Uly Questions

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by DaddyStarr, May 11, 2012.

  1. DaddyStarr

    DaddyStarr Poky

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    Just bought an 06 Uly. Had R1150GS and 55 Tiger in the past. This is different :)

    First impressions:
    Fast. Not as loud as I thought (good). Not as shaky as I thought. I think it's about the same as the GS. Perhaps a little shakier. Primitive comfort items, but that's cool. It feels like a giant dirt bike where as the other 2 bikes felt more civilized.

    Questions I have as a noob to the bike are:

    - Is there a rear rack I can install that does not require pannier rack?
    - Is there a way to put a fuel gauge on this thing? Can't hurt to ask.
    - Can it run TKC 80s? What should it run?
    - What's the preferred tank bag? Wolfman?
    - Will Fastway pegs work on it?
    - Center stands, anyone? Bueller? (get it?)
    - Is there a "moving the ECM" thread that exists, but I can't seem to find?
    - How fast ill it go? :)
    - What do I need to know now that I own this thing?
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  2. olenuf2nobetter

    olenuf2nobetter Doin' it anyway

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  3. DaddyStarr

    DaddyStarr Poky

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    Thank you!!!!
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  4. JTucker

    JTucker Long timer

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    Is there a rear rack I can install that does not require pannier rack?
    Check outhttp://palmerproducts.co.uk/
    - Is there a way to put a fuel gauge on this thing? Can't hurt to ask.
    None that I have seen
    - Can it run TKC 80s? What should it run?
    There are supposed to be proper size TKCs out for it any time, I've run everything from pilot road 2 to a Shinko 705
    - What's the preferred tank bag? Wolfman?
    I've seen many different bags on them, I use a cheap Rapid Transit brand. Any strap on type will do.
    - Will Fastway pegs work on it?
    I don't believe they will fit, check these outhttp://www.preeng.com/xcart/product.php?productid=27
    - Center stands, anyone? Bueller? (get it?)
    Nope
    - Is there a "moving the ECM" thread that exists, but I can't seem to find?
    [I]I'm sure there is on badweb[/I]
    - How fast ill it go? :)
    [I]Bout 140 with stock primary gearing, you can lower gearing 11% with a XB9 primary.[/I]
    - What do I need to know now that I own this thing?
    Keep an eye on the rear wheel bearings, I put a 2010 rear wheel on mine.
    Rocker boxes are bad about leaking, which is hard on the cooling fan
    I had to replace a stator on mine a while back, they seem to go out from time to time.
    Set your suspension up for your weight and riding style first thing.
    These things are a blast to ride, even though mine has had some issues. Have 39k on it now
    .
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  5. DaddyStarr

    DaddyStarr Poky

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    Thanks! I am looking to order already :-)
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  6. argentcorvid

    argentcorvid Some Guy

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    Palmer Products makes a good set of highway pegs, as well as some other nice farkles.
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  7. Mr. Canoehead

    Mr. Canoehead Taste Gunnels!

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    Keep us updated as to your likes/dislikes. I love my GSA but there is something about a Uly that calls to me....if only the Rotax made it to the Uly.
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  8. JTucker

    JTucker Long timer

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    I'm with you on the Rotax, would love a Uly that was a little less Harley.

    Palmer windscreen brackets are nice as well, I have a set on mine.
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  9. auapaul

    auapaul Been here awhile

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    :thumb:thumbFor the Palmer windscreen brackets. Just installed mine! Makes a huge difference.

    I'd save up for the TKC80s. I had Kenda big blocks on for a while. I had to run the smallest rear tire on my front. They don't make a front 17". The rear wore out very quickly. Decent off road traction but truly ruined its transitions on the street. Got a lot of compliments though:D
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  10. RealOldDualSportGuy

    RealOldDualSportGuy Been here awhile

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    We are on our third Uly since 06.

    Welcome to the jungle.

    As suggested, go to Bad Weather Bikers

    It is the ultimate Buell Site

    There are many good resources there.

    Good Luck

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  11. flhtvtwin

    flhtvtwin Adventurer

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    For the rear rack without side panniers, I like my Twisted Throttle rear rack. It was made by Fehling.
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  12. RealOldDualSportGuy

    RealOldDualSportGuy Been here awhile

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    The Palmer Rear Rack is also a quality piece that does not require the side racks.

    Ride Em


    :evil
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  13. SkiFastBadly

    SkiFastBadly A beer? Yes, please

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    You've made a horrible mistake, Ulys are crap do NOT go to badweatherbikers, those guys can't be trusted. I'll save you a lot of heartache and take that Uly off your hands for 2300.
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  14. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    What Craig, do you need another parts bike?:wink::lol3
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  15. SgtDuster

    SgtDuster Long timer

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    Do you want a flat rear rack or a top case one?

    Because the OEM top case rack doesn't require the side racks to be installed.
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  16. mhevezi

    mhevezi Adventurer

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    Well, there aren't many of us Uly owners around here, compared to some of the other more 'mainstream folks,' but what we lack in quantity, we make up in quality. Buell people are special people.

    Welcome to the Buell Ulysses family. Both are unique and both require a level of commitment that a lot of people just cant achieve. Glad to have a new member.

    Daddy, if you are looking for a temporary, rear pack, might I suggest the Ventura Pack? No, you don't need the whole system, as their bag The Aero Spada VII (http://www.ventura-bike.com/products/bikepack/p0651.aspx) fits over the triple-tail nicely and allows for a very easy and rackless way to carry cargo on a Ulysses. And while we can all appreciate a nice rack, you don't need one with this option. And the Ventura bag is a very well built bag, with built-in straps & such.

    Either way you chose, be safe and keep us posted on all the fun you have with your new Buell. And never forget what Crash Davis says, " this is fun, goddammit!"
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  17. SkiFastBadly

    SkiFastBadly A beer? Yes, please

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    They're collector's items. You know, like Vincent Black Lightnings. You just wait, by the time you've totalled 3 or 4 more Japanese bikes in bovine mishaps, mine'll be worth more than it was new. You just wait.
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  18. RealOldDualSportGuy

    RealOldDualSportGuy Been here awhile

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    The "stock rear rack" can be used without the side racks, however there is a lack of support for the rear rack when used that way.

    If over loaded, it will bend in the middle without the support of the side racks,

    Enjoy

    :norton
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  19. SaltCityJeff

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    auapaul, after lurking for quite some time on this forum I have decided to jump in here. I have an 06 Uly myself and I was curious about what benefits you are seeing from the Palmer windscreen brackets. I just got back from a 2 day 1000 mile ride in Southern Utah and I have a Cee Bailey windscreen (not the 17" just the one that is about 4" longer than our stock shields). It puts the windstream right at about my eyebrows. The buffeting isn't bad but the noise in my Shoei helmet is quite bad (i bought the helmet for its sound dampening qualities and it is being defeated right now). I have looked a bit at the brackets and wonder if it would decrease the noise as well as keep buffeting to a minimum.

    Also for those of you who have purchased these here in the US what has the cost with shipping and everything been from the UK?

    Thanks for the input!

    SaltCityJeff
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  20. discochris

    discochris Long timer

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    Another thing - get and keep a spare belt. Or better yet, switch your belt now and keep the old one as a spare.
    Belts tend to be backordered constantly from HD dealers - best to order from American Sport Bike.
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