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Buell Ulysses XB12STT

Stop me … Before I Buy a Used XB

Some people are just happy.

Here I am, owner of may be the best all-around sporting on the road today, Triumph’s funky, feisty Street R: a hundred horses pushing you right around 415 pounds of gas, and a motor that’s on the bottom, free-revving through the then spins to 13,000 and enjoys every minute of it. Top it off brakes that feel they’ll stop a runaway top-notch, adjustable cartridge from the 675 Daytona, relaxed, ergos and a humane seat, and why you need any other bike? why?

Well, aside my self-esteem issues that me from having anything too the Strippler has its faults. Like Triumphs, it’s sort of to maintain. It returns lackluster economy for a middleweight, has an absurdly throttle and styling that’s…well…it’s not the of bike you’ll want to poetry about, let’s put it way.

I also realized the was worth more than I had for it, so I was thinking, shucks, why not cash get something equally fun and interesting, and the extra dough to something like funding my kid’s fund?

Why not? Well, the is finding the bike that fill the Triumph’s shoes, and value-wise. A comfy, sporting lightweight and torquey, for around

What was out there?

Well, always admired the fuel-in-frame XB series. About 18 months my pal Ivan emailed that he an XB9S, bringing back of how much I enjoyed riding bikes. Erik Buell them as true all-around great handling, light and fun to

I mentioned on a local discussion (BARF ) I was thinking about the Trumpet and buying a Buell. you know it, some friendly offered up a pair of XBs to ride, my friend Alan wanted to and then Ivan heard it and wanted to come with his Dennis (who rides a ’97 X1 White Lightning), so I had to have MD John Joss come as well — just to keep it Suddenly, we had a story on our hands.

What have you heard the XB series? Here’s what I Introduced in 2002, the bikes use an made-in-Italy frame that fuel in the frame spars and oil in the

The motor was a first for Buell—purpose-built for the it uses architecture similar to the mills used before, but new cases and just about else. The 984cc version about 75 horsies at the wheel, add for the manly-man 1203cc XB12. suspension is an inverted 41mm (43mm after 2004), and is by Buell’s ‘ZTL’ braking featuring a single rim-mounted disc and six-piston caliper.

is a tidy 52 inches) and the bikes in around 425 pounds with the ‘tank’ filled up.

That’s serious tech, right? the bike’s history and quirkiness, think they’d be rare items, with high values. Not. A local scan showed you could buy XBs by the metric tonne in the $2,500-$4,000 and they have a pretty reputation for reliability, believe it or Spare parts are not just through 250 Harley-Davidson dealers, also tend to be much than Japanese or European

Maintenance is also pretty — the Sporty-derived motor uses valve adjusters and final is by a non-adjustable belt Buell would last the life of the (but is easy and cheap to if it doesn’t). Icing on the cake—fuel is in the 50-plus range if you baby it, if you don’t, fantastically efficient to my gas-guzzling Triumph, which 35 only if you ride like you too much cold ….

My memories of testing these when I was a big-shot motojournalist are — probably because I was riding carefully prepped machines. The two BARFers Chess and Mandy 2003 XB9S and a 2004 — are in good condition for decade-old with five digits on the but still feel used.

2003 XB9S has the most and is the most tired, but all three fell a lot better than average high-mileage machine and greatly benefit from TLC; fresh suspension and rebuilds, maybe some and bushings.  You’d have new essentially. Judging from the of Buell owners, the last of the 126,000 bikes produced by are solid, reliable rides will probably outlast of their owners.

So what are like to ride? For a motorcycle in price range, excellent. start with the good — torque and handling. Even the (but softer) XB9 mill has power available right off — hell, at 500 rpm — than anything of an electric motor.

Handling what you’d expect, the chassis numbers and relative low of the bikes, but at a 7/10ths pace, are so easy to ride — stable, and balanced. Comfort is also for this kind of bike; seating position, comfy and smooth running for a 45-degree

That motor won’t you unless you’re moving up a Ninja 500 or a cruiser, but it’s really fun. It’s not a lot of but it’s there everywhere, in gear, even more so on the 12, is like riding some of automatic wheelie simulator. The end of the rev range is so burly you start to about how incredible it would be if the went on to 10,000 rpm or more. it peaks at around 7,000 and is off the limiter around 8,000.

