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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-07-2007, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
 
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Rode a Buell (couldnt find the thread to reply to)

Ok so i said id give a review when i rode one... i did today.

I didnt go in with intent to then, just to ask and they told me theyd let me use a helmet.... Only thing i wish id done was brought my own cuz at 80 with their half helmet my eyes watered so bad i had to slow down.

First hting.. i wanted to ride a firebolt, but the only demo they had was a Ulysses.... EXACT same motor, but bigger and heavier bike (especially with the hard bags they had on the back)

there was big debate on here aobut it being a starter bike.

MOTOR It pulled no matter where the RPM's were, and actually took a few seocnds to rev out in most gears at 7K RPM. It didnt have the "rip you out of your seat" of the inline 4 thousand i ride everyday, but decent none the less.. it would give its half size japanese counterparts a run for the money in a straight line. it would not power wheelie first gear at all.... clutch easy im sure but i dont do that on a bike ive ridden alot let alone a demo i just got on. Good motor, though im sure the RC51 puts it to shame, overall, its a very usable one... linear power... not overwhelming.. A BEGINNER CAN USE IT!

brakes The brakes are PHENOMINAL. Makes me wanna spend the cheese and get a buell front rim and brake set up. ONLY downside is it grabs hard. it would take adjusting to to use it on the track or twisties... for that reason, its the one area it would get a new rider in trouble in. If your considering it... be real careful and practice em A TON beofre u get it leaned.

Handling The bike came stock wioth dunlops D616's... or something like that... For that sole reason iu didnt pull stoppies or corner it hard... WILL NOT ride a bike hard on tires i dont trust especially a bike i am not real used to.

Sitting on it the bike alsmot stands itself up no kickstand, the weight distribution is better then any japanese bike ive ever felt.

Overall Could use some headwork for more peak power, ABSOLUTELY needs better tires(though the firebolt has sticky rubber) Even the dual sport has fully adjustalbe suspension and could handle like a dream with the right shoes. Brakes are exceptional and make u wanna speed up just to slow down fast. I really hope the rim mounted rotor cathces on with the likes of Suzuki and Kawi. GOOD BIKE, price for what u get is pretty good.... though if u want top speed u mine as well stick to the big 4. I think the firebolt with a set up for the rider suspension would be a GREAT advanced rider bike. A strictly track and canyon riders wet dream of cornering. The beginner could very well learn on it, just needs to get osme miles before the corners.

If i had the money for a Xb12 Firebolt and could keep my inline 4 too, id love to own one.. thoughi'd want the new Aprilia first.

its a fun bike and a very different experiance over the GSXRZXRCBRR6001000. Go test ride one, and get the cool messenger bag with it before months end. YOU WILL SMILE at SOMETHING the bike does better then yours! and relaize theres some things that make u happy you bought your bike thats in your garage.
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-07-2007, 11:50 PM
 
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Yeah Scott...the Ulysess is their dual sport. The Firebolt comes with Pirelli Diablo's. They kill.



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yeah had hte bike had decent rubber it would have let me have more fun... but it did surprise me with even the motor performance, its not clunky or anything as was described by many in the last thread... thye design of the bikes is incredible, they just need more umph out of 1200cc's
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post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-09-2007, 06:43 PM
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yeah.. the peeps sitting on the computer comparing numbers and bad mouthing the buell are just clowns.... internet trolls. Until you ride one you have no idea. The Buell and the BMWs were the 2 top most surprising bikes I've ever rode. And Scott, your assetment seems to be right on...




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I also moved this to Buell..its not OT by any means...




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for the review.

can't wait to test ride one day.

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MOTOR it would not power wheelie first gear at all.... clutch easy im sure [/B]
great review, Never rode a Uly myself but I can say that if you whack the throttle on my Bolt at anything above 3K in first you will have a face full of front end no clutch needed just a twist of the wrist

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dual sport my arse! i dont really consider a buell as a real sportbike (they race their own class ) let alone have a dual sport bike. thats just my opinion, but it dont matter much.

