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Court
Posted on Thursday, September 04, 2008 - 06:33 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

One part number will have a brand spanking new Buell motor headed your way. For an '06 Ulysses.

19505-06 ENGINE ASSEMBLY w/out front isolator mount attached.
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Panhead_dan
Posted on Thursday, September 04, 2008 - 08:54 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Thanks Court!
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F_skinner
Posted on Friday, September 12, 2008 - 10:28 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

BMC, I am very pleased with my Buells and the Buell Experience. The people that I have met that ride and make these bikes are top notch. My 2007 XB12R is a very refined bike and I am amazed at how far the product has progressed from the tube framed bikes. If I may be so bold to suggest a couple of things.

In today's Global Market it would be nice to be able to order parts and accessories on-line instead of relying on a dealer. If this is part of a deal with Harley Davidson to get Buell owners into a dealership I understand but when the dealerships repeatedly do not have common parts in stock I would much rather order them myself and have the parts delivered to my house.

I would also like to see some type of owners association, which is not dependent on dealerships, with regional rides and Buell support. The H.O.G. membership I got when I purchased my last Buell is ok but does not provide the new Buell owner with the experience of owning a true American made Sportbike.

I am very impressed with the new Uly and got a chance to ride one. I never gave the Uly much thought but after riding it I can see the attraction. I guess that is why there were so many Ulys at Homecoming. The 1125 is in a class all by itself, very impressive. If that 1125R platform was mated with a Sport Touring package that would rival the BMW 1200GT and Kawasaki Concours you would be making my next bike.

Thanks for any attention you give to this,

A Buell owner in Colorado
Frank

(Message edited by f_skinner on September 12, 2008)
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Ducxl
Posted on Sunday, September 28, 2008 - 05:23 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

.....Thank You

I just finished installing my "PRD0501" kit.

It surprisingly showed up unexpectedly the other day by UPS.

My original high beam was still fine.So was the replacement i paid for and installed 2500 miles ago.My dealer shipped it to me knowing i'm a DYI'er and already replaced one and knew procedure.

Outstanding product support,Erik.Thank you.

You too,Ritchie
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Gowindward
Posted on Thursday, October 02, 2008 - 02:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Learn Something from McMaster-Carr

I placed an order online yesterday at 3:20pm with McMaster-Carr. The shipment departed this morning at 12:33am. It will arrive at my door tomorrow. This was a standard order and UPS ground is the shipment method. They are an AWESOME company to do business with.

On the other hand I went to my local Buell/H-D dealer on Tuesday at noon time and ordered a list of parts, which I had no expectation of them having them in stock. It was a rather odd list for a 02' S3T, but everything I would expect a factory parts warehouse to have on the shelf. As soon as the parts guy expected to have the parts is Tuesday next week. Seven freaking days!!!!! Buell/H-D needs to learn something from places like McMaster-Carr. I know Court will say Buell ships within a very short time of receiving a part order.

I DON"T CARE!!!! The complete system does not WORK if it takes 7 days to put an available part (on a shelf someplace in the U.S.) in the customerís hand. Please fix this, so Buell riders around the globe can spend time riding and not waiting on a part to show up at a dealer a week after itís been ordered by the customer.

Respectfully,

Loren

PS; Thanks for making GREAT motorcycles!!!
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Chrislightning
Posted on Monday, October 13, 2008 - 08:49 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I agree, It took me two weeks to get a clutch cable for an XB12s. I ordered a Jacket a couple of days later 9/24/08 and still have not received it. Why post the thing on your website if It can't be received in a timely manner. I was told they were "back Ordered" a week after I bought it. If they are so popular that there is a big back order then how come they are not in stock at a Harley Dealer. Also, as I was putting on the clutch cable a friend came over to help me, He has a Kawasaki Z 1000. I was telling him about my wait, he called the local dealer, they had a clutch cable for his Z 1000, in stock and $13.00 cheaper. What took me 2 weeks and 2 hrs drive time would have taken him less then an hour to get his bike back on the road. C'mon Erik I love my bike but this has got to change.
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Redscuell
Posted on Monday, February 16, 2009 - 07:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

G'day from Down Under. I've had the pleasure of owning / riding an 09 1125r for the last 2 months or so. I've been riding for just a few years, and was on first a 250 Honda twin and then a 750 Honda four from the 80s. They didn't need steering dampers, but the R does.

