2006 Buell Ulysses Review


For 2006, Erik Buell challenged his engineers with the task of combining the speed of a sport bike with a sure-footed enduro ready to carry you and your cargo on your dream adventure. The versatile 2006 Buell Ulysses is the culmination of those efforts designed to appeal to off-road and on-road enthusiasts alike.

The 2006 Ulysses comes powered by Buell’s Thunderstorm engine. The two-valve, V-Twin motor passes 2008 California emissions standards without the use of a catalytic converter, while providing 51 mpg in the city and 64 mpg on the highway. With its output of 103 horsepower and 84 lb-ft of torque, the Ulysses is quick, completing the quarter-mile in 12.8 seconds. Even at a dry weight of 471 pounds, Buell has given the Ulysses a 50/50 weight distribution, staying true to its principle of mass centralization.

When riding miles away from a service station, durability is of the upmost importance, and Buell has designed a new transmission to accomplish this task. The transmission of the 2006 Ulysses now offers improved shifting and reduced noise. Normal gears have been replaced by thin steel ""dog rings"" that slide to affect gear changes, a system more commonly seen in automotive race transmissions. The light dog rings provide faster shifting, while the new helical-cut gears are smoother and quieter than straight-cut gears, and less clutch effort is needed for movement between gears. Service intervals between oil changes have been extended to 10,000 miles. The Goodyear Hibrex drive belt, which requires no service or replacement, means the rider will be able to enjoy more time on the road and less time doing maintenance or repairs on the Buell Ulysses.

In the event of taking a motorcycle off-road for hundreds or perhaps even thousands of miles, one of your chief concerns should be the suspension system. The 2006 Buell Ulysses eliminates any worries, with its Showa 43mm inverted front fork, featuring compression damping, rebound damping, and spring preload, providing 6.5 inches of travel. The Showa coil-over monoshock on the rear has a remote, under-seat reservoir and adjustable compression damping and rebound damping. Rear spring pre-load can be adjusted without tools using a control dial located below the left side of the seat. Rear suspension travel is 6.4 inches. Ground clearance is 6.75 inches. Potholes and deep ruts will not slow your progress or disrupt your comfort, as you pilot the Ulysses over the transition between man-made and natUral terrain.

The ergonomics of the Buell Ulysses has been designed with long distance comfort in mind. The wide, comfortable seat, paired with roomy pegs, along with wide, upright handlebars makes for a comfortable riding position. With a seat height of 33.1 inches, larger riders will find the Ulysses perfect, while smaller riders may require more effort to straddle the bike efficiently.

Buell’s famous Zero Torsion Load (ZTL) brake system handles the stopping power. The ZTL system features a six-piston caliper and 375mm perimeter rotor. This system performs ingeniously in its sport bike line; however, when you take the Ulysses on a dusty fire road or a muddy 2 track, riders will marvel at the stopping power that the ""inside-out"" braking setup provides.

Buell claims the 2006 Ulysses is able to carry up to 452 pounds. The Ulysses features a three-position Triple Tail to carry the rider and cargo. In position one, Triple Tail is a passenger backrest with grab rails. Position two allows the Triple Tail to be used as a luggage rack, extending back toward the rear fender with grab rails for the passenger. In position three, the Triple Tail folds forward over the rear seat to become a luggage rack that can be used with integrated tie-down hooks. Additional storage is available underneath the seat. Optional Hepco-Becker hard-shell luggage is available for use with no speed limits governing their usage.

If you’re planning an ""Into the Wild"" adventure, the 2006 Buell Ulysses makes for ideal transportation. It stands out in the market when considering all aspects of motorcycling capability, versatility, and durability. Highway pavement, mountain cut-backs, fire roads, bumps, gravel, and mud, the Buell Ulysses can handle it all, and leave its rider with a wide smile for many years to come.

New For 2006

  • There were no significant changes to the 2006 Buell Ulysses compared to the previous year's model.

2006 Buell Ulysses Specs

  • Model:Ulysses XB12X
  • Engine Type: Single-Cylinder, Four-Stroke
  • Bore and Stroke: 88.9 x 96.8 mm
  • Compression ratio: 10.0:1
  • Valve Train: SOHC
  • Induction: Fuel Injection
  • Ignition: Electronic
  • Transmission: Five-Speed Manual
  • Final Drive: Belt
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.4 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 56 mpg combined
  • Brakes (Front): ZTL Disc
  • Brakes (Rear): ZTL Disc
  • Suspension (Front): Inverted Fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Coil-over Monoshock
  • Wheelbase: 54.1 inches
  • Rake: 23.5 degrees
  • Trail: 4.8 inches
  • Seat Height: 35.1 inches
  • Curb Weight: 425 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 120/70 – ZR17
  • Tires (Rear): 180/55 – ZR17


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Key Competitors For The 2006 Buell Ulysses

  • Triumph Tiger
  • Suzuki V-Strom