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Switching gears....Buell
« on: March 27, 2021, 04:00:23 PM »
For a change of pace lately I have been thinking about a Buell. A 2006 Ulysses has popped up f/s for what is reasonable money. Who knows maybe some American iron will be in the future............. .I've pissed away more on less....




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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2021, 04:17:32 PM »
You will want to see if it has the updated EBR  CPU.
much better fueling if it's matched to any upgrades like exhaust. . And that ECU was know to get sandwiched under the seat and it squashed the wiring then they fail. There are fixes. best forum Is badweatherbikers. Find all your answers on the the XB board,
http://www.badweatherbikers.com/buell/messages/32777/32777.html?

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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2021, 04:20:26 PM »
Update:

It bought and the seller is delivering tomorrow. It has a drummer off-road ECU??? 

Here's the ad... I'm stoked!

https://advrider.com/f/threads/buell-ulysses.1494638/
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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2021, 04:23:10 PM »


I used silly putty to check the swish under the seat,

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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2021, 04:23:10 PM »

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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2021, 04:24:56 PM »
Update:

It bought and the seller is delivering tomorrow. It has a drummer off-road ECU??? 

Here's the ad... I'm stoked!

https://advrider.com/f/threads/buell-ulysses.1494638/
nice, you will love the torq.

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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2021, 04:47:13 PM »
Lot of Hexhead BMW's so torx are familiar. I've read that with Buell there are a mix of metric and standard tool so when working on the bike just get everything out.
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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2021, 04:51:32 PM »
The little spacer block that was Buell's band-aid fix for the seat pan coming in contact with the ECU is insufficient.  Various ways to relocate or protect the delicate connectors from being cracked by the seat pan.  I (and every other Uly owner) will always wonder why they didn't mount it somewhere else like on the other XB's.

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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2021, 05:01:27 PM »
Very cool bike there! Have fun with it!
yeah, I might be addicted to brake fluid. But I can stop any time I want.

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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2021, 05:16:58 PM »
 I have had my 06 for 13 years, Just a fun great handling bike. Be careful grabbing a handful in first or second or you will be looking at the sky.
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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2021, 05:28:54 PM »
Nice bike, congrats on the buy!

If anyone else is feeling some Buell love and wants a good starter/fun bike, Iíve got a Blast for sale. :)
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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2021, 05:38:41 PM »
I have had my 06 for 13 years, Just a fun great handling bike. Be careful grabbing a handful in first or second or you will be looking at the sky.

 Laissez les bons temps rouler  :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #11 on: March 27, 2021, 05:47:56 PM »
   Rear wheel bearing a common failure. #6006 IIRC

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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #12 on: March 27, 2021, 08:12:34 PM »
That's right.  I'd forgotten about the rear wheel bearing issues.  I put a Free Spirits belt tensioner on mine.  Lots of debate if it helps or not, but I never have had a rear bearing fail.  The 2010 three bearing rear wheel was the solution.  Probably un-obtanium by now.

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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #13 on: March 27, 2021, 08:39:43 PM »
I had an Ď06 Ulysses a few years ago.  I think the burned skin on my right inner thigh has finally healed.  Youíll find out ...

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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #14 on: March 27, 2021, 11:10:46 PM »
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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #15 on: March 28, 2021, 09:24:04 AM »
I had an Ď06 Ulysses a few years ago.  I think the burned skin on my right inner thigh has finally healed.  Youíll find out ...
Yup, never ride my Uly without my AD1 pants! But my friends who have them who are tall and rode with the tall seat never had an issue with the heat.
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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #16 on: March 28, 2021, 09:40:29 AM »


I never found the heat to be an issue, as long as you're wearing good riding paints.  The frame does get hot though, especially in the summer.  Years ago, I attended a Buell-sponsored track day at Barber ( a factory sponsored track day on their demo bikes...what a concept!) in July.  Now those were some hot bikes! You could fry and egg on the frame/fuel tank.  The cooling fans on all the bikes never stopped running. 

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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #17 on: March 28, 2021, 02:07:02 PM »
Hey Motormike!

I was at that Buell event on my '07 XB12X. Great fun. Did a couple stints on the 1125R. Loved it!

First thing I did was make an air scoop (out of fiberglass) for the right side to help cool the rear cylinder. Worked great, and my fan ran a lot less frequently.

You'll love it, Perazzimx14!

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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #18 on: March 28, 2021, 02:10:37 PM »
For a change of pace lately I have been thinking about a Buell. A 2006 Ulysses has popped up f/s for what is reasonable money. Who knows maybe some American iron will be in the future............. .I've pissed away more on less....





You have experienced a lot of bikes and have excellent taste.   Please thoroughly ride that thing for a few months and give us a report.   Iíve always been tempted by the Buells
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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #19 on: March 28, 2021, 02:29:11 PM »
You have experienced a lot of bikes and have excellent taste.   Please thoroughly ride that thing for a few months and give us a report.   Iíve always been tempted by the Buells

From just the ride around the block in 1st and 2nd gear today I think this is going to be a fun bike.









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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #20 on: March 28, 2021, 03:29:36 PM »
I remember seeing this when they were first releasing it. Was very interested, but raising my family, so had to settle for a used Concours. Always said If I bought a Buell it would be a Ulysses.  Congrats, look forward to the ride reports.
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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #21 on: March 28, 2021, 09:31:36 PM »
I had an Ď06 Ulysses a few years ago.  I think the burned skin on my right inner thigh has finally healed.  Youíll find out ...

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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #22 on: March 28, 2021, 09:48:46 PM »
Saw that bike listed on ADV...looked like a great deal...have fun!

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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #23 on: March 29, 2021, 08:51:59 AM »
The funniest review of a Buell Ulysses I ever read was one writer saying, "at idle, it shakes like a dog trying to shit a peach pit!"  Hilarious and accurate.  And I say that as an owner.

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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #24 on: March 29, 2021, 08:52:32 AM »
I just sold my 08 xt  and they are great riding bikes that do run hot, but with overpants on it was barely noticeable, one thing to mention also is when servicing, the oil filter is right next to the oil pressure switch and is easy to snap off if your wrench slips, don't ask me how I know. Doh  :violent1: enjoy and ride safe.
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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #25 on: March 29, 2021, 09:25:20 AM »
I did get a small ride in this morning on some 2 lane backroads and its different. The torque is fun from idle to 6500ish RPM and anywhere in between. Just roll on/off the throttle and it pulls like a freight train. It is also deceptively fast. You feel the pull in your shoulders look down and realize you are going a lot faster than you think. The suspension is very nice as is the seat. Front brakes are a bit harsh (OP put new pads on so hopefully a bit of bedding and they mellow out). There were a few misses when cold but I think the fuel is fairly old so I'll circle back to that after a few tanks of fresh are run through to see if that even an issue. The handling is on another level it comfortable but transitions exceptionally smooth an with extreme precision. At 2000 RPM there isn't a woman on earth that wouldn't like to be astride the saddle as it vibrates so badly your vison is blurred but anywhere above or below that it smooths out. The exhaust is loud but no more loud than a few of my previous Ducati's.

Hopefully I can get out for a longer ride later today or tomorrow and really get familiar with this little devil.

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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #26 on: March 29, 2021, 09:28:18 AM »
Very nice.  Always liked that bike.  I too saw the ad for it and gave it a thought............ .....
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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #27 on: March 30, 2021, 04:12:23 PM »
Got some more miles in today. Rode up into the mountains and thing thing is interesting. Chuffing up the mountain at 3500 RPM in 4th gear powering in/out of corners a hoot. I still cannot get over the handling its nothing short of amazing. I've also found the front tire should last 100,000 miles as its not on the ground a lot and when it is its just skimming over the ground. But stick it in a corner and the short rake loads the front nicely for a very stable planted feel in the corners.

I've got about 100 miles on it so far and each mile is a bit more infectious. I cannot wait to take this bike down to visit friends in Johnson City TN and ride TOTD type roads until we puke.
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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #28 on: March 31, 2021, 01:35:08 PM »
I had a 2007 Ulysses. Absolutely loved it. Comfortable, fast, good handling.
I traded mine as I couldn't keep it even close to legal speed, what a ride!!!!

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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #29 on: April 11, 2021, 05:57:16 AM »
Well I've gotten a few tanks of fuel under my belt and observations:

1. This bike is fun. I mean a lot of FUN!
2. This bike is comfortable. I wish more manufacturers would study the Buell seat and ergo's.
3. This bike handles extremely well.
4. The suspension on this bike is very nice
5. This bike has shitty fuel range. 39 MPG and a 4.4gallon tank makes it in town hooligan bike not a adventure tourer. If I end up keeping it an aux fuel cell will be a must. 
6. The OEM short wind screen is useless. The Zero gravity replacment although taller is mostly useless. On the look out for a used Madstad
7. The Drummer exhaust is loud and I need to call about a DB killer to tone it down a bit

So far I am very happy with the purchase. Its a lot of bike for short money :thumb:

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