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.