After the Uly...who's changed to something different and is happy with it?

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by SkiFastBadly, Aug 27, 2011.

  1. Stobie

    Stobie Mr. Motivated

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    I rode a 950SE for five years, and still had it when I demoed the S10; and I didn't think the S10 was boring. Take a spin on one if you get a chance.
  2. wbedient

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    Thinking about trading the mULY for a SV650 necked.... I don't do much dirt on the uly anymore.

    Thoughts?
  3. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Your going to miss that plush ride.
  4. wbedient

    wbedient MoTard

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    Yeah, I rode a buddy's SV650N and it rides like a smaller bike... i.e. you feel the bumps more.

    My mind keeps telling me to get a new bike, but I can't find anything to replace it with (that I can afford!).
  5. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    I had a DL650 and cannot imagine the SV having even less travel comfortable at all. After riding the Ulysses, I couldn't settle for the DL650's cheap suspension components. Plus we know how the resale value of a Ulysses is.:cry
  6. kcumjc

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    Had both at the same time. Rode the Uly to commute and long trips. Turned the SV into a track bike for the street.

    Different bikes for sure, but when my SV was in sport touring trim it was spectacular. It would do anything I wanted and still cut a corner. I did plenty of suspension work on the SV (what it really needs) but I also did on the Uly. I did a few 750+ mile days on the SV and I was fine. When I did the same on the Uly, it was like cheating.

    The Uly for sure is more comfortable, handles just as good and has more storage space/options. You wouldn't be sad if you did and set it up as a sport touring bike.
  7. wbedient

    wbedient MoTard

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    Oh no. Why did you have to go and post that. Now you've got me thinking about that SV again.

    http://spokane.craigslist.org/mcy/3228652029.html

    What did you have to do the SV suspenders? Didn't run the stock seat did you?
  8. kcumjc

    kcumjc Adventurer

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    There are many different options from budget to not so budget.

    The best bet is to help the front end. Either a set of Ricor Intiminators or RaceTech's Emulators will help big time, then new clean oil (stock forks are notoriously dirty) and springs for your weight. Springs and oil is about $125. Add in the Emulators (I recommend Traxxion as they do an amazing full kit which includes new machined damper rods) and you're talking under $400 (IIRC).

    Or if you're handy you can do the fork swap. Usually it costs about $200 after you sell your stock stuff. I had all the parts to do this and decided to get an RC51 as a track bike instead.

    The rear, you can get a budget fix by installing an OEM shock from a Kawi 636 or others for the cost off eBay. I didn't, I went full hog and had an Elka 3-way built. Cost of eBay is usually under $100 vs $500 (mid level after market shock) to $1000+ (after market 3 way adjustable).

    With the reworked damper rods, emulators springs and oil up front it was great at teh track. No issues. On the street, I backed off on my oil weight and oil height and emulator pre-load for a more comfortable ride. The Elka in the back allowed me to change the rear dynamics very quickly. It handled two up nicely, single touring loaded down and also the track.


    For the seat, I went with a Sargent. It fit me very nicely and lasted for tens of thousands of miles. The corbin was too dished for me and slid me forward.

    There's a ton of aftermarket for the SV and you can make the bike what ever you want. Once I get sick of the FZ1, it's on my list to make into a rig for my next commuter.
  9. badweatherbiker

    badweatherbiker Been here awhile

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    I went from this:
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    to this:
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    spent a year thinking "what have I done, ended up not liking the FZ6 even though it was a very good bike.
    but now I am riding this:
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    and seem to be smiling a good bit more these days!
  10. KLR771

    KLR771 Adventurer

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    I had a 07 uly and a 10 uly xb12xt traded for a 2012 V-Strom and a 06 SV1000 . I like the Suzuki's much more .
  11. wbedient

    wbedient MoTard

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    Sold the Uly because I wasn't riding it enough (we had a kid) but I still have time for short dirt rides once in a while so I'm riding a XR650L... another TALL air cooled bike. Lots of fun. You can have a good time on any bike.

    Just be happy you've got a bike and are healthy enough to ride it. :deal
  12. Bobmws

    Bobmws Curmudgeon At Large

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    I've recently become enamored with the Uly, but during research I've noticed more problems with the earlier "06 models.
    My question is, do the other Buell models, specifically an XB12SS, of the same vintage suffer similar problems? A low mileage one is available locally, but will I be looking at ECM upgrades, bearing problems, fan failure etc? I realize this is not setup as a tourer, but it will be more of a local rider, with some runs to the GA mountains for fun.
  13. ronandkat

    ronandkat Been here awhile

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    As with any machine, you typically hear the bad, more than the good, because the internet is a source of information. Folks describe problems, hoping to find answers, etc.. those with no isuues are busy riding and enjoying.
    Go scan the GS thread, the KTM threads, etc.Youll find similar results, however maybe different shortcomings.
    My relationship with this bike began in June, i have put 5,000 miles or so on it since then. I Love it. Theres no other way to describe it. The ride, handeling, ergos, power, all are just pure joy. Now, having said that, I will say it took me personally, a bit to get mine dialed in. I finally got Kevin Drummer, of Drummer Performance Exhausts to give me a quick call, and was able to upload his ECM map into my machine, completely different bike now.
    The Positives, are many, the negatives arent really negatives, you just need to search yourself and see if you feel like dealing with them. The bikes are noisy, that big air cooled twin up between your legs will have you scratching your head sometimes, as in "what the hell is that noise", then a week later " O.k that one went away, now whats this new one". They tick, vibrate, etc.
    HEAT.. Lots of it, to me, its bearable even in 95 degree heat, however I heard horror stories also.
    Next to zero dealer support. You have to be accepting that, if something happens that you cannot fgure out yourself, it more than likely is not going to get fixed by the local harley dealer. Badweatherbikers have a ton of information about these bikes, and fixes, etc. But, are you comftorable with that?
    plus side, no valves or chain to adjust, just basically oil changes, a new belt every 20,000 miles or so (mileage may vary of course) and your good to go.
    Personally I enjoy it, I have almost 40 years under my belt on bikes, and I really enjoy this one.
  14. wbedient

    wbedient MoTard

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    19,000 miles without a problem on my Ulysses. The XB series in general is pretty reliable.
  15. Nookie

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    I've been through more bikes than I can remember in my 60 years and my 08 Uly Xt is one of my all time favorites. You need to add the comfort kit to deal with the heat issues and I replaced the rear wheel with a 2010 wheel and upgraded bearings and I haven't had any problems what so ever. In fact I may buy an older model tube frame buell just to play with because I love the aesthetics. I have a 650 v-strom for my long trips to Mexico and such because its so damn reliable. It is kind of boring though. If I get rid of anything it would be the v-strom and I will probably replace it with the tiger 1050 or the super tenere. The v-strom is about as bullet proof as it gets but it just kind of puts me to sleep.