Buell Ulysses XB12XT 2008 Racing Motorcycle Images and Story

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Buell Ulysses XB12XT

Buell Ulysses XB12XT

by Zeefoto.com, Roger Parsons and Roberts

When you think of the usual image that to mind are the sleek, short V-Twin powered streetfighters the Firebolt, Lightning or the new 1125R and CR In 2006, Buell took a forward and created a different of motorcycle, unlike its street-fighter The new XB12X, dubbed the ‘Ulysses’, was by the same basic driveline, but was built to … pavement or with equal confidence.

The new fell into the newly adventure sportbike category. it still had the quick acceleration of of its equally powered streetfighter it also had long suspension, tires, plenty of ground and an upright lofty seating

In 2008, Buell introduced a of the Ulysses, the XB12XT. The most change for the new XT is that it sports cases and a top case. Less changes between the X and the XT include a seat height and ground for a lower centre of gravity.

is accomplished by shorter suspension due to the specially tuned front and rear shock. The XT weighs in 18 kg lbs) heavier, presumably of the bags and mounting hardware. looking for adventure on dirt or secondary roads can now load the up with gear for an extended

As motorcycle categories continue to get down, the new Ulysses fits into the adventure sport-touring

Canyon carver to continent

I had the good fortune to borrow a Ulysses XT (there are no changes for the XT) for an extended trip to North and Tennessee, or more precisely, Gap and the famous Dragon (read on Deal’s Gap and the 318 turns in 11 miles of The in an upcoming issue).

The Ulysses allows a commanding with a seat height of 780 mm in). Sitting tall in the lets you see over most Being able to see far and ahead is a bonus when in congested or on the superslab.

While that height could be an issue for it is 28 mm (1.1 in) lower than the Ulysses and the wide seat taper at the front so you don’t that you’re straddling a while trying to touch the I didn’t find it a problem at all my 32-inch inseam.

Seating is very comfortable with the pegs below your and the wide handlebar is ideal for hands to reach without The correlation between feet, and seat keep the lower straight and leaves your in a natural, stress-free position. after eight hours or so in the I did find the seat a little but it also has tons of wiggle to move around and relieve any points.

The windscreen is an adequate keeping the wind off of your while allowing your to get the full effect of the wind, I didn’t experience any buffeting. The guards are a nice touch in weather and so are the dual-temperature range grips that come on the XT.

Wheelie popping power from the familiar Thunderstorm cooled 1203 cc, electronic V-Twin engine that a few other Buell streetfighters. A engine with plenty of down low in the rev range, noticeable just off idle. The torque, at 84 foot pounds at 6500 is apparent at any rpm, and in most negates the need for a downshift wanting to accelerate.

Passing a car at 80 km/h in top gear is no for the 211 kg (465 lb claimed) motorcycle. horsepower of 103 coincidently occurs at 300 rpm higher at 6800 rpm. changing gears from to second, or second to third, is required so as not to let the clutch out too fast too much throttle. In doing so, the has the tendency to leap forward and a firm grasp, it feels the handgrips want to rip out of your

The engine’s power-band is broad and all the way up to its redline of 7000.

The engine is a noisy, especially when and emits a healthy shake at A rhythm that brings to the each explosion from the mixture as you seem to feel power … forcing the mm (3.5 in) pistons down in 96.8 mm (3.8 in) bores. If you the vibration of a V-Twin as I do, it isn’t but instead reminds you of the visceral of this Thunderstorm engine.

off idle, the engine smoothes out and was almost non-existent on the highway only a little buzzing in the

If there is anything annoying the engine it’s the fan cooling. the rear cylinder is tucked up the wide frame spars on side that serves duty as the fuel tank, it get any airflow when the bike is therefore the cooling fan’s purpose is to cool the rear While you don’t hear the fan the engine is running, the second you the key off, the fan is all you can hear and when near fellow riders, the key off prompts all those in close to turn and look.

