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Old 12-29-2014, 05:20 PM   #1
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Ulysses Question

I'm considering buying either a 2009 buell xt or a 2007 X. The suspension travel is about two inches longer on the X. I live in central NJ where the roads are quite poor. I also own a BMW GSA which I really love for this area. I never ride off road. Would I loose the supple ride of the X if I bought the Buell with the shorter travel. The XT is a dealership bike and I can't take it out for a test ride.
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Old 12-29-2014, 06:32 PM   #2
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I've got an 09xt and it soaks up road imperfections admirably. Set it up for your weight and it will handle any road imperfection you want to throw at it. IMO the suspension is the best thing about the bike.
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Old 12-29-2014, 06:34 PM   #3
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Just curious, what are they asking for the 09?
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Old 12-29-2014, 07:39 PM   #4
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If you seldom ride off road get the 09 xt. The 07 x is more suited for off pavement however the 07s have a history of crank failure... And the 08 and newer got heated grips, bigger crank pin, tighter turning lock to lock
, stronger belt and improved oiling. If you notice the engine cam cover on the 07 looks like an old sporty and the 08 and newer is completely different. I would spring for the 09 myself. Dont buy into all the negitive press from others. Us buellers are a tight group and are super helpfull!
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Old 12-30-2014, 06:57 AM   #5
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Are the 06 Ulysses prone to crank failure also. There is a local guy selling one with only 5000miles on it. he says he'll take $5000. The 09 is selling for $6500 but that's at a dealership . Probably has added fees added to it. Thank you all for your timely reply
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Old 12-30-2014, 09:04 AM   #6
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Old 12-30-2014, 12:40 PM   #7
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The 06's do not have the crank problem.
Everything you need to know.
http://www.badweatherbikers.com/buel...tml?1238017122
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Old 12-30-2014, 05:45 PM   #8
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You'll want a 08 or later. I've got an 08 xb12x with 90000km. I like how if rides, his it looks and sounds. The x is to tall for me at 6' to really flat foot and I put all the stuff in it to make it an xt anyway. I'd recommend the xt, the thicker rims don't matter. Hit two deer and the bikes still in use, (separate accidents both deer dead). Belt lasted until 50k (30k miles) and easy to swap on the side of the road. Harley despite not liking buells still has better costumer serivice then most other dealers. Also rear whell bearings are wear items and should be changed when you do your belts. Except 2010. Also been told by a Harley dealer not to use Harley synthic oil, so I switched to amsoil and it seems to run better. (At about 60000km). Also they cook your balls but then I've managed to knock up the wife twice since I got the bike so maybe not a big deal.
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Old 12-30-2014, 06:16 PM   #9
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If you are open to travel I think there are a couple Ulys for sale in the classifieds over at badweatherbikers that you might want to consider. $6500 for an 09xt should get you a very clean bike.
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Old 12-30-2014, 07:49 PM   #10
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I have an 08 X. I wouldn't be afraid of any year Uly, even though the 07's do have the crank problem if I could buy one for the right price I'd play the crank bearing lottery and if I lost rebuild it to new spec and ride it another 100K...

If you're willing to travel you can do a craigslist site search on google and find a good selection of Uly's. Take your time and it'll pay off.
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Old 12-31-2014, 07:56 AM   #11
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Ulyist, Ride that sucker down here this next summer! (Washington)
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Old 01-03-2015, 06:59 AM   #12
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XT suspension "works"

love mine! $6500. might be a little high, does it have a 3 bags?

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Old 01-03-2015, 10:19 AM   #13
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All 3 bags It's being sold at a dealership Only 7500miles. No history on the bike or test rides Whats your take on a 08 thru 2010
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Old 01-03-2015, 10:21 PM   #14
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What is inspiring you to buy a buell? What can it do that the GSA can't?
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Old 01-04-2015, 06:21 AM   #15
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What is inspiring you to buy a buell? What can it do that the GSA can't?
Exclusivity? you don't see them on every excursion. Made in America? narrower?
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