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That would be a wet dream for me! Haven't seen anything yet, but a lower first gear and a taller top gear would give it even more versatility.



It's totally different architecture that the big twins, so you can't just swap parts with the new 6 speeds.



Keep your fingers crossed!



~Rob
 

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The Buell website doesn't say anything...



My city x was kind of peaky, with a relative narrow powerband, I guess frm the oversquare config.



A six speed would have been sweet & kept the bike in mid rage where it was happiest.



One can only hope...
 

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Who Needs Six Speeds to Go 30 MPH?

I took a Buell Ulysses for a test ride last week. Didn’t need no stinkin’ sixth gear, ‘cause we played "follow the leader" through a residential neighborhood in first and second gears. Couldn’t talk him into cutting loose on some nearby twisty back roads.

Man, those Harley dealers really know how to show off a bike!

At least the chick behind the counter in the "boutique" section of the showroom was flaunting some cleavage, so the trip wasn’t a total loss…
 

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I got mine!

I got the bag! It's nice, well put together, and looks cool, but danged if I can figure out how to use it.

Bill's Law: "You have to be ten percent smarter than anything you hope to operate sucessfully."

Outsmarted by a courier bag - DRAT!
 

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Re: Who Needs Six Speeds to Go 30 MPH?

You were supervised? Bummer, I was thrown the keys and told to be back in 45 or so when I demo'd a Uly last year. I managed to touch the front wheel down a time or two, but not much. Just cant get over that 7k limit, wrong wrong and wrong...
 

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Re: Who Needs Six Speeds to Go 30 MPH?

"...I was thrown the keys and told to be back in 45 or so..."

to quote michael palin in life of brian, "you lucky, lucky bästard."

test drives are almost nonexistent here, because organized crime uses them as a way to quickly fill steal-orders. local mafia rings will fabricate a lot of fake licenses, and then distribute them to their little droogies to use when filling out paperwork before a test drive.

no monkey no testy.
 

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Re: Who needs six speeds on the Ulysses?

I took a test ride on a Ulysses this past weekend at a Harley dealer just outside San Antonio. He told me to take I-35 south to I-10, hang a right and follow the 10 to El Paso, turn around and come back. I didn't go quite that far.

I didn't feel the Ulysses was missing the sixth gear. It was fine with five. And I was on it long enough to notice the comfort. The only problems it has is slight footpeg and hanlebar vibrations, but nothing too bad. Seems the perfect bike for me and I can't wait to buy one.
 

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I had a 12-speed when I was a kid - thing was great, I rode it "no hands" everywhere in like 11th or 12th gear (for the most "resistance", but also the best speed).



Even learned to turn hands-free on it.



It was Boss.
 

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Did you see C1

During these times of high optempo the 10% has been lowered to 2% until recinded.
 

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Having a K-Paul Moment

Gabe, I read your excellent review when it came out, and reading it again was a nice refresher. But I already have the cool new Buell bag, so I don’t need to comparison shop. What I need to know is how the heck to use it. You didn’t explain it, and neither did the manufacturers web pages linked in your article.

I assume no explanation was needed because the proper use of this type off bag should be intuitively obvious to even the most casual observer. Be that as it may. . . .

From the pictures I’ve seen, the main strap goes over one shoulder and under the other arm, with the bag resting squarely against the flat of the lower back. So far, so good. On the Buell bag, with the shoulder strap adjusted as short as possible, the bottom of the bag hangs right to the middle of my arse (I’m six feet tall with a 32 inch inseam). This seems a little low, but doesn’t interfere when hunched over on my VTR-1000.

The Buell bag has an interesting feature not shown on the bags you reviewed – an adjustable waist strap. This looks like a handy feature to keep the bag securely in place at "spirited" riding speeds. But when I cinch the waist strap around my waist, it hikes the bag up so the top of it is about even with the top of the crack my arse. This position feels better to me, but it leaves about four inches of slack in the shoulder strap.

Now, I have all the equipment I need to turn a long shoulder strap into a short shoulder strap, but given my history of regretting permanent fixes sprung from a fountain of ignorance, I thought that it might be prudent to ask around before I whipped out the shears.

Can somebody help me on this? Hey, would it be that bad if you had to go down and test ride a Buell to score a bag for evaluation?
 

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Re: Having a K-Paul Moment

You'll NEVER make a good Transvestite if you can't even get the purse (excuse me - "MAN BAG") right.........

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Re: Who needs six speeds on the Ulysses?

I test rode one last year and was pretty impressed too, it's a viable option for a good all-round bike. I'll probably pick one up at some point.
 

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Re: Having a K-Paul Moment

Yeah, may as well take the heels and dress back to Goddwill there Nancy
 

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Oh no, not this V-Rod business again...



A Buell with a Revolution motor would be an ill-handling, oversize porker. Nooo thanks.



As to the need for 6th... that's a good question. Sometimes I think my XB would be great with a longer top gear for the highway, but most of the time, in most of my mean-streets bombing around, I don't miss it. So? I dunno...
 

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Re: Having a K-Paul Moment

And I invested all that money in makeup, too!
 
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