Why not a Buell??

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Randy, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. crash n bern

    crash n bern Long timer

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    I love the colour scheme on the orange framed model. Back in '91 I was touring the U.S. with a mate and he said he wanted to check Eric Buell's workshop out. We drove out to some small town and knocked on the door of a small shed in a back lane. Eric's brother was there and let us in and showed us around a workshop that had maybe 3 or 4 bikes being built. Very cool, I took lots of photo's with my new camera that I had forgotten to put film in.
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  2. 996DL

    996DL Buell me

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    And you're still punishing yourself after all these years. :becca

    Learn to let go of that painful and frankly unforgivable misstep... :wink: :lol3

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  3. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it?

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    That sure hasn’t been my experience with my ‘96 S1. In fact just the opposite. What parts are you talking about & did they actually 'break’, or was it another issue?
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  4. KHVol

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    Go to badweatherbiker , the newer Buells are probably very different from your model. My Uly was great fun, rode it like a big SM, comfortable. When I started distrusting it's reliability, I sold it. Problems are wheel bearings ( mine went out at 3,600 miles ) which are easily found, drive belts, broken shift levers and linkage are not easily found, voltage regulator and charging problems, mine had some strange wiring routing that caused shorts, exhaust rusts and front exhaust clamps break but easily fixable, There is something strange about the FI in that it doesn't want to pull below 3,000 RPM (YMMV), idle RPM would swing 1,200 RPM.

    I really enjoyed every ride I ever took on mine. Just sold it when I stopped trusting it and started having trouble getting parts.
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  5. waveydavey

    waveydavey happy times!!

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    I am on my third Buell now, and I have never been real worried about the reliability of any of them. Also, I replaced the brake and shift levers on my newtome 07 Buell last week. I ordered the parts and they were at my home in Canada in 7 days. I agree, check the Buell sites, lot of happy Buell owners there. Sorry you had bad luck with yours, the newer Buells are considered to be more reliable than the older ones,
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  6. crash n bern

    crash n bern Long timer

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    I had let go, I only remembered when I was writing the post and thought "where are the photo's I took". Bothered my friend more as he wasn't taking any photo's of the trip because he was relying on copies of mine.
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  7. BigT

    BigT Been here awhile

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    I still miss my old "Tuber" M2. Great bike, no issues, and except for not having any storage or a place to put anything (including no helmet lock), a ton of fun on long rides. :thumb

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  8. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it?

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    I have been on Badweb & already posted a little about my 2006 Uly in this thread if you look. I admit that the Uly has pissed me off many more times than the ‘96 S1. Yet the earlier bikes like the S1 often got a bad rap. Yes, they are very different. The S1 is so much easier to work on than the XB models.
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  9. STFU

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    My 2008 XB12Ss was 100% trouble free. It was amazing to ride, and never stopped putting a smile on my face. I will miss it greatly, but it was time for a change (I have Bike ADD)
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  10. Randy

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  11. Randy

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    Well, thanks for all of the replies and opinions.

    I guess that if I want a Honda, I'll buy a Honda...

    I realize that the tube frame Buells may not be as refined, and that they may have some issues, but they just look so damn cool to me.... :D

    Perhaps it's just something I need to experience for myself one way or the other. Either I'll love it, or I'll realize that I don't but at least I'll have a chance to get it out of my system. But, I am in the mood for a new (to me) bike and there just isn't anything out there right now that really tickles my fancy quite the way this does...

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    Most especially for the money...

    I mean if this was to be an "only bike" I'd pass, In fact, back when these bikes were still in production I was more of a one bike sort of guy, sorta... But since then I've kinda branched out a bit, so I do have something else to handle the practical/reliable/comfortable/two-up/luggage carrying duties.

    I'm leaning very heavily in the direction of taking the plunge and trying one of these things out for myself, so wish me luck....:1drink

    :D
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  12. Saso

    Saso chronically restless

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    Got some new Diablos on the TT today, courtesy of Dave Jenks in his new San Jose location. I almost sold this bike last Fall. So glad I didn't.

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  13. Randy

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    Ok, so I started this thread a while back when I first started actually considering a Buell for my "new" bike. I was just trying to get a handle on the bikes, so I'd know which way to turn, or whether I should just put them out of my mind.

    Thanks to all those that offered their opinions and thoughts, especially those that had positive, real world experiences of their own to share.

    Thanks in part to this thread I did purchase my first Buell. :super

    For those that may be interested and that may have missed it, I started a new thread when I got my "new" bike:

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=790265

    :D
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  14. goodcat8

    goodcat8 I can pass this guy.....

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    Well done Randy. Those S1's are really sharp looking.
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  15. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it?

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    I don’t know why you didn’t just add to this thread.
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  16. Randy

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    Well, in hindsight I suppose I should have. But, when I first started this thread it was just meant to investigate the concept of purchasing a Buell. Just a way for me to toss the idea around in my head and either talk myself into it, or out of it.

    Then, when I actually got the bike I guess I was so stoked that I just didn't think and just started a new thread, with a new title, that reflected the fact that I had bought a Buell, rather than this thread that was meant to be asking about them.

    Nah, that probably makes no sense, but... it is what it is... :D
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  17. goodcat8

    goodcat8 I can pass this guy.....

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    This thread evolved into a Buell motorcycle Pros/Cons thread.
    The new thread is bike specific.

    Makes sense to me.
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  18. Randy

    Randy Long timer

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    Well, maybe I'm not crazy after all... :thumb


    Err, well....



    um, goodcat, you are sane, right? :wink:


    But, yeah, that's what I had in mind when I began the new thread. It's really more about showing off my new toy and giving my opinion of that one particular motorcycle, whereas this thread was more of a pros vs. cons discussion of the Buell motorcycles in general.
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  19. goodcat8

    goodcat8 I can pass this guy.....

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    I certainly won't go on record as ever labeling myself as "sane"....
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  20. EastSideSM

    EastSideSM Isn't that dangerous?

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    He does take some INSANE Photos!!!! Goodcat, howzit!!!!!
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