View Full Version : New Buell Specialist At Skips

irish mike
08-18-2009, 06:00 PM
How goes it, folks. My name is Mike Miller, And I'm the new Buell Guy at Skip Fordyce H-D and BUELL!!!! Rob is off to bigger better things and I have a lot of metric sport bike experience so they moved me over from the Parts Dept. I'm not as Sharp on the Buell line as Rob was but I'm learning fast. So if anyone has ANY questions at all, PLEASE ASK. It will be a learning sprint for me, and an informed answer for you. I've got the resources so help me use them.

08-18-2009, 06:03 PM
Well you should get his Password cause we need answers from Buell Parts Guy AKA BPG!

lol... Welcome to the forum!

irish mike
08-18-2009, 06:26 PM
Sooooo, What kinda questions do you have. It'll be a test run to see if I can hold my own.

irish mike
08-18-2009, 06:27 PM
Oh, And thanks for haveing me.:D

08-18-2009, 06:29 PM
What is the air speed velocity of an unladen swallow?

irish mike
08-18-2009, 06:39 PM
A 54-year survey of 26,285 European Swallows captured and released by the Avian Demography Unit of the University of Capetown finds that the average adult European swallow has a wing length of 12.2 cm and a body mass of 20.3 grams.4

Because wing beat frequency and wing amplitude both scale with body mass,5 and flight kinematic data is available for at least 22 other bird species,6 it should be possible to estimate the frequency (f ) and amplitude (A) of the European Swallow by a comparison with similar species. With those two numbers, it will be possible to estimate airspeed (U).

irish mike
08-18-2009, 06:41 PM
Zebra Finch 13 g 27 Hz 11 cm
European Swallow 20 g ≈ 18 Hz? ≈ 18 cm?
Downy Woodpecker 27 g 14 Hz 29 cm
Budgerigar 34 g 14 Hz 15 cm

08-18-2009, 06:42 PM
haha wow, valiant effort. Welcome!

irish mike
08-18-2009, 06:42 PM
Did that help?

08-18-2009, 07:13 PM
http://users.telenet.be/mdr/fun/smiley/welcome.gif to the Forum Mike! Great to have you on the Board. From your "wit" with Dave, it looks like your going to fit right in. ;)

08-18-2009, 07:13 PM
Wow thanks! Now what the air speed velocity of my XB12R?

irish mike
08-18-2009, 07:17 PM
It's good to be here guys. Has anyone read the story on page 58 of "Sport Rider" issue Sept. 09 yet? It's a fun read about Troy Siahaan (in his own words) taking 4th in their professional debut on an XB.

08-18-2009, 07:34 PM
WELCOME!!! Hahah I love it, you will fit right in.

Dave you better give him some rep points for the VALUABLE info hahah

08-18-2009, 09:04 PM
Is there any way to get a 2010 xb12s model with white plastics and red wheels?

08-18-2009, 09:18 PM

probably the most important question you're ever going to answer here is...

what do you ride & show us some pics! :D:p

08-18-2009, 09:19 PM
ooh yea, and over here you can get away with saying
'Skip Fordyce BUELL and H-D ' :D

08-18-2009, 09:32 PM
Hi mike and welcome. I've gotten a trouble code of 36 which it says the cooling fan. I took the fan out, tested it on a battery, it worked fine. I replaced the temperature sensor. Before today, The fan would kick on after I turned it off. It has not turned on for the past two rides at all.

Besides chasing wires for a short what else do you think I should do?
If I do have to chase wires, where should I start.

thanks alot.

irish mike
08-18-2009, 10:28 PM
Hey guys, I just got back from lunch. Thanks for the questions. Give me a few minutes and I'll have something for you. As for what I ride right now, Well, how about we start with what I've road in the past.... First (street) bike when I was 22 was a 1983 yamaha vision 550. Sucked. Second bike, 2004 cbr600rr. Great. Third, Yamaha Roadstar Warrior. Not bad. "Track time" 1125r. OMG probably the most smoothe handeling bike I've ever known. I give it a year before I own one, but it'll probably be the cr.

08-18-2009, 10:34 PM
Welcome to the forum and I will see ya at Skips next time I'm in thew shop. I live in Riverside so we should go ride some time.[up]

irish mike
08-18-2009, 10:46 PM
Ok, answers, sort of....
1001yos: The R models come with White plastics and should fit the S model. It will probably cost you around 300 bills but for a look like that, it might be worth it. So get yourself a 2010 xb12s in "Chrry Bomb", then order up what plastics you want and presto, you've got a custom Buell XB12s.

flaya564:Which bike do you own? From what the techs said, each bike has a different temp at which the fan will kick in. It could be that you're taking it a little easy after noticing this problem, thus not bring the bike up to temp. A great question though so keep in touch with me and we'll get it figured out. Let me know what bike you have and I'll dig deeper.

08-18-2009, 10:50 PM
I've got a 2003 XB9S. oh and the light stays on now. before when I first noticed the light, it would only come on during slow moving traffic (when the fan should have come on but didn't).

irish mike
08-19-2009, 12:10 AM
which lite? indicator light?

08-19-2009, 12:12 AM
Your awesome! Welcome.

08-19-2009, 12:20 AM
the engine light

irish mike
08-19-2009, 12:24 AM
aaahhhhhhhh, Ok, hold on.......

irish mike
08-19-2009, 12:31 AM
Ok, well, it could be that your engine temp. sensor is out. Thats what lets your fan know when to actually start and stop. Honestly, if I were you, I'd bite the bullet and take it in to your local Buell dealership and have them diagnose the problem. Cost on that would be about 95 bucks. Not bad considering the price of a new cooling system if it gets any kind of heat damage. Not to mention the posible long term engine damage.

08-19-2009, 12:32 AM
thank you for your help. i figured i'd ask you before i did bit the bullet.


irish mike
08-19-2009, 01:12 AM
No worries. Let me know what happens.

08-19-2009, 03:24 AM
Wow, 1st day of registering and you've got plenty of questions Mike. Figured I'd put in 2 cents to help out.

If I do have to chase wires, where should I start. To ID the area of interest (after ruling out the obvious sources like bad/dead battery, kickstand switch, etc): place the key in off position, disconnect the negative wire from the battery terminal, place a multimeter set to milliAmps between the negative terminal and the ground wire. If it reads anything other than 0 you have a short somewhere running current to ground. Now start pulling fuses from the block one at a time until the needle drops to 0, indicating you have opened the circuit. This will identify the "area of interest".

08-19-2009, 04:24 AM
Nice steven and Welcome Mike.

irish mike
08-19-2009, 04:52 AM
God Dammit Man I think You've Got It! I like your style, I like your moves. I hope it helps. They're not always as informative as I would like here. Remember, Service questions online take away from actual in store service. They are probably gonna be a bit candid with the info. I'm all about folks helping out with any and all questions. So please feel free to throw down any info you might have on any issue. Including issues we haven't run into since I've been here with you. Thanks to all, and good night. You stay classy Buell Aficionado.