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I'll probably get some heat for this one, but oh well. :cheers

This new Buell announced looks interesting. They added some handlebar risers to the Firebolt, got rid of the goofy fairing and added a flyscreen and fender (hacksaw anybody...). This one is peaking my interest. Little pricey I think, how negotiable are H-D dealers on these things? there's some intersting conversation on this in the Nakid forum on SBN. I seriously dig this style, and everybody knows I like the V-Twins..

Horsepower in the spec is like 15 more than magazines got for the 'bolt. H-D must rate straight from the engine or something.

Is this the next bike for Grover? Oh, THAT changes every week. :laughing

http://www.buell.com/products/motorcycles/lightning/lightningmain.asp
 

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Who's faster Lupi
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Loose the rear fender, integrate the signals, get it in black or paint it and you'd have a kool naked bike.
 

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I liked the yellow one actually. But yeah, lose the fender for sure. Checked cycletrader for prices on Firebolts to compare. Anywhere from $8900 to over 10K (what??) So they go down in price A LITTLE bit in some places.

Bummer I can't afford any more bikes! :(

Chris
 

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There, that's what I think! :D
 

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grover i dont know if your planing on doing this soon, but in my honest opinion i think you should learn to ride that sv to its full potential before you run off and buy a new more powerful bike. if you cant ride your current bike to its full potential then your only doing yourself a disservice by going bigger. :helmet
 

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Mule..."different in every sense" as they said in their ads.

Including the absolute worst record in the business for quality control/recall issues, according to Motorcycle Industry News 2/02.

Have you even ridden one yet? Might as well, and judge for yourself- they have a very liberal test ride policy. Steering geometry is MORE radical than a 250 GP bike, and motor design is older than you! Does this sound like a good idea, hmmmm?
 

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Beep Beep...


this would make a fun little scooter....:laughing :laughing
 

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Dig deep Grover and do some investigation on service on Buels.

Its been real quiet and Buells bustin there nuts trying to fix this but the frames crack and they dont know why.

Also the neck bearings on all HArleys, including buell's are going thru a retrofit . The company I work for just got the contract to make the new neck bearings, switching from ball to roller bearings.

I had some interest in the Buell till I heard this news.

Sources cannot be revealed Sorry
 

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Harley has used Timken bearings in its Big Twins since 1932... Sportsters were changed from ball bearings in '78 or '79.

All Buells (even the prototypes) have used Timken bearings in the steering heads. These are roller/tapered bearings, not ball bearings.
 

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KBOlsen said:
Harley has used Timken bearings in its Big Twins since 1932... Sportsters were changed from ball bearings in '78 or '79.

All Buells (even the prototypes) have used Timken bearings in the steering heads. These are roller/tapered bearings, not ball bearings.
Ok kim I might be wrong about ball bearings to roller bearings but soon you will see a new name on the neck bearings, it will soon be Rexnord bearings, or Shafer bearings depending on what name they want to put on there.
 

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What can I say... I live with a Harleyophile!:laughing
 

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Who's faster Lupi
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KBOlsen said:
What can I say... I live with a Harleyophile!:laughing

:rofl
 

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Please, check this out...

If you really want a top notch twin, with a fine Italian heritage, do yourself a favor and check out my Falco. It is now priced less than a 600cc supersport and will outgun any of them in the hands of the right rider. It is 1000% more reliable than a Buell and even rivals Honda's reliability status...

Here is the link:

http://209.120.143.188/showthread.php?s=&threadid=1415
 

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Actually, an Aprilia Falco would be hugely more desireable, reliable, and rewarding to own than that Buell in my opinion.

Much better V-twin engine, experience, and ride. A bargain to boot!
 

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Miss Anna:
There is an excellent, comprehensive article on lowering suspensions in the just released issue of Sport Rider magazine.
It's the issue with the 230mph Hayabusa on the cover, page 82.

You might want to get a copy and save it for future reference- they cover all the compromises and potential safety issues.
 

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gulpacoke said:
Where is Grover??????
Just back from some military shiiizzo. I'm sure he'll be on CLSB tomorrow mornign or whatever.
 

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maks said:
Just back from some military shiiizzo. I'm sure he'll be on CLSB tomorrow mornign or whatever.
got back on Saturday. Website went down a couple days. Finally remembered to clear my cookies so the page would load correctly. :D

My how this thread has grown/bastardized! I don't really PLAN on buying the Buell, but it's the first Buell I've seen that I actually found pleasing to the eye. But for a couple grand less you can get a lot more from other manufacturers.

I plan on riding the SV for a couple years then picking up another bike and tracking the SV. Track setup or not, I'm still NOT going with a full fairing on her.

That NEXT bike? That changes every week :rofl

Chris
 

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Welcome home, SuperGROVAHHHHHH!!!!!
 
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