1,000 Miles in 24 hours on the 2006 Buell XB12X Ulysses Rider

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Buell Ulysses XB12X

1,000 miles in 24 hours on the Buell XB12X Ulysses


February 8, 2007

by Reg Kittrelle

When I fired up the Buell XB12X Ulysses my was at home asleep. When she went to work, and then home, I was still riding the When she went to bed, the night away, and got up, I was still the Buell. Some sort of fantasy?

No, just the inaugural Bike Adventures 1000, a bit of a wherein the objective was to ride 1miles in 24, or less, hours.

2006, Buell’s focus had on the “streetfighter,” a replica-racer niche its “Lightning” and “Firebolt” models been yapping at the heels of Japanese counterparts. The Ulysses, takes Buell off in another one that’s populated by the likes of the BMW KTM Adventurer, Triumph Tiger and V-Stroms…all big iron that are labeled as “adventure” motorcycles.

The features all the virtues of the Lightning and such as the very torquey 73-cubic-inch V-Twin motor, the frame with its integral gas and the 375mm single front “Zero Torsional Load” system. But the Ulysses differs in its physical size: it’s

Since its 2003 introduction, the XB has taken hits from riders for its small, 250cc-like With a 52-inch wheelbase and length of just over 76 the compact XBs have been by those of smaller stature, and about by the taller riders. The U” should stop all current and whining in this regard as it the fashion of the other “adventure” by being just a bit bigger life.

The wheelbase has been stretched 2 the length by 9 inches and the seat is 1.7-inches closer to the sky, all to a larger frame that includes an additional half-gallon of gas

While Buell claims a seat height, know these are sturdy Wisconsin inches that somehow to be a bit bigger than your inch. Anyone over six feet tall will the foregoing slightly silly and remark how Buell has finally a “full-sized” motorcycle. For those of us under that height being very careful of our when stopping becomes a necessity.

Under power the treats the short or tall with well-positioned controls, a seat, and a feeling that is a very stable, fun bike to on an adventure. In my case, that began at 5:55 A.M. on a this past summer in California, the starting point of the Bike Adventure 1000.

long distances in minimum qualifies as great fun for many the most fanatical of which in the biannual “Iron Butt,” they spend 12 days 12,000 miles, a truly accomplishment that earns my respect, but not my presence at its starting Hey, even my fanaticism has its A thousand miles in 24 hours, on the hand, is a reasonable challenge satisfies my urge to do something every once in a while.

As the name implies, the Sport Adventure 1000 was structured to sport bikes rather tourers. “Structured” here a minimum of superslab and a maximum of and turns, all laid out by a small of sportbike endurance freaks a particular penchant for doing at night.

While neither nor conventional sportbike, the Ulysses is a weapon with which to long miles and bent In preparation for this event I a tank bag and set of Buell soft packed with the standards of a good tool kit, repair stuff and an assortment of wire and nuts and bolts. You can go a bit deciding what to carry, so I from the premise that need the tools to repair might logically break in a get-off.

Years ago I decided to the motor to get me through, so I carry that would be required to into the powerplant; hey, what cell phones are I also added a set of halogen that I’ve used on different motorcycles in the past. out the “must haves” was an Escort detector and a Garmin GPS unit.

entries numbered in the mid-thirties, a turnout for a first-time event caters to such a niche My strategy was to complete the route in 20 This allowed for leisurely gas and a pace that would me out of the rear seat of patrol

The start was staggered so I planned to be one of the out at 4 a.m. A good plan, but a of events best left conspired to have me almost the start entirely as I arrived as the starter with only minutes to spare before the point.

The difficulty with events is not with the miles, or the long hours, but rather the itself. Those straight on the map can be gobbled up relatively easily. in two-lane canyon twisties, mountain passes, 9,600 worth of elevation change, and as high as 105 F (with a bit of rain in for the hell of it), and it easily a highly technical, and more a bit risky, riding day.

In the and the canyons the Buell performed Its 84 foot-pounds of torque yanks the out of a turn and jets it into the one. Add in a confidence-inspiring stability in great measure by Pirelli Sync tires) and long-travel that soaks up potholes and pavement, and the result is a motorcycle does everything on your and never works against

As the roads tightened up over the I began to catch up with a few of the that had left before me; had more power but had to work to get it to the ground given their motors and the resulting necessity to continually through the thousands of

Buell Ulysses XB12X
Buell Ulysses XB12X

Coming down out of the mountains tested the brakes. In fact, I was at concerned about them the instant drop-offs with landings that characterized of the roads. No problem, though, as was never any discernable brake

As much of the fun stuff as there it was still necessary to have long, straight sections as fun Though a bit boring, they’re for putting a bit of time in the bank, so to if you’re behind schedule, a way to catch up. If you’re ahead of the you can add to the cushion.

After eight I was in decent shape timewise; an hour behind my plan, but I to make it up on the flat and straight.

didn’t happen. That torquey, stable, comfortable that worked so well in the was shy about 30 miles per hour in top compared to many of the bikes were passing me. It’s not you understand — triple digits can be found — it’s just the nutcases who put this event were sportbike riders…fast riders.

About halfway it was obvious that my leisurely gas were tanking my strategy.

This epiphany came as the sun was which brought on another the Buell’s twin halogen headlights. While perfectly for average night driving I them to be wanting at higher on, for example, Highway 25 south of a road that is also as “The Zoo” for its dense and wild pig population. The added helped significantly, but any high-speed in this area required more.

That “more” in the form of a trailing entrant was running a blinding, illegal lighting system (the for devotees of these events). I in behind him and followed his brighter-than-daylight for the next hundred miles to

As a way to verify the route traveled, the from the 10 gas stops had to be turned in at the On the average these stops about 100 miles apart, met with the Ulysses’ 4.4 gallon and 40-plus mpg average consumption As the day and night wore on I caught lingering a bit too long at each which served to put me seriously the clock. My psychological low point around 2 a.m.

Sunday I was on a very dark and badly Highway 33 outside Ojai. I myself creeping along and very tentative. I had to give a mental … kick to up the pace. Which I did, and brought me to seriously fog-shrouded in which I promptly got lost.

Here I was, a mere miles from the finish, but in of missing the 24-hour cutoff All ended well, though. I the proper road and hot-footed to the clocking a 23-hour, three-minute (about five hours the first few to finish) and a total traveled of 1,101.64 miles.

such as this are not for every but they’re hugely revealing a motorcycle and your own abilities. I away mightily impressed the Buell Ulysses. It never a beat, hiccupped, coughed or gave me any indication that it was any strain. Even more was its impeccable handling in the “technical” of the route.

The chassis’ stability me to place the wheels right I wanted them to be, and they wavered from that The several slides from corners were non-events and the drop-offs in the mountains were not terror-inducing. Its comfort was also after 23 hours in the saddle my had yet to cry “Uncle!”

Buell Ulysses XB12X
Buell Ulysses XB12X
Buell Ulysses XB12X
Buell Ulysses XB12X
Buell Ulysses XB12X

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