2008 Buell Ulysses XB12XT Review — A Review of the 2008 Buell XB12XT Adventure…

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Buell Ulysses XB12X

Riding Buell’s XB12XT Sport Touring Motorcycle

liquid-cooled 1125R sportbike may be a from the company’s air-cooled, roots, but the 2008 Buell XB12XT adventure sport capitalizes on the success of the XB12X by the focus of the dirt-ready platform to distance sport-touring.

Starting at the Buell XB12XT includes saddlebags. a lower seat and standard heated grips built-in wind deflectors. with sport-tuned suspension and revisions to the XB12X platform. is a 24-month, unlimited mileage

The Goods: Old Meets New

The XB12XT Buell’s practice of building bikes with unique Buell’s so-called Trilogy of incorporates mass centralization, rigidity, and reduced unsprung in order to enhance performance, and the adheres to that philosophy. For 4.4 gallons of fuel are stored the frame, lending it an unusually shape.

An underslung exhaust directly underneath the engine in to keep weight centralized, and oil is stored in the swingarm for the same

The XB12XT’s cast aluminum are each a pound lighter the XB12X, since they reinforced for off-road riding. Torsional Load brakes up feature a 375mm rotor to the outside of the wheel in order to braking forces to the rim, not the A 6-piston caliper provides stopping power, and a single-piston activates the rear brake .

The Thunderstorm 1,203cc V-Twin several improvements, among a larger crank pin, an oiling system, new fuel and a higher redline (7,100 The 45 degree 4-… produces 103 and 84 ft-lbs of torque— respectable considering its air-cooled setup.

height is 30.7 inches— 1.1 shorter than the XB12X— and the adjustable suspension is tuned for paved, not offroad riding. touring amenities include a that’s 4 inches taller. two power outlets. three saddlebags. heated grips, and a rear passenger backrest .

Continued below.

Throw a Leg Lower Than You Think

and ready.

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If you’ve ever climbed the original Ulysses XB12X, you it’s an unusually tall that forces most to stand on tippy toes at red Throw a leg over the XB12XT, and be pleasantly surprised: its 30.7 seat height makes the much more manageable it comes time to stop.

the key is an exercise in oddness, and requires your left hand the handlebar and past the fork. The big rumbles to life and shakes the bike like a jackhammer; either love or hate its exhaust note. One nice is that the bike doesn’t the clutch to be depressed in order to up—a cool feature you’ve got your hands and want to warm up the engine a ride.

A separate key operates the three saddlebags, making it hard to having an extra key flapping in the when the ignition is inserted. the considerable volume of these cases makes them the trouble; they can each a full-face helmet, and easily from the bike. Additional is available in an underseat compartment.

The passenger backrest is a no frills of folding plastic (which an pointy item like a key to but one journalist’s passenger reported the seat was comfortable throughout a day of

The rider sits tall in the and relatively wide, upright are well-positioned for aggressive touring. Leg is a bit swept back. in keeping the bike’s goals for sportiness on roads.

On the Road: Torquey

The XB12XT’s engine vibrations can a bit of getting used to for riders not with Harley’s thumpy However, for the initiated this is a slice of V-twin heaven, in the mid-range. The clutch releases moderate effort.

Buell Ulysses XB12X

The shifter’s notchy feel have been due to the previous of journalists, who were apparently numerous wheelies. Neutral was a bit to find, and required a delicate

The engine pulls particularly just above idle, and the pours on well. Hit the throttle right, and the front wheel without the aforementioned clutch-popping this is a fun bike to ride and its torquey twin defies its as an antiquated lump as long as you expect the revs to climb too About 20 minutes into our a hot spot developed on my right right where air exits the engine fan.

The heat over time, though it to move my seating position which allowed my leg sit farther from the bike.

Handling is the XB12XT’s strong The first portion of our ride was with relatively soft settings, and the bike felt but somewhat floaty. I later up the rear monoshock and Buell firmed up the front. and the bike to carve the canyons of the California with effortless ease.

impressive was its ability to soak up despite its reduced 4.92 travel.

The front brakes well, though the rears are a bit and dull feeling.

Road’s Stay Quirky, Buell!

A profile.

Photo © Kevin

The Buell XB12XT is a mixed bag of a that elicits strong it’s clear that founder Erik Buell attempting to build a clone of the V-Strom or Triumph Tiger. but create an extension of his original

Call it character or call it the XB12XT offers a unique of old school, air-cooled Harley and trick chassis design which is not to say that it isn’t around the edges. The engine is but its vibrations aren’t for the faint of the heat it dumps on the rider is less than ideal… but if you can with those quirks, enjoy putting mile mile on the Buell XB12XT.

Buell Ulysses XB12X
Buell Ulysses XB12X


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