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Old 03-21-2008, 02:22 AM   #11
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well I have a 2007 XB12R and have put 12000khs on it I have bilt my own mufler as all the outher ones looked ugley Iv put after market ECU in and K@n filter I have had no problems with it and love it own the corners
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Old 03-21-2008, 05:06 AM   #12
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I am no Buell apologist, but I think to compare a 1999 model to all Buells is not being fair. Haven't they made a lot of advances in their product in the last 9 years?
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Old 04-21-2011, 04:20 PM   #13
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Default Is every buell a Pos? Yes and no.

I've owned my 1998 White Lightnig since 2005. I purchased it for 3700$
I have dumped about 3000$ into it for maintenance and needed aftermarket upgrades to keep it rolling. So far the front forks have blown seals 3 times, rear shock blew out 3 times, 1 titanium race header granaded and the stock pipe stupid brackets too many times to list, 2 mufflers, 1fell off and 1 literaly exploded, 2 ignition modules, 1 camposition sensor, and many light bulbs.
Sounds bad, not reliable... It was frusterating. Parts arn't cheap and Harley Davidson dealerships don't know a thing about buells. But after making the bike the way buell should have from the factory, it is by far the most serious track and drag Muscle bike I have ridden. The term street bike is an understatement. This bike is a full race bike and rides accordingly. Intake, carb, ignition, exhaust, and an overbore with 10.5:1 compression. 115HP, 115 LBS! 1st to 100mph every time. A real Monster Street Fighter can live with TLC!
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Old 07-07-2011, 01:05 PM   #14
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Bike at left has been rock solid. Has an incessant problem with wanting to use only the rear wheel but I have learned to deal with it.
LOL, oh yeah.
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Old 07-07-2011, 01:09 PM   #15
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I get both sides of the coin but most of them with XB's seem to be pretty reliable. Knew of a couple people that had reaccuring problems that warranty took care of no big deal. Good luck though!
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Old 12-14-2012, 12:28 PM   #16
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OK Here is my rant, bought a 1999 Buell X1 Lightning Limited Production, new.
In less than 11,000 miles I have had to replace the muffler 4x due to the weld at the muffler "elbow" failing. Buell customer service says they are not aware of this part being a problem. Odd since I met Eric Buell @ 1999 Buell Rally @ Taoes N.M and several other riders also pointed out the problem.
I have also had the rocker box gaskets replaced due to leaking. So far these two problems are not that big a deal.

This spring as I was looking forward to a new riding season, while getting ready to ride, X1 was leaking fuel at the fuel line/fuel filter connection. Ok, rotate the rubber fuel line a bit on the filter and leak stopped. Ok now lets start and go ride. Crank crank crank start sputter cough stall, crank crank crank start run stall, crank crank start run stall. Crank crank crank crank nothing. Engine cranks, no spark. Fk it, park it and take out Harley and go ride. This fall had the Buell X1 towed to a dealership, I figured it was either a bad cam sensor, bad ign coil, or ECM (I had replaced the ECM with a used one and had no spark yet, so had it towed). I figured this will be a several hundred$$ repair at the worst. No such luck. The gear that drives the oil pump lost several teeth and pieces of it went throughout the engine while trying to start. Now the engine is scored and is toast. I was told that if I were at freeway speed when this happened, the engine likely would have grenaded. All in less than 15,000 miles !!!!! This X1 was very well maintained, and is a monumental disappointment. The cost of engine repair or replacement will be near the current value of the bike. This was a waste of hard earned money purchasing this bike !!!!!!
It was fun to ride when it did run. Buell American Motorcycles???? Is this usual for a Buell ???
No all Buells are not POS's: my M2 Buell (2000) has been modified for drag racing. Bottom end, tranny, oil pump, fuel tank and chassis are stock; compression has been raised to 12.5:1 and belt drive binned in favor of 530 sprockets and chain and slicks fore and aft. The stock starter can turn it over and start it with the aid of compresion releases. Can, and has run 10.5 in the quarter @115 mph.

I don't consider that as a POS, will put it back on the street after lowering the compression and new tires come spring.
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Old 12-14-2012, 03:34 PM   #17
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Old 07-03-2014, 07:03 PM   #19
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another good Buell/EBR "resource" motorcycle.com site is :
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