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Old 11-23-2012, 09:03 AM   #16
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I bought a used (850 mi.) '06 Uly (in May/06) without a test ride; just based on printed specs. I have never been disappointed with this purchase.
Knock on wood; the only thing I've ever HAD to replace was the battery, about a month after I took possession of the bike. Other than normal wear and maintenance items, oh and tires (they only last about 5k mi.)

It is, by fa,r the most fun street bike I've ever owned.
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:42 AM   #17
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The uly only came with one size motor correct? I'm confused.
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Old 11-23-2012, 12:36 PM   #18
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The uly only came with one size motor correct? I'm confused.
Yes, the Uly only had the 1203.

there were other models with 983cc sportster-style engines, and two others with water-cooled Rotax 1125s, but none of those were as 'adventure-y' as the UIy.
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Old 11-23-2012, 12:55 PM   #19
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ahh yes, thanks for the clarification.
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Old 11-23-2012, 04:25 PM   #20
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I handed over the money for my used '09 without even sitting on it. (I found it on CL and after talking with the owner I told him to consider it sold while I drove 350 miles to get it.) Took a ride down the guy's road and knew I was going to have a lot of fun with this beast. I've owned and ridden a good amount of bikes over 40 years. I compare this closest to a Hypermotard. I think the Ducati is a piece of artwork, but I like the Ulysses (slightly) better.

As for worrying about parts, not at all. There is nothing that you won't ever find online. Heck, I have a 1968 Army truck and have a slew of online places to get parts if needed. You are worrying about nothing.
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Old 11-23-2012, 05:40 PM   #21
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Uly Ride

Just completed a 278 mile Black Friday - stay out of the shopper's way - ride in WNC.

65 degrees and the sky was blue.

Rather do that than fight the "retail madness" of Black Friday.

A Buell in it's natural element.

2 lane back roads.

Try one you will like it!


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Old 11-23-2012, 05:47 PM   #22
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The torquey nature of the engine interests me greatly. There is a 1st gen one at a local dealer I want to ride just to make sure. I really want a 08 or newer just because of the front end redesign. I flat track a lot on my xr650r and I want the buell to have enough steering. Unless of course someone tells me otherwise. Who has ridden the pre 08' models versus the 08 and on?
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Old 11-23-2012, 06:30 PM   #23
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The torquey nature of the engine interests me greatly. There is a 1st gen one at a local dealer I want to ride just to make sure. I really want a 08 or newer just because of the front end redesign. I flat track a lot on my xr650r and I want the buell to have enough steering. Unless of course someone tells me otherwise. Who has ridden the pre 08' models versus the 08 and on?
I own an 07 and I've had a short ride on an 08. The increase in steering lock is substantial; I think it'd be well worthwhile if ever plan on getting the bike sideways. The 08-up XB's also have the stouter crankshaft and improved oiling system.
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Old 11-23-2012, 06:30 PM   #24
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06 - 08

We have had an 06, and 07 and now an 08.

Other than some increased ease of moving around a low speeds, can not really tell the difference.

Find one you like, make the choice and enjoy

Good Luck

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Old 11-23-2012, 07:37 PM   #25
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I'm going into to it with an open mind, If I find an earlier one with insane low miles and right price I'll go that route but would rather have a newer one....

I'm also kind-of thinking one far away would be a great excuse to buy a one way ticket... HEHEHE
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:55 PM   #26
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I bought my 06 uly with 6400 miles on it a couple months ago for $4900. I love the bike and think I got a decent deal, It also came with the HB hard luggage. One thing I did since its an 06 is put the 07 fork springs in it. Brake dive was crazy without them. The better turning of the newer models would be nice, but not that big of deal.
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Old 11-24-2012, 02:19 AM   #27
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Try and get the 08 triples and swap them on. Thats what I did with my 06. Turns tighter.

Only downside is the pinlock wont reach into frame. There is a guy on badweb selling longer pins somewhere.

Love my bike but am having the itch to switch up and always open to offers only about 15-16k miles.
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Old 11-24-2012, 07:40 AM   #28
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I'm also kind-of thinking one far away would be a great excuse to buy a one way ticket... HEHEHE
My kind of thinking! The best excuse to take a trip.
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Old 11-24-2012, 09:43 AM   #29
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Ok, here is a bit of info and clarification on the o8-10 uly models.
The x is the one with the 47mm and increased steering lock.
The xt still retained the 43mm forks. And came with factory luggage.
They made both for 08-10

Somebody please correct me if I'm wrong.
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Old 11-24-2012, 10:27 AM   #30
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I really like mine so far....I put 5k on it since june. Its an 08X. I always wanted one and when we went to trade my wife's harley on a new one and I saw the used Uly was sitting there.....well she got her harley and I rode my uly home. My Ultra has basically sat in the garage all summer. I am planning an Alaska ride next summer but just do not feel confident enough in the Uly to take it as I could be in trouble on that long open trip.

I will continue to ride the Uly 50 miles daily back and forth to work but the Ultra is more than likely making the Alaska trip. I lived in Alaska for 8 yrs and have a firm grip on making good decisions as poor ones can cost you
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