Buell Ulysses XB12XT — First Ride — Motorcyclist Magazine

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Buell Ulysses XB12XT

Finally, A Long-Distance Adventure-Tourer For People

The original Ulysses launched in 2006, was the first developed to venture off-road. It a capable adventure-sport bike the start, and is still the favorite of many of the Motorcyclist staff. But Buell knows the majority of owners never set foot in the

To make the original bike he and his team were forced to certain compromises. One of which-longer travel-created a towering seat that scared off shorter less experienced riders. So for there are two Ulysses models: the XB12X and the new XB12XT.

What’s the difference? Some selections from the Buell catalog grace the latter, as a lockable top box and hard bags, windscreen and heated handgrips. is the motocross-style front fender, by a streetbike-style unit that the front tire.

Perhaps significantly, however, the suspension has re-calibrated for street use and lowered by 1.5 The fork is completely new, smaller-diameter tubes. The shorter-travel affected wheelbase, trail and clearance, but most normal-sized will appreciate the 1.1-inch in seat height.

Freed from the need to off-road shenanigans, the cast-aluminum are each nearly a pound and shod with Pirelli Strada sport-touring tires. But unsprung weight is reduced, the itself gained 40 pounds, of which is the luggage. Fortunately, removable.

Buell’s trademark Sport-ster-based Thunderstorm V-Twin has lightly massaged across the ’08 XB lineup, with a crankpin and improved oiling resulting in a 7100-rpm redline, 300 higher than before. output remains the same at a 103 bhp and 84 lb.-ft. of torque. Other are classic Buell: fuel in the oil in the swingarm, muffler underneath the ZTL perimeter front brake and Triple Tail backrest.

Buell Ulysses XB12XT

Sampling the XT at the U.S. press in Temecula, California, I initially the bike felt very to the X (which was available for comparison When I hit the first set of twisties, the improved suspension and handling stood out. Buell did a job balancing suspension compliance the firmness needed for aggressive riding.

The XT felt firmer, better and more composed when hard. Of course, the shorter lowered the center of gravity as improving cornering accuracy. with my 210 lbs. in the saddle, the peg touched down only pushed near the edge of street speeds.

The brakes are up to the as well, with the single disc providing all I could from a bike in this

The liquid-cooled Helicon V-twin in the new sportbike has many wondering if will spread that powerplant across the rest of its in the future. But company reps are to point out the benefits of the Thunderstorm such as its classic looks, powerband, reliability, low maintenance, and excellent fuel economy.

The Ulysses is never going to up with a Yamaha FJR1300 in a line, but while it runs out of on top, its relaxed, low-rpm, feel makes for a very ride. Past experience ’06 and ’07 Ulysses confirmed its stingy ways, as bikes consistently averaged 50 My one beef was discovering that the cooling fan that has been Ulysses owners from the still howls to life you shut off the motor.

Buell Ulysses XB12XT
Buell Ulysses XB12XT

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