2009 Buell Ulysses XB12XT — Review performance picture comparison news

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Buell Ulysses XB12XT

2009 Buell Ulysses — Review


Balancing sporty characteristics enough comfort to ride of miles a day, motorcycle make a choice to design bikes to exhibit more or sport bike characteristics on the intended role and target Buell strikes the perfect with the new Ulysses XB12XT sport touring motorcycle.

A descendant of the Ulysses XB12X bike, the XB12XT exchanges capability for the high lean of sport touring. Some of the are immediately noticeable when the two bikes together—factory panniers and top tall windscreen, and Pirelli Strada tires. The not-so-noticeable are the heated grips, shorter suspension, and lighter cast wheels.

The centerpiece of the XB12XT is the Thunderstorm 1203cc, push-rod For those not used to American bikes, the low rpm power may take a getting used to. The easily 7100 rpm rev-limiter is a constant that this bike not have overhead cams.

Short shifting is the technique to apply the ample torque to the With 84 ft/lbs of torque at rpm and a short wheelbase, a light on the throttle is all that is needed to the bike out of corners; a heavy on the throttle causes the light end to lift and skitter around, is exacerbated by the addition of a passenger. image to enlarge)

Touring include spacious panniers and top hand guards, heated and power outlets. The panniers are design with bungee straps on both the lid and body of the The bungee straps in the lid are a nice because without them placed in the lid tends to fall the lid is closed.

A judicious packer can spend two or three weeks on the with what can be carried the Ulysses’ luggage.

Protection from the elements is afforded mostly by the hand and heated grips. The windscreen itself more to the adventure of the equation than for touring. It is inches taller than the Ulysses windscreen, but it provides protection from the elements a more touring-oriented rider require. The fairing covers the cluster, but provides no wrap-around

The XB12XT keeps the adventure ruggedness of its predecessor and rewards a who possesses the same degree of with a versatile mount.

A feature on the Ulysses is the three-position and backrest called the Triple Set horizontally forward, it is a rack the pillion where a duffle bag can be Set upright, it is a backrest for the passenger. Set back, it is a rack for a tail

The Triple Tail is slightly to conform to the passenger’s back and has to accommodate tie-down hooks.

To fully open the top case the must be set in the forward horizontal A slight annoyance, but the backrest is adjusted and the inconvenience is well up for by its utility. Buell offers an gel cover for the backrest to afford the even more comfort and a over backpack.

For a sport-oriented the XB12XT affords a comfortable position and slight bend 90 degrees at the knees. The rider and do not have to assume the tiring lean required by other in this category, making the a good choice for the long

A steep fork angle and wheelbase give the XB12XT steering and make it exciting to around on a mountain road riding solo. A commitment by to keep the center-of-gravity low and unsprung to a minimum affords the aggressive an effective platform for quick changes.

When riding two-up slower speeds must be to preserve a feeling of control in corners. The added weight of a makes the front end feel light. The progressive application of torque from the Thunderstorm is helpful in this circumstance it eliminates the need for constant changes and gives the passenger a ride.

The V-twin cruiser of the engine surfaces to the benefit of the and passenger.

At low speed, as when a stoplight, with a passenger the wants to wander and requires a deal of input through the to control it. Certainly some of can be removed by tuning the fully Showa suspension, but the two-up of the XB12XT is better demonstrated on the or at speed on long sweeping

On the highway, the XB12XT is comfortable and enough to haul two people luggage at a high cruising The pillion is comfortable and high to afford the passenger a good forward. Passenger pegs are placed at the bottom end of the perimeter to give ample leverage for the to remain in place when

Passenger handholds are provided in the of bars that wrap the sides of the pillion back to the Tail. At speed, the handholds well, but the low-speed characteristics of the make it advisable to hold on to the to reduce wobble.

The Buell XB12XT is engineered to blend the characteristics of touring and sport and so to the advantage of the solo rider. It work quite as well for riding, but the bike provides amenities to make pair for the right couple desirable. the application of a few intelligent changes the original Ulysses, Buell has a bike that will a rider who tends toward the adventurous side of sport


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