What bike should I get? Ulysses?

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by theoneandonlybrooks, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. SkiFastBadly

    SkiFastBadly A beer? Yes, please

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    Lars, I'd bet a significant sum that your skipping in the rain is due to your 77 connector. You may wish to pull that apart and see if you have any melted plastic in there.
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  2. theoneandonlybrooks

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    Thanks for all the help. Today I had to work the early shift so I was off at noon, and since it was 60 degrees, I decided to go for a ride. I went to a city about 35 miles away, to get an oil filter for my atv at a dealership. They had a brand new DL1000, which I sat on, and it felt pretty nice. Is this another bike I should look at before I pull the trigger on a Buell?
    A big part of my reason for all this trading business is how my back feels on the nightster. I think because I end up sitting up straight, my back is holding me upright, which wears on it, and I think my shoulders slump forward. I'm going through physical therapy now for the back issues and possibly a minor torn rotator cuff. The therapist has been working on getting my shoulder blades to shift backward more where they're supposed to be. My theory is if I'm leaned forward just a little with weight on my arms, it would do this and take the weight off my back. When I sat on the V-Strom, it felt much better, and like the weight was off my back. I'm guessing the Ulysses riding position is similar. Any good comparisons between the two?
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  3. Mr. Canoehead

    Mr. Canoehead Taste Gunnels!

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    I suggest you look at the posts by 996DL - he had a VStrom for years and spent a lot of time and money farkling it but eventually went for a Buell and is very happy that he did.

    The 'Strom is a great entry level machine with a great engine but Suzuki saved money everywhere else.
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  4. Snr Moment

    Snr Moment Unafarkler

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    If the bike has stock Buell/Hepco Becker mounts, the best lockable bags I found were used and came off of a KTM. I eventually went to a set of Wolfman Dry Bags which I really liked. Had also switched out the plastics on my 09 Uly XT to black from red + a few other farkles.
    Biggest mistake I made was selling it. 800 mile days were not an issue and I'm in my mid 60's. Had 3 Harley's before the Buell and traded an 03 Road King for it.
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  5. cycletlh

    cycletlh Slower than yesterday!

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    Almost 50,000 miles on my 07 that I bought new. Would not hesitate to buy another. Year would not matter.

    Biggest maintenance expense has been tires. Still on my second belt and carry the original as a spare. 1 set of rocker box gaskets, 2 cooling fans (leaking rocker box gaskets killed the second one), 2 sets of rear wheel bearings, 1 ignition switch, 1 front rotor along with new pads. Oil changes every 4 to 6k with no valves to adjust.

    Went to the bike show today. The only bike I saw that I thought might work as a replacement was the Ducati Multistrada. At $22,000 for the Pikes Peak version the Buell and I are going to remain friends for quite some time.
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  6. redwar2005

    redwar2005 n00b

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    I have an 06 Uly with 16,500 miles on it. The belt was frayed on the edges when it was new. Now the belt has alot of cracks in it and doesnt look so swell. Every ride I go on I am waiting for the inevitable belt failure in the middle of nowhere. Have just ordered everything I need for a self made chain conversion for about 220 dollars. After I install I am going to take off all that crappy black plastic on the rear swingarm. If you go to chain be sure to get the EBR chain rub. The stripped down motard look with the gold oring chain will be a welcome change.
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  7. 996DL

    996DL Buell me

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    :photogJeez, I'm famous, more likely infamous anyways...

    Waaay too early, to know how well the 2010 Uly and I will get along, boughten days before winter arrived, late last fall. :vardy

    Bluntly put (and I've only skimmed this newly discovered thread), I personally don't recommend any Buell (tuber or XB series), to anyone that isn't an experienced "motorhead type". :choppa

    They're low production, quirky oddities and despite single body Fi, hydraulic lifters and belt drives yadda, yadda..., wash and wear bikes they're not. IMO :brow

    Get one, if you know exactly what they are and you have tools galore, enjoy factory manuals, the web's invaluable owner's forum's insights etc.

    Don't get me started on VStroms... :lobby

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  8. baybueller

    baybueller Been here awhile

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    Cycletlh, I have owned a bunch of bikes and sold my 10 Multistrada to buy an 08 Uly. The strada is an excellent bike but overkill for a normal rider, and maintenance expensive is very high compared to Buell. I have worked on bikes all my life but am intimidated at Ducati valve work.
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  9. Mr. Canoehead

    Mr. Canoehead Taste Gunnels!

