss Alps. Your Buell will be perfect for this. The short wheel base works well on the insane turns you will find there.



Don't forget to explore up north as well. From anywhere in Germany most of the WWII battle sights are within a days ride.



Also, If you haven't done so already, take a long weekend and ride up to Amsterdam. The RLD is a hoot. Be sure to check out the Bull Dog Cafe, it has a few tables out on the sidewalk where you can look out over parts of the RLD. Other "must sees" in A-dam are the Anne Frank house (close to the western church or Westerkirk) and The Wax Museum (it's right on Dam Square) There are tones of other things to see as well, far too many to list here...Be safe and enjoy!



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Old 03-14-2006, 05:06 AM   #7
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First off- Congrats! I haven't ridden the long version, but I have ridden standard Lightnings and I've got over 21k miles on my '04 Firebolt. These bikes rock!



As for racing- the bikes can't ride themselves. Outside of racing in a straight line, the only way anyone outruns anyone else is by out-riding them. If your buddy can ride better than you he's going to eat your lunch whether you're on an EX500 or an R1. On the other hand, your XB12 is easier to ride than his R6. You've got a much more usable powerband with way more low end power stuffed into a more stable chassis. His bike makes more peak power, but he has to rev to over 10k rpm to get it. This should allow you to out power him coming off of corners and get a better exit speed.
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Old 03-14-2006, 05:10 AM   #8
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Even then the R6 rider better know what he's doing to get away from the Buell. The XB12 has so much more low end power that he should be able to crush him off the line and leave the R6 to play catch up.
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Old 03-14-2006, 05:19 AM   #9
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Interesting with more than 50,000 miles on rubber mounted Harleys I have yet to lose a taillamp bulb due to vibration.



Thanks for the advice though!
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Old 03-14-2006, 05:24 AM   #10
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I don't think the R6 is going to smoke him except on a long straight. Buells are very easy to ride quickly because they're so much less "busy" than a 600.



Anway, it's the rider that counts, not the bike.
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