For reference my riding is now comprised of 1,000 kms weekly at freeway speeds, and includes country roads with many high-speed roundabouts having exit speeds of 80 kph plus. That means I ride for TWO HOURS EVERY DAY AT 100KPH+.

My first week's riding on the R was greatly marred by the bike not having a damper; to the point where I thought I'd made a mistake in buying the Buell; made plain when I fitted the GPR damper that I'd already purchased on the strength of comments on the Superbike Board. What a transformation, even cruising in 6th on the freeway.

I've experimented with most of the 'fixes' touted on the Superbike Board, including intake solenoids and deleted airboxes, and will say that I'd happily reverse any / ALL of them EXCEPT the steering damper that the bike should've been fitted with since new.

In my case, I've installed the GPR that is sold by them for the Thunderbolt and fits the R when replacing one imperial screw with a metric one.

Likely EVERY review of the R and CR would be enhanced in a worthwhile way if the bikes were factory-equipped with dampers. I expect my experience will be enhanced by a Level One course I've booked at the local California Superbike School in March.

Thanks for listening.
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Panhead_dan
Posted on Monday, July 27, 2009 - 07:11 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Dear Mr. Buell,
Thank you for crushing the Blast. I've got nothing against the Blast but I agree completely with why you did it. I would have done the same thing if I was in your shoes. We think alike, you and I. Maybe that's why you build the worlds best motorcycles and also why I ride them.
Will you please send me a sticker once in a while like you used to do?
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Rick_a
Posted on Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 07:51 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Keep rockin' Erik.






It was a pleasure meeting you last year, and I'll continue to enjoy the unique ride that is Buell.
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Madgaz
Posted on Friday, October 30, 2009 - 12:01 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Buell, Australia's latest export success

I'm thinking we should invite Erik to make a new start down here in Australia.
Get the government to throw a few grants and subsidies at him and we can have our own successful motor industry exporting to the world.
Plenty of room here too Erik, and you can test in secret on a huge variety of public roads and no one will notice.}

Give me the word and I'll start looking for a big empty shed for ya with a BBQ out the back.

Black X1 aka madgaz
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Madgaz
Posted on Friday, October 30, 2009 - 01:02 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Hey Erik

Sorry to disturb you twice in the same day, but theres a bit of support for you coming to Australia.
I have had 2 enquiries of "where do I send my resume' for the Buell factory jobs in Australia"
One from Joe of mutant fame, looking for work in the frame design and fabrication department, and myself as the safety manager.


I expect the bar fridge in the BBQ area is being stocked as I write.

Look foward to hearing from you.

MadGaz aka BlackX1

PS: can you bring a case or two of Alaskan Amber or Coors Original. Thanx mate

(Message edited by madgaz on October 30, 2009)
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12xbl
Posted on Friday, October 30, 2009 - 06:58 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I'll join you in that Gary ......... i'll come and work for NOTHING for twelve months Erik in Webdesign and Business Promotion.
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Vecchio_lupo
Posted on Wednesday, February 03, 2010 - 10:10 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Erik,

I feel I can call you Erik as "Mr. Buell" sounds a little over the top for who we are in the world you built and sweated over. I don't want to discuss the why, or how, or what do we do now. We liked your product because we were not defined by central marketing division, dressed in matching black T-shirts. We (The Buell Owners)are self reliant, and we will keep your bikes and run them the same way there are still BSA Lightnings on the street 40 years later.

I am an American in Germany, I have a 99' S3T that gets alot of attention over here. My question is this:

The European riders seem to get your vision, and they love your innovation, so when and where do you plan to have a European Homecoming? I cannot imagine a cooler event than a Buell BBQ at the Stelvio Pass in Italy, or in the Black Forest, or even a Buell hospitality tent at LeMans or the Isle of Man.