The heat from the engine’s cylinder and exhaust header a good job of heating the right spar, so much so that an hour of riding your inner thigh begins to the heat. You’ll know it’s time to simply your right knee out from the frame spar to catch some wind to it down. The extra heat be a bonus during our spring and riding season, but it’s too hot for the

I found the five-speed trans-mission a stiff to shift and hard to get neutral while stopped. The has a couple of bushings involved in the linkage and it felt as though a bushing was too tight. Other the stiffness, the transmission worked

Final drive to the rear is via clean and quiet belt. is no rear wheel adjustment as the uses an idler pulley to optimal tension, and as a result, is clean with no hesitation of a slack belt. According to literature, the belt is rated to for the life of the bike.

We superslabbed it to The Dragon in order to allow us time to take in the quality in the Smoky Mountains. The Ulysses ate up the pavement in short order. It ran at the Interstate speed of 70 mph for 14-hours with only fuel and stops.

What I found so interesting was how the Ulysses XT handled the constant and turns of the Smoky Mountain The 43 mm inverted forks on the XT have adjustable compression and rebound as well as spring preload The coil over monoshock remote reservoir set up on the rear is fully adjustable with the and rebound damping adjustment the seat.

Buell Ulysses XB12XT

Spring preload is taken care of via an easily knob on the bike’s left just below the thigh. front and rear offer 125 mm in) of travel. Adjustment is easy so it softer for touring or stiffening it up for is a breeze.

With the tall of the Ulysses, I was quite impressed at its capabilities on tight twisty Many times we came hairpin turns, decreasing and radius’ and the Ulysses easily everything we could throw at it. The 151 mm in) ground clearance helped the hard parts from down.

The wide bars, seating position and accommodating were all contributing factors in well-mannered Adventure Sport motorcycle. Transferring all that in the corners to the asphalt is a pair of Diablo Stradas, a 120/70-17 on the and taking up the rear is a 180/55-17.

Of having fun on these types of also means slowing quickly, sometimes more than initially anticipated as a sneaks up on you or the bend’s radius what you expected. Good are a must and the Buell’s ZTL (Zero Load) brake system an amazing job of slowing the rider and down very quickly.

A single six-piston caliper onto a large 375 mm inside-out rotor that mounts to the wheel-not the hub as in traditional brake for exceptional stopping power. also allows for lighter and spokes since the stopping is being transferred directly to the rim of through the spokes from the It also makes it unnecessary for the of an extra caliper and rotor, lowering unsprung weight.

A two-finger squeeze on the front lever results in a quick In fact, the front brakes are so you need to be careful the back doesn’t come off the ground if you to get a little too zealous with the lever.

The rear brake on the hand is a little on the lethargic needing a good heavy to see much action from the 240 mm and single-piston caliper.

I found the switch awkward to get to. It’s on the left side behind the and in front of the fork tube. it is not something you use all the time or while so it may be a moot point.

The steering via the ignition switch and the same key the seat, exposing a fairly underseat storage area.

The speedometer and tachometer are easy to The speedo offers an LCD odometer and tripmeter, kilometres travelled on and a clock. Unfortunately, the clutch passes directly in the rider’s of sight to see the LCD display, forcing you to forward to look over the or back to look under it.

All other lights are big and bright on the hand side of the tach and are to see. Also on the instrument right beside the speedo, is a power plug, easily for all your gadgets to plug including your heated or gloves. There is also an 12-volt power plug the seat.

Fuel economy in the big averaged a very respectable L/100 km (57.42 mpg) the course of the 4,400 km round with my best mileage in at 4.2 L/100 km (67.25 mpg). the average mileage number yield about 339 km until with the bikes 16.7 tank.

The side and top bags simply and quickly when you need them, and have own handles, making them to carry into your room. All in all, the Ulysses is a very competent and fun long-distance machine that’s comfortable for the continent, but it’s also at home carving a few mountain at the same time. MMM

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