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. Ironrdr

    Ironrdr Pay No Attention...

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    After adjusting the play in the clutch cable, I left the rubber boot over the metal part of the adjuster, leaving the top of the adjuster, where the rubber from the cable ends, open for water infiltration. We got a toad strangler of a rain while I was down in the Keys, and all the water running down the clutch cable ran right into that opening, and into the cable intself, eventually ending up in the primary.

    When I got home from that trip I changed the primary oil, readjusted the boot and thought all was well. Apparently, the boot got stretched, didn't make a tight seal around the cable, and the same happened again.

    The bearings in the clutch hub are now not sounding so happy, so I'm gonna replace them, may do the XB-9 primary swap, replace the clutch cable and all should be well.

    My '06 Ulysses has been nothing but reliable for me. The well documented problems have me prepared to deal with any that may pop up. Besides a weeping starter gasket, (which is an easy fix) I have had no troubles with this bike. I see my seat is starting to rub on the ECM, so I will deal with that before it becomes a problem.

    I would buy this bike again in a heartbeat.

    -darrell
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  2. Supertoon2

    Supertoon2 n00b

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    I miss the quietness of the belt final drive, but I stopped doing wheelies far from home for fear of being stranded. I was always too dumb to carry a replacement. But man, did that bike like to wheelie.....
    I had my 07 for 25 000 miles with nary a problem. I loved the bike but I don't miss it. I never got mine to behave a low speeds, always had to slip the clutch, it would bake your right thigh, I still ride with my right knee sticking out until I remember I don't have to anymore.. Oh, and the fan, that *&$#@ fan. It always came on as the uptight border guard was about to start his questioning. All these sound niggly if you are trying to convince yourself to buy this bike , but after time they will become annoying.
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  3. wbedient

    wbedient MoTard

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    XB9 Primary swap

    Rider Comfort Kit and Odies heat blanket

    Fan runs much less with the rider comfort kit installed and ecm flash.

    Every bike has its problems, I've just decided I like the mULY enough to live with its quirks.
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  4. dgrs2

    dgrs2 Where'd I leave my knee??

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    I'm the proud owner of a 07 Wednesday bike. Had it on it's first 300 mile day on Sunday. Love it. Smooth, great gas mileage, very nice.
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  5. wbedient

    wbedient MoTard

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    Its life is good when you get a Wednesday bike!
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  6. SayItAintSo

    SayItAintSo Wanna be

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    Those definitely helped, but it was still a hot bike..... at least my '06 was.
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  7. Dr. Greg

    Dr. Greg Tryin' to get home..

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    Having put 90,000 miles on two '06 Ulys (first totaled on a deer at 55K miles), I decided to switch to a 2010 Ducati Multistrada 1200S, and am very happy. I actually still commute on the Uly, but do long rides on the MTS 1200S.

    I've put 20,000 miles on two Multistrada 1200's (first one totaled at 12K miles on hoarfrost...remember that?). BTW, to set the record straight, valve adjustments are every 15K miles on the MTS1200, not 7,500.

    One thing that I haven't seen mentioned is that the Uly is a VERY compact bike...anyone who's owned one knows this. After the Uly, almost any bike (R1200GS, Super Ten, Tiger XC etc.) feels VERY long, especially in the front.

    The Multistrada 1200 is not QUITE as compact as the Uly, but it's a close second. At a fairly small 5-8, 140, 32 inseam, the other ADV bikes just felt TOO DARN BIG! The Multi fits me much better. Actually, the Tiger XC wasn't too bad, but after riding big V-twins for 1.5 decades I just didn't bond with the 800 triple.

    I've done a cross-country trip and have another planned for next summer. I wouldn't mind the MTS12 being a little more dirt-worthy (and crash-worthy), but you can't have everything, I guess. I'm quite content with the bike the way it is.

