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Well I finally did it. I bought a bike to take the place of my beloved SV. She has been a great ride and I will never forget her, but she's getting old and a little ratty. Plus I just wanted a physically bigger bike for touring and 2 up riding. So without further ado, here's the new lady:



2006 Buell Ulysses XB12X

This thing is sweet!! The suspension and brakes are way ahead of the SV. Its comfy as hell, a lot faster and gets about the same MPG.

I havent been able to take her on proper ride yet. I'm gonna ride it to the Talimena Drive over spring break and I cant wait!! I hope she treats me as good as the SV has....

Now I just need to find a site for Buells thats as good as this one is for SV's. If anybody knows one, please send me a link.

And there will be a 1st gen SV for sale in the DFW area soon if anyone is interested ;D
 

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nice looking ride, i haven't ever looked at those, i think i'm going to have to look further into this Ulysses business...
 

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Nice ride. I'm happy with my 2006. I did add a few items to make it perfect for me:

Zero Gravity +4 Windshield in dark smoke. (Best money I spent)
PIAA 510's in driving beam patterns on a home made light bar
Spec Ops Uly Specific Heat shields (installs under your seat and keeps your bum and right thigh cool)
Under the grip hand warmers
Cycra Probend Aluminum hand guards
Hepco and Becker luggage (Buell accessory - works good, plenty of space)
Re-flashed my ECM with an 07 map. Better driveability. Some early 06's had an issue and the 07 map helped.

I left my stock exhaust on as there isn't a huge power increased with a slip on...and they do get noisey on long rides. But two up wise, it is a great mount. My wife falls asleep all the time on the back of that bike.

Now go out and ride it... Don't be afraid..it'll take punishment.

 

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Thanks for the info xnoah and wacky. The bike already has heated grips, the tall windscreen, Buell's race ECM and a Jardine slip on.

I am going to have to look into the heat shield and extra airscoop options. We live in Tx and I'm worried about how hot the bike will get this summer....

I also need to learn more about mapping and resetting the TPS. The bike has 9700 miles on it and at 10k the manual says the TPS should be reset. Plus there is a weird spot at ~2900 RPM where the bike surges. The same cable and software resets the TPS and allows you to remap the ECM right? Sorry for the dumb questions but this is the 1st fuel injected bike I have owned...
 

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I wish I could ride that bike... problem is I can't reach the kickstand. :-(

Had a chance to test drive it on demo day.
 

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Thanks for the info xnoah and wacky. The bike already has heated grips, the tall windscreen, Buell's race ECM and a Jardine slip on.

I am going to have to look into the heat shield and extra airscoop options. We live in Tx and I'm worried about how hot the bike will get this summer....

I also need to learn more about mapping and resetting the TPS. The bike has 9700 miles on it and at 10k the manual says the TPS should be reset. Plus there is a weird spot at ~2900 RPM where the bike surges. The same cable and software resets the TPS and allows you to remap the ECM right? Sorry for the dumb questions but this is the 1st fuel injected bike I have owned...
Good deal on the Race ECM. Is does quite nicely. Add a K&N and you'll notice a bit more power, but it does add some intake noise. I like 'em for the Buell, as I can clean it as often as I want. For me and where I ride, 10k between filter changes is too much.

The heat shields work wonders. Some like the right side scoop, for me they are too much money and instead of pushing the air across the rear cylinder and out, it swirls around it. Not sure if it really helps. The heat shields, block enough of the radiant heat from the front cylinder (inside of your right thigh) and the rear cylinder (heating your bum through the seat).

I have the VDSTS software and cable that I've used plenty. It allows clearing of the codes and resetting of the TPS, but it doesn't remap. I can reset my TPS with the VDSTS software in about 10 minutes. The first time though...well, that took around 1 hour to get it done right and learn how to do it. Plenty of REAL good How-To's online.

I also have the ECMSpy cable and software, but I haven't used it. With this software you can reset the TPS, reset your dynamic timing, change your ecm fuel maps. It's really nice, but the 07 map makes my bike run really well, I've never felt the need to play with it.
 

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Yay for buell!

Did you test ride any of the others? I to am looking to switch over to buell (from an I4 not the SV though)...

Have yet to test ride any and plan to test 3-4 models before making a decision but it will definetly be a lightning...

Three I am looking at most are the XB9SX, XB12Scg and XB12Ss.

XB9 has the perfect wheelbase and height but I dont think the engine has the power or characteristic torque I am looking for, the XB12Scg has the wheelbase I want and is tiny which is cool (I used to ride a 50cc street bike) but doesnt have the awesome long travel suspension of the XB12Ss, which would be fine except that its a little on the tall side (they make shorter seats) and has a 2" long wheelbase which makes me think it wont be as flickable and fun as the shorter bikes....

Regardless its nice to see another SV guy (I think there is an XB12Scg rider on here) converting to buell, from what I have read its a really awesome bike and without a doubt the best street based sport engine, tons of torque but not made to go triple digits for hours on end (some people need a street bike to do that, I am not that kind of person).

Oh and I never liked how the looked until they were all blacked out with red and blue parts in 09 :)
 

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Sweet bike man!
 

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nice bike. you'll love it.

www.buelletinboard.com is another site.

i use mobil1 vtwin synthetic in mine. its like $9 a quart, but it drops temps a good bit.

 

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Oh and I never liked how the looked until they were all blacked out with red and blue parts in 09 :)
i was so ****** after they revealed that the 09's were blacked out. i so would have waited if i knew. theyre hot.
 

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Sweet bike man!
Thanks Mike! Looks like you wont be the only non-SV rider at the rally this year :thumbsup:

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nice bike. you'll love it.

www.buelletinboard.com is another site.

i use mobil1 vtwin synthetic in mine. its like $9 a quart, but it drops temps a good bit.
Thanks for the info!

Have any of you other Buell havers heard about the torque specs in the owners and service manuals being wrong? I was doing some research and found that some people have stripped out the drain plug bolt using the recomended torque in the manual.....
 

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Thanks Mike! Looks like you wont be the only non-SV rider at the rally this year :thumbsup:



Thanks for the info!

Have any of you other Buell havers heard about the torque specs in the owners and service manuals being wrong? I was doing some research and found that some people have stripped out the drain plug bolt using the recomended torque in the manual.....
They are too much. Just finger tighten the drain plug bolts and then give it a 1/4 ~1/3 turn. That's all you'll need.

I've heard good things about the Mobil1 V-twin oil, but I haven't used it in my Uly. I use Amsoil 20W-50 (made for the H-D engines) with good success.
 
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