I understand that things change and business is, well, business. Don't just stop, fly your flag, rally your supporters and show H-D that maybe, just maybe, the new demographic they are always prattling on about was always right under their nose.

Thank You, and good luck.
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Court
Posted on Wednesday, February 03, 2010 - 10:38 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

TD3

Totally doable deal dude . . . . .
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Reepicheep
Posted on Wednesday, February 03, 2010 - 11:20 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Black Forest?!?! That would be beyond cool. Sign me up. (And sponsor my air fare and bike rental ; ) ). I'll bring my own beer money though...
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Madgaz
Posted on Wednesday, February 03, 2010 - 06:08 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Buell get together in Australia 2010

http://buellmuster.org/





(Message edited by madgaz on February 03, 2010)

(Message edited by madgaz on February 03, 2010)
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Vecchio_lupo
Posted on Thursday, February 04, 2010 - 04:29 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Great! That's only twice as far as The American Homecoming from where I am. I'm just being petty, it's great that there are global happenings.

Kevin Costner's band is playing at the Polo Motorrad ( a giant motorcycle gear and bits store) homecoming this summer, I hope he is not a poser rocker.

I still think a 1 day event, Buell BBQ/ Concert at the Passo Stelvio would be the greatest thing imaginable. There may not be enough room for that many bikes so perhaps a weekend event in the Black Forest is more doable.

Here is a 1000 mile Irish Coast Challenge for Buells,
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=547146

(Message edited by vecchio_lupo on February 04, 2010)
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Morrisonsl
Posted on Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 08:50 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

My 2008 1125r which has only 1060 miles on it and like new has a problem that alot of 1125r;s have, weeping clutch, lost my clutch coming to a stop light due to all the dot4 weeping out weep hole on case, this seems to be a problem and if its under warranty they fix it but if not they , which is harley, not Buell could care less about us devoted Buell riders, I have 2 Buells and Harley treats us like a "red headed step child" sorry that I bought a new 2010 harley last month...Buell needs someone to handle problems with their bikes and not let some lady on the line who has no clue to say" to bad"... Im 65 and have been riding bikes for all my life and know how to take care and service them...thanks for listening to a Buell rider and his frustrations
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Davegess
Posted on Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 11:51 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Unfortunately Mr. Buell has no say in this anymore. H-D fired his sorry butt; )

You need to keep working with your dealer and H-D.
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Court
Posted on Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 08:56 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

If Mr. Buell had ANYTHING to do with it ...... Your concerns would be addressed pronto.
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Ezblast
Posted on Saturday, December 25, 2010 - 02:42 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Merry Christmas and a Happy new year!
EZ
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Vecchio_lupo
Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 10:36 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Wow, over a year since any movement on this board. Mr. Buell, good luck and godspeed on your endeavors. I have been abandoned by manufacturers before, but never been looked after by a founder. I know the new bikes are a priority, as they should be. Just please keep us old tube riders in the back of your mind. We could use some ECM support and maybe a touch of exhaust options. Lets keep the Tubers firmly rooted in the Buell community. We would much rather be associated with the Greater Buell population than a H-D Sportster cousin that can't get any love at the MoCo outlets.

Time will vindicate us, history will revere the Tubers as the beginning of the future.
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Steveford
Posted on Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 03:40 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

We could use color molded fuel tanks for the tube framed Buells.
I was on my S1 and passed a Cyclone going the other way and we both had scabtacular gas tanks.
We really need help keeping the old ones looking good, Erik.
Thank you.
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Crusty
Posted on Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 11:21 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Back in the mid Ď70s, I rode a Sport Tourer. I had a Moto Guzzi V7 Sport. It was considered a sport bike at the time, and many people told me I should get something more touring oriented, and that my bike wasnít comfortable enough for long trips. However, I rode that bike all over the country. It saw the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans as well as the Gulf of Mexico, I used it for a daily commuter and I even raced it in local club races. There were more comfortable rides out there, but I was young and able to appreciate the better qualities the Sport had to offer over its more plushly appointed brethren. It had a ďCammyĒ engine and it handled beautifully. My next Guzzi was a used 850 T that I bought in March of í79. It was the same basic engine and frame, but the engine lacked the ďKickĒ of the Sport. I liked the bike, but it never even spoke to me and the song wasnít there. It was time to move on.