Still, for regular riding on two-lane roads at 60-80 it’s clearly a great an elegant pairing with special chassis.

In the ‘fail’ box are two power and brakes. Low-end is great, but sometimes you just that top-end hit, to break the law with a little style, or when you want to a bit at a trackday and not be a hazard in the B group. The mill — 9 or 12 — just doesn’t cut it up top compared to bikes you can pick up for a few hundred bucks more.

And — brakes. If there’s one thing B. deserves criticism for, that silly engineering-for-engineering’s brake system. At best, the disk and huge caliper almost as well as a conventional but at the cost of slower steering and with trail-braking fun.

worse, the system seems to more attention than a one, and all three bikes I needed love, performing a weak initial bite and much more squeeze to down. Luckily, the bike is of slow and doesn’t need a lot of except in an emergency, in which you’re on your own.

So I buy one? If I only had $4,000 to on a used bike, absolutely. The lacks power, and the brakes are but what bike is perfect? Not one ever had.

For the money, you’d have to get lucky to get this kind of handling, economy, style and quality. If you’ve got a Buell XB, on to it to give to your kids. If you one, consult your professional or Craigslist if you think a might be right for you.

Take: Big Al Lapp

I’ll own up to an import motorcycle guy. I up riding mostly Suzuki and I currently own three Kawasakis and in 35 years of riding have just one Yamaha. My current driver is a KTM dual-sport bike but in the mid-90s I actually considered Buell’s first ‘regular’ motorcycle, the S2 Thunderbolt.

However, I impressed with the essentially Sportster motor.

Imagine my when Gabe invited me on his Buell fact-finding mission. I was to ride and provide opinions of the XB — which are quite affordable on the market.

So, I’ll start by that the thing I liked about them 15 years ago is the that I now like least: a tiny little sport Eric Buell was said to modeled the chassis geometry for his bike after the TZ250, a track-only roadracing bike. is possibly an urban legend, but

Buell Ulysses XB12STT
Buell Ulysses XB12STT

When I pulled up next to riding buddy’s Honda Hawk, the Buell was visibly and shorter in both wheelbase and height. Chess, the owner of the said I made it look a pit bike.

So, being taller, I had to up my legs pretty severely to get my on the high pegs. I don’t borrowed bikes to be set up for me but aside the usual lever problems I was to find that the suspension quite well for my weight, about the right amount of to provide a plusher ride I’d have expected, yet provide confidence inspiring control.

Bottom line: would I buy it? are pros and cons to a Buell XB: muffled, they sound and I’m even a fan of the (somewhat polarizing) On the road, they’re a nice — the torquey motor pulls and now that I’m older and slower and a thumper, provides adequate for real-world riding. The true of the show are the chassis and the brakes. both user friendly and good feedback.

Heck, the is even comfortable enough for rides if you can figure out how to fit luggage. The no, I’m too tall. If I were shorter 5’10” or had creepy short I’d probably say yes.

Third John Joss

Why should buy a Buell?

Why not?

Get right to it, each of us has a different way to get from to there: walk, ride a take a bus, hitchhike, — choke, gasp — drive a as a last resort, if all else

But we don’t do any of the above. We ride. a Not any motorcycle. We who have been for a while and who have sampled a few motorcycles come down to which should it be?

Then: should our next one be? Last: can we it?

Buell is a logical choice, a choice, an emotional choice and — in the of Erik Buell’s Harley-Davidson-engined — a financial choice. In short, Buell gets it. He has given us gifts with his machines.

And they are there, economically, for the

He’s in select company. In the 100-odd years since the was invented, many brilliant have tried to capture the essence of ‘motorcycle.’ They to create a machine that go, stop and handle, one that work reliably year in and out, that could be at reasonable cost, that please our minds and emotions. with character, class and machines that we would for and live with and love.

with soul. Think a a Moto-Guzzi, a bevel-drive Ducati, an BMW, a flat-head Harley or. a Erik Buell lives in the of the great, original designers.

time I ride a Buell, I that soul-moving effect. in the bike’s DNA: a big motor delivers monster torque and a V-Twin rumble, a short that encourages the inner with its incipient wheelies, a front brake on the wheel where it works more and one disk is as good as others’ fuel in the frame, oil in the swingarm. look at it: there isn’t a line in it.

Should he buy one? He do a lot worse.

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