    --Doc
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  8. BikePilot

    BikePilot Long timer

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    FWIW, the duc hypermotard is an extremely compact bike, probably even moreso than the Buell, and with the right seat quite comfy. With the CA cycleworks 6.6 gal tank I'd think it'd make a good all-around'er.
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  9. twizzler

    twizzler Adventurer

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    I have an '08 Uly with about 19,000 miles. I bought the bike new and it's definitely been the most fun bike I've had the pleasure of riding! The little maintenance that is required on the bike is simple and can be done at home with the manual imo. I had to replace an exhaust sensor around 13k but other than that it's just been regular maintenance. I always wonder and imagine about owning other bikes but right now the Uly is my daily commuter yet fully capable sport touring machine.

    That Stelvio though...wow!
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  10. Supertoon2

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    Dr Greg, good to hear from you. I followed your "deer strike" story over on BadWeb. Glad to hear you still have your Uly and are still enjoying the MS. We never really exchanged much, but always appreciated your well informed and polite comments! Did you ever have a chance to sample the SMT 990, it would be cool to hear your thoughts in comparison to the MS....
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  11. Dr. Greg

    Dr. Greg Tryin' to get home..

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    Yep, I'm still kickin'...as my buddy says, I seem to have a "durable" body.

    Ya know, the 990 is the ONE bike that I've never ridden. Come close, but never done it. Actually, the maintenance issue has always put me off of the KTM twins (and I own an MTS1200? :eek1)

    Seems like lotsa guys buy badass ADV bikes and trick them all out for dirt, then virtually never stray from the pavement. Not wanting to be one of them guys, I went ahead and bought the more pavement-oriented bike to begin with...

    --Doc

    PS. "Well-informed and polite"...man, I gotta tell Mrs. Greg about that! :lol3
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  12. BikePilot

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    The 990 SMT would be the one that would suit you best, I think, Dr. Greg. It is very much pavement oriented. Its currently at the top of my wish list, but would be financially imprudent at the moment, so I secured an XB12XT for about a third the price that an SMT would run (pesky student loans).
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  13. ULY-RPG

    ULY-RPG cool hands adv

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    I'm a happy owner of an 08 uly that I bought new. 25,000 miles and has stranded me once. The belt broke in the woods and was totally a result of ABUSE!

    There was a KTM demo and I spent the better part of a day riding orange. I will say if the ULY wasnt in the stable first the SMT would've been there instead.

    I'm not looking to get out of the ULY, nor do I have buyers remorse but there are better choices out there now.

    I'm pissed that i didn't wait for the fire sale prices
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  14. wbedient

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    You and me both, I picked mine up a couple months before they shut down :cry
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  15. 805gregg

    805gregg Long timer

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    Anything would be better than a bike with a POS HD engine.
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  16. Vertical C

    Vertical C Long timer

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    Last year I had a Buell XB12X and a Sachs Madass for around town.

    I sold both of them to go back to Jap, I bought a 2007 R1 for my road bike and a 2009 DR650 for my commuter/townie and for dirt travelling.

    I am not happy with the R1 and it is up for sale, I wanted to ride it on the track but can't stand the thought of throwing it down, so I bought a RGV250 for that, and I can't ride it on the road as it is just too fast and I am going to get a major ticket sooner or later.

    The DR650 I like better but without the R1 I just don't think it is going to cut it. I think I might sell it as well.

    Looking a the larger Tigers at the moment, would like a SMT but I am not willing to pay new price and they rarely come up second hand. Even these are going to be too much for a commuter, so then I am back to having 3 bikes.

    The sensible solution would probably to buy a Wee or a Versys and use the RGV for sports riding.

    Edit: And my heart is telling me to go buy another Uly.
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  17. SayItAintSo

    SayItAintSo Wanna be

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    There is "something" about a Uly (if you connect with them) that just isn't matched by any other bike. I love my Multistrada but still miss my Uly.
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  18. Florida Lime

    Florida Lime Long timer

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    I'd trade my Uly for that RGV250 in a heartbeat. :wink:



    Damn, wrong continent. :rofl
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  19. ULY-RPG

    ULY-RPG cool hands adv

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    :loco
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  20. Florida Lime

    Florida Lime Long timer

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    Just people with nothing better to do then make negative comments.
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