I was recently poking around on the Buell site and read a article in a british mag that says the XB is one of the best handling bikes they ever road. On par to a 250 GP bike. I admit the motor isn't the greatest thing but I've had many buells loose me in the tristy stuff (i kill them on the flats). I admit I might be more interested in one if it just didn't have the stigma tied behind it. Eric buy a Ducati motor or the TL motor from Suzuki or jam that VR motor into that frame! I'd line up to buy it.
I got a "Thrush Turbo" or a couple of Glass Pak Cherry Bombs left over from my hot roddin' days in the 80s that look like they would fit. Would look as good as the stock "Pep boys" buell exhaust but give it that real old-timey 'merican sound.
well i oun a 2004 firebolt 12R and when i tried to find an aftermarket muffler last year, the options where mighty slim, so as many other buell riders around here are forced to do, i ended up with the buell raceing muffler, and ouch, around 3000 rpm's i cant even hear myself think.....I LOVE IT!!!
That modified Sportster motor is ESSENTIAL to the Buell. It DEFINES the Buell. It is the contrast between that refined high-tech sportbike chassis and the rip-snortin' rudeness of that mean old motor that makes the Buell so delicious. Razor handling plus booming V-twin thrust equals an intensely satisfying ride.
Only the passage of years will tell the tale, but I'm pretty sure the Buells will be remembered as truly great motorcycles --- modern and future classics.