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“The Bueller”Buell XB12X by Revival Cycles
Revival Cycles had one clear goal: to prove that you could jump, air, and land this Buell XB12X. It was an ambitious goal, but they managed to achieve the feat. Here’s how!
Our final goal for this build was definitely to keep
the budget in line, as we didn’t have much room for error, but to
prove that you could properly jump, air and land a bike of this
heft. We undoubtedly achieved that goal.
Since the fuel is wisely and efficiently carried in
the frame, no custom fuel tank was needed, so we also built a custom
alloy body panel to take the place of the shoddy plastic unit that
came with the factory bike. This also allowed us the opportunity to
make room just above the engine for the battery, Motogadget M-unit
and all of the wiring. Revival has become known for our electronic
and electrical expertise and our ability to integrate it into our
custom bikes and this build was no different. We sell and install
more high end gadgetry from Motogadget than anyone else in the world
and the tidy nature of the Buell frame coupled with our reworking of
the overall design resulted in a subtle and almost invisible
installation of the modern technology at work here. We utilized a
factory Buell Racing ECU and the snap can be felt when this machine
puts all 115hp to the dirt!
One of the things we hated about the factory Ulysses was the ugly and heavy cast wheels that also would limit our choices for knobby tires. So…we took on the difficult task of replacing them with spoked Excel alloy wheels laced up to machined alloy Canyon TT hubs that are actually made for the modern Triumph twins. We adapted them to work with the Buell setup by reworking the axles and spacers and even building a custom front and rear sprocket set, chain tensioner and front sprocket cover to suit the overall design. We also constructed a custom alloy skid plate to keep the rocks from tearing up the bottom of the engine along with a high-mount front steel fender and carefully mounted stainless twin outlet exhaust system that ended up weighing some 20 lbs.+ less than the factory unit and surprisingly effective at keep the engine noise to a reasonable level. It’s obvious the exhaust is very much inspired by the board track racing Harleys of the early 1900’s.
Quite a few of the custom pieces on this machine are
subtle and almost hidden from site. We didn’t want to give up
functionality for form, so we hid much of the working gear. For
instance, this bike still has very effective turn signals in the
form of super bright LED rear sections built into the tail and
Motogadget M-blaze pin LED signals mounted along with the headlight.
There’s also a full gauge assembly built into one tiny Motogadget
Motoscope Pro gauge that is mounted just ahead of the handlebars.
This integrates seamlessly with the style of the bike so that you
can keep track of everything technical at a glance and still not
have the bulk of a factory gauge set.
We then set about to make the rear suspension stack
up to the front. We re-sprung and re-valved the factory rear shock
for MX duty. We also relocated the remote reservoir to keep it out
of harm’s way. The result of all this suspension work is a MUCH more
capable off road machine that handles surprisingly well on asphalt
in the twisting roads of northern California. We took the machine to
the