Buell XB12X Ulysses Hot Rod Bike Works

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Buell Ulysses XB12X


When I got the call Kaisler to test Buell’s new I was salivating. All Buells are machines for delinquents to some extent or and this one comes with travel suspension and semi-knobby Frank actually requested I get a shot of it bursting through a row somewhere. After all, is the first even remotely bike from Buell, and the since the Italian singles of the for the greater H-D conglomerate.

Given its pedigree, we thought we’d across a full-on Buell (part road, part racing, think Superbikers of the machine. Well, not quite.

far better on an unpaved road a pure street bike, the still has many of the traits make a street bike so for life off-road: relatively weight, tall gearing, and a limited steering range. An off-road machine is about 250 a heavy one more like the Ulysses tops the scales at 425 (claimed dry weight) so you can see how that affect maneuverability.

In first redline is reached somewhere 50mph, which is pretty in the dirt. In a perfect world, the would have a different from the other Buells a short first (and second) gear, but in this even dropping the gearing a or two would help its off-road One last thing the Ulysses use to help it in a traction-challenged environment is a bit lock-to-lock steering travel.

This could be achieved a slight stretch to the neck of the However, with the frame double duty as the fuel (and the relatively modest Buell motorcycles sell in) also seems like an modification.

Still, you can go places on Buell that you would be to try on any other Buell or Harley. the tires aired down to pounds, we tackled some stout hillclimbs and gnarly on the Ulysses. In fact, the tires one of the high points of the machine, great traction on dirt or

The semi-dirt-style footpegs were high point, being grippy even in interesting Certainly, in the right hands, it is a machine when the road and trail begins, but we were terribly confident on anything challenging than a fire

As a street-based hooligan bike, our were fully realized, as the to the standard Buell chassis to make the machine worthy of travel are the same sort of that make for fun times in an setting. Buell’s Lightning has lauded in the past for its own semi-dirt stance, and the same is doubly of the Ulysses’ sit-up-tall riding with the wide bars all kinds of leverage over the

Add to that longer travel than the other Buells, and any challenge a urban or suburban can toss at you is dispatched without a thought. Getting over any of linear obstacle (curb, sapling, stray animal) is as as lofting the front end and letting the suspension take it on the chin. that doesn’t sound to you, but believe me, if you ever a perfect bike to practice on, this is it.

The same goes for dirt or grass shortcuts, in the rain, and all sorts of other that would be unwise on dresser or chopper.

While the realities of the Ulysses came as no it was its utility as a mile-eating touring that really knocked our off. When I picked it up, I was to see it outfitted with the optional saddlebags and top box (MSRP $999.95). It was a to the tall Buell we hadn’t considered.

Granted it is competing in the marketplace other porky street in dirt bike clothing BMW’s perennial GS) in the Adventure-Touring

For one used to thinking of FL’s and Softails as touring machines, the looks positively … just a small fairing and for protection. In reality, the dirtbike-inspired and sportbike-style frame guards, a bit of wind protection, and the smallish does a good job of keeping the off of the rider at most speeds. If in need of a little more, is a taller version available.

The make real touring look bad. They huge amounts of storage plus they are easily and become easily toted to take up to your hotel or into your tent. are lockable both to the bike and to entries.

The only bad thing I have to say the bags is that the torquey wheelies are even easier packed bags attached. it’s all about throttle on a Buell. Even without the attached, the ‘triple tail’ for a variety of uses as backrest, or a or rear-facing luggage rack the rear seat or behind it.

Buell Ulysses XB12X

Not is the TT a good mounting surface, also an attachment point slots for bungee hooks.

And its doesn’t end there. Passenger are close to what’s offered on a dresser on a bike that roughly half. There are a of DC outlets as well, one on the dash could power a GPS or DVD player not while riding) and one under the that could be charging cell phone while down the highway.

Buell’s mounting is super smooth at all speeds, and the relaxed riding all make for miles that fly by the tires.

Aside from all the things this bike can do and useful it can be exploring the outer of civilization (or the inner reaches of the it’s just a fun sporty to ride. Like all of the current of 1203cc Buells, it’s quick steering, and eats alive. It has a new gearbox for ’06 shifts like nothing ever ridden before ‘click,’ not ‘clunk’). The front are phenomenal, providing tons of power.

The rears are far less powerful, but decently in low traction situations less power is typically a thing.

It’s not quite the machine the other Buells mostly due to height. It feels odd to a bike as hard as this one put up with and be leaned over far. And the seat is in its own orbit the planet. Our test unit was with the optional short (MSRP $219.95) and it was quite enough. I wouldn’t consider the saddle, and I’m six-feet

All that said, it’s the finest Buell I’ve ridden. Yea, it’s good.

Okay, the brightly-colored thing isn’t going to be Harley guys’ cup of tea. let’s face it; there are a lot of owners/builders who are closet dirt guys, or those of us (like who got their first taste of fury on a mini bike in an setting. It does so many well that it could a home in many garages for a of reasons or purposes.

As a second bike, it could a number of roles: lightweight bike, bad weather machine, to scoot around town on, for adventurous trips into unknown, or just a way to get back in with your inner bike guy. Or maybe as an to your stretched-out …-shifter with 20-inch apes.

Buell Ulysses XB12X
Buell Ulysses XB12X
Buell Ulysses XB12X


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