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Old 04-27-2013, 05:48 PM   #16
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Rear Brake

I also have an 06' and had the same problem. Pull the rear pads and glass bead them. They are glazed over. Cheap fix. I love this bike and yes it has a good power to weight ratio.
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Old 04-29-2013, 06:46 PM   #17
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Congrats, you will enjoy it. A bit warm in FL summers but what bike isn't? The BMW K75 I used to own was just as hot. Rear brakes are ok, you can lock them up if you work at it. I use mine when coming to a stop then add a bit of front if I need it.
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:39 PM   #18
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Congrats, it's a hell of a bike. I horse-traded (my Vstar) for my Uly, too. They had some factory issues, but once they're sorted out the bike should be reliable and low maintenance; no valve adjusts, no throttle body syncs, no chain to lube, no coolant to flush, one brake in the front.

The rear on my '06 feels pretty wooden but it will definitely slow the bike down on its own if you give it some pressure. If it doesn't and you have plenty of pad material, check the pads for glazing as previously mentioned.

Front brake will stop it in a hurry, I've managed to do a couple surprise stoppies with mine. I run the Braking CM-55 semi-metallic street/sport pad and I flushed the brake fluid when I put them on last spring. Bike stops great, good feel in the lever.

The lever is adjustable, too - might look at that. I set mine softer to give me more room to modulate.
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Old 05-12-2013, 01:05 AM   #19
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I have just replaced the factory nisin pads with ebc double sintered hh and braking has significantly improved.
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Old 05-13-2013, 03:29 PM   #20
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Thanks everyone. As I get used to the brakes, they aren't that bad. I had to change my voltage regulator. It was over charging the battery, causing bulbs to blow, and the battery to shut down. Its running perfect now, and I get like a little kid every time I start it. It is such a fun bike to ride.
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Old 05-25-2013, 05:28 AM   #21
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How's your uly working? Great bike. Anything you miss on your klr? I am in Florida now with my family. I love this state!

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Old 05-25-2013, 12:51 PM   #22
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I have a 2006 Uly, first registered in Feb 2008 in England. Now I live in Portugal and my bike is waiting Portuguese plates. I have a Suzuki B-King but I think I prefer the Uly. It's all in the handling and the Uly is fast enough. The King is too much. I also think the Uly is the best-looking bike on the road and such good value.
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Old 05-27-2013, 10:26 AM   #23
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I am shocked at the performance this thing has. Now, I am coming from a KLR, so it could be me. Glad my mouth wasn't full!

Cool sounding and looking bike . Some seem to love them , I would be more likely to own one now that HD is less involved .

I think it's a chocolate versus vanilla thing, some do ,some it's just as well.
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Old 05-27-2013, 06:23 PM   #24
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Thanks everyone. As I get used to the brakes, they aren't that bad. I had to change my voltage regulator. It was over charging the battery, causing bulbs to blow, and the battery to shut down. Its running perfect now, and I get like a little kid every time I start it. It is such a fun bike to ride.

Make sure you check out the 77 connector, they are known to have problems and burn causing VR failure.
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Old 05-28-2013, 02:18 AM   #25
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It ended up being a fried stator, that was frying my VRs. So, both parts are on order, the bike is still down, and I am going crazy with nothing to ride. I agree, that it is one of the coolest looking bikes. Its kind of James Bond or something sinister. Hopefully HD calls me tomorrow and tells me my parts came in.
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Old 05-28-2013, 04:51 PM   #26
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Just in case the dealership screws you, call American Sportbike. Al and Joanne will take care of you and they speak fluent Buell.
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Old 05-30-2013, 01:55 PM   #27
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Just in case the dealership screws you, call American Sportbike. Al and Joanne will take care of you and they speak fluent Buell.
I was just about to make that point......

http://www.americansportbike.com/shoponline/index.php
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Old 05-31-2013, 08:32 AM   #28
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Wait to you get a taste of it's reliability...
42,000 + on mine and runs great. Even still running original belt
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Old 05-31-2013, 09:28 AM   #29
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I put 55,000 miles on my '06 before I got rid of it.

Good: motor and trans never missed a beat.

What to watch for: Remove the air filter housing and wires are just laying on top of cylinder heads. Rear spark plug wire resting inbetween cylinders. get some tie wraps and hang the wires away from the heat.

Fuel pump in frame has loose wires. Over time the insulation will rub off, and fuel pump will short out. Happened to me at 3 in the morning, 200 miles from home. Pump assembly was updated either in '07 or '08.

There is a kink in the wiring harness around the steering. Again, over time wires will break in harness. Lots of reports of the factory solder points breaking. (made in Mexico).

Lots of reports concerning grounding of battery to frame point. Should have metal to metal contact, not metal to paint contact.

Watch rear bearings. If rear wheel is over torqued, bearings will fail early. I think HD's are torqued around 75 lbs, Buell 55 lbs.

I never had trouble with the 77 connector or stator, but other people have. Something to watch or replace.

As mentioned before, check out badweatherbikers and American sportbike.

Have fun,

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Old 05-31-2013, 11:38 AM   #30
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Got 49k on mine. I am prepping it for a ride to San Antonio/Austin and back starting June 8th.

... by "prepping" I mean I still need to change my oil and mount my pannier boxes to the racks. New belt is en route. Going on this trip with two Ulys - a spare might come in handy.
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