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Old 03-31-2013, 03:00 PM   #1
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What about Buell??

I've only really been around the typical nap. Sportbikes but I'm interested in getting a Buell XB.
What are the differences in the two? (. Sportbikes and buells)
As far as ownership - upkeep - quality - ride and that sort
Are they good bikes? Are they difficult or expensive to maintain?

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Old 03-31-2013, 03:48 PM   #2
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A few people here have some buells. Some of them look so good. I'm sure a few of them will chime in here soon.

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Do you like working on bikes? If so, get an XB12.

It's worked out this way for me, budget about 100-150$ a month for minor issues on the Buell.

Budget 2-3k a year for annual service on a metric.

There are no valve adjustments and the harley engine is little more than a lawn mower engine. Super simple to work ok. But work on alot you will. This is why you see harley riders only riding once a month. lol

I have to say, I LOVE my XB. If I had to do over again I would get a firebolt over the lighting just because I'm commuting 120-160 miles a day.

The look of the buell will get you a TON of looks. Either awe or total distain from harley riders and sport bikers alike. People will try to ask you questions in traffice about it. They will stare at it and then drive right for you. Every single time you get off the bike somebody is going to ask you about it. Work on your wrestling Heel face. Think the Rock with that one eyebrow.

The low center of gravity, the grunt of 1200cc at 3K rpms and you coming off the back. The just eating through rear tires....

I will say what every other Buelligan says "You will never ever ever get off that bike without a smile on your face"

Plus, little known fact: "You wont understand unless you ride one"..You here this day in and day out from Harley riders. Well, secret is that the offset V of the harley gives a great feel but also produces and insane vibration in he 40-70hz range. This vibration resonates in the brain cavity and causes a release of seratonin and dopamine. IE, Natural High. 2 Hours on the bike and you get off it feeling WONDERFUL!

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Oh yeah... Parts.

Most harley dealerships with not deal with buell parts anymore except for the Blasts. For major parts you have to mail order most everything from American Sport Bike or TwinCycles. Central Texas HD will still order parts but of course it takes 2-3 weeks. There are a couple of used buell part sites as well. All info you will ever need is at BadWeatherBikers.

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Thanks for all the input. Helpin me make big decisions
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the 1125 is a much better motor than the the sporty based 1200. the 1200 and 900 make good starter bikes but coming off an I4 bike it would be a down grade. definitely go for the 1125.
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being it is a Harley engine expect to work on them way more than on a .

With that said I have heard there is a direct bolt up for a buell to the HD sportster. Hoping I can swap soon since my engine is on it's way out (after only 36,000 miles). would be a good jump in HP from the stock 1200
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Darrinwil pretty much summed up what I was going to say.

When my bike came up for sale, I text'd trooper (member here) and asked his what he thought about the XB since he owned one for a while and he said " You won't regret it" and I haven't.

This bike has been the most fun I've ever had on a motorcycle to date. If I have a choice between my truck and the buell, I'm taking the buell. With the short wheel base and the low CG you can throw it around in the corners like it's nothing and it's SUPER stable in the corners.

Only bad: Non existent top-end. You won't be keeping up in the fast groups with this bike. If you don't care about that. You will not regret it!
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Darrinwil pretty much summed up what I was going to say.

When my bike came up for sale, I text'd trooper (member here) and asked his what he thought about the XB since he owned one for a while and he said " You won't regret it" and I haven't.

This bike has been the most fun I've ever had on a motorcycle to date. If I have a choice between my truck and the buell, I'm taking the buell. With the short wheel base and the low CG you can throw it around in the corners like it's nothing and it's SUPER stable in the corners.

Only bad: Non existent top-end. You won't be keeping up in the fast groups with this bike. If you don't care about that. You will not regret it!

I have ridden several Buells and I agree.
Love the chassis! Really awesome the way it handles. The bike almost disappears under you, it's like you are looking straight down on the front tire.

I always said, if they got the engine sorted out, I'd buy one. It felt to me like, just when you thought the power was gonna kick in, it ran out of RPMs.
Then I rode the the Streetfighter. It's similar, being a naked bike and all, although with a longer wheelbase. But the MOTOR is awesome!!!

