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Wow. mscuddy has similar bad luck with his.

I have a 2003 XB9S. Completely different engine and bike. I am keeping my fingers crossed.
 

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When you say "completely different engine," what do you mean? We didn't sell Buells at the HD shop I worked in, so I really don't know them that well. I thought all pre-1125 Buells were based on the XL engine, with minor variances in displacement etc. Aside from the Blast, which I think is a XL engine missing a cylinder?
X1 used mostly stock HD Sportster components. XBs used a design based on HD engines, but just about every part was changed.

I have several friends who ride XBs locally, and none have had engine or transmission problems. A few have had belt problems, however. One friend has broken two belts on his XB12R.
 

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Nope, just regular roads. First failure due to stone damage. Second failure was catstrophic (to the belt) with no clue as to cause.

My belt is fine, so far (knock on wood).
 
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