The frame has been updated on all new Buells and all have increased fuel capacity by re-routing the air duct (even the stubby tail Lightnings with the 52" unchanged wheelbase). The swingarm of all new Buells have also been redesigned to be slightly lighter and more ridgid with an easier to fill/reach oil cap. Perhaps the best improvement is in the tranny as it has been redesigned to have a more positive feel along with an easier clutch pull... I think the tranny/clutch was all that Burns didn't like on the 03 XB9s, though he said it did get better with miles as I recall... By the way, how about a long term update of that new fuel-framer you guys got? I pick up an 05 XB9sx tomorrow, so you got about 12 hours to make me change my mind!
This is the Buell that I've always wanted. If there ever was a bike to sway me into the ranks of air cooled V-Twin ownership this is it. To me they hit the nail on the head, I like the direction that Buell is heading.
The hard luggage appears to be Hepco and Becker Journey series (rebadged no doubt). I have been told that belts and gravel roads don't make for lasting relationship though. Can anyone comment?
I was waiting for someone to bring that point up. I wonder if such a scenario leading to damage would be covered by Buell's warranty? Especially since the Ulysses is marketed as a pseudo dual-sport. But yikes! $11,495 for a motorcycle named after a U.S. president?! Who does Buell think they are? Harley? Oh....wait a minute.
I have had pebbles in my harley belts. I still haven't had to replaced the belt (62,000 miles). I just picked the rock out and kept riding (about 20,000 miles ago was the biggest one). The shop told me that as long as the chips and knicks happen on the inside (not the outside edge) of the belt you will never have a problem. I haven't noticed any freying or other problems since it happened. I would think that a drive shaft would be a lot better in sand and rocks, but a proper belt is way better than a chain in my opinion.