I wouldn't be afraid of owning a Buell if it suits you, I have a friend with one and he hasn't complained of maintenance issues. He rides his more than most people and doesn't have problems.
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I have ridden several Buells and I agree.
Love the chassis! Really awesome the way it handles. The bike almost disappears under you, it's like you are looking straight down on the front tire.

I always said, if they got the engine sorted out, I'd buy one. It felt to me like, just when you thought the power was gonna kick in, it ran out of RPMs.
Then I rode the the Streetfighter. It's similar, being a naked bike and all, although with a longer wheelbase. But the MOTOR is awesome!!!

I wouldn't be afraid of owning a Buell if it suits you, I have a friend with one and he hasn't complained of maintenance issues. He rides his more than most people and doesn't have problems.
Wonder If I could squeeze a rc51 motor in one of these things? hmmmm
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I thought the 1125r was the engine solution?

I've ridden 2 different Buells, an 08 XB12scg and a 06 XB9sx. They had some differences, but I wouldn't turn either away. When I find a Buell S in the right price/condition/location, I'll be buying one. I just can't justify some of the prices that a few owners are asking... I'll buy a Ducati/Triumph before I buy an older Buell.
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I thought the 1125r was the engine solution?

I've ridden 2 different Buells, an 08 XB12scg and a 06 XB9sx. They had some differences, but I wouldn't turn either away. When I find a Buell S in the right price/condition/location, I'll be buying one. I just can't justify some of the prices that a few owners are asking... I'll buy a Ducati/Triumph before I buy an older Buell.
I was looking at a 09 xb12. he is asking 6,700. just can't bring myself to get invest in that. Especialy if people are saying it will need alot of $maintanance.$
I really want a street fighter type of bike. they are just more fun to me.


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I wouldn't be afraid of owning a Buell if it suits you, I have a friend with one and he hasn't complained of maintenance issues. He rides his more than most people and doesn't have problems.
Does your friend do any type of "extra" maintenance. I mean what else besides changing the oil/brakes will be different? I heard they DON'T need valve adjustments, so what kind of "maintenance" is everyone talking about?


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Darrinwil pretty much summed up what I was going to say.

When my bike came up for sale, I text'd trooper (member here) and asked his what he thought about the XB since he owned one for a while and he said " You won't regret it" and I haven't.

This bike has been the most fun I've ever had on a motorcycle to date. If I have a choice between my truck and the buell, I'm taking the buell. With the short wheel base and the low CG you can throw it around in the corners like it's nothing and it's SUPER stable in the corners.

Only bad: Non existent top-end. You won't be keeping up in the fast groups with this bike. If you don't care about that. You will not regret it!
What Buell do you have? an xb?
again... people say 'extra maintenance' .. besides oil/brakes/clutch what else is 'extra' about the maintenance?
really don't care about keeping up with the "fast pack" i'd much rather chill out and have fun popin' wheelies...I like going fast.. just staying smart about it. that fast stuff it what gets people killed, only takes a split second.
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that's too much for an xb12. again, for the money go with the 1125...
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that's too much for an xb12. again, for the money go with the 1125...
right on, I have a 1125cr and I love this thing and I had suzukis, hondas and kawasakis 4 cyl.

Oh, and I commute, ride to meets and TRACK it. FUUUUUUN!
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I've never sat on a 1125 but the whole purpose if a xb is for the more upright street fighter style of bike.

What kind of extra/more maintenance is everyone talking about?
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I have an XB12r. As far as maintenance, I haven't had any yet. I put oil and fuel in it and thats about it.

It only has 6k miles on so far....

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right on, I have a 1125cr and I love this thing and I had suzukis, hondas and kawasakis 4 cyl.

Oh, and I commute, ride to meets and TRACK it. FUUUUUUN!
I had my eye on a 1125 but I just get used to the way it looks. I'm sure it is everything you say it is as far as ride and FUUUUUN but the big air scoops killed it for me.

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