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Old 09-05-2008, 12:37 PM   #11
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Motorcycle purchases have always been about style to a great extent. At least since the 1920's, when bikes lost the battle for basic transportation to cars. I can't say if I like the new Buell from the photos, but I do appreciate them at least putting the US into the game with a competitive sportbike, and now naked bike.

Here's what's really funny to me: for decades there has been endless discussion of how outdated HD (and Buell with their Sportster based bikes) has been. Yet for months, every damn magazine or website I read is filled with riders whining and crying because the "new" Sportster isn't being sold here! A SPORTSTER, for crying out loud; one that is only slightly different than every other one made for what, 50 years?
I liked the Buells with the Sportster motor in it. It made them different and they still cranked out 80-90hp. Good enough for me.
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Old 09-05-2008, 01:14 PM   #12
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I liked the Buells with the Sportster motor in it. It made them different and they still cranked out 80-90hp. Good enough for me.
In the mid 90's, my riding pal wanted a new Fat Boy. This was when everyone was standing in line paying 30% over MSRP for a Harley. The dealer told him if he bought a Buell, he could buy a Fat Boy in 6 months. Doug had plenty of money, so he did. It was a Lightning, I'm pretty sure, and that ****ing thing was FAST! And I did an unwanted stoppie because I grabbed the front brake the same way I did the FXS. He kept it exactly 6 months and traded it, but I still think it was a hoot.

I wonder if air-cooled Buells are going to be around much longer?
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Old 09-14-2008, 04:59 PM   #13
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Default No new Sportster in the USA?

I wonder if H-D (or Buell) was worried that the new Sportster would pilfer sales from the Buell side of the house. What says ye?

FWIW, I always liked the Buell styling. I used to say that if they ever built a bike for tall guys like me, I would buy it. A couple of years later, voila... the Ulysses. I'm glad I bought that bike!

BrowningBAR said it well... 80-90hp is good enough for me!
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Old 11-14-2008, 05:55 AM   #14
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Buell has a new model on its website.

The styling will get you noticed-perhaps not for your good taste though.

Maybe Buell should change its focus from "styled around the rider" to "styled around the buyer."

http://buell.com/en_us/
Buells bore me. Sorry, just wished they would make something that was competitive as my cookie cutter bike.
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Old 11-14-2008, 06:21 AM   #15
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Buells bore me. Sorry, just wished they would make something that was competitive as my cookie cutter bike.
Well, than thankfully, you own a cookie cutter bike.

Me, I'm not looking for track specs. I'm looking for a fun bike that is more user-friendly for the street.
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Old 11-14-2008, 09:34 AM   #16
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I like the Uly, it was on my short list of Vstrom Uly or bagger. In the end I went for comfort and got the bagger but the Uly is definately a cool bike. My buddy rides the wheels off his XB9R so far with no problems other then keeping the front wheel on the ground, I wouldn't mind one as a second bike....
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I have a 5 year old XB9S. Everytime I think about selling it, a quick ride tells me otherwise.

They're dirt cheap, used, BTW.
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Oh no doubt they are fun and provide alot of tourqe. To each his own I guess, just like something thats very competitive.
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Oh no doubt they are fun and provide alot of tourqe. To each his own I guess, just like something thats very competitive.

Competitive for what? if you want a track bike they may be a poor choice but for any sane street riding a good rider on a Buell will leave an average rider on the horizon no matter what he's on. They're fun bikes, maybe not your style but you might be surprised.
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Oh no doubt they are fun, I'v enjoyed that ride many times.(XB9R) Even got to race one once, but to be leading edge on a track it's alot more practical to get a Japanese bike. Aftermarket parts and availability of those parts makes it the obvious choice.

Your right it is all rider, but I have'nt meet anyone yet on the street I had to chase down on a Rotax oops I mean Buell. Although theres one rider I probly could'nt catch on a buell on a track. D.Estock. Fast mutha!!!
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