Buell Ulysses XB12X Review from ChoiceQuote Motorcycle Insurance

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Buell Ulysses XB12X

Buell Ulysses XB12X

You might not like the taste at

I was intrigued. I’ve never a Buell before. I wasn’t what to expect, I’m a Virgin! Buell’s are so unusual, a design philosophy driven by Buell that makes unique.


Some features do hint at ability; high wide braced handlebars, wide foot pegs, hand dual front fender and a grille.

Buell say the Ulysses is to cope with no more dirt, gravel and other road surfaces. Certainly is little protection if you drop it, large rubber pucks to either side of the frame are to limit damage if you do.

The first

My first ride on the Buell was much like my first the first time I had a pint of a I remember being told you not like the taste at first! after you’ve had a few pints the grows on you and it can become quite so it is with the Buell Ulysses.

To it, you have to put the key in the ignition lock in the of the headlight cowl; this is as you can’t see the lock. Press the button and the engine instantly into life, emitting a rumble.

Now I can’t avoid this, but the vibrates. It’s evident the foot-pegs and bars below RPM. Beyond this the diminishes, providing a fairly ride. Luckily, on the open you’ll be exceeding 3,000 RPM of the time. For slow traffic though you have to accept is part of the Buell’s unique

As is the heat from the engine, tucked up under the massive spars and tank and doesn’t to get much cooling air. have fitted an electric two cooling fan, which constantly emits a high turbine like whine continues for some time you switch the ignition off.

the rumbling exhaust hints at the delights that await who are prepared to fully indulge

There’s 100 BHP on tap, but it’s the amount of torque available, 110 NM provides the kick. The amount of punch on tap is simply intoxicating. with the roaring exhaust this is a bike other users WILL take of. The performance really starts to on hard after 4,000 RPM with instant jaw dropping The bike only has a 5 speed but you rarely need to use it, such is the spread of power on offer.

Many overtakes can be easily in 5th gear, change down to 4th or and you can really experience the accelerative The cable operated clutch is surprisingly light, the gearbox is positive in action.

The straight punch and the exhaust roar is addictive, you just revel in the and acceleration. This bike has grunt!

Awesome performance awesome stopping power. The wheel has a 6 piston fixed which bites on to a 375 mm single inside out, stainless floating rotor. This design increases the heat reducing heat fade. For the part though, it just great.

The rear brake is a piston floating calliper on a fixed rotor. The brakes are they are progressive with of feedback and they quickly all that performance under They enable you to fully the Ulysses performance potential.

The wide seat is supportive and Wide bars, broad pegs and an upright riding all mean your body is not to mould to the bike. You sit forward and sculpting provides a comfortable for your knees, whilst the in the seat to the pillion level you into the bike.

Comforts like the hand and small screen also deflect some of the wind off you.

This bike has been designed for touring; a screen, hard-shell side and top case are available as accessories. The unique Triple Tail can also be a pillion back a rack, or a loading platform on the seat. The fuel capacity is litres, but I achieved 47.5 which gives a range of 175

70 MPH comes up on the clear analogue at a relaxed 3,400 RPM in top gear, the is at 7,000 RPM.

The tank is a petrol is contained within the It has a car style petrol cap, not hinged. Be warned, do not fill the to the top.

There is a maximum lip in the filler orifice and the tank really quickly. On test I beyond this to find pouring from the overflow, away from the very hot Some form of warning on the tank could have this situation.

Does the handle given Buell’s claimed Trilogy of Technology? The aluminium frame means rigidity is excellent. Mass is by having the fuel in the frame, the oil in the swing arm and an under slung and it has a fairly low unsprung weight dry).

Combined with the fully 43mm Showa upside-down and rear monoshock should meant the handling was near but unfortunately it wasn’t in all circumstances.

The and suspension provide a fluid and reacting ride on open, roads; but when you ride on minor roads with hair pins and back to tight corners, the Ulysses to run wide and the steering does not as quickly. It handles better shifting your body rather than applying I think in part this is due to the of the Ulysses.

The weight might be but the weight is carried higher on the In fairness the bike’s cornering was blunted by rear tyre was past its best. This did my cornering, particularly on wet road and surface roads.

Low speed is not helped by a relatively large circle. For the 2008 model Buell has improved the turning

The Ulysses emphasis is on the Sport liking fast, open where the handling is difficult to Plus the punch out of the corners by the Thunderstorm engine makes corner an exhilarating experience. be warned this bike is easy to wheelie, even if

The morning after

Like things in life, they are judged in the cold sober of the morning after. Does the leave you with a hang-over? Is it as as you thought, the night before?

looks are distinctive and aggressive, the double front fender, headlights, cockpit screen, frame, distinctive drive system and, the seat the Barricade Orange coloured section matching the tank is emblazoned with Buell.

No to clean up the morning after, as the and fuss free drive doesn’t need oiling.

The Ulysses will get looks ever you go and inquisitive questions you park up, if only to ask how it rides.

But the looks last or fade? say they will last. I was impressed with the quality of the and components on the Ulysses. It exudes a and high quality feel.

The also washes up really with no sharp edges to unsuspecting.

Little extras like two 12v take offs, one on the dash and one the seat are quality extra

So what of the hangover?

The bike is not but perhaps like real rather than a mass beer, you can over look character quirks to revel in the performance and the taste it leaves. if you over indulge there’s the of the excellent brakes to reign it all in. a street presence that turn heads and an exhaust that will get you noticed, may be the is worth the pleasure.

Article and by Jon Booth — www.inter-bike.co.uk The UK Biker Site. Note all figures, weights and technical are as claimed by the respective manufacturers

to the Buell Motorcycle Company UK for the of the Buell Ulysses XB12X


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