XB12X Picture Thread

Discussion in 'Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports' started by danger_dave, Feb 19, 2006.

  1. superchicken

    superchicken Keeper of the Cheese

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    riding 500+ miles home after a great weekend in the Desert. Camera is so good it makes me look like I'm standing still, we're going 85
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  2. chadhargis

    chadhargis Too tall for sportbikes

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    5'7" is going to be tough to pull off on the Ulysses. I'm 6'5" and the bike is perfect. I have a 36" inseam, and the bike has a 35" seat height which gives me an inch between my bum and the seat if I want to stand up over the bike.
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  3. danger_dave

    danger_dave Home again

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    I'm noticing that the XB12X owners group would also make a killer basketball squad!:clap
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  4. chadhargis

    chadhargis Too tall for sportbikes

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    Been there done that, got the bad knees to prove it.

    Hence, I'm riding a Uly to spare my poor basketball beaten knees.

    Pretty good marketing angle though.

    "Got bad knees from playing basketball? Like to ride? Can't fold up on other bikes? Get a Buell Ulysses!" :clap
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  5. BladeFlap

    BladeFlap Ex Dream Crusher

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    Just got back from The dealer and had my first look at the xb12. Up till this point I had my heart set on a 1200gs next summer, but now I have another alternative.
    If any of you current riders wouldn't mind answering a few questions that either the dealer was not able to answer or I was too embarassed to ask, it would help me out a lot.
    How realistic is the the 62mpg?
    What aftermarket windscreen options are there?
    How's the luggage holding up?
    Is there a trend of problems maintanence-wise on any specific components? And if so how well is Buell addressing them?
    Tires: who else besides Dunlop makes tires that will fit those rims?
    Seat comfort/ handlebar vibration's?
    Potential for rock damge to pipe and belt?
    Potential for damage to oil cooler on left side if you dump it?
    I'm 6'3 and it seemed to fit me well, but what are your squaws saying about the back seat? Any problem with the rear pegs for her when the luggage is on, it looked tight.
    I'm not a sporty rider so I don't really care how far you can lean it over or anything lke that. Reliability is my number ONE concern for my bike. If Honda would introduce the Veredaro in the US, I'd probably go that route, but alas, not an option. (I'll not get started on that subject)
    If these questions have already been posed and answered, forgive me.
    Thanks.
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  6. brad1445

    brad1445 Mile High

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    Its a 45liter Venture bag. Yes no rack needed it slid over beaver tail and tied into hand grips on and off really fast. I had it left from my Firebolt. And it can also be used with the hard bags.

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  7. Milar

    Milar Life is an adventure.

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    >How realistic is the the 62mpg?
    50's are more realistic

    >What aftermarket windscreen options are there?
    Lots: Buell, Cee Bailey, Gustaffson and more.

    >How's the luggage holding up?
    Better than my BMW stuff.

    >Is there a trend of problems maintanence-wise on any specific >components? And if so how well is Buell addressing them?
    No problems on either of my Buells.

    >Tires: who else besides Dunlop makes tires that will fit those rims?
    Everyone makes good 17" tires in either dual sport or sport touring treads.

    >Seat comfort/ handlebar vibration's?
    Best seat I've ever had.

    >Potential for rock damge to pipe and belt?
    Buell threw rocks in the belt during testing. Pipe is a jacking point.

    >Potential for damage to oil cooler on left side if you dump it?
    Who knows.

    >I'm 6'3 and it seemed to fit me well, but what are your squaws saying about >the back seat? Any problem with the rear pegs for her when the luggage is >on, it looked tight.
    My wife loves it.

    >I'm not a sporty rider so I don't really care how far you can lean it over or >anything lke that. Reliability is my number ONE concern for my bike.

    Buell comes with 2 year 24,000 warrenty. I've owned Buells since 1998. Reliability issues were solved years ago. I've had more issues with my BMW's than my Buells.

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  8. BladeFlap

    BladeFlap Ex Dream Crusher

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    thanks Milar,
    I'm aware of how frustrating it is hearing the same old questions over and over. Been reading through the last years worth of posts and overall most of the opinions seems to echo yours in regards to reliability.
    I do see one recuring gripe regarding the turn radius. I did not bother to play with it that much at the dealer. Is it really that much of a problem?
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  9. soloyosh

    soloyosh Dad and husband

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    My advice would be to demo the bike and decide for yourself. Most people that own the bike don't seem to take issue with the steering lock. People that don't own it do... go figure.

