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post #1 of 77 (permalink) Old 10-23-2006, 05:03 AM Thread Starter
 
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Test rode a Firebolt...

This weekend a HD dealer in Gettysburg had a Buell demo. So I put my feeling for Harley aside and went to the dealer to ride a couple of them. I love the look of the Firebolts but I wouldn't buy one without riding one first...

I rode the xb12r first:



And them took the xb9r for a spin:




So as for the ride...

Basically with a few exceptions everything L48shark said in his Pro/Con thread is true. They are torque monsters. There is no big power hit...just smooth even power from idle up to the rev limiter. You never get hit with a power surge...but there is no lack of acceleration or power either. It's just there when you need it, at every rpm and in every gear.

The suspension was INCREDIBLE! I didn't even feel bumps in the road. The bike didn't 'fall' into corners but it went so smooth as you lean it over and holds whatever line with razor precision. The suspension felt so nice.

The bike vibrated but actually less than I expected. The sound is beautiful..V-TWIN. The engine comes alive above, say, 3 grand. Surprisingly..the clutch pull was easier than my GSXR. I was expecting a high effort clutch. The gear box wasn't very clunky...not silky japanese smooth...but not bad. I did have trouble finding neutral on the 12...but not the 9. And you CANNOT go from 2nd to N. You must go into 1 first. Not a big deal.

The bike is VERY comfortable. I felt like I could ride all day. On my gixxer my back hurts after about 10 minutes.

The brakes felt great. SS lines and the rotor mounted to the outside of the rim. Nice set up.



As for the difference between the 9r and 12r...

The 9 is basically the same bike. The 12 had a little more grunt but the 9 appeared to be a bit smoother at low rpm. The 9 also revs a little higher. My complaint is the 9's gauges are hard to read. They have a weird font. Other than that...they are pretty much the same bike.


The test ride was a 10 mile trip around the country side then a quick blast up the highway...following a guy from the dealer. The guy was the HD sales manager. True Harley guy...beard, pony tail, piercings...full leather. But one of the nicest, coolest guys I've ever met. He knew his stuff when it came to bikes...not just HD's but sportbikes. And I got a free hat to boot.


So the end result is this: I loved the Firebolt. It is absolutely on my list of potential purchases. I fell in love when I rode it. Comes stock with Diablo's. I cut the strips from 3" to about 1/2" on my 10 mile ride. You could tell a bunch of amatuers rode them.

They were also brand new bikes...right off the showroom floor. The 12r had 8 miles on the clock when I hopped on.



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Any modern sport bike won't "fall" into turns. My R6 doesn't at all. I know you got your heart set on a twin, but the newer SB's are insane. How's the riding position? more upright, or the same as a jap SB? 7K rev limit on the 12? that's crap. How long did it take to get to there?
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Man you better be bringin more pics than just off the buell website!

I told you that you would love em. They are just a neat bike and have a huge fun factor. Put a aftermarket pipe on them and they sound awesome.

What did the dealership guy ride?




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It don't take long to get to 7k... but that's a typicall rev limit for a HD v-twin... well actually high for a HD.




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Any modern sport bike won't "fall" into turns. My R6 doesn't at all. I know you got your heart set on a twin, but the newer SB's are insane. How's the riding position? more upright, or the same as a jap SB? 7K rev limit on the 12? that's crap. How long did it take to get to there?
My bike tends to fall into turns. I've rode newer bikes...but the handling on this bike was far and away better than any Jap bike I've been on. Yeah, 7k redline. It doesn't get there super quick. Not as fast reving as a I4. But when you get on it you run up pretty quick.

If you're hustling I bet you'd be banking the rev limiter often.

Riding position is more upright than Japs. My bike is pretty extreme on the seating. It's tight. The buell was upright but still tucked in. My only complaint was lack of wind protection from the screen. There wasn't much.



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F that. Do you really want to get passed by me on my 600 and you on a 1200, Marko? At least get the TLR you want.
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Man you better be bringin more pics than just off the buell website!

I told you that you would love em. They are just a neat bike and have a huge fun factor. Put a aftermarket pipe on them and they sound awesome.

What did the dealership guy ride?
I didn't take a camera...I know I should have.

The dealer guy rode the Lightning. The one with the translucent tank cover.



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F that. Do you really want to get passed by me on my 600 and you on a 1200, Marko? At least get the TLR you want.
Yeah but he would own you in the corners! That R6 can't compete with corner existing speeds.



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Yeah but he would own you in the corners! That R6 can't compete with corner existing speeds.



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Yeah but he would own you in the corners! That R6 can't compete with corner existing speeds.



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Truth. I hammered that thing coming out. It responded very well. Besides, I'm not out to prove anything. I dont care who passes me on what.



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Truth. I hammered that thing coming out. It responded very well. Besides, I'm not out to prove anything. I dont care who passes me on what.
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None of you guys know if that's a fact. I was killing the Buells that were on the track yesterday. but it is 80% rider.
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None of you guys know if that's a fact. I was killing the Buells that were on the track yesterday. but it is 80% rider.
Doesn't matter to me.



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F Buells.
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Hey, i gotta do what I can to support my track habbit. If selling crack works, I'll take it.
I'm selling edit tapes for rocks.

Dont hate on the buells.



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I'm selling edit tapes for rocks.

Dont hate on the buells.
No hate. Just not my cup of tea. Ever.
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No hate. Just not my cup of tea. Ever.
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A twin would rock, but not a f'n Buell.
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