Buell Ulysses 2006

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Buell Ulysses XB12X

Ugly Greek hero in shock!

Words and Pics by Bradley

Whether you call Monster Trailies, Adventure Gelände Sport, Supermoto or big off road jobbies, everyone is onto one of the biggest bandwagons in With the current climate of kills” making it a licence and threatening experience every you open the throttle of your it should come as little that the biggest selling capacity bike in the UK last was BMW’s seminal GS1200.

It that, quite simply, the bike to buy if you want to have all of fun while staying comfortable and lots of stuff is a big off roader. Of the televised activities of Messrs and Boorman didn’t do any harm,

At this point, it’s worth mentioning that these behemoths supermotos is stretching things, though people will do it anyway. in the main they are about as to go off road as the average Range but now we’re just being

Over the last few years tested several of these on one occasion actually buying And without exception we’ve them to be surprisingly capable – comfortable enough to ride all quick enough to cover distances in sensible times and enough to be ridden in a, um, spirited when circumstances so required. So a lot to be said for taking this when your licence, aching bones or your with traffic planners thin.

There’s a but,

Sure, these bikes are Very good, even. But also big. You might say very big. We’re in fact, to our Range Rover again.

Obviously you’re only using up a motorbike patch of ground, but if you are slightly of leg then you’re going to And they’re heavy, too. Not so, but a lot of that weight is very up and when it starts to go…

But more on that later. For it’s time to take a at the latest entrant to enter the

Erik Buell made his turning heavy, primitive, handling Harley Davidson into slightly less mechanically primitive but very handling Buell racers. a truly gifted engineer, able to see alternative ways of things that people haven’t tried before outright. And more often not, they work.

His are a fascinating blend of ancient and the prehistoric Harley Davidson and gearbox being mounted in a bristling with high-tech And the results are a revelation. But his real of expertise is making small, agile sportsters – either blown clipons and rearsets or slightly more relaxed but more bonkers roadsters.

And one frame and overall layout between different models, think that a trailie be out of the question.

You’d be mistaken.

of all, it’s important to that last year recognised that some who were, how shall we say, less svelte than the of us, struggled a bit to contort themselves a tiny motorbike. And remember Buells are built in the USA, people aren’t exactly for being small. Anyway, the and the short of it was that Buell a stretched version of the … with a bigger fuel and rather more room … to bars.

And a stretched gives far more scope for it taller as well without like something from the end of an old in Panavision ®… And so the Ulysses was

So what do we have? Well, in it’s an XB12Ss with suspenders and a bit of a styling nod to offroad Same frame, engine, and airbox arrangement, so the fuel in the frame while the airbox is the tank would normally be. sized wheels, same ZTF brake, same belt more on which in a moment. The contains the oil reservoir, as usual, the exhaust runs longitudinally the engine as with all Buells.

The as well as gaining an extra movement at the front and 37mm at the gets an extremely useful preload adjuster as well as different spring rates the Ulysses’ more tarmac siblings. Tyres, of course, are different with bespoke rubber carrying a very dual purpose tread

Now I’m a big fan of belt drive as clean, quiet and maintenance as well as being a spectacularly way of converting noise to forward But they’re a little vulnerable on There have been a few cases of belts snapping they have been by stones.

A small stone caught between the teeth on the and then gets forced the belt as it reaches the pulley, between the plies and splitting the Not good. Buell have this issue, working Goodyear, and come up with a that simply ejects the instead. How? I don’t

But I do know that they run belts on a test rig for the equivalent of miles, firing small into them to try to cause a And none have gone

The engine remains essentially though, in common with the 1200 Buells, there is a new exhaust which is claimed to a broader spread of torque and by using an electric valve the system to change the gasflow. familiar? Yes, we thought so but hey — if it works then why

Styling is, um, different. It’s to say that I have yet to see a bike in class that I would call pretty. Or even, to be that I would really bad about calling ugly. The continues this trend, a look that is best I’d say, as functional.

The off road demands a high front in the now established ostrich beak twin headlights (mercifully peer out from behind a set of bars while the small top has a snap-on screen which fits in with the general of the type. Hand guards are of course. The seat is wide and with an extremely clever position rear carrier.

If travelling solo, fold the down over the pillion to give you a luggage rack much closer to the centre of If you have a pillion then you can the rack so that it stands up to a backrest or so that it’s behind the seat to secure Very neat, very and utterly usable.

Now one thing I mentioned before but bears again. This bike is at least in height. So if you’ve a big bag on behind you, that’s useful to remember before you try to your leg over… Just a

So. Enough background . let’s get on and ride.

Starting is the familiar ritual – turn the key (by the side of the wait for the little red light to go off on the and thumb the starter. The Ulysses easily and settles down to a but stable tickover. After oxygen for the climb up to the saddle, settled in is fairly easy. As is with a Buell, the controls all readily to hand and the instrumentation is and straightforward.

There is a 12v power on the left of the fairing, should you to power a GPS or similar, and a vast of Buell goodies will be launched to facilitate this One thing to be aware of, though, is the clutch lever is a very reach and is not adjustable. Actually, the thing is that the lever is no from the bars than any Buell, but the slightly different it’s approached from it seem like a real

And it isn’t adjustable – an opportunity for an part if ever there was

The gearbox is, if you’ve ever anything with Harley or Buell written on it, a revelation. If is your first time you’ll wonder what all the is about. But yes, this is a with a decent gearshift. It is to ride in soft shoes recommended) and not get crushed toes.

For the time, it feels as though the is attached to a piece of precision rather than just into a box of bits that has had the top down. Clutchless shifts are at a possibility, as are more prosaic but more useful things. engaging first without the clunk making everyone at you.

Something the Ulysses isn’t of is power. Slip the clutch a over-enthusiastically and you’ll be monowheeling you know it. If you’re so inclined, the new box you to snick into second and it up there as well.

But more there’s ample grunt to out of corners and to rapidly reach a naughty comfortable cruising

Handling is on the vague side for but is still up near the best for type of bike. You can’t get from the fact that the are a long way away and the suspension is a more compliant than be ideal for spirited road The chunky tyres don’t either, the whole lot adding to give a slightly disconcerting of remoteness.

That said, dry showed an extraordinary ability to and the Ulysses really did seem to get the harder I pushed. Compared to others in the class it’s at as good, allowing me to fling the around with enthusiasm and start to enjoy it. The eager belies its roots and revs offering masses of low down and drive, while the wide and (cliché time) commanding position make hustling corners a breeze.

Talking of the fairing, while not exactly does a great job of protecting the from the worst of the elements. The while looking pretty the same as all the others in the class, has a and extremely neat feature. It off. Easily. So it’s a to clean, even with the aerodynamic nooks and crannies are de rigeur with bikes this.

The handguards do exactly what expect while the seat, for all its is actually very good and both solo and two up.

The final so to speak, is taking a leviathan this off road. Now I’m going to be that rather more in the year but as a total greenhorn in the department, all I can say is that the Ulysses is big, rather bulky and a keen off the clutch to be a truly experience for a novice. But it handled a few of green lanes well and proved not to be short of ability things got wet and sticky.

Indeed, the factor was the rider, not the bike, I suspect that if things got rough then the underslung might prove a little I’d have fallen off way before though.

So, to sum up . The Buell Ulysses is not the in its class, but it’s up the with all the It has some brilliant features and it is different. It also sounds it’s as comfortable as a very thing and it sips fuel an old lady sips sherry at the tea party. Bolt on a few choice and pick a continent to explore…


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