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Old 05-07-2012, 02:34 PM   #1
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XB12R vs Sv650s

Those of you who have both what are the main differences? How reliable is it etc? thanks ahead of time for your input.
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Old 05-07-2012, 02:37 PM   #2
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Re: XB12R vs Sv650s

The Buell is louder.
It also has about twice the torque (84 lb-ft vs. 45 lb-ft.)
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Old 05-07-2012, 02:40 PM   #3
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Re: XB12R vs Sv650s

Is it as easy to ride as the Sv? Is the motor as reliable and maintenance friendly?
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Re: XB12R vs Sv650s

It's got a Harley motor, so there are probably a thousand more aftermarket possibilities than we have with an SV. OTOH, it's now an orphan model, even more than the SV is here in the USA. Like most motorcycles, the Buell's reliability depends largely on how carefully it's maintained. Check the Buell forums to see whether there are any commonly-experienced problems.
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Old 05-07-2012, 02:53 PM   #5
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Re: XB12R vs Sv650s

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Old 05-07-2012, 04:15 PM   #6
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Re: XB12R vs Sv650s

I can tell you that I got beaten to the line by an XB12R this last weekend. There is no shortage of power on these things.
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Re: XB12R vs Sv650s

the XB is a great bike, the only maintenance needed is oil changes and gas. No chain to clean or adjust no valves to adjust.

They have their own quirks. Stock vs. Stock the XB is faster. The torque is awesome. The low redline takes some getting used to though. I always find myself short shilfting on the SV after getting off the buell.
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Re: XB12R vs Sv650s

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the XB is a great bike, the only maintenance needed is oil changes and gas. No chain to clean or adjust no valves to adjust.

They have their own quirks. Stock vs. Stock the XB is faster. The torque is awesome. The low redline takes some getting used to though. I always find myself short shilfting on the SV after getting off the buell.
I agree, it is pretty light on the maintenance that it needs. However, it does Primary Chain that needs to be checked every once and while (not hard to do, and a not hard to adjust if it is needed), and the Throttle Position Sensor (TPS) needs to be zeroed every once and awhile. Those are not hard to adjust, but you will have to do them at some point.

Compared to swapping shims and adjusting a drive chain, much easier (in my eyes) to service the Buell.

As far as riding, it feels pretty good for being a "sportster-based" motor; and the suspension, in a lot of respects, is much better than the stock units on the SV when it is set up.

BadSV, you might want to head over to the BadWeatherBiker's forum, and get more details on the XB12R; including any recalls that were a problem in the past.

I would have loved to own one when I was looking for a 2nd bike (which my SV is), it just never worked out for me. Maybe it will work out for me and getting one in the future.
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Old 05-07-2012, 05:42 PM   #9
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They eat tires fast....
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Old 05-07-2012, 06:00 PM   #10
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Dude........ i'm pretty sure you need to service an SV6500 if it's barely making you 70hp.

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