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    How about posting a comparison? Pros/Cons of the two bikes. Would you make that trade again? Any regrets? I'm thinking of a Buell or a SMT but I have a friend who absolutely loves his MS12.
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  10. baybueller

    baybueller Been here awhile

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    My background is mostly HD and Buell so I am used to low maintenance good torque motors. Read about the MS and was smitten, waited 6 months for delivery.
    The MS was an alternate to the 07 Roadglide that I had set up pretty well. Going between the 2 it was clear the RG was going to collect dust so I sold it.
    Half the weight, 60% more power, better handling and brakes was too much of a difference.
    I put 16k miles on the MS and loved every mile but Living in the west you can be many miles from a Duc shop on trips. Several computers, water cooling and not being well versed on Ducati got me thinking on trips that I would be SOL in Parumph Nevada with issues.
    Bought the Uly, put a quick 5K miles on it and sold the Multi. Took a bit of a hit on the bike but I am now more comfortable ( mentally) on long rides.
    To be clear the MS was the best machine I have ever owned, stupid fast and great handling but it begged to run in triple digits and as the CHP pointed out during my commute home one day " I can't believe you blew by me like that".
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  11. baybueller

    baybueller Been here awhile

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    My rambling missed the question. I have not taken the MS or Buell in to heavy off road but they seem equal on light stuff. More at ease on the buell as there are not thousands of dollars of exposed parts to hurt.
    On the road the strada has more potential as you can power out of turns and traction control covers overpowering. Braking is also better on the MS.
    The MS is a more capable bike if you are good riding that fast( did I mention warp capable)? but the Buell works better for me.
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  12. HooliKen

    HooliKen Awesome is a flavor

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    KTM Gobi's are what you want. And keep an eye on the flea market. Always seeing HB's up for sale in there.

    And just buy that damn thing...you know you want it.
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  13. red450

    red450 WEE-A-BOO

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    Like hooliken said, get the Gobis. If you don't like 'em, I'll swap you my factory Journey cases*!




    *terms and conditions may apply. offer not valid in Alaska or Hawaii.
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  14. theoneandonlybrooks

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    Any web sources to find them? Any idea how much someone should pay? Is there something wrong with hb?
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    red450 WEE-A-BOO

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  16. HooliKen

    HooliKen Awesome is a flavor

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    Find them used once in awhile. Main difference being that the HB's are clam shell and Gobi's top loading. A lot will depend on what type of riding you do. The Gobi's are going to be a little more resilient offroad.

    Shame you can't get the Caribou system with Pelicans anymore. I run pelicans with an SW-Motech set up on the SE. Have the HB's on the Buell and they are fine. Carefull with the latches/locks since they are a little fragile.
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  17. unlucky1

    unlucky1 Been here awhile

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    People like a new bike every couple years, I think.

    I have 50k on my Ulysses and it is a sublime motorcycle. It sounds absolutely beastly, has a really nice suspension setup, is the most comfortable bike I've had the pleasure to ride, and is about as maintenance-free as you can get. To its credit, the fuel mapping and timing were ALL messed up and it's done fine on it; so the bike doesn't appear to be all that picky about its state-of-tune. I've since fixed all that and it's EVEN BETTER than when I got it, and I loved it then...

    Another thing I love about it is that - at least in my experience - it's easy on tires if your right wrist is onboard with that idea. I have 9000 miles on my Pilot Road 2s and I expect one more good season out of them.

    When I got it, it had the common fuel pump wiring problem, but honestly it was a pretty easy fix with some heat shrink tubing and getting some maintenance done (fuel filter and strainer) while everything was apart.

    Luggage-wise, I opted for inexpensive; Happy-Trail rack with Caribou/Pelican 1550 cases and a DIY Trex decking mounting system. Haven't fallen off yet, and I'm not real careful with them!
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    I did 9000 on it last year all around Washington, Oregon and to/from Sturgis. This year I have a Seattle-Austin-Seattle trip planned in the spring for ROT Rally. Between me and my friend with a Uly who is also going to Texas, we're bringing a spare belt, the regular tools, and a couple extra quarts of oil for top-ups, but I have no worries about taking it on trips.

    Buy it, love it :)
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  18. SkiFastBadly

    SkiFastBadly A beer? Yes, please

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    I'd add an extra set of bearings. Always good to have those if they crap out and they neither cost much nor take up much room.
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    unlucky1 Been here awhile

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    Is that suggestion based on the possibility of us running on old factory fail-prone bearings? We put in new All Balls sealed bearings in August a day before leaving for Sturgis, so I figured we'll be good.

    The 2007's original bearings on the rear were SHOT when we pulled the wheel off; almost welded into the hub. That was an impulse "might as well get some on Amazon Prime" before we left last summer, and we're glad we did it.
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    So now that more people have checked in, is the consensus still that buying an 08 with the lower seat and no bags is better than an 06 with the tall seat(which I'm thinking I want) and the bags? If the 08 is still the answer, any good place to find an 06 seat on the cheap?
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