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Old 10-18-2012, 11:07 PM   #1
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Laugh Finally back on a real motorcycle, thanks Erik...

Drove the old chev pickup a total of twelve hours Wed., to source a private sale 2010 XB12X shocking yellow Ulysses, with 7500kms (4650 miles) on the clock.

Insured and plated today, set tire pressures, adjusted suspension to specs, added fuel stabilizer as winter's a day or two away this far north and put 150kms on in the dark tonight.

Finally the perfect excuse, to flog my owned since new 2004 DL1000 for next to nothing , eight years of not enjoying this bike is finally over !

A little more tinkering for a bike with a soul, is a worthwhile tradeoff.

The VStrom, if I might sum it up for myself personally, always felt like riding a wooden traffic barricade with a GREAT motor, forever riding AROUND the bike's inadequacies, rather than feeling conjoined with a beloved mount.

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Old 10-19-2012, 12:18 AM   #2
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Nice score...there are not a lot of 2010s around, they had some good upgrades. Enjoy your ride!
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Old 10-19-2012, 09:00 PM   #3
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Oh, and an interesting tidbit right from the horse's mouth, there will be a Rotax powered Ulysses, in the not too distant future. Was trying to get someone at EBR to discuss their custom mapped ecm's and ended up with someone from a far different department, who spoke of more models coming soon and later a Rotax Uly for certain.

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Old 10-19-2012, 09:43 PM   #4
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Rotax Uly for certain.
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Old 10-20-2012, 04:42 AM   #5
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Nice buy!

Oh yea, the upcoming Rotax powered EBR ADV bike (the AX) is confirmed in print too:

http://cyclenews.coverleaf.com/cyclenews/20120911?#pg74

http://www.motorcyclepowersportsnews...g_expands.aspx
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Old 10-20-2012, 09:23 AM   #6
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Appreciate the the goodwill on the Uly's purchase gents, thank you.

I had very little time to snap up this distant bike and slip in a brief ride before tucking it away, for virtually the immediate arrival of winter here. But I did...

I near purchased a new firesale priced 09 XB12X back in Jan. 2010, but passed on it and thankfully a close friend purchased it instead.

It didn't do much to quell the LUST though, for owning a last gen Ulysses (2008-2010), rather quite the opposite, being able to eyeball it and see and hear it run at times...

After an always open invitation to ride it, late this summer we swapped bikes, as I was tired of merely thinking it would've been a extremely viable, cost effective alternative to my dreadful 04 DL1000 and needed to know whether it really suited my requirements for a stable, smooth and comfortable touring platform.

My only other rides on a Buell up to this point, had been another close friend's owned since new, last gen tuber 01 M2. Years ago, many miles were gifted to me on this bike and helped to dispel totally, my distrust in the Buell experience.


To be continued...

After all, you were falling asleep anyways...

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Old 10-22-2012, 07:15 AM   #7
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Good Bike

I LOVE my 07. Being new to Buell, you have to get used to the the odd noises now and then, the right side heat, and possibly re-mapping the ecm depending pn preference.. BUT.. When you get on a curvy backroad, or lay down mile after mile on the super slab, You smile!
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:17 AM   #8
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Congrats on the new ride!
Every time I ride mine I'm happier with it.
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:41 AM   #9
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Finally the perfect excuse, to flog my owned since new 2004 DL1000 for next to nothing , eight years of not enjoying this bike is finally over !

A little more tinkering for a bike with a soul, is a worthwhile tradeoff.

The VStrom, if I might sum it up for myself personally, always felt like riding a wooden traffic barricade with a GREAT motor, forever riding AROUND the bike's inadequacies, rather than feeling conjoined with a beloved mount.

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Soon to be ad in FM:

"2004 DL1000 for sale. Best bike I ever owned, perfect in every way. Great suspension. I love this bike, but after eight years of bliss, unfortunately I have to sell it."

