Buell xb12x differences 06-08

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

  1. thesurvivalist

    thesurvivalist Backcountry Rider

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    What is the difference between the xb12x 06 and the 08. Ive read that i should go for the 08 but i see a fair few 06 models for not a lot.

    Is the 08 worth the extra money.

    It will be my second bike. Ive been riding for 1 year on a dr200 im confident and sensible when riding, will the bike bw too much to handle?
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  2. RealOldDualSportGuy

    RealOldDualSportGuy Been here awhile

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    Also try badweatherriders.com BAD WEB

    It is everything Buell


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  3. larryboy

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    Better oil pump on the 08 is worth every penny.

    I think it's too much of a jump for somebody with DR200 only experience, I'd steer you towards a DR/KLR 650 type bike.
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  4. thesurvivalist

    thesurvivalist Backcountry Rider

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    I like the klr650 but i want a weekend bike for 2 up touring. The klr is a bit too cramped for that.
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  6. kag

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    Most of the 08's can be had for somewhere in the $6k area.

    Since I bought my 2008 Uly last month my Harley Ultra and my 2 Yamaha's enduros have seen zero miles. The Uly is just pure fun and super nibble in twisties. I ride gravel roads quite a bit as I live down a long one and it handles them well.
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  7. OmegaRunner

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    I picked up a 2009 XT on Friday for $5200. I think I got a pretty good deal. The blue book retail is $7500. If I were you, I would try to hold for a 2008 or newer.
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    Bull Shit. get what you want and ride it. good luck finding a uly, i've had mine a month and love it.
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  9. thesurvivalist

    thesurvivalist Backcountry Rider

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    Many thanks for the info. I was never aware the ulysees came in 2 different engine sizes. Im going to wait for an 08 with full luggage. What websites should I check to find one for sale. Cycletrader, bad weather bikers etc?
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  10. Mobiker

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    They don't. The smaller engine was available in the Lightning models.

    The '08 had more steering lock. Not a deal breaker, but handy to have.
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  11. larryboy

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    He asked, otherwise I wouldn't have said a damn thing, lighten up.
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  12. jphish

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    08' XT does NOT have the 47mm forks or increased sweep to 74*. Only X got that change. And other than height, All else is same on 08' X or XT.
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    PS: As others have said - go to BadWeb site - all you need to know there, with specific thread for new owners (or prospective owners) of this iconic machine. I loved my 08X. Some of the 06 / 07 models have had crank / bearing / oiling issues - but by no means all. Dont know of any 08', or newer, engines with that problem (as crank journal size was increased & oil pump design was changed) Tho some 06 / 07's have hit 100K mi - so its the luck of the draw. Good luck
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    I found a 2008 XT on Ebay. Delievered one week ago.
    This bike is easy to ride, at least on the street. Haven't
    tried gravel or dirt, yet. If you ride with some sense and
    maturity, the Ulysses will not be to much bike for some
    one with your level of experience. CRP
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  15. RealOldDualSportGuy

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    There was a run of bad cranks in the 07 line of Ulys.

    The 06 were the first year production so they had some initial issues, that were addressed and solved.

    The 08 has the newer style oil pump, strreing clamp geometry and other changes.

    Good luck with the ride

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  16. thesurvivalist

    thesurvivalist Backcountry Rider

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    Is a 2008 xb12x with 14k miles with no luggage and racks for $6k worth it?

    Or a 2006 xb12x with full luggage and corbin seat. 22k mies for $4500 a better deal?
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    I have just about 50k on my '06 and I'd ride it wherever tomorrow (after I change the oil), it's as solid as I could ask it to be.

    08+ does have several desirable improvements but I wouldn't pass on a 06 or 07 just because of the year, especially if the price was right.

    As far as your experience vs. Erik's sense of humor, just take it easy until you muscle-memory those accidental wheelies out of your routine :)
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  18. jk3campbell

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    I would opt for the '08 if I were being forced to buy another one. I had an '06 for 3 years and had nothing but problems with it. It was a blast to ride when it was working but I needed more reliability. If I recall the '08 also doesn't require a trip to the dealer to reset the TPS every 3000 miles like the 06 did.(or you could buy the software to do it yourself$$)
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  19. Nookie

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    I got the 08 XT. Its a blast to ride. I put the 2010 rear wheel and new bearing on it, comfort kit and heat shield. Now I just ride the shit out of it and wear that stupid grin on my face all day.
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  20. thesurvivalist

    thesurvivalist Backcountry Rider

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    I got the 08. The only issues ive had is a dead battery, it still had the factory original from 08. I love the bike. Super comfortable, plenty of power and lots of cool features. What went wrong on yours?
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