Buell XB12X Ulysses Review/Riding Impressions

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by Chuck_V, Dec 16, 2008.

  1. scapegoat

    scapegoat Pushin forward back

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    I have a Madstad on my 06 and its great. Im 6"3" and get 0 buffeting.
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  2. Mr Mark

    Mr Mark Adventurer

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    Wow, thats not good.....i've only put five miles on it so its early for me.....I was acually looking at C14s when I ran across this Uly......I love the new Connies I'll give this my best shot, see what happens.......good luck with yours...
    Btw, check out shovelhead.us/forum.
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  3. red450

    red450 WEE-A-BOO

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    Out of curiosity, what comfort issues did you and your wife have?
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  4. thesurvivalist

    thesurvivalist Backcountry Rider

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    Yeah the bike vibrates a little at idle and slow speeds but they are never a problem. Ive read complaints on here from a very small amount people being totally anal about vibrations in the foot pegs, its barely noticeable.

    As for riding 2 up it is extremely comfortable and my wife loves riding on it. Theres so much room my daughter can fit between us. I finally obtained the gel pad for the triple tail, we will try it tomorrow.

    I love the ulysses I cant wait to get sme tkc80s.
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  5. HooliKen

    HooliKen Awesome is a flavor

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    There is no doubt that this bike is not for everyone...buuuttttt????? I have never heard anyone of any size complain about the "comfort" of the Uly. Are the 06's quirky as hell, for sure, but hands down one of the best seats ever put on a bike. And, being 6'4" the riding position is sweet with some quick bar/control adjustments.

    Was this a bike you bought new? If it was shuddering badly sounds like your dealer did not have it properly sorted.
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  6. ronandkat

    ronandkat Been here awhile

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    Have heard issues of folks having trouble with vibrations every once in a while, But never a comfort issue. My wife has more than once nearly fallen asleep on the back during a 2-3 hour ride. SHE is the reason we chose the uly over the tiger, gs, strom etc, was because it felt so comftorable to her. BUt to each their own, different strokes and all that.
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  7. jjdavidson

    jjdavidson Adventurer

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    I found these canisters from local store. So i got 10 liters more when riding roads not so near gas stations. I know, color is terrible... I wonder if some spaycan paint will stick/stay on them. Now that they are new, i think only clean them and paint some primer or what?
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  8. red450

    red450 WEE-A-BOO

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    That looks really cool (and I like the color)! Can you post more pictures of the mount set up and manufacturer info? They probably aren't for sale in the States but maybe on the net.
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  9. ronandkat

    ronandkat Been here awhile

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    That seems to serve the purpose, but I must ask, knowing how hot a uly gets.. Is it actually safe to be mounted that close to a couple big bore, high temp cylinders and exhaust header?
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  10. jjdavidson

    jjdavidson Adventurer

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    I think i have 3 inch clear to headers, but i might add some insulation behind the canister :)
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    red450, i made them DIY :(
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  11. red450

    red450 WEE-A-BOO

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    They look good! I agree, some thermal barrier might be a good idea.
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  12. boatpuller

    boatpuller Been here awhile

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    Those are just too cool! (That's a good thing if American slang does not translate well.)

    You have to provide better pictures of the frame you built, and details on the tanks themselves, please.
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  13. jjdavidson

    jjdavidson Adventurer

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    Thanks.
    Ok, i'll try to tell some building instructions. As you see my pics are not so clear, but hope you'll get the idea.
    I have 3 mounts for the racket. I had LSL-crashbars where i got 2 and one to front of engine:

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    right
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    and third mount's place
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    These are all straight to engine, so they all vibrate the same.

    I started making a frames around canisters just cutting and bending some L-shaped steel. Then i sighted them to their places and measured where i wanted to weld mounts (LSL-mounts).
    left one here:
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    Now i could tighten canister frames to their places. I measured the cap beetween canister frames and cut some tube and welded upper and lower tube to canister frames to connect them as one unit (ofcourse i did all welding stuff out of bike). Then i measured where i could weld third mount. And again put this rack on it's place to bike. Now i could thinkabout where to put more tubes to make rack more rigid. Also i added 2 tubes to protect regulator. They are remowable, there's a threaded rod (M6) inside of stainless steel tube (i had to make something that shines...) and dome nuts.
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    Finally i welded strap holders and painted hole thing.

    Something like that, i hope this clears how i made it.

    I don't know who is manufacturer of these canisters, but they are made of steel and i think quite good quality. I have one tied to my SkiDoo, and i haven't noticed any leaks even i'm pretty often down and stuck into snow...

    And i'm so sorry about my spelling
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  14. unlucky1

    unlucky1 Been here awhile

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    I did some minor adjustments to my Uly's timing and fueling, and it's like a whole new bike!

    My timing was WAY advanced - when checking it in prep for my Texas trip this spring, the mark was way left of the hole when the CAS switched over. Maybe that's why I only was getting 33mpg!

    I also backed up the 13.6-AFR-across-the-board dyno maps and flashed the Buell race maps onto it and it is way more well-behaved around town and seems to warm up faster and transition on and off throttle smoother.

    Now I can run it from 1500-3000 really smoothly where before I used that as a transitional range, and the really super-strong engine braking I was getting from the advanced timing is much more relaxed... gotta re-learn how to ride it now!
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  15. Mr Mark

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    Fellow Ulyers"..dont know if its kosher to ask on this forum but I was wondering how long it takes after registering over at Badweb. Been weeks, haven't received the activation e-mail, wrote to a moderator.....nothing.......is this normal? Thanks...
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  16. red450

    red450 WEE-A-BOO

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    I had to submit a few registrations before I finally got the email.
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  17. argentcorvid

    argentcorvid Some Guy

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    their messaging system (and entire forum software) is shitty. try every couple of weeks and/or check your spam folder. PM's from users there go missing frequently.
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  18. euromedic

    euromedic Peter...n00b

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    I look forward to similar results, ordered mine today.
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  19. argentcorvid

    argentcorvid Some Guy

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    California scientific makes a good one too, its a little big though.

    <small>Posted during work using magic</small>
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  20. lowriderglen

    lowriderglen Adventurer

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    My new Madstad arrived today for my '06 Uly. I hope it will warm up enough this weekend to try it out.