Congrats on the new (to you) XT. I'm not a Harley guy but I love Erik's creations.
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:38 AM   #10
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Its such a rad bike, I am maybe a little jealous of your 2010.

I had a similar buying experience in February. Gassed up the ol Ranger for a 10 hour round trip horse trade - my 07 vstar 1300 for his 06 Uly. I fixed the fuel pump wiring defect, replaced the tires, and put in a K&N like the bike was mapped for and it's been smooooth sailing.

On the way home:



On the way home... from Sturgis, 9,000 fantastic miles later:

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Old 10-22-2012, 05:06 PM   #11
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Enjoy your new ride!
My 06 will turn 64k on the way to work tomorrow and this is my favorite bike i have owned, still runs great but i did just pick up a Super TT with 1500 mi which will be a heart donor when and if necessary!
(I do plan on riding the heck out of the TT in the mean while)
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Old 10-22-2012, 06:15 PM   #12
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Enjoy your new ride!
My 06 will turn 64k on the way to work tomorrow and this is my favorite bike i have owned, still runs great but i did just pick up a Super TT with 1500 mi which will be a heart donor when and if necessary!
(I do plan on riding the heck out of the TT in the mean while)
Did you have any major surprises in the last 15k? I only ask because mine will cross 50k very soon.
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Old 10-23-2012, 04:44 PM   #13
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May have to consider your suggestions, for phrasing the ad for the DL1000 come spring Mr. Canoehead.
More likely I'll remove the expensive bits (countless) and sell them seperately on various forum sites and advertise the bike close to stripped, for a very reasonable price. Either way it's gone, long gone...

Prepping quickly for the what turned out to be a night ride, I set the suspension (preload, compression and rebound settings) for a 170 to 200 lbs rider, when in reality I'm 200 lbs without gear, but thought the softer settings would help, considering the temps were barely over 40 degrees F.

WRONG, although the night ride was an absolute hoot, the handling was WAY off, not suprising considering that Buell's are considered extremely sensitive to suspension setup. The next day in preperation for a trip to a friend's garage for storage, I reset to a more sensible base of a 200 to 230 lbs rider and as suggested in the owner's manual, backed off the compression and rebound settings half a turn, to compensate for the low temps. Voila, whole different bike handling wise, no suprise really and just a teaser, to show how this bike will be a pleasure to dial in and enjoy learning while doing it !

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Old 10-23-2012, 06:21 PM   #14
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Did you have any major surprises in the last 15k? I only ask because mine will cross 50k very soon.

Last 15k have been painless as been most of it.
Issues since new, the 77 connector left me down on the first weekend i had it, diagnosed and fixed on the side of the road before my tow arrived, not an issue since.
Snap a belt in the high 20's, my fault, i'll say no more.
Approximately 34k throttle body shaft broke, dead on the road, this and a set of rear wheel bearings are the only tine it left me stranded.
I change the fluids, adjust the clutch, lube and tighten, maintenance is stupid crazy!
I have an 1125 CR which i am putting up for sale (any interest?) it's one of a hell faster and a lot of fun but just doesn't speak to me like the XB's
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Old 10-24-2012, 09:32 AM   #15
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Always liked Erik's approach to engineering

Having put about 90K miles on the '06 Uly, I'll have to say that that bike gave me the most enjoyment of any single bike (OK, two of 'em, darn deer) in my riding career.

After BMC went belly-up, I decided to go with the Ducati Multistrada 1200S, and the subsequent 41K miles (yep, two of them also, darn hoarfrost) has been very enjoyable. But I always wondered about Erik's next "ADV-type" offering.

Now it sounds like it might actually appear! Can't wait to see if it's something I'll be interested in (as if there'll be any doubt ). I'll have to talk my local Triumph/Ducati dealer in to becoming a Buell dealer, but I'll bet that's possible...

Always did like Erik's (a fellow mechanical engineer) approach to engineering.

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