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Just a Thought...

just noticed where Buell is releasing a new for 2004 XB12R Firebolt and XB12S Lightning...not saying that I am thinking about getting one or anything...but I do like the "compactness" of the bike...hey, it even has Showa parts(forks and shock) stock!! pretty interesting ride I think.... I'd buy just for the fact that it's the closest thing to an American made "sportbike"... anyone out there have any experience at all with the XB9 series Buells? what is the general consensus on these bikes? crap or decent? I saw one at a trackday about a year and a half ago... interesting, to say the least!

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I've seen one, then he saw me go by... I remember reading a comparo a while back in motorcyclist and while giving it props for innovation and thought, they gave it a big ole failure on execution...
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Buells are fine as long as you don't mind the odd recall or two to replace all the motor mounts.

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I really like the muffler. It looks interchangable with the one from our Hyster Forklift we have at work.

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Re: Just a Thought...

My buddy has an XB9 something or other. IMO, it's crap. I rode it once for about 4-5 miles and could not wait to get off of it. He's had his alternator cover rattle loose, he's broken his kickstand, and his front caliper makes the scariest clicking sound under braking. Dealer tells him it's normal, while I wait for him to go end over end any split second(it's audible while riding next to each other). They definitely gave it a good shot, it could be a cool little bike to puttz around on, but it was very poorly executed...as stated above. By the way....my RR can rhomp all over his 984cc's
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Re: Just a Thought...

you guys are all high, havent you read the ads - the buells are made for the curves!

It reminds me of the 'oilstains' cartoons in (motorcyclist maybe?) when I picture one doing an oil change on the new lightnings...climbing all around the ass end looking for the oil drain...odd.
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Re: Just a Thought...

Test road a firebolt. Craptacular.
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