New (to me) Tuber Buell. What should I know?

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by B.Curvin, Nov 6, 2010.

  1. rouser

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    what steering dampner is on your moto? as in brand/manufacture...
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  2. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it?

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    I don't know & I can't really get at it right now. But I am sure that it came from American Sport bike. http://www.americansportbike.com
    I don't think it needs it at all but it was on a 2nd Buell S1 I had/have that was broke & after a friend got killed due to a big tank slapper on his Yammie R1, well ....
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  3. B.Curvin

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  4. AllSeasonRider

    AllSeasonRider Been here awhile

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    The M2 was probably the most sorted of all the tubers, so you've done good in that regard.

    My first bit of advice will be to get a service manual and head yourself over to BadWeB... insane amounts of information, impossible to go over everything in just this thread.

    The biggest issue on these bikes is the front isolator. If yours is original and in good shape, leave it alone but keep an eye on it. When it starts to crack, replace it. Don't use the Buell part - there's an HD part you'll want to use that works MUCH better, is designed better. Part number escapes me but it ends in -79D. The way the whole engine mounting and suspension setup is designed means that the more you load the the bike (passengers or luggage), the more stressed that isolator is. If you carry someone or something else regularly, expect shorter life.

    Rear isolators on these older tubers are also prone for failure, but again, if they're good, leave them be. The stock Buell part is fine for these - they've been updated and work well.

    Buells, and sportster engines in general, regurgitate a lot of oil through the head breathers which then goes back into the carb. There are countless ways to solve this - cheapest would be a catch can (like I have on mine), supposed best way is to convert to XB rocker boxes and PCV valves.

    Keep the idle at 1000rpm hot.

    The belt should be scary loose. Seriously. I can see in your pics that yours is too tight (as you suspected).

    That shock is a pre-recall shock, not sure why they wouldn't replace it for you. The newer unit is different in length so there's a different front shock mount you'd need to get. I've the shock on eBay, brand new, for about $200. Best option is a Penske or Works unit, but knocking at the door of $1,000 makes it a big ticket item.

    Other than that, keep oil in it (should be about 2/3 up the stick when hot) and ride the piss out of it.

    Oh, I wouldn't do a 160 rear tire. Mine came with one on it, though I have the wider PM wheels. It wore through my inner fender and handled like poop.

    Enjoy the thing, they're a neat bike to have and will get you lots of attention.

    I've enjoyed the crap out of my 2002 S3T from coast to coast, and despite needing a bit more baby-sitting than most any other bike (read: shit vibrates off all the time) it's by far the best bike I've ever owned to ridden.
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  5. RBrider

    RBrider Been here awhile

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    I've got an almost new '98 replacement shock for that bike, been sitting in my garage in the plastic wrapper that my '01 shock came in when I decided to upgrade (in early 2001). Free, you pay the freight.

    Box will include the '98 front shock bracket, some good used front and rear brake pads, like new '98 swingarm insulators and belt guard (had to change to '01 when I upgraded insulators), new front brake master cly. rebuild kit from Buell. Complete oem shifter including bushings (I upgraded to a Banke shifter) and any thing else I find off of that bike.

    This is not a spam. Free to a good home, first come first served.
    You pay freight.

    RB
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  6. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it?

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    RB, if you will send those parts via US mail I’ll take you up on that offer. FedEx & UPS cost 2-3, sometimes even four times more to ship stuff up here.
    Between myself & a friend we have four tuber Buells, bound to be something we can use there.
    If US mail is OK with you, let me know & we can exchange some PMs.
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  7. B.Curvin

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    Tom, if you don't take it I'd love to have it. My shock is toast.

    Let me know.
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  8. RBrider

    RBrider Been here awhile

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    I'll box it up and take it to the local PO and let them price it, If it's high, then UPS is close by, I'll let them price it too. I'll PM you with the $$$$

    BC, Sorry I didn't offer it to you first, I wasn't thinking, I guess.
    You got second dibbs on it though.

    RB
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  9. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it?

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    If B.Curvin needs the shock I’d rather he gets it. I can do without the shock but I’d sure like to have the rest of the stuff. There are things I can use. For one thing my shifter is a little buggered.
    Since RB already has it packed up would you be willing to send me the other parts, B.Curvin? Since he is offering free parts I don’t think he wants to unpack, repack & send two packages & I wouldn’t ask him to do so.
    And, yes I can send $ for shipping via paypal.

    RB, the zip code in your PM is way off. All Ak. zips start with 995. Mine is 99516.
    What do you guys think?
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  10. B.Curvin

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    Tom S, I'd be happy to do that for you. I'll also look through the stuff I've taken

    off my Buell and anything I've bought but do not need. I just received a box

    load of stuff from an ebay win. If I don't need it but you do I'll hook you up.

    woot woot.

    RBrider. Let me know how much the shipping is and I'll get it right over.



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  11. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it?

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  12. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it?

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    And major kudos to RBrider for offering this stuff up. :bow
    They don’t exactly sell shocks for cheap.
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    + 1 million. I'll do my best to pay it forward plus some.
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  14. RBrider

    RBrider Been here awhile

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    Hey guys

    To be honest, I posted this stuff on Bad Web a year ago and didn't get a nibble. Now I'm on a clean up campaign and just want to move it out, and I'd rather a Buell tuber guy get it than the trashman.

    Tom, I didn't use a zip for you, just the city in your profile. The zip I posted was mine.

    BC, I'll check again at the PO, but I'll bet the price is the same as Alaska.
    Which was $30-35 bucks.

    I'll get back to you later today.

    RB
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  15. RBrider

    RBrider Been here awhile

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    OK, guys. It's 17.00 bucks to Canton NC or 35.00 bucks to Anchorage Alaska.

    I ain't going to the PO anymore, except to mail this sucker.:D

    Whoever wants it, PM me for PayPal info for me and a mailing address for you.

    Box will include, for '98 Buell
    One low hour ,low mileage replacement shock (been sitting in plastic wrapper since early 2001)
    One front shock bracket
    Good used front & rear brake pads
    Complete take off shifter assembly including bushings
    Front & rear LST (large swishy things) stock foot pegs
    Used coil (I think it was a bad plug wire, but i replaced coil too)
    Good used swingarm insulators (like new)
    Lower belt guard
    Buell front master cyl. rebuild kit, never opened

    RB
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  16. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it?

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    B.Curvin, you're up.
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  17. B.Curvin

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    PM sent. :clap :clap :clap


    :freaky

    Tom, send me a PM with the pieces you want please.
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  18. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it?

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    Done. Title: 'Buell S1 parts'
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  19. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it?

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    BTW , Curvin, those stocks pegs are handy if you put them on the passenger peg location upside down. Then you can tilt the bike & prop each peg on a jack stand of some kind & raise the rear wheel. :D
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  20. RBrider

    RBrider Been here awhile

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    Money received via PayPal from B Curvin.

    Stuff'll go out in this mornings USPO Parcel Post.

    Thanks for the extra funds, BC! You paid for my lunch today!!:clap

    It turns out that I've got a place up in the mountains about an hour or so from B. Curvin. We might get to hook up for a ride, sometime.

    RB
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