Buell Bliss

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by HooliKen, Nov 21, 2012.

  1. HooliKen

    HooliKen Awesome is a flavor

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    Bought my first 2006 Uly in 2007 with barely 2k on the clock. Did some stuff to it, and rode the wheels off of it. Then that fateful day in late 2008, when I interacted with a furry woodland creature on the way home from work, and totaled it and myself. Had a few different bikes since and recently traded a cherry 2004 ZRX1200 for another 2006 Uly. I forgot how much of an amazing, quirky, fun bike it is. If you haven't spent some time with one, and you have a pulse, i suggest you do, or you are missing out....:D
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  2. mbfj40

    mbfj40 Been here awhile

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    Just think how many would be out there on the roads right now if the HD dealers would have actually tried to sell them with the same vigor as their namesake bikes. Is all it took was a test ride.
    What a missed opportunity, I'm on an '08.........................
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  3. 1TrackSam

    1TrackSam Adventurer

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    Yup, I'd like to trade for something else but my 09 isn't going anywhere. First bike I sat on, rode home, and didn't have to do a darn thing but install "a wipe that smile offulator " on the door out of the garage.:clap
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  4. sperz1

    sperz1 UnStudly Adventurer

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    Agree with ya 100% on this one. All it took was a test ride on my 09 and I was ready to sign papers.
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  5. Hughlysses

    Hughlysses Long timer

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    Hell, if they'd just not tried to AVOID selling Buells things would have been much better. I remember going to the Atlanta IMS show in early 2006, I was looking at a Uly with my wife when a salesman from the local HD/Buell dealer comes up and says "They're OK, but you should look at this HD Barcolounger; it's a much better bike."

    Fortunately I had already made up my mind and bought a new 2007 from the dealer here in Charleston in late 2006 and I'm still riding it today.
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  6. cobrat

    cobrat Been here awhile

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    ok you convinced me. Want one.
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  7. Jayrod1318

    Jayrod1318 Poster

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    I'm being told that they are quite a bargain for what they are. I've been looking and have found a lot of nice examples with less than 6k miles on them. I would think around 5 grand should buy a really nice one maybe even with luggage?

    Now I just need some money!
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  8. Dr. Greg

    Dr. Greg Tryin' to get home..

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    Yup, the '06 Uly will always have a place in my garage. Heck, I even have a "spare" one out back...:lol3

    --Doc
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  9. hdxbones

    hdxbones Adventurer

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    Just picked up a 2009 Uly this week. Got out for a few miles today, I understand the 'Buell bliss' feeling. I have a feeling that the Road Glide wont be getting as much time as it used to...
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  10. RealOldDualSportGuy

    RealOldDualSportGuy Been here awhile

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    We have had 3 (05, 07 and now an 08) for a total of 115K miles between them.

    Nothing serious other than owner/rider induced stupidity.

    Try them


    You will like them

    :norton
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  11. Nookie

    Nookie Adventurer

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    I've got the 08 Uly XT. Only thing I've done is rox risers. Its a blast to ride and almost impossible to beat the price for what you get for the money.
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  12. Wolfgang55

    Wolfgang55 Long timer

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    Take a look at the 09 1125cr
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  13. chefgreasemonkey

    chefgreasemonkey n00b

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    64k on my 06, favorite bike i've owned and i've had a few:nod:
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  14. FishrCutB8

    FishrCutB8 Oh HAI!

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    It's on my list of possibles as I consider a new bike. Any difficulties with reliability or finding parts? That belt drive looks like a positive direction, too. Thoughts?
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  15. chefgreasemonkey

    chefgreasemonkey n00b

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    "It's on my list of possibles as I consider a new bike. Any difficulties with reliability or finding parts? That belt drive looks like a positive direction, too. Thoughts?"

    Head over to Badweb, you can read for days on the subject but don't forget you will always get more problem threads than threads of pure bliss such as this one:lol3
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  16. TeepS

    TeepS Full Circle Rider

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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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  17. Jayrod1318

    Jayrod1318 Poster

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    The uly only came with one size motor correct? I'm confused.
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  18. argentcorvid

    argentcorvid Some Guy

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    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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  19. Jayrod1318

    Jayrod1318 Poster

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    ahh yes, thanks for the clarification.
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  20. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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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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