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Old 04-28-2006, 04:00 PM   #31
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Wow, just got home after checking out some new Buells. Thanks to all who have contributed here. I appreciate it.



You know, the V-Strom is indeed a true bargain. Some hate the looks but, sitting on it, I don't notice the looks! I am partial to the 650 actually.



But......



There is just something about those Buells! I sat on a Lightning XB12Ss (long) and it fit me like a pair of 5 year old Levi's! The Ducati Monster...well, I immediately felt my wrists taking the weight of my upper half. It was an awkward (for me anyway) riding position.



The Buell Lightning? Ahhhhh....that's it! Upright position with no stress on the wrists. It was a very noticeable difference from the Ducati. Feet planted on ground easily (I am 5'10") and man, it just felt like it was made just for me. Swinging my leg over the V-Strom 650 was a bit of a chore but, the Lighting? Ooooo baby.



I have seen many a Buell go by me but never really heard one. Today I heard one and it was an odd sensation seeing a bike that I expected to sound like maybe a 2 stroke even but, sounded like thunder going by me. I keep hearing this voice in my head "gotta' get that Buell"!! The sound, the look (badass), the handling, the whole "Harley" thing. It is a bike I would have loved back in my youth.



But yeah, braxx444, you touched on something I have considered. I am also saving for the new MacBook Pro 17" and yeah, it CAN be done can't it!? A MacBook Pro on my back and a Buell underneath me. I am getting a very nice visual!!



I'll post here when I have bought my choice (I change my mind a lot) and even include a photo! Again, thanks to all and by all means keep 'em coming!
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Old 04-28-2006, 05:36 PM   #32
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Sounds like you got it bad! Go with your heart...buy the Buell!!!
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Old 04-28-2006, 05:43 PM   #33
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You wait, just wait until you hear an XB with one of Kevin Drum's "Drummer" pipes on it. Oh man, that is the best sound in motorcycling, I promise you. Not nearly as loud as a Harley with straight pipes, but deeper and sharper and just crackling with energy. Sounds just like a big-block V8 race motor from an old Daytona Cobra. Outrageous!
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Old 04-28-2006, 06:14 PM   #34
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Buell XB12SS Lightning Long.
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Old 04-28-2006, 07:34 PM   #35
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According to Ducati's North American website, Buz is spot on: MSRP $9995.



It comes in metalic grey or red.
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Old 04-28-2006, 07:58 PM   #36
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Triumph Daytona 955i.



Trust me on this. I'm 55 and bought one last summer after a long hiatus thinking I would make myself understand I was too old for the style and sell it or buy aftermarket risers and seat. I have kept it stock and have put 4000 miles on it. I can ride it all day and all night and plan to keep it forever.

Buell's are cool but the Daytona has more cowbell!
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Old 04-28-2006, 08:07 PM   #37
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The V-strom 650. I have a 2005 in the faster red color. Lots of farkles have been added to it. For the money, a wonderful all around bike. I am the same age as you and have owned maybe a dozen or more bikes of all kinds. I love this Vstrom. Just love it.
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Old 04-28-2006, 08:30 PM   #38
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I owned the V-Strom 650 and I loved it. Amazing machine!! I really wanted to use it more as a touring bike, so I sold it to my friend, and got the V-

Strom 1000. I will tell you this: what an amzing motor in a do it all motorcycle that has plenty of power and versatility. It is not as go anywhere as the 650. The 650 feels more like a big dirt bike, unless you take it in actual dirt. However, it can take any kind of paved road you can throw at it.



The V-Stroms really offer alot of bike for the dough.
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Old 04-29-2006, 02:39 AM   #39
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What about the Triumph Tiger? For $10,500 you get a 6.6 gallon tank, hardbags, 2 up riding, a nice 100BHP+ engine.



I had not thought of one before but, on the way home last night saw one in a dealer's window. I just may take a look at this. It's looks don't exactly blow me away but, this looks like it'd be worth checking out.



What say ye?
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Old 04-29-2006, 03:24 AM   #40
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Default Believer in the Buell..........

Been a rider most of my life as well, off at 25, back in the saddle at 36. About 2 months ago I picked up a Buell Lightning XB12S, and have had a big friggin smile on my face ever since. Roads suck where I am in South Texas, (both in the traditional sense of potholes, etc., and really sucks in that I've a bike whose motto is "own the corners" and the only corners I have access to are the freeway interchanges..... sigh....) but this bike absorbs them like a sponge when you get the suspension dialed in to your weight and ride preferences. DO take the time to get the suspension dialed in.



I could not be happier with my choices, and as for the cargo thing, a bag will in short order become a part of your body. Invest in a good backpack.



Get back in the game, whatever you do. ***** of your spouse, give up whatever you need too, but get back on 2 wheels. It's worth the risk, it's worth the money, it's worth the hassle, it's worth whatever you have to invest.



Don't let life go by. Pull the trigger!



Shiny side up......!



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