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Buell Ulysses XB12X

An American Adventure

Test Pickett. Pics by John

The XB12X Ulysses adventure looks sharp with its mix of and curved styling and gives prodigious grunt from the V-twin engine. While not of flaws, the Ulysses is a fine which is fun to ride and equally on bitumen twisties or exploring backroads.

This bike the first attempt by Buell to for the adventure market and the American has done a fine job first up. The Harley-Davidson owned Buell Company has produced a bike is not new in concept but startling in its slightly approach. The Uylsses isn’t a for ‘Best around the World but it’s off-road capabilities are not cosmetic (like some available today).

Powering the is a version of the 1203cc Harley-Davidson V-twin powerplant. The all-alloy two-valve engine is air, oil and fan and features fuel injection 49mm throttle bodies. rates the engine at 74kw delivered at 6600rpm – only 400 shy of the engine’s redline.

A new for ’06 clutch is 22 per cent lighter: it certainly light enough and capable of the power output XB12X’s The five-speed transmission has received a revamp (new helical and ‘dog rings’) for 2006 in quieter and easier changes, but with the trademark clunk.

Transferring drive to the back is the Kevlar belt final which requires no lubrication. tension is taken care of by the tensioner which monitors how suspension travel is being at the time. Buell claims the is 75 per cent lighter than a and after exhaustive debris it has incredibly stated the new belt no scheduled replacement.

The Ulysses Buell’s trademark underslung which would seem enough to escape damage ridden by a very adventurous The note is pleasant enough being overloud. The exhaust is enough to be a jacking point to Buell so any damage from should be cosmetic only.

The perimeter frame (from XB12S Lightning roadster also doubles as the fuel The frame has been expanded to the on/off road application and has seen the fuel capacity to 16.7 litres. In line this approach, the swingarm doubles as the oil reservoir for the engine.

travel Showa suspension is front and rear. The 43mm forks boast 165mm of and have preload, rebound and damping — the rear shock is adjustable. The standard settings a little soft for my 95kg but warrant fettling during the even when two up. The Zero Load (ZTL) braking uses a single six-piston up front. The disc rotor is to the outside of the alloy rim.

The idea behind this is to braking forces directly to the rim of through the spokes. It’s touted to weigh up to 2.7 kilograms than regular twin set-ups. The rear brake is a piston caliper on a ‘normal’ disc.

The Enkei alloy are fitted with Dunlop 616 specifically designed for the Ulysses. looking to other on/off tyres, their overall was fine for the bike’s intended

The rider’s ‘cockpit’ offers gauges featuring the normal meters, but also with a trip meter. As soon as the hits reserve and the fuel comes on, the trip meter to the reserve trip meter, the rider know exactly how far he or she has and how soon they are likely to to start pushing.

Easily hand guards give protection and there’s plenty of under the seat for wet weather and the pillion gets a flexible rest (a padded cover is fitted), designed to stop the edges from making uncomfortable for the free loaders on the It works very well in and can be moved back or forward as As the fuel is held in the frame, a tank cover covers the and looks like a proper until you push down on it and it

The ride

The first thing you when you try to mount the Ulysses is the height. At 841mm, the reach to the for even tall riders is I’m around 185cm and I couldn’t sit both feet flat on the

Shorter riders can’t dab the foot if they have a ‘lose’. The riding position is user friendly with a comfortable seat, easy to the ’bars and relaxed foot peg

Stand up riding in off-road is quite difficult though due to the low The only issue with the is its close proximity to the rear making it a hot ride. The bike’s fairing does a reasonable job at the wind at bay up to around 120km/h.

Buell Ulysses XB12X

Anything above that and like riding a … with the wind directed at the rider’s upper chest and shorter or taller riders myself may not find this an

There’s plenty of grunt from the big V-twin engine revs rising quickly up to the redline. I got caught out a few times the rev limiter while expecting the to continue rising but torque is this engine’s all about. Off the the bike really hauls and torque allows the rider to between going up and down the gears or being a little and using one or two.

The ’box well to positive shifts and not was a false neutral found. you’re using the bike in inner city traffic, sports riding or dirt blasting, the Ulysses does a good job.

Having that, there are a few areas could be improved. An off-idle spot and very tall gear made riding the a bit of a chore in peak hour the bike coughing a spluttering a of times when rev matching for I spoke to one of Morgan and Wacker’s who was of the opinion it is a common malady.

While not an issue on the open where stop-start riding is not it nevertheless is a problem I’m surprised hadn’t fixed prior to

The other issue I found was the engine cooling fan. a short time riding the fan would kick in and stay on of where and when you were (apparently this is also a thread on this model). At I expected it after spending 40 in peak hour Brisbane in 35 degree heat, but after it presented itself at every even while traveling the freeway with no traffic on a night.

The use of premium unleaded is a I filled the bike with when premium was unavailable and away the bike started to with … abandon, two up in hilly terrain. At least it use much; fuel economy is a strong point, averaging an 21km/L during the test.

The of the Ulysses were a bone of with a number of observers, most liking the look of the Personally I find it a very mix of function and form, designed to out of an off-road crash still and rideable.

The Ulysses offers adventure another choice in the marketplace. It to fit into the intermediate area the harder core big-bore bikes and the soft-roaders which are of a styling exercise than off-road machines. At $17,995 it plenty of fun and versatility without the bank.

With capable useable horsepower, comfort and the to scratch or tour regardless of the the Ulysses is one of the best Buells Buell has always been a player in Australia but I expect the Ulysses we will see more and riders come to appreciate the of this different but exciting

Buell Ulysses XB12X
Buell Ulysses XB12X

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