|Posted on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 - 02:25 pm: ||
I've got the opportunity to snag a very good looking 05 XB12SCG with 21K miles. lots of service records and such.
The price is $3600 which seems pretty damn good considering it comes with a set of new in box Pirelli Angels.
I already have a 2000 X1 that I love. Also I take care of my mother's 03 sportster which is a chill ride but the 883 is definitely underwhelming.
I'd just hate to skip out on the bike, especially because its the SCG model and I'm a shorter rider. But I'm worried about the 05 reliability long term. Im a bit afraid to work on the XBs because of the massive frame and aircleaner on top. I'm spoiled with the Tubers easy access maintenance.
|Posted on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 - 02:48 pm: ||
i don't think the XB maintenance is all that hard.
i'd say get it, but me and the rest of the audience on this forum is gonna be biased ... you can only ride one at a time.
would this bike fill a different role or replace one in the same role in your stable?
|Posted on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 - 03:09 pm: ||
Thanks for the input Nillaice. I'm mainly worried about the oil pump gear failing. I'm in the process of doing my research to change the gear on my X1. Seems like an alright job, I just don't have a garage which makes things very inconvenient.
Well aware of the bias on the BadWeb, but I know you guys and gals will tell the truth.
The XB could possibly replace the X1 if it was a bit more comfortable. But the X1 does have excellent range which I think the XB could not match
|Posted on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 - 05:24 pm: ||
So please excuse the opinion, but you'd be a fool to pass this up if you are remotely interested. The later Sportster pump and the bronze gear are easy fixes. This is by far the most bullet-proof bike I've ever owned. Change the oil and it just runs.
(Message edited by skipbarberman on September 14, 2021)
|Posted on Thursday, September 16, 2021 - 02:38 am: ||
Since my retirement, the only bike I'm keeping the lic., and insur. updated on is my XB12.
My 1190 EBR and my 1125CR are just sitting, loosing air pressure !
|Posted on Thursday, September 16, 2021 - 08:25 am: ||
Maybe my opinion will be a little less biased since I own a tuber and not an XB, but if you're interested, I'd definitely grab it. I had an XB9s years ago. It was actually the XB9s-low, the SCG before they came up with a fancy way to label it. How tall are you? People seem to love the SCG bikes, but at 5'8 I felt like it was way too short. I ended up swapping the suspension for the regular height and honestly it was still a small bike. Plus the XBs came with 3 different seat heights, so I eventually found the other 2 and was able to easily swap seats depending on what type of riding I was planning on doing that day.
As was said above, it was the easiest bike I've ever owned. In the time I owned it I never had to do a single thing to it other than change oil and put gas in it, which I loved. I think it was also one of the most comfortable and best fitting bikes I've ever owned(way more compact than my friends X1 I rode briefly). It's also the only bike I've ever sold that I was really sad to see go, and have missed once it was gone. If I had bought an XB12 I probably would've kept it a lot longer, but I was still pretty young and still rode with guys on inline 4s and got tired of trying to chase them on the highway, so at that point I thought I wanted something faster. Despite the extra 200cc, my S1 actually feels pretty much the same as the XB9 did. I know your X1 is a bit faster with the thunderstorm heads and FI, so I'm not sure how the power on an XB12 would compare. The XB9 did still shake, but it was on a whole other level when it came to fit and finish.