Buell Ulysses XB12XT - First Ride

Finally, A Long-Distance Adventure-Tourer For Short People

By Marty Estes, Photography by Kevin Wing

Like the X, the XT has a wide dirtbike-style handlebar and a comfortably upright riding position. If you dig dirtbike ergos, you'll like either Ulysses model. The standard taller windscreen on the XT is more appropriate for long-distance work, and offered a fairly buffet-free cockpit for my 6' 3" frame. It's noteworthy that even with all the changes made to appeal to shorter riders, this is still a great bike for tall guys, and can be made even better. The original '06 XB12X seat, which is taller, softer and perhaps the most comfortable place my hindquarters have ever laid cheek on, is available as an accessory.

With an MSRP of $12,995 ($1500 more than the base XB12X), the XB12XT is a turn-key adventure/sport-tourer with hard bags and a healthy dose of inherent sportiness. If you don't plan to explore the off-road world, it's definitely a better focused, more capable motorcycle on the street.

Tech Spec
Evolution

A street-only version of the off-road-capable Ulysses XB12X.

Rivals
Other asphalt-bound adventure-tourers such as the Benelli Tre 1130K, Ducati Multistrada, Moto Guzzi Stelvio, Suzuki V-Strom and Triumph Tiger.

TECH
Price $12,995
Engine type a/o-c, 45-deg. V-twin
Valve train OHV, 4v
Displacement 1203cc
Bore x stroke 88.9 x 96.8mm
Compression 10.0:1
Fuel system DDFI-III EFI
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Transmission 5-speed
Claimed horsepower 103 bhp @ 6800 rpm
Claimed torque 84 lb.-ft. @ 6800 rpm
Frame Aluminum twin-spar
Front suspension 43mm Showa inverted fork, adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Rear suspension Single Showa shock, adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Front brake Single six-piston caliper, 375mm perimeter disc
Rear brake Single-piston caliper, 240mm disc
Front tire 120/70ZR-17 Pirelli Diablo Strada
Rear tire 180/55ZR-17 Pirelli Diablo Strada
Rake/trail 23.8ff,,f,,/4.9 in.
Seat height 30.7 in.
Wheelbase 53.9 in.
Fuel capacity 4.4 gal.
Claimed dry weight 465 lbs.
Colors Red, blue
Available Now
Warranty 24 mo., unlimited mi.

Contact
Buell Motorcycle Co.
2815 Buell Dr.
East Troy, WI 53120
262.642.2030
www.buell.com

Verdict
Adventure/sport-touring as only Buell could do it.

By Marty Estes
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