|Posted on Sunday, September 16, 2012 - 01:20 pm: ||
Traded my 2010 Buell xb12r for a new Kawasaki 2012 zx14r. Note some low mileage take off parts, tools, manuals forsale listed in the classified section. Ended up getting $7000 for the XB and $12,700 for the zx14r
I really liked the buell, and the way it looked standing still, it handled really well at most mild speeds and tight turns. But it just simply ran out of steam to quickly after around a 100 mph plus.
The other querk I didn't like was the way it was easily upset by highway road reflectors and rain grooves etc.
The ZX14R is just another experience and is rock solid at all speeds and feels firmly planted at all times, and the speed is like nothing else. I aways wanted one of the high speed bikes like the hayabusa or a zx14r, so I figured I would get one and try it out.
To be quite honest the buell was just not what I thought it would be, I also have a 1200 sportster highly modified and find that is was actually a lot more fun to ride than the buell and had more torque down low than the xb.
One interesting note I took a xr1200 for a test ride this summer back east on vacation and found that it also, was down on power and torque, when comparing it to my 1200 sportster, due to it using the same xb12r designed motor.
The other long term issue with me getting rid of the buell was the availability and dealer support for parts and service, and also some of the other reliability issues surrounding the buells, all this added up to me getting rid of the buell before, I regretted it.
(Message edited by xxxue on September 16, 2012)
|Posted on Sunday, September 16, 2012 - 04:30 pm: ||
Assuming you ride on the road, top speed should never be a concern. Track use and you'll be forgiven. Good luck with the new machine.
For me I find that on public roads my XB9R has way more speed than I care to use. Far too simple to hit 90+ since that is only 3 gears worth and the first two come on fast enough for me. Never had issues with the pavement, but we don't have a lot of concrete around here and no reflectors in the lanes since the snow plows would tear them up. As far as being planted, the only time it feels twitchy is in tight corners where I hang off, I'm sure most of this is pilot error. Not hanging off on the same corners and it is amazing compared to other machines I've ridden. Maybe it is slow, but I know it is much more machine than my skills can handle and I consider myself a decently skilled rider (but without enough regular practice).
|Posted on Sunday, September 16, 2012 - 10:59 pm: ||
Careful on that new Kawabusa. Ripping thru a few gears wide open will have you past 160 in a hurry. If you're doing that on the street it's only a matter of time before fate steps in and gets you arrested or even killed - so good luck. OTOH - buells can be rather picky about their owners. I'm sure it will find its way into the hands of someone who truly appreciates it. Happy riding!
|Posted on Monday, September 17, 2012 - 12:37 am: ||
I have a friend who traded his 04 Buell XB12R in on a 2012 BMW 1000RR . The BMW was an incredible bike in every way . I rode it a couple of times and I was very impressed . I mean the BMW in close to stock form is a 9 second 1/4 mile bike . VERY FAST !
After he got it broken in and could really open it up , he realized he made a mistake . This BMW was to much for mortal men . It scared the crap out of him on so many occasions that he finally sold it . He told me he wished he still had his XB12R .
|Posted on Monday, September 17, 2012 - 05:08 am: ||
Now you can go to the Rickey Gadson drag racing school, learn to tame the beast and then go make big money biatch slappin' all those wanna be 'busa street racers.