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Old 08-16-2012, 06:45 PM   #151
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I probably have more experience with a Uly than anyone here. I was one of the first to buy a Uly in the fall of '05 and this October it will be seven years old. It still has the original rear wheel bearings, connector 77, no wiring problems, and I just rode it to northern West Virginia and back for 1500 miles last weekend. Like every road trip I have taken from Indiana to Florida, it has always brought me home, well except for the time I threw it off a mountain. The bike has 58,000 miles and it has been more reliable than the Honda it replaced. Like I have said many times, the only thing it has needed is a better rider.

That said, I find this thread interesting because this chapter is about to come to a close. I hope to replace the Uly in the spring and am looking at what will be next. I really think I will part dirt and pavement in the future. I'm thinking full on Sport Tourer and full on Dual Sport. I like a bike that can take you everywhere, but there are always some sacrifices for doing it all. A heavy adventure bike in mud is no fun. I know the dirt bags last weekend felt like King Kong, well some felt like King Kong's victim, but I rode dirt too, but left the Uly on the driveway and jumped on a full on dirt bike. My gear got muddy too, but not from me letting the bike nap. If money was no object, the Multistrada would be top of the list. The Super Tenere is a neat bike and I could see myself on it, but think I will not be as happy as on something more powerful, lighter weight and more street oriented. Then for adventurous mud, I would rather be on a light weight dual sport that I do not have a lot of money in. Throw it on the ground and it does not hurt your wallet or feelings as much.
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Old 08-16-2012, 07:37 PM   #152
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Well lets see, mine has 43k or so on it now. I bought it with about 20k.
Wheel bearings
Voltage Regulator
Stator
Steering head bearings
Cooling Fan
Two belts
Misc wiring issues.
Right now it needs a front engine mount and a shock rebuild

Yes I still love it, but it has been far from trouble free.
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Old 08-16-2012, 07:38 PM   #153
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More or less my experience. 10yrs, 5 Buells (first was stolen on day 5, so really just 4). One was tracked for five years. Still own 2 of them.

1 sleeved PM wheel hub (bearing was fine. belt set too tight by HD tech during the PO's watch. Fixed it myself. Cost me a couple of beers to use a buddy's lathe)
1 coil ($1 off badweb)
1 starter relay ($7 napa)
1 sheared engine mounting bolt ($4, iirc)
gas, oil, filters, tires, brakes.

The most dependable and ecconomical to operate bikes I've owned in 33 years of motorcycling.



Don't believe the hype.

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Old 08-17-2012, 05:51 AM   #154
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I have been looking this year to replace the uly and have not guite got there; really can not bring myself to it
.The uly satisfies. For day trips and all road adventures solo or two up. Very few people around here seem to have one, so also unique. It is in my opinion the best all around american motorcycle maybe ever; it is too bad harley does not see it that way but thats another story
I am lucky enough to own a bike or two more suited to other purposes
I guess right now any way I really do not see selling it; but
I'm not sure it would be my only bike either.
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Old 08-17-2012, 10:52 AM   #155
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Don't believe the hype.
That is true for both sides. Don't believe that the Uly is unreliable and don't expect it to be bullet proof.

Seems to me that in general, all modern motorcycles are pretty darn reliable. Buells included. People that have problems with any motorcycle go online and post it up. How many happy, trouble free owners are out there that never say anything on the web?
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Old 08-17-2012, 11:25 AM   #156
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My 07 STT was trouble free, although it only had 18k miles when I sold it.
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Old 08-18-2012, 08:47 AM   #157
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feels like I'm cheating

Have picked up a Tiger 800XC to compliment my need to off road. I forced my Uly to do things it was not really designed to do, but did it anyway. I have a 06 ULY and ride it hard for over 65000 miles and now everytime I take the Tiger out to ride I miss the ULY's caracter / soul of the bike. I have a little gult riding a new bike with the ULY still running fine. I have loved working AKA fixing issues on the ULY but they were no surprise as things wear out and break on machines. I do not feel the same when it comes to the Tiger. If something fails I can't break out the BRAN sheet and phone a local rider to meb help out. Not the bikes fault but the number of riders with that type machine. I'm sure a Buell rider wouldn't mind helping what ever i'm riding that day. The Tiger didn't replace the ULY it just gets used in a different way and on different roads. I rode the Dragon a few months back with the Tiger and I SOOO missed my ULY. Not fair to compare like that but I did bring the wrong tool to the garage that day.
I am happy with the Tiger but i'm still in lust with it not in love with it like my ULY.
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Old 08-18-2012, 02:49 PM   #158
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I rode the Dragon a few months back with the Tiger and I SOOO missed my ULY. Not fair to compare like that but I did bring the wrong tool to the garage that day.

Word.

It's like cheating on a twisted road.

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Old 08-19-2012, 06:57 PM   #159
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The brief ride I've had on a Uly was impresive.
Who was idiotic enough to let you ride his Uly?
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Old 08-19-2012, 09:16 PM   #160
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Who was idiotic enough to let you ride his Uly?
Smart fella. He knew if it broke while I was on it I would have to pay to fix it.

I didn't really ride it much. I mainly wanted to use it's blower to dry some wet carpet.
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Old 08-20-2012, 09:18 AM   #161
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Loved my 06 Uly. Loved torqing out of 2nd and 3rd gear corners cross up with the wheel in the air. But alas, a furry woodland creature with antlers decided it wanted to mate with it I am assuming. Totaled it and replaced with KTM 950 SE due to wanting a little more dirt worthiness. The KTM is now pretty much my do it all bike. I have no need to go faster on pavement than what she will do.
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Old 08-20-2012, 09:23 AM   #162
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I loved my Uly but I'm very happy with my Super Tenere.
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Old 08-20-2012, 11:31 AM   #163
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I loved my Uly but I'm very happy with my Super Tenere.
So there Skifast,
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Old 08-20-2012, 11:47 AM   #164
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Hey, I haven't written off the S10 yet. But "loved" sounds more passionate than "very happy". Lots of guys seem to have moved on to other bikes with which they are very happy, yet express a certain remorse in letting the Uly go. Maybe I'm looking at an 'and' instead of an 'or'. But my wife would tolerate a fourth bike about as well as she'd tolerate a girlfriend. I can get a fourth bike after she gets new hardwood floors and a redecorated guest bathroom. So that route would cost me about 75K.
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Old 08-20-2012, 12:35 PM   #165
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Ok, lemme rephrase: I loved my Uly, but I love my Super Tenere. It is a more refined version of the Uly. And I'm not worried about it breaking down.
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