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Buell Ulysses XB12XT

2008 Buell Ulysses

Posted on March 29th,

Temecula, Calif.–After the winter had, the last thing I to see in California was snow. Fortunately, it was at elevations above 1,980 the roads themselves were the air temperature was in the high teens and I was the 2008 Buell Ulysses on some awesome mountain

Introduced a couple of years the “standard” Ulysses XB12X’s ergos (including one of the best in motorcycling), responsive torquey and supple, well-damped suspension it one of the best all-round bikes

Throw in the optional hard and the Ulysses became a very adventure tourer with one knock: the 808 mm seat height it just too darn tall for riders. My giraffe-like 37-inch found the chassis and riding just about perfect, but with shorter pins couldn’t balance the thing at or off-road.

The “standard” Ulysses continues on, but the XT has yet significant changes. For starters, all bike pretenses have forcibly removed.

Gone are the guards and high-mounted front Seat height is 28 mm lower, mostly by reducing front and suspension travel from 165 mm to 125 mm. A 455 grams of unsprung weight was off each wheel and front diameter is 43 mm, down from 47 mm on the Ulysses.

The XT has triple rate springs and both ends are fully adjustable for spring rebound and compression damping, the handy remote rear adjuster under the left of the seat.

Standard on the XT is a 101 mm taller windscreen, and topbox (all of which swallow a full-face lid), two outlets for heated clothing a GPS unit, hand guards to the wind and two-position heated

Like all air/oil cooled for ’08, the XT is powered by the 1203 cc 45-degree, V-twin engine all the usual electronic management including a new fuel injection A revised crankshaft and oiling allows the ’08 version to rev to 7,100 up 300 over the older models.

My took me up toward 3,302-metre San Jacinto, its snowy visage over the surrounding countryside. up into the foothills, I noted a guaranteed to bring joy to every “Winding Road for Next 44 Translation: “Now Entering Heaven.”

The XT’s rigid chassis confidence and the torquey motor me from one apex to the next. The Diablo Strada tires a good match for the XT and the steering was and neutral, with excellent and feedback.

The single, perimeter-mounted disc was up to the task: two fingers on the lever brought the XT to a safe, stop. Feel was above with no tendency to stand up trailbraking deep into On the rare occasion where I might’ve been a tad enthusiastic my corner entry, a gentle on the inside bar and a smooth squeeze on the compressed the forks and initiated the

The snow itself wasn’t a but there were many where melt water flowed across the road. was the word of the day and the XT never slipped a

Buell Ulysses XB12XT
Buell Ulysses XB12XT

The Ulysses produces a useable 55 of torque at 2000 rpm with a 65 lb.-ft. at 3000 – and the power is linear and predictable all through the rev Vibration is minimal, just to let you know you’re on a functioning rather than an appliance devoid of personality.

Filling up spirited mountain riding, consumption was a surprising 57 miles per gallon, or 4.1 L per 100 km. A short stretch of had the XT loafing along at 3000 rpm at an 62 mph (100 km/h) so highway under our conditions will be as well as economical – expect 400 km from the 16.7 L tank fills. And, both the 12X and 12XT meet strict and Euro emission specs a catalytic converter.p

The Ulysses does have a few however. The clutch lever adjustable and the clutch cable isn’t on the lever but on the cable down the frame. And for some the ignition switch is still buried up on the left side of the pod.

The standard Ulysses X is $12,379 (down from in early 2007) and Canadian for the XT is $13,999 – and that’s with the hard bags, topbox and grips – and a two-year, unlimited warranty.

All told, the Buell XT is a little different from yer everyday motorcycle. Yeah, got some quirks but it’s comfortable and has something we all aspire to – I thought the original Ulysses was the Buell yet, but the XT takes it one further.

It’s my kind of motorcycle.

was provided freelance writer Bond by the bike maker.

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