    Oh and the warranty is 2 years/ unlimited miles

    Cheers
    Brett
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  10. bosh

    bosh Been here awhile

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    How realistic is the 62mpg?<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    >Not very, EPA missed the mark on this one. I get anywhere from 38 to 52.
    What aftermarket windscreen options are there?<o:p></o:p>

    >I have the Cee-Bailey +2.5" and it's perfect. Takes all the wind blast off my chest with no buffeting at helmet level.
    How's the luggage holding up?<o:p></o:p>

    >No problems with mine. I've heard of the latches breaking if you force them. Easily replaced.
    Is there a trend of problems maintenance-wise on any specific components?<o:p></o:p>

    >Nothing major, the only specific I've heard about is the license plate light brackets break off. Mine has also. $8.00 part 5 minute replacement.
    Tires: who else besides Dunlop makes tires that will fit those rims?<o:p></o:p>

    >I'm trying the Scorpion syncs when mine are used up. Lots of choices if you don't want knobbies.
    Seat comfort/ handlebar vibration's?<o:p></o:p>

    >This is by far the most comfortable seat / motorcycle I have ever ridden on. You can spend hours and hours in that saddle, you just want to keep riding!!
    Potential for rock damage to pipe and belt?<o:p></o:p>

    >I've heard of only one belt breaking so far. The pipe is susceptible to rust if you chip the paint off, so some maintenance is needed to keep it painted. The pipe is steel and probably stronger than a lot of the aluminum bash plates you see on some other bikes. Haven't heard of anyone crunching one yet.
    Potential for damage to oil cooler on left side if you dump it?<o:p></o:p>

    >I've heard of a few crashes on road and off and no one yet has reported breaking the oil cooler.
    I'm 6'3 and it seemed to fit me well, but what are your squaws saying about the back seat? <o:p></o:p>

    >I'm 6'3" also, fits me perfectly. My wife LOVES the back seat as well as the triple tail. Lots of room back there, and with hand holds too.<o:p></o:p>
    So much room she doesn't even touch me :cry . I have to look every once in a while to make sure she's still back there!<o:p></o:p>
    Any problem with the rear pegs for her when the luggage is on, it looked tight.<o:p></o:p>
    >No problems, plenty of room.
    I'm not a sporty rider so I don't really care how far you can lean it over or anything like that. Reliability is my number ONE concern for my bike.<o:p></o:p>

    >Very simple, low maintenance machine. Great warranty as well.
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  11. efferre

    efferre Pinguino Highlander

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    But all of you are giants!!! :eek1
    Well, I've drive tested the Uly and it's not thaaaaaat tragic; ok, IT IS high, but something I think I can live with, especially 'cause don't think I will use it off-road that lot.
    In any case there's the lower seat I can mount. ...even if... when visited last HD Dealer he told me his daughter was shorter than me and riding a GS1200 (degenerate daughter): "It's a matter of habit"...
    Or I might increase my weight :D :D

    Anyway SHE HAS TO BE MINE!!!!!!!!


    BELLA LI'!!
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  12. danger_dave

    danger_dave Home again

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    Got my luggage fitted today. pretty good. quite huge actually. you can't lane split with them on but we're off for the weekend now for sure!

    Had to go for a quick spin this afternoon to try them out.
    26c and quite superb conditions.:D

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  13. bosh

    bosh Been here awhile

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    Wow. Buell should use those pictures for their catalogue.
    Nice!
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  14. danger_dave

    danger_dave Home again

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    Thanks - it's the place - NZ - it's hard to find a sh@tty backdrop.

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  15. Milar

    Milar Life is an adventure.

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    Not for me. But I've owned a series of Ducati's. Compared to them
    the Buell turns on a dime.

    In general, no bike is perfect. I'll be candid. Some folks like the "flawless perfection" of Japanese bikes. Some folks like the "character" of Euro bikes. My riding buddy loves his Honda/Suzuki models and dislikes my BMW/Ducati/Buell bikes. On the other hand, I find his Hondas boring. If you are a "died in the wool" Honda guy, you should try the Buell before you buy. You might prefer a V-Strom or maybe the Tri. Tiger.

    M
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  16. Uselyss? XB12X

    Uselyss? XB12X On The Third Coast

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    brad1445

    Thanks for the info.
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  17. BirdmanH54

    BirdmanH54 Been here awhile

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    OK, I had some time today and took out my small camera (Canon SD10) to take a few shots. Even got off the pavement for a little bit. :)

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  18. EphTwoEight

    EphTwoEight Long timer

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    If ya saw my Uly laying there on the ground, on page 2. It was big rocks the whole trail, I was sliding and running over them all day, and not hardly a dent.

    In fact I like the way the pipe is under it, rather than having rocks and dirt being packed into a frame and motor everytime I take it off raod.
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  19. BirdmanH54

    BirdmanH54 Been here awhile

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    Likewise, I run through large beds of rocks that are grapefruit sized and have no issues, in fact to get one of the above shots I rolled down a granite wash. (1st and 3rd)

    I had a sticker on the lower plastic but it was actually scrubbed off by dirt, sand and rocks and the bottom of the bike still looks fine. Not sure what they did but it is actually more durable than I thought.
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  20. soloyosh

    soloyosh Dad and husband

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    You know there's other places to go around here rather than the Tortilla Flat/Roosevelt Dam ride.

    Cool pics...
    Cheers
    Brett
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