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Old 08-24-2005, 02:18 AM   #21
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I have to admit I'm kind of disappointed with the Lightning Long. I've been waiting on pins and needles for MOs review of it because there is one thing that has kept me from buying a Buell to this point (ok, except a lack of funds)....my size. I'm 6'3" and 220 lbs. I was hoping the "Long" would let me fit the bike, but if the pegs are as high as you say, I guess I'll start to look elsewhere for a fast, comfortable ride that I'll fit on...
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Old 08-24-2005, 02:32 AM   #22
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Loaded down for the long haul... I don't know if 4.4 gals. is enough fuel capacity for my tastes. Give me another gallon!
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Old 08-24-2005, 03:01 AM   #23
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I rode the Buell XB12 with the MO crew, and it's more comfortable than it looks. The long would certainly improve on that. You would look like you were too big for it, but I think if you rode one for a while, you wouldn't think it was uncomfortable.
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Old 08-24-2005, 03:05 AM   #24
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The Buell muffler is quite stout. It's designed as a jacking plate for the bike. I actually think its location might be smart. Would you rather punch a hole in your muffler or your engine case?
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Old 08-24-2005, 03:41 AM   #25
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My XB12R's muffler did need repainting after a year... of course, I rode it on Michigan roads during the winter and that put salt on everything. The Ulysses' new belt was supposedly tested by dropping ball bearings onto the grooves while at speed on a dyno. And anything that will hurt the disc is likely to lie well beyond the "fire roads" capability of any of the bikes in the 'league' you mention.



I guess time will tell just how much trouble will come from the disc, pipe and belt.
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Old 08-24-2005, 03:42 AM   #26
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So you went with the Thruxton! They are pretty cool, but I think the T100 Bonnie would be for me. With a few mods those kinds of bikes can be really cool. Nice choice!
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Old 08-24-2005, 04:12 AM   #27
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I read in "ahem" another motorcycle magazine review that the muffler was specially strengthend specifically for sliding the bike over trees and rocks, so it looks like Erik already considered the bashed muffler thing.
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Old 08-24-2005, 04:14 AM   #28
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Default I'm 6'2" and 300 lbs

I'm 6'2" and 300 lbs and a 2004 Buell XB12S is my daily ride.
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Old 08-24-2005, 04:31 AM   #29
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The occillation of the fairing has been with Harley since the beginning. It isn't going away, and it isn't 'grooves in the highway or crosswinds.' It's handlebar mounted.

the dealer said:

It's not meant to be raced... ??!!!???

That is one of the many reasons I sold the '00 ElectraGlide I had. The others?

at 80 MPH it's basically buzzing and shaking.

you can't hear the radio after 60 MPH

overall they're 'ok' bikes but not for me.

its basically like this. You own a Harley.... oohh ahhh...

then you put up with the shorcomings. but don't tell anyone! you'll ruin the "Harley mistique"

(btw, I still own an '02 883R) go figure.
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Old 08-24-2005, 05:58 AM   #30
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Step back from the donuts
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