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Buell Ulysses XB12XT

2008 Buell Ulysses : MD First Ride

Cynics be tempted to dismiss the Buell XB12XT as just a mildly model variation of the Ulysses dual-purpose model (itself an of the XB12 Lightning and Firebolt After all, the frame, and swing arm are identical. But differences are as as similarities, and the XT model has a 1.1-inch seat height (at 30.7-inches) the 12X, a taller windscreen (by inches), and Pirelli Diablo tires.

Strada is Italian for in case you didn’t know, this bike’s intended as a sport tourer. Appropriate to role, Buell has equipped the XT with a fully adjustable inverted Showa front with triple-rate fork for progressive wheel control. A monoshock from the same controls the rear wheel, and it is similarly adjustable for compression and damping, there is also a remote spring preload-change that quickly compensates for riding or heavy luggage just a quick twist.

the 12XT is not going to be bounding goat paths, the suspension has travel (4.9 vs. 6.5-inches), and the requires less ground For the same reasons, the Enkei aluminum wheels have rim sections for reduced rotational and lower unsprung weight-both of are known to ease handling

Erik Buell’s famous ZTL system with its rim-mounted is retained along with the underslung exhaust and belt system.

In keeping with the role as a tourer, the top and side you see in these pictures are standard All three are large enough to a full-face helmet, and have mounting and latching systems. these cases are essentially the type as those made to other Ulysses 12X models as they require a separate key for

Other than that consideration, the convenience of standard is hard to overstate.

The “Uly” comes standard with handgrips as well as knuckle-guards. The provide some wind along with protection harder objects like or highway shrapnel. There is a power socket on the dash and under the seat, and Buell a specially adapted Garmin system that bolts on.

As with all of Buell’s 2008 the XB12XT’s Thunderstorm engine from some technical including an increase in crankpin from 1.25-inches to 1.5-inches, an oiling system, a new Walbro fuel injection system, and a throttle cam.

Otherwise, the Harley-sourced V-twin is the same brute beloved by many, and in form it is capable of 103 horsepower at rpm, and 84 pound-feet of torque at rpm. In all of the Ulysses models the is a stressed part of the chassis, being rubber mounted to vibrations.

But, vibrate it For anyone not familiar with the V-twin used in most of the motorcycles, the vibration that after you’ve pressed the button can be disconcerting. The front oscillates visibly and the whole shakes like a washing trying to spin a badly load of laundry.

We’re to suggest that this of vibration would be considered by motorcycle manufacturers in other of the world, but there are a couple of to consider. Firstly, the Buell say that many survey like this characteristic motor boogie. It certainly dissuaded the multitude of Harley and seems to be just part of the folklore that’s spilled into Buell’s area of

Secondly, the big twin doesn’t intensely at all engine speeds. at about 3,000 rpm, the motor feels smooth and answering the throttle with a wave of power. At other speeds, the vibration is relative to position. You can let the twin idle at just over 1,000 rpm on a cracked throttle with tremors.

But any big application of throttle at low speeds will get you seismic along with the torquey response for which the engine is

Torque there is aplenty. isn’t much call for trips to redline with engine, and the five-speed transmission entirely adequate to the task, the big twin’s broad operating Still, you run out of revs pretty when you are hurrying as the rev limiter in decisively just beyond the rpm mark.

Gear shifting on our machines was positive, and although you not describe the action as light, the feel is at least constant its throw. I never missed a once, and the only criticism I was that the selection of neutral is slightly difficult by the deliberate of the mechanism. The effort required to its resistance causes you to shoot neutral.

At least, on these barely demo bikes it did.

Buell Ulysses XB12XT

The feels great on the road. The handlebars suited this rider very well, a riding position that was comfortable and well-matched to the layout of the controls. After we dialed up a more rear rebound to stop a mild see-sawing the 12XT’s ride-motion control was good, providing a reassuring of control and compliance.

The triple-rate springs did a nice job of reducing under braking, and the whole could be flung into with real commitment. plenty of cornering clearance, and the tires provided good with confidence-inspiring feedback the contact patches. Erik strange front brake well too, if with initial bite than we get on sportbikes these days.

But the lever produced linear in braking force as pressure is and signaled a clearly discernible threshold.

Although the seat is slightly lower on the 12XT, the boasts the same spacious as on the “off-road” Ulysses, and spreads the nicely to avoid hotspots. compact windscreen helped off the worst of the windblast without turbulence at my face shield. In if the number of squashed bugs is any one’s helmet obviously in clear air.

A peculiarity of operation is the electric fan that in loudly to draw hot air away the cylinderheads when temperatures to climb, or when slow reduces the airflow around big, air- and oil-cooled It cycles briefly when you off at the roadside, uttering a brief cry as it does, reminding the rider of the basic configuration.

Air cooling, two valves per cylinder, five-speed all looks pretty ancient on But the 1203cc twin has earned the a J. D. Power award for its contribution to the low of Buell ownership, and the fuel and emissions performance is pretty The EPA estimates 47 mpg and 59 mpg in urban and highway respectively, promising a range over 200 miles from the in-frame fuel tank.

And with hydraulic valve-lash there is precious little needed.

These are all meaningful when you’re on the road to far away, bags filled belongings, head filled a need to keep moving. an MSRP of $12,995, the Buell XB12XT isn’t exactly cheap, but for those looking for a bagger with a lot of home-grown it may be right on the money.

For additional and specifications, visit Buell’s web here .

Buell Ulysses XB12XT
Buell Ulysses XB12XT

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