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Thread: Looking at getting a Ulysses

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    I have been looking at getting a new bike for about a year and retiring my current bike from daily commuting which is a 01 929RR bought new in June of 01 it now has over 64000 miles on it. I seen the XB12X Ulysses and liked the look of it, after finally finding a dealer that would wait on me (guess riding up on a Honda keeps them away) I took one for a test ride. And I really liked it so now I am reading all I can about it before I make my purchase in probably April. I like the fact that I can take a dirt road when the felling hits me, already have a vacation route planned next spring to Washington state and back (from Arkansas). Just happened on to this site so I thought I would chime in and get some feedback from everybody.

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    I think the bike is awesome. I have a Lightning and love it. I also like the Uly, but I've always thought it too tall for me. (I'm 5 9) Is anyone else that short riding this bike?

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    Love my '06. Almost 20k miles in 15 months. Just completed an SS1k a couple weeks ago. A few minor issues but nothing serious. It's a great all-around bike.

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    Did a 200 mile run last week on my 12R, lotsa traffic and lights and I'll tell ya I'm really considering the Uly. I was in some serious pain, maybe I'm too old to be riding a Firebolt 'cos the Uly seems a great deal more comfy, even tho at 5'10" I may be too short. My wife suggested the Uly instead of the bolt. Maybe should have listened to her. The Uly sounds great for long distance.

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    Hi i've had all kinds of bike's,chop's,tourers. the ulysses is by far the BEST allrounder!!!!! i'd compare it to the world famous BMW GS on/off road it rocks, wet dry sand mud it don't care. Go for it.:D

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    How tall are you partman?

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    I was looking for a bike to commute to work 120 miles RT and be "safe" (be seen easily) and have some fun, mabye some road trips. I am 6ft/180lbs long arms, and I sat on every bike at my local Harley Dealer and BMW/Ducati Dealer's and the Ulysses fit me perfectly. It feels very comfortable. Stopped, I can stand on the balls of my feet, both feet. I have a new 06' (leftover) the 08 XB12XT is at least an inch lower than the XB12X. Go check it out!

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    Hi, I'm doubt too. I have a City X and I'm thinking of changing it by a Uly.
    I ride every day, sunny or rainny days. I travell on weekends too. I miss my dirt bike, but I love the firebolt racing riding. I don't know. I wonder if I can still go knee dragging on a Uly and also go off-road, and I mean, real off-road.

    Is it possible to do both with an Uly???

    Can it pass through a street bump? I mean, straight, jumping, like natural?

    Thanx in advance for any help.
    Best of riding for you all,
    -J.

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    I wouldn't say that a Uly is meant for true off-roading, but handles alright on unpaved or even the odd fire road. Tires, suspension and overall weight are the main limitations that keep it from being more off-road worthy.

    I heard someone make this comparison to the BMW GS and I think that it is pretty accurate:

    BMW GS is 60/40 on-road/off-road
    Uly is 70/30 on-road/off-road

    For me and many others this makes the Uly a better fit for my style of "adventure touring". A comfortable distance machine that handles fantastic on the pavement and is still capable on unpaved rougher roads also.

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    See these videos for some singletrack Uly fun. Pretty wide singletrack, but hey...

    xb12x singletrack 1

    xb12x singletrack 2

    And a picture of some Uly Knee Dragging (certainly not me, and it is an xb12xt uly, top right photo...):



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