Buell Bliss

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

  1. Sock Monkey

    Sock Monkey Corporate slave

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    The dealership makes a huge difference. I see from your sig that you're in the Sierras. I've been to Mitchell's in Modesto several times (rented bikes from them) and they were great. Even though I rode in on a different brand and wasn't buying from them, everyone in there treated me well and didn't give me any of the typical HD attitude. If you haven't been in there and are interested in a HD, I'd recommend stopping by. :thumb

    -SM
  2. cbig

    cbig Rift- Raft, SCooter Trash

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    Never got into the Uly. Too high up and awkward for me to maneuver side to side. I think a xb12ss is a great, comfy road bike. This is my third Buell, over 110k miles on 'em..if you run into one, buy some soft luggage and call it done!
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  3. rwcfrank

    rwcfrank Adventurer

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    I bought my Uly new in March of 08 after a short test ride. The delaership was awesome (used to be Faultline fFremont now moved to Oakland). Every time I get the urge to change bikes I think about what the Uly can do the other can't. All of the other bikes I have considered Concours 14, Busa, KTM 990 etc all come up short in one category or another. I then go for a ride and my desire to swap is gone instantly. I will by a Multistrada in 3 years when I retire unless the new KTM is that much better, but I will keep the Uly.
  4. Lornce

    Lornce Lost In Place

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    I really like this bike. :nod

    Excellent roomy ergos, firm well-shaped seat and fine suspension quality make for an extremely comfortable ride.

    Killer Buell chassis and healthy torque-fat motor are icing on the cake.

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  5. Sock Monkey

    Sock Monkey Corporate slave

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    Wonder what the new AX is going to look like now that Erik is back up and running, this time with no restrictions..... :evil

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  6. Hoppalong

    Hoppalong Adventurer

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    Thanks for the information. I still own and love my Uly, so if I ever need to go to an HD dealer again (hopefully that will never happen) I'll consider Mitchell's.

    And as far as me ever owning an HD motorcycle: After seeing the HD attitude and culture up close I would never want to be part of it nor have others think I was.

    I understand that 'back in the day' HD was actually a MOTORCYCLE company first and foremost and not a (clannish, snobbish, childish) Life-style company.

    Other brands sell that type of v-twin, cruiser, touring motorcycle; Victory, Star, etc. That's where I'd go.
  7. kag

    kag Wander Lust

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    I am a big believer in ride what you want and the hell with what others think. Rode harleys for 30 + yrs and attitudes goes both ways......

    I like my Uly and I like my Harleys....what one doesn't do for me the other does
  8. hdxbones

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    I couldn't agree more. I've also been on Harleys since the early 80's, and couldn't give a hoot about what the sales/parts guy at the the dealer thinks about what I ride.

    Seems to me that sometimes the 'anti Harley' sentiment can be just as boorish as the behavior being discounted.

    The wife had a Can-Am Spyder for a few years, I used to ride that to the Harley dealer and to bike events frequently. Most folks were genuinely interested in it, I never received any negative comments.

    I bought my Uly from a Harley dealer, where most of the staff owns Buell's. I've been to a couple of my local dealers and indy shops since I've bought it, and have only experienced positive feedback.

    The only dis-interest I've encountered on the Uly, is when I had to stop at the 'German' bike dealership to look for a Gerbing battery lead.....:rofl
  9. 996DL

    996DL Buell me

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    BINGO ! Loud pipes vs loud mouths... :turkish:snore

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  10. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Alright, whose is this?:scratch And why? GLWS.:D

    2009 Buell Ulysses with 9K miles and warranty - $6895 (hollister)

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  11. Hoppalong

    Hoppalong Adventurer

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    Understood.

    But ask yourself why there is so much 'anti Harley' sentiment. Or should I say, "If you have to ask why, you wouldn't understand."
  12. hdxbones

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    It's been my experience, that when I go somewhere with an attitude, I'm usually met with the same. When I'm interested and open-minded, the results are generally different......
  13. Sock Monkey

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    I hear ya.....

    I've ridden every touring model HD makes, and I REALLY like the new Roadie. One day I may own one. They are amazing mile munching machines. I've done a bit of touring on one, and I've never stepped off a bike and felt better (not cramped, tired, etc). But honestly, the "life-style" thing is really starting to get to me with those bikes, and it may keep me away from the brand. I understand re. "ride whatever you want to ride", but people see you riding a certain brand and tend to associate you with that brand and how that brand is perceived. Right, wrong, or otherwise, that's the way it is. Given the shenanigans that many "life stylers" pull, that image isn't a good one, and I don't want to be associated with it. I know it's my loss because I know how good those bikes are, but for now, I'm staying away exactly because of HD's marketing BS. Maybe if enough other like-minded people do the same, the HD execs will realize theirs is a losing game, and they will have to change their tactics or sit and watch their sales dwindle into non-existence.....

    -SM
  14. 996DL

    996DL Buell me

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    More Buell Bliss, less "1001 reasons why I hate the Harley mentality" drivel.

    There's no lack of adv threads on this subject, ad nauseam...

    996DL
  15. Lornce

    Lornce Lost In Place

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    Because being ignorant, prejudiced and relying on stereotypes is a lot easier than actually thinking.

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  16. stoney4vida

    stoney4vida Semper Fidelis

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    And now, back to why I love my Uly ! :wink:
  17. Sock Monkey

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    And there are no lack of threads on "why I love my Buell". Go read some of them and be happy..... :lol3 :rofl

    -SM
  18. kag

    kag Wander Lust

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    Can't we all just get along? Just kidding.....:freaky

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    I recently put bar weights on my Uly and filled the bars. Helped quite a bit and found out I can tighten the bar weights ups to where they act as a friction throttle lock which helps the most with hand numbness..........yep thats an older Harley in the back ground....still running strong


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  19. stoney4vida

    stoney4vida Semper Fidelis

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    I put barkbusters with end weights on my Uly and it helped quite a bit. I also have a throttle rocker so I can relax my grip a little. What did you fill handlebars with ? I have a few old HD's in the garage myself. I have a 52 flathead, 65 pan and 80 shovel. Love riding the old bikes. They have a soul
  20. Mr. Canoehead

    Mr. Canoehead Taste Gunnels!

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    It's in the flea market. He has a ton of bikes and is thinning the herd.

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