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Old 07-14-2006, 07:47 PM   #31
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Speaking ONLY for myself here. I took a 2004 XB12 with the race chip for an hour long test ride last year and found that it does handle extremely well and sounds excellent. But the weak engine and CLUNKY gearbox totally soured the experience for me. If I pay $10,000+ for a bike, I want it to be a contender on ANY road. If I were posing around in Beverly Hlls and quaint French and Italian hamlets or riding US129 on my way to and from work the majority of the time, I'd take the Buell. But for 99% of the roads I ride on in the midwest, I am faster on my cheap, soulless, ugly, and undesirable SV1K. :P
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Old 07-14-2006, 08:39 PM   #32
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"I still feel sad and frustrated"

...Pretty much sums up how I feel when I read a KPaul post about motorcycles?
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Old 07-14-2006, 08:42 PM   #33
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Default Re: This is a good point.

Absolutely. Watercooling and overhead cams..... around 1917 I think..... really modern.
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Old 07-14-2006, 10:50 PM   #34
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Good to see Buell is sticking with the air cooled engines and not following the trend of bland and boring nonediscript watercooled appliances.

Air cooled engines may not be quite as effeciant as a watercooled unit,but in general ,they sure as hell look a lot better.

Anyone who's had to completly strip an engine to repace a leaking waterpump,spent hours removing corroded bolts from the water jacket ,replaced expensive radiators,hose fittings and temp gauges will know what I mean. Sure they are more effeciant so long as you change bikes before the corrosion sets in.
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Old 07-15-2006, 04:52 AM   #35
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Default Re: This is not my area of expertise, at all!

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Old 07-15-2006, 05:10 AM   #36
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Buell is missing a good bet, IMO, by not getting a street version of the XBRR engine available.
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Old 07-15-2006, 05:20 AM   #37
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I took out a new Firebolt at Laconia Bike week.

I had hehard how nomble they are .

They were all of that.However,what impressed me the most is their stability.

I had heard that they were a little too quock in steering.Not so.
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Old 07-15-2006, 05:38 AM   #38
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I think they will, But for now they need to race it and develop it more before a individual will be willing to pay $30,000 for it also building a positive reputation on the track not necessarily a wining one will help.
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Old 07-15-2006, 05:39 AM   #39
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After 2 years and 23,000 miles my 2004 Buell XB12S has become and old trusted friend. Only problems have been broken horn mounts and a broken kickstand bolt.



No chain to lube / adjust and 50+ mpg to work and back every day.



But, after riding a Ducati 999 and ST3 at the track I am lusting after the flexibility an extra 4,000 RPM would give me!
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Old 07-15-2006, 05:55 AM   #40
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Good points. Liquid cooling is great - until something breaks. Simplicity is a virtue in motorcycle design.
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