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Buell Ulysses XB12X

Buell rolls out the dual Ulysses XB12X

By Susan

April 9, 2008

In bringing the Ulysses to market, Erik has lived quite the odyssey from farm boy to Superbike to Harley-Davidson engineer to Buell Co. founder, chairman and chief officer.

It’s been 25 since Buell’s name doubled as a marque, and in that his company has birthed 22 different Some, including the long-standing beginner’s bike, have hits. Others, such as the X1 were misses.

Its latest, the XB12XT, falls somewhere in

As the name suggests, a T is the only between the new Ulysses and the Ulysses upon which it is based. new adventure sport tourer is a model for riders who aren’t to brave gravel. Geared up 32 gallons of luggage space and an tire and suspension package would rather rear up and than ride over a the new Ulysses is a dual sport dirt as its destination.

It’s a bike that isn’t as epic as its engineers probably It isn’t a Greek tragedy, but a little bit off in a bunch of different and that distracts from the big of what this bike is indulging itinerant tendencies and for stunning views.

The Ulysses tourer employs usual trilogy of technology: centralization, low unsprung weight and rigidity. The fuel is stored in the the brake rotors are mounted to the rims and the motor bears at some of the burdens of the frame as a member.

Like all of Buell’s XB bikes, the XB12XT is powered by a V-twin Thunderstorm engine creates enough power and to inspire a dopey grin. like many V-twins, it The 1,203 cc XB12XT vibes the handlebars from 1,000 to rpm and, more unusually, via the pegs from about rpm.

The slight handlebar shimmy an issue since most of my was at 3,500 rpm or higher, but the foot are angled slightly downward the front, causing my feet to forward until my boots resting on their middles. I had to a conscious effort to rest my on the pegs at higher rpm, they’d slide forward. I just decided to cruise possible at about 3,700

I also experienced a sizzling hamstring issue. That me since, like all Buell the exhaust is underslung.

Additionally, I had an with the luggage, which was — but also bulbous and On the plus side, the Ulysses provides some nice such as heated grips, a to adjust the rear spring and a windscreen that’s 4 inches than that of its on- and off-road brother, the XB12X.

The seat is broader and lower than it was in when the first Ulysses was What started as a 33.1-inch has consistently drawn complaints as a result, was lowered each It is now a reasonable 30.7 inches the ground, allowing shorter-legged to reach the pavement but also Long Legs to remain since the distance from to foot pegs is the same as it was the taller seat.

So, Buell’s silver-anniversary addition to its isn’t perfect. But the company’s probably buys it the chance to get things right.

2008 Ulysses XB12XT

Base $12,995

Powertrain: Air/oil/fan-cooled, four-…, 45-degree V-twin, two valves per cylinder, 5-speed

Displacement: 1,203 cc

Maximum 84 pound-feet at 6,000 rpm

Maximum 103 at 6,800 rpm

Seat height: inches

Buell Ulysses XB12X

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