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Old 12-30-2009, 01:49 PM   #1
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Would a Buell Lightning Long XB12Ss make a good touring bike?

Sooooo....How many of you guys started frothing at the mouth when you saw the n00b question?
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Old 12-30-2009, 02:20 PM   #2
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Sooooo....How many of you guys started frothing at the mouth when you saw the n00b question?
I've done 1000 mile days on my 2000 Buell....maybe the question was not that preposterous???
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Old 12-30-2009, 02:37 PM   #3
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Probably better than the 15000 miles a year I used to put on my old X1.A tank bag,soft saddle bags, & a waterproof duffle served me well.Now the ULY just does it better.I looked at the long before the ULY but I needed a tall bike & the ULY fit the bill.I might not be the right one to ask because I have toured on a rigid frame chopper for a couple of years.
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Old 12-30-2009, 02:44 PM   #4
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Folks get pretty worked up over lots of things round these parts.

1000 miles in a day on a tuber eh? I bet you slept pretty well that night.
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Old 12-30-2009, 03:41 PM   #5
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I've been looking at a lot of different bikes to replace my K1100LT. I looked at the Uly and I think its great but I think I want something shorter this time around.
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Old 12-30-2009, 03:52 PM   #6
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I think I could spend a few days at a time on my xb12ss,it is very comfortable and not tiring to ride. I think the only thing I need to change is the bar height to keep the weight off of my wrists, but that is the kind of thing that needs to be tweeked on most bikes for most people in my opinion. The only other downfall is the lack of storage, there is zero storage on the XB (cant even stuff your gloves under the seat). But the available luggage looks pretty decent.
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Old 12-30-2009, 04:02 PM   #7
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I can think of a few Positives regarding touring on a Buell:
Belt drive so no chain maintenance to worry about
No valve adjustments to worry about if you are really going to be out for a long time
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Old 12-30-2009, 04:28 PM   #8
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Folks get pretty worked up over lots of things round these parts.

1000 miles in a day on a tuber eh? I bet you slept pretty well that Morning.
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Old 12-30-2009, 07:00 PM   #9
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I think it would be a good bike to make into a tourer. I think for me, a good windscreen would be the most important feature. I wonder if you can adapt the big aftermarket screens for the Uly, if you can adapt the stock deflector. That would be a major improvement for touring. You should be able to come up with a way to do the same type of hard bags, I would think. The next biggest issue I had with my XB was the crappy headlight. You would want to rig up a replacement or something extra if possible. Otherwise, I would think it would work great.
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Old 12-30-2009, 07:40 PM   #10
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The thing is, is that I don't do a lot of touring. I just don't have the time for it. A few times a year I'll put on the miles for a weekend. I prefer the backroads over the superslabs. After living with a full on touring rig for a year it just doesn't make sense to own one. I'd be better off making something fun into something to go the distance. Kinda stinks cause I really like the K bike and I don't really want to get rid of it.

How much higher are the footpegs on the Long versus the Uly?

As for the Uly windscreen, I have seen someone modify the lightnings flyscreen so the Uly's shield attaches.
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Old 12-31-2009, 06:21 AM   #11
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Even with all of the mods I would do it I was considering one for a touring setup, you should be able to strip her down to mostly naked in no time if you don't feel like doing the distance on most days. But either way, I would imagine her to be lighter and more fun in the twisties, but I haven't ridden a K bike and really need to for comparison.

I'm afraid I don't know the answer regarding the footpegs height difference-It has been too long since I've sat on either.
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Old 12-31-2009, 07:00 AM   #12
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Xb12xt

What about the short Uly? The XT? You mentioned seat height as your biggest concern and the XT & Ss have similar seat heights

Ss 33.2 unladen 30.6 laden
XT 32.6 unladed 30.7 laden.

The XT is a better all around bike.


http://www.buell.com/en_us/tools/com...T&Bike2=XB12Ss
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Old 12-31-2009, 08:06 AM   #13
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I've got an '06 Ss and I have absolutely loved it. I've done 1200 miles over the course of a long weekend comfortably, although long sections of interstate aren't fun without any kind of windshield. The pegs are a little bit closer to the seat than the Uly, but it hasn't ever given me any knee trouble (~32" inseam for reference).

Everyone is right about the lack of storage, but I got a big tank bag that is all I need for a weekend. Supposedly the H&B racks for the regular XB's can be modified for hard storage on the Long, but I haven't bothered since I have a PC800 if I really need storage space. It's also a lot of fun in the twisties and one of the lowest maintenance bikes I've owned. Good luck w/ your decision.
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Old 12-31-2009, 09:50 AM   #14
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An XT wouldn't be too bad if I could find one by me. The other thing is that I'm trying to be a stingy bastard. I really don't want to spend a lot. The cost of ownership is what stopped me from buying a Hypermotard.

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Old 12-31-2009, 10:44 AM   #15
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I used a Firebolt for touring for a couple of years and enjoyed it... raised the bars a bit and put on a Select seat... they are a little cramped but not horrible. It's loaded up.... just trying to keep the weight off my wifes bike.

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