Time went on and I got away from bikes that were more sport oriented. But I always remembered the feeling of how that Sport felt when it ďcame up on the camĒ.

In 1998, I bought a Buell S3-T. I flat loved it. It had an engine that made the right kind of power (It didnít have a lot of low end grunt, but get it over 4 grand and it just sang to me). It handled so good that it made me a better rider. It was also beautiful to look at.
Unfortunately, it had its share of problems. After two years of the love/hate relationship, I moved on. I traded it in on a M2. The M2 was a good bike and I kept it for a few years. I adapted a set of S3-T bags to fit it, but it didnít have the same feel as the S3.

Back when Buell unveiled the XB platform, I had a chance to ask Erik when he was going to build another Sport-Tourer. He told me that, unfortunately, Sport-Tourers donít sell. The Magazines love them and the owners tend to be a bit more knowledgeable and more dedicated (I think he was blowing a little smoke at me with that line) but sales wise, they sat on dealership floors.

Thereís a lot of evidence to support that argument. Think about the Yamaha GTS, the Aprilia Futura and the Ducati ST 2/3/4. Then again, to be contrary, BMW sells a shitload of bikes that come with bags, and quite a few of them fit into the category of Sport-Tourers. And of the Sport bikes that they offer, BMW also offers the option of hard bags as an accessory.

As Iíve gotten older, Iíve come to appreciate hard bags. When I had my V7 Sport, I was really happy when I got a set of leather saddlebags for Christmas. They were a real step above the backpack I would strap to the back seat when I was traveling. Then, a few years later, I found that if I had hard bags, I didnít have to put all my clothes in a garbage bag to keep them dry if it rained. Itís nice to be able to carry things on my bike when Iím also carrying a passenger.

Now, last month I took an EBR 1190 SX out for a Demo ride. It felt wonderful. It was more comfortable that I thought it would be. It made more than enough power for my needs and it handled like a motorcycle Erik Buell was involved with. The engine has that kick. The leader of the Demo group took us over some very convoluted back roads that had little traffic, and the bike just sang to me. When the guys back at the dealership told me that a windshield was going to be available, and probably soft bags, The squirrels in my head started racing on their wheels.

I donít expect Erik to build a Sport ĖTouring version of the 1190. I donít want all the features that are ďNecessitiesĒ on Sport-Tourers. I donít like ABS (I have it on my Norge). I hate music systems on motorcycles. I prefer to use an old fashioned paper map over a GPS. What I want is a basic sporting motorcycle with reasonably basic instrumentation (speedo w/ trip meter, Tach, Clock and probably Air Temp, as well as the usual idiot lights for oil pressure, charging system, neutral, high beam and turn signals). An SX; but offer the accessories to make it a Sport-Tourer. An effective windscreen is a start, as are soft bags, but maybe some hard bags would be a good thing, too. Offer heated handgrips. These are not extravagant luxuries, and they are unnecessary for a pure sport bike, but they open up sales to the few nut cases like me who use their motorcycles as more than just a toy.

One more suggestion; offer a belt drive kit. If Buell could offer a chain drive kit for 1125 owners, then why canít EBR offer a belt kit for those of us who prefer the ease of maintenance a belt offers?

Anyway, As a former owner who has put almost 200,000 miles on my assorted Buells, and as a potential future owner who likes the SX a lot, I just thought Iíd put in my two cents worth.

Supposedly, someone at the factory follows this stuff. I hope so. I'm also going to post this over in the EBR section in case nobody is watching this area anymore.
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