Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Buell Ulysses XB12XT launched


The multi-talented 2008 XB12XT sport-tourer is here...

Buell have now launched the Ulysses XB12XT, which they say is ‘a motorcycle that is just as comfortable carving canyons as it is eating up miles of highway and back roads on a long distance tour.’ A company press release also says the Buell XB12XT ‘possess the handling and soul to own every corner.’ But of course…

Positioned as an all-around do-it-all sports-tourer, the Ulysses XB12XT features specially-tuned (firmer, shorter travel) suspension, lower standard seat height, tall windscreen, Pirelli Strada sport-touring tyres, and standard lockable top box and side luggage cases in addition to a storage compartment below the seat.

The bike weighs about 210 kilos dry, and its 1200cc air-cooled, fuel-injected v-twin makes 104Nm of torque and 103 horsepower at 6800rpm, which should make for adequate performance. Coming to the suspension, the XB12XT is fitted with 43mm USD Showa forks and Showa monoshock, both ends being fully adjustable.

Like other Buells, the XB12XT also carries its fuel in its chassis, and oil in the swingarm. Other Buell bits include the ‘Zero Torsional Load’ braking system and the ‘Immediate Throttle Response’ belt drive. The bike will cost US$12,995. More details on the Buell website here.


Here's MCN's Buell XB12XT road test...

Also see:
The 2008 Yamaha R6. Can it win this time around?
The amazing Morbidelli 850 V8...
NSR500 Rossi-rep. The BEST we've ever seen!
Offbeat: 2008 Aprilia SMV750 Dorsoduro, and FV2 concept...
2008 Derbi Mulhacen Cafe 659 Angel Nieto LE!
Ready to roll: 2008 TriRod F3 Adrenaline trike...

External links:
Danielle Lloyd and HM Plant Honda image gallery. AWESOME!
Bajaj to increase stake in KTM to 30%...
Cycle World magazine's Bimota Tesi 3D riding impression...


The KTM RC8, BMW HP2 Sport and Ducati 1098R are, right now, the hottest twin-cylinder sportsbikes around. We'd probably take the RC8. Which one would you choose...? :-)

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