Traded my 08 KLR for a 06 Ulysses XB12X today

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by Floridalawdog, Apr 22, 2013.

  1. kojack

    kojack My Hardley is a POS

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    How's your uly working? Great bike. Anything you miss on your klr? I am in Florida now with my family. I love this state!

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  2. Algarve Nick

    Algarve Nick Been here awhile

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    I have a 2006 Uly, first registered in Feb 2008 in England. Now I live in Portugal and my bike is waiting Portuguese plates. I have a Suzuki B-King but I think I prefer the Uly. It's all in the handling and the Uly is fast enough. The King is too much. I also think the Uly is the best-looking bike on the road and such good value.
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  3. pennswoodsed

    pennswoodsed lizards,bugs and me

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    I am shocked at the performance this thing has. Now, I am coming from a KLR, so it could be me. Glad my mouth wasn't full!

    Cool sounding and looking bike . Some seem to love them , I would be more likely to own one now that HD is less involved .

    I think it's a chocolate versus vanilla thing, some do ,some it's just as well. :deal
    Regards,Ed
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  4. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Make sure you check out the 77 connector, they are known to have problems and burn causing VR failure.
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  5. Floridalawdog

    Floridalawdog Adventurer

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    It ended up being a fried stator, that was frying my VRs. So, both parts are on order, the bike is still down, and I am going crazy with nothing to ride. I agree, that it is one of the coolest looking bikes. Its kind of James Bond or something sinister. Hopefully HD calls me tomorrow and tells me my parts came in.
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  6. panhead_dan

    panhead_dan motorcycle addict

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    Just in case the dealership screws you, call American Sportbike. Al and Joanne will take care of you and they speak fluent Buell.
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  7. SkiFastBadly

    SkiFastBadly A beer? Yes, please

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  8. stoney4vida

    stoney4vida Semper Fidelis

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    42,000 + on mine and runs great. Even still running original belt
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  9. bienhoabob

    bienhoabob Been here awhile

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    I put 55,000 miles on my '06 before I got rid of it.

    Good: motor and trans never missed a beat.

    What to watch for: Remove the air filter housing and wires are just laying on top of cylinder heads. Rear spark plug wire resting inbetween cylinders. get some tie wraps and hang the wires away from the heat.

    Fuel pump in frame has loose wires. Over time the insulation will rub off, and fuel pump will short out. Happened to me at 3 in the morning, 200 miles from home. Pump assembly was updated either in '07 or '08.

    There is a kink in the wiring harness around the steering. Again, over time wires will break in harness. Lots of reports of the factory solder points breaking. (made in Mexico).

    Lots of reports concerning grounding of battery to frame point. Should have metal to metal contact, not metal to paint contact.

    Watch rear bearings. If rear wheel is over torqued, bearings will fail early. I think HD's are torqued around 75 lbs, Buell 55 lbs.

    I never had trouble with the 77 connector or stator, but other people have. Something to watch or replace.

    As mentioned before, check out badweatherbikers and American sportbike.

    Have fun,

    Bob
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  10. unlucky1

    unlucky1 Been here awhile

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    Got 49k on mine. I am prepping it for a ride to San Antonio/Austin and back starting June 8th.

    ... by "prepping" I mean I still need to change my oil and mount my pannier boxes to the racks. New belt is en route. Going on this trip with two Ulys - a spare might come in handy.
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  11. divrnr

    divrnr ROAD WARRIOR

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    My 06 Uly stops great. I can do stoppies with it, just change to better pads on the front. The rear brakes aren't designed to be strong, that comes from it's racing background. I actually hardly ever use the rear brake on the street and off road the rear works fine. Having the ability to lock up the rear on the street is a bad thing...
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  12. kuuud

    kuuud n00b

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    +1 on American Sportbike. Al and Joanne are the best. I had a 2006 with the usual heat issues. Get a right side scoop and comfort kit ( blanket). My 08 lightning STT has several improvements and a rss and ECM from EBR reduced the heat and added horsepower (along with the Barkers pipe).

    Loved the uly and the huge luggage capacity. Loaded down, two up and 75 mph returned 50 mpg all day long.

    Would love to find brackets to put my pelican cases on my TT and take some long trips on it!

    Reliability has never been an issue; nor have been brakes. Welcome new buelligan.
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  13. cabanasjohn

    cabanasjohn n00b

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    Just saw your post my wife is from Cabanas near Tavira I Love the Algarve spent about three years there Just bought a 07 XB12x what a awesome bike to have in Portugal I had a wore out Honda RS250 not much but had a blast on the hills around Tavira
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  14. Floridalawdog

    Floridalawdog Adventurer

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    Thanks everyone. It really is a fun, fun bike. I think I got all of the kinks worked out. New stator and a new voltage regulator and all seems to be perfect. I still can't believe i traded my klr for this monster of a bike, but I think the previous owner didn't want to deal with the charging issues.
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