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Thread: Just a little something to say about reliability.

  1. #1
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    Mar 2009
    First of all, I love this forum. It is the only forum I find worthwhile for my Buell fix. With that said, I think this forum might be scary for someone who is thinking about buying a Buell, just like most. I worry that people reading this forum only see mechanical issues with the Buell brand. This forum is meant for all the people who have not really had any issues with their Buell. Can I get a couple shout outs? Just read bottom paragraph if you don't want to be bored.

    I love my Buell. She is a 2004 XB12s that I bought from her first owner with only 703 miles early in 2009. That asshole did not treat her right. Don't get me wrong, I will not complain about her not being used and abused, but I will never understand why she wasn't. Then I remembered the previous owner also owned a custom HD. It all made sense at that moment, he was gay. Anyways, with a still bright red finish, I rolled her off the truck. Very timid, I did a walk around. My previous experience had only been with a 250cc little girl under supervision of a MSF instructor. Stop judging me, she was a 2006 which is at least 18 in motorcycle years.

    I held my breath as i flipped the kill switch to "on". "HOLY ****" I thought as I ran away thinking about previous STD experiences. Never had I been so wrong in my life. It was just her warming up to me. Just the kind of foreplay I like. About 2 seconds later she was warming up before my very eyes. So sexy I thought. No idea how to handle this new woman, I swung one leg over, just like usual. She was just as unexperienced with real men as I was with a woman. I knew this from her moaning (Hawk perfected her technique here and I am very much ok with it).

    We have now been happily riding for nearly 7000 miles with 0 maintenance other than a couple oil changes, a tire changes, and a primary chain tighten. This bike is made very solid. People considering buying a Buell please understand this forum is not a random sample of people. There are plenty of people who ride their Buell every day, have no problems, and don't visit forums to tell about it. This was just MY story about MY 0 problem Buell. I love her low maintenance lifestyle.

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    I totally agree with you. I've pretty much had 0 problems with mine too. Absolutly LOVE ridding it. A guy at my work is getting one now. He normaly rides rice burners and is now switching

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    May 2010
    Same here, the only problems I have had are from the idiot who owned it before not treating it right and doing basic maintenance. After I worked out the kinks shes running perfect with 0 problems.

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    Mar 2009
    believe it or not I let a guy that I just met test ride my bike!I had just met him as I was shopping for new tires and he started asking me about my bike(05 xb12scg) and telling me about his(08gsxr). I was telling him that this IS THE BEST BIKE that I have ever owned or ridden. He was telling me that he loved the streetfighter look and the mods that I have done. Then he said I'd like to get one but he's just not sure about the handeling and the power. I told him that i could smoke you in the 1/4 mile, he laughed,we raced. Smoked him ,and he said I'd love to take that beast for a test ride so against my better judgement I let him! He took it for a short boot came back and his first words were " do you wanna buy a gixer" :D I laughed said no thanks and he told me "I'm sellin it and gettin a buell!! Do you know anybody selling one":D:D

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    ^^ Thats bada$$!

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    Dec 2008
    15k miles free of trouble here as well.

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    Jan 2010
    2010 Lightning XB9SX, 10,000 miles in 8 months of daily commuting and weekend mountains. I had one problem covered under warantee - a blown clutch bearing due to water getting in the primary. Other than that, no problems. It runs smooth and strong. No stumbling. No mods. All stock.

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    Feb 2008
    21,650 on the odometer had 3 things go wrong on "Shelly" in 08 the voltage regulator went out 09 the upper rocker cover rubber gasket replaced due to a oil leak and just this year the lower rear rocker cover gasket the metal one started leaking all of which were covered under warranty . I bought a 5yr Extended warranty with tire protection. I used the tire warranty once at 9k for a screw I picked up in the rear tire none cost me anything except the last rocker cover repaier and that was only $50 deductible for the ESP.

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    Aug 2013
    i have an '08 XB12s Lightning... it's such a bad ass bike to ride up in the mountains in SD and through traffic for work. I've got now over 27,000 miles and the only thing i've actually replaced is a battery. the usual oil change and tires.... i'm sure a belt will be next but the Buell is a beast. My group of riders include 3 Ducatis, 2 GSX-R, and an FZ-09. I struggle on the straight aways above 115mph but romp everyone around the corners. BEST BIKE EVER!!!

  10. #10
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    AmishLand, PA.
    I worry that people reading this forum only see mechanical issues with the Buell brand.
    part of the motor vehicle dedicated website experience is the posting of "problems and issues" with said vehicle by site members. rampant on many sites....very common on most all others. "my check engine light is on" posts will always outnumber "have no issues yet" posts whether it's a Buell or Yugo.

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