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I purchased a xb9 a couple weeks ago and it continues to suprise me everyday! They are fun to ride around town and absolutely fall into any twisty at any speed! I have no problem whatsoever powering the bike up in first its actually easy to keep it pointing at the sky with all that torque as well. Plus the v twin with the race exhaust will turn any head!
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great review, Never rode a Uly myself but I can say that if you whack the throttle on my Bolt at anything above 3K in first you will have a face full of front end no clutch needed just a twist of the wrist
I must suck... I have to blip, then whack... Front end comes right up then...

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dual sport my arse! i dont really consider a buell as a real sportbike (they race their own class ) let alone have a dual sport bike. thats just my opinion, but it dont matter much.
I have a hard time considering the Uly a dual sport too... more of an Adventure Tourer, which I think is what they are calling them these days anyway...

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I purchased a xb9 a couple weeks ago and it continues to suprise me everyday! They are fun to ride around town and absolutely fall into any twisty at any speed! I have no problem whatsoever powering the bike up in first its actually easy to keep it pointing at the sky with all that torque as well. Plus the v twin with the race exhaust will turn any head!
I want that exhaust BAD!!!
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I must suck... I have to blip, then whack... Front end comes right up then...
I want that exhaust BAD!!!
Do you have the 9 or the 12, my bolt is the 12 possibly that is the difference, but at any rate it sounds like you still have no problem with the getting the front end up w/o a clutch Have you thought about the special ops or drummer instead of the race can, I personally thing they give you a little more bang for the buck, but all three are great sounding?
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Do you have the 9 or the 12, my bolt is the 12 possibly that is the difference, but at any rate it sounds like you still have no problem with the getting the front end up w/o a clutch Have you thought about the special ops or drummer instead of the race can, I personally thing they give you a little more bang for the buck, but all three are great sounding?
I have the 12... I am sure it's just lack of experience that is holding me back... My body position probably isn't the best... plus I am fat and haven't even got to my first 1k service yet...

I have strongly considered the Special Ops... The Race exhaust is just fantastic though... I just love the way it looks... Plus, I think there's something to be said for OEM upgrades... If I had to guess, I'd say I'll probably end up with the Special Ops... Probably contact Odie to see about making putting the outlets on the side more like the race exhaust...
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Probably contact Odie to see about making putting the outlets on the side more like the race exhaust...
Something like this perhaps, I also recommend the extra $75 for the Jet hot, total is $325 for everything? I decided to have hip mod the 9 pipe to get rid ov the valve and just disconected and removed the cable with no problems
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Something like this perhaps, I also recommend the extra $75 for the Jet hot, total is $325 for everything? I decided to have hip mod the 9 pipe to get rid ov the valve and just disconected and removed the cable with no problems
Yeah, that's the standard Special Ops design... I'd like the outlets actually closer to the side... like the race pipe... Also it would be sweet to shape the tips like that too...
[IMG]http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/****/onesickpsycho/ProRaceExhaust.jpg[/IMG]

I go both ways on the Jet Hot... It does look good, but I am planning on blacking out pretty much the entire bike...
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Hey wait... I just noticed you have the right side scoop, but it doesn't look like it's CF... Where did you get it? I want one that looks exactly like the other side...
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I am no expert by any means on body positioning but on my inline i was at the rear of my seat to get best handling and ups. On the buell i guess because of the short wheel base it seems i have to be right in the middle of the seat to get the front wheel up its an aquard position for me cause i am over 6 foot on that short bike.
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I go both ways on the Jet Hot... It does look good, but I am planning on blacking out pretty much the entire bike...
You can get the jet-hot done in several colors including black, much more durable then just paint, No rite side scoop other then the puny stock one
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You can get the jet-hot done in several colors including black, much more durable then just paint
Hmm... I was thinking powder-coat anyway... That sounds like a plan!
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