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Arry
Posted on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 06:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

When did the first Uly's go up for sale? Must have been about 15 years ago.
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Froggy
Posted on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 07:44 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Summer of 2005 as 2006 models.
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Hughlysses
Posted on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 07:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Wow. Sure wish we could visit an alternate time line and see what a 2020 Uly would have looked like...
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Ourdee
Posted on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 07:58 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Air suspension would have allowed the shortest of us to ride the X.
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Tpehak
Posted on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 08:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

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Shoggin
Posted on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 08:13 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I've always been curious. It doesn't seem too hard to use a tiny compressor to air-over-hydraulic the existing remote pre-load?

How about adapting an HD aftermarket air shock?

Hmmm...
Can you tell I'm bored? : )
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Shoggin
Posted on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 08:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

The Pan-America is the obvious go-to, but check out that exhaust, I wonder how badly they wanted to use an underslung muffler but NONONO we couldn't possibly do THAT! LOL.
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Bobbuell1961
Posted on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 08:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

The first 100 ordered got a display signed windshield, I have #14, not sure if it is the same # off the line but I received it in September of 05.
Still love it, 77K mostly trouble free miles.
Waiting to see if the Pan American can stand up to it, time will tell.
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Shoggin
Posted on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 10:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

If Harley is still around to make motorcycles, I'd happily take a serious look at it and the Lightning (oops! Brawler) as well.

Ironic that they are poised to make the best motorcycles they have in 10 years and...
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Arry
Posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 01:34 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Bobbuell, Cool that you have #14, that you got it brand new, and that you have stuck with it from the beginning.
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Bobbuell1961
Posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 07:16 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Favorite bike I've ever had.
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Etennuly
Posted on Saturday, May 30, 2020 - 07:57 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

O6 Uly X. 67,000 miles. Still get compliments on it everywhere I go. Today 65 miles. 2 stops 4 compliments.

I still love it in spite of being bothered all of the time!
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Bobbuell1961
Posted on Saturday, May 30, 2020 - 09:01 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Mine has been a little lazy lately as my new job is only 2 miles away not to mention she needs new sneakers for the ? time.
I bought a new tool box and found wheel bearings, front and rear I bought for the next time the wheels are off, rears have been changed a couple of time because of necessity, fronts are original.
Michelin being searched.
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Ftd
Posted on Tuesday, June 02, 2020 - 05:57 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Bought my Ď06 the end of 2005 as part of Dave Sís fly and ride deal from HD of Appleton, WI. I think around 10 of us bought Ulysses before the end of Ď05 and agreed to meet and pick them up in May. We toured the factory, had lunch with EB and his crew at Gusís Drive In, rode to the UP, etc. I flew up from Orlando and on the way home checked out Indy 500 qualifying and rode the Dragon. Fun trip. I still have mine, approaching 50K and running great. My favorite bike for sure.
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Generalcuz
Posted on Friday, June 12, 2020 - 02:28 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

To Shaggin's point, I don't know what a 2020 would have looked like, but sure glad to have gotten off that train. I wouldn't trust HD with the once again changing wind in terms of the future direction of their bike line up.

Call me a millenial, but after 15 years of Buells, I just ordered my first non-HD related bike. (Yamaha Tenere 700)
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Roostre
Posted on Friday, June 12, 2020 - 02:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Any of you watch this interview?
I learned a few interesting things about Erik- I had no idea he was 70. And one of the bikes he has kept in his personal stable is the Ulysses and he talks a bit about why he likes it so much.

https://advrider.com/baldy-interviews-erik-buell/
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Blasterd
Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 11:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I show up here from time to time since I spent so many years here and logged so many miles in the 4 Buells I owned, I regret to this day letting my 2009 XB12X go it was the greatest motorcycle I ever owned.
I have a nice Vstrom that collects dust it's rather boring.
I miss you all, God bless
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Pushr0d
Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - 09:09 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I'd agree the 'Dirtbagger' is probably what a '21 Uly would look like. The underslung can is a great physics experiment, but a poor location for a bike that is supposed to be good 'off-road'

The HD dressers have had air suspension for years - there's no reason other than cost that it isn't standard equipment.
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Ftd
Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - 06:30 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Sign of the future. My Ď06 Uly and Ď20 LiveWire.
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Ftd
Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - 06:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)



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Smorris
Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 09:35 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

nice, eclectic set of American hardware
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Tootal
Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 09:58 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I test rode an 06 Uly while I was riding a Cagiva Gran Canyon. Two bikes that were supposed to be similar. Wow, I couldn't believe how different they were. The Cagiva felt fast and the engine was always in attack mode. It really was fun to ride like a demon, but after about 2 hours in the saddle I'd had enough. One ride on the Uly and it was so relaxed. It didn't really feel like I was going very fast until I looked at the speedometer! Once I figured out where the power band was I could ride it like a demon but when I wanted to relax it was easy to short shift and enjoy the scenery. I bought the Uly and rode both for a while but the Uly won out. As Erik says, it's just so versatile. I've ridden from St. Louis to Colorado. Ran twisty asphalt to Jeep trails. Truly a Swiss army knife of motorcycles.
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