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Old 07-14-2006, 05:23 PM   #21
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Default Re: This is a good point.

I'm just guessing here, but I'm saying take two riders of equal ability and the Buell scorches your sv1000 on a twisty road.
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Old 07-14-2006, 05:28 PM   #22
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Default Re: Firebolts, Lightnings and an XB-RR

Darn you jb, I was going to point out the same thing to ol' kp.



Interesting read many moons ago in C&D. Chevy engineer pointed out that the pushrod 6 litre Vette motor was smaller than 4.7 litre Porsche DOHC motor. It made more hp and allowed for better positioning in the chassis for better handling.



Grandpa used to say there's more than one way to skin a cat. Too bad narrow minded posters can't figure that out.
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Old 07-14-2006, 05:28 PM   #23
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Default Oh, wise one......

......and I'm NOT being sarcastic.....



Chip, pipes, and filter. What else is there for the 1200? I don't mind tearing in, but maybe cams?



Are you talking 120 at the wheel?



Give me a roadmap to the best of your knowledge, if you were gonna.......



my bikes a xb12 lightning.



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Old 07-14-2006, 05:39 PM   #24
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Default Re: Firebolts, Lightnings and an XB-RR

I really dig the Ulysses. It seems like the perfect bike for me. All the best features of my Sprint ST and KLR650 morphed into one bike. And no stinking chain to forget to oil. I ride the ***** out of my bikes and they often get neglected. Hydraulic lifters = no valve adjustments. Belt drive = no chain maintenance.



I just can't wait to graduate from college and get a job that will pay for my motorcycle habit. Next summer!



Did the article really say camoflauge bodywork? Pics?
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Old 07-14-2006, 05:44 PM   #25
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Default Re: Firebolts, Lightnings and an XB-RR

And Ducati like maintenance? Valve adjustments every couple months? No way man. Also, why should Buell change to be like all the other manufacturers? They're truly unique. And there actually are people that can appreciate the true beauty and simplicity of the air-cooled, pushrod engine.
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Old 07-14-2006, 06:00 PM   #26
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Default Re: This is a good point.

I would love to see MO do that comparsion. Put Pete and Gabe on a track and time it... SV wins.
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Old 07-14-2006, 06:24 PM   #27
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Default Re: Oh, wise one......

There is a well known xb12 that has a turbo on it. I read somewhere that it is putting a reliable 135hp to the wheel.





And to Gabe, keep up the good work. It is articles like yours (and the rest of MO) that sell real bikes to real people. I only looked at (and ultimately brought) a Buell Cityx because of your articles. I hope Buell knows where to focus their limited ad budget.



So what are you going to get me to buy next???
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Old 07-14-2006, 06:25 PM   #28
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Default Re: Firebolts, Lightnings and an XB-RR

Too bad you think that's a good thing. 'Younger', outside of douchebag circles, isn't always a complement.
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Old 07-14-2006, 06:26 PM   #29
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Default This is not my area of expertise, at all!

You need to go find a Buell or Sportster hop-up expert! Start at a Buell website and go from there.



But going from what I know about the basics of performance, big-bore kit, flow the heads, high-comp pistons, bigger valves, high-lift cams, less-restrictive exhaust and bigger throttle bodies...I'm sure 120 at the crank is achievable for a few grand. (not counting labor)



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Old 07-14-2006, 06:29 PM   #30
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Default Re: This is a good point.

I am part of gen Y. I almost brought a duc, until I saw the maintenance costs. I never considered a pushrod motor modern by any standards. But much like a lot of things, the old stuff works for a reason.



Buell has a street fun, low maintenance motor, that happens to get great fuel economy (50+).



Same thing with GM and the corvette, fast, and good fuel economy. Sounds like a winner to me.
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