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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #30 on: April 11, 2021, 07:04:46 AM »
Congrats on the Ully! Looks like you found a good one. Have always thought about one after a demo ride but never pulled the trigger. The couple I did look not look as well maintained or sorted as yours.
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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #31 on: April 11, 2021, 11:56:11 AM »
My friend has an 06 with the race ecm and exhaust...Interesti ng ride, lots of usable power. I'm 6 foot but didn't like the tall seat. Check the side stand bolts, my friend has his fall over, the bolts sheared off...
 I has a fine running tube frame Buell but never warmed up to the vision blurring rubber mount shakes below 2500 rpm. Doesn't  bother some riders...
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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #32 on: April 12, 2021, 04:19:21 PM »
 If you haven't already found Badweather here is some good info.
http://www.badweatherbikers.com/buell/messages/142838/442053.html?1238017122
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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #33 on: April 12, 2021, 11:07:06 PM »
Well I've gotten a few tanks of fuel under my belt and observations:


Don't you mean a few frames of fuel?   :grin: :laugh:

You are making me want one now. 
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Re: Switching gears....Buell
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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #34 on: April 13, 2021, 06:48:23 AM »
Don't you mean a few frames of fuel?   :grin: :laugh:

You are making me want one now.

I'd suggest than unless you like bikes with insane amounts of torque, nice suspension, great handling and very reasonably priced don't look at Buell.


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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #35 on: April 13, 2021, 10:14:48 AM »
I'd suggest than unless you like bikes with insane amounts of torque, nice suspension, great handling and very reasonably priced don't look at Buell.

Knowing near zero about Harley's, how is the motorcycle/transmissions/clutch for  reliability? 

I test drove a Buell Firebolt back when they were new ... but that was back in my Yamaha R1 and Ducati ST4S days, so I was like yuk/poo/egad after the test ride ... seemed like an OK chassis with a strange motor stuffed into it.
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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #36 on: April 13, 2021, 04:10:19 PM »
Knowing near zero about Harley's, how is the motorcycle/transmissions/clutch for  reliability? 

I test drove a Buell Firebolt back when they were new ... but that was back in my Yamaha R1 and Ducati ST4S days, so I was like yuk/poo/egad after the test ride ... seemed like an OK chassis with a strange motor stuffed into it.

I know even less about Harley. But from the reading I've done save for a crank issue on some of the early 2007's the 1203 Thunderstorm in stock or close to stock is a reliable platform. I also gather re-mapped or race ECU's, opening the air box and free'er flowing muffler is not detrimental to the reliability/longevity but it sure is to hard on fuel economy and go a long way in the fun factor.

Ok chassis with a strange motor stuffed into it is pretty spot on. They are a little like Guzzi. Ride one for 5 miles and think what is all the hubbub about or even what is this POS. Put some more time in the saddle and get to know the bike and your attitude changes from WTF to WOW.



 

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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #37 on: April 13, 2021, 08:48:13 PM »
I bought my 2009 Uly when they had their "going out of business" sale.  Since then I've put 25,000 miles on it.  Just took it out again today for the first time in a while.  I'd forgotten how well it handles.  I've really only had two problems with it over the years.  Had to replace the fuel pump early on.  There was a batch where once you got low on gas, the pump would run hot and draw enough current to blow the fuze.  Had to replace the neutral switch last year, and that's it.  I did put a new belt on it at 20,000 miles and kept the old one as a spare, just in case.  The paint-shaker idle gets old, but that's really the only complaint I have. 


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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #38 on: April 14, 2021, 05:21:46 AM »
 Some Buells suffered from oil pump drive gear issues. The gear wear prematurely, the teeth shear off, the motor is trashed. This problem was supposedly fixed by 2004 with a bronze gear but still some bikes had issues...Did does not affect all bikes and how the bike is ridden and mileage is a factor...



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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #39 on: April 14, 2021, 06:41:26 AM »
Some Buells suffered from oil pump drive gear issues. The gear wear prematurely, the teeth shear off, the motor is trashed. This problem was supposedly fixed by 2004 with a bronze gear but still some bikes had issues...Did does not affect all bikes and how the bike is ridden and mileage is a factor...

I seem to recall something similar on the early Rubbermount sportsters. Only a year or two, fine if not beat to death but a risk otherwise.

God I miss my ST3.... did I post this yet?

Only problem was the SuperTrapp was way too loud for me, I usually keep things stock and by that point no stock mufflers were to be had.

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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #40 on: April 14, 2021, 07:41:41 AM »
 I sorta miss miss my hot rod tube frame...Chain drive conversion , lower gearing, well tuned, a fun ride....But I do prefer my 96 Monster 900...

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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #41 on: April 14, 2021, 12:59:00 PM »
I seem to recall something similar on the early Rubbermount sportsters. Only a year or two, fine if not beat to death but a risk otherwise.

God I miss my ST3.... did I post this yet?

Only problem was the SuperTrapp was way too loud for me, I usually keep things stock and by that point no stock mufflers were to be had.



I still have my '97.  Best handling bike for mountain roads.....maybe the Jackal I use to own would compete with it. 
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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #42 on: April 14, 2021, 01:07:36 PM »
I still have my '97.  Best handling bike for mountain roads.....maybe the Jackal I use to own would compete with it.

Yup, but my moving to a land of flat and straight roads at sea level played a large part in deciding to get rid of it.
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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #43 on: April 14, 2021, 01:10:46 PM »
I have the dark green, no saddle bags.  My only complaint would be the losing of bolts from vibration.  A given for me with the engine.  Just something you have to live with.  Normal maintenance to check bolts/nuts.   
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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #44 on: April 14, 2021, 06:53:34 PM »
I had a 2006 Ulysses for a while. Loved it. Another one in a list of many bikes I should have kept.


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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #45 on: April 14, 2021, 08:00:55 PM »
 On the 2006 the 77 connector to the stator is a problem, there is an upgrade, when mine went and left me stuck on a dirt road in Mass (thanks again Sean for the rescue) I replaced it with  a couple of well pump connectors from Home Depot.
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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #46 on: April 15, 2021, 04:03:08 AM »
It certainly looks to be a pretty tidy bike you have got yourself Perazzi. :thumb:
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« Reply #47 on: April 15, 2021, 07:04:04 AM »
It certainly looks to be a pretty tidy bike you have got yourself Perazzi. :thumb:

When the seller pulled into the driveway I could not believe how clean the bike was. It always hard to tell from pictures the actual condition. This was a pleasant surprise.


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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #48 on: April 15, 2021, 07:37:03 AM »
Love me my Buell's, other then a fuel pump failure (that didn't leave me stranded), ECM quirks, they are pretty damn reliable.









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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #49 on: April 15, 2021, 09:21:09 AM »
Love me my Buell's, other then fuel pump a failure (that didn't leave me stranded), ECM quirks, they are pretty damn reliable.











I've got one more bike I'd like to sell then maybe I need to start looking for a Tuber. The red'in looks fantastic. The orange ain't bad either

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Re: Switching gears....Buell
« Reply #50 on: April 15, 2021, 10:09:26 AM »
I've got one more bike I'd like to sell then maybe I need to start looking for a Tuber. The red'in looks fantastic. The orange ain't bad either

Thank you, the red one is a numbered 'Red Racing tripe'. The Gray and Orange M2 is the last year of the tubers. The M2 is becoming the most comfortable for me as i get older because of the standard ergonomics. The gray X1 is a numbered 'Millennium'. The white one is a 95' S2 one of the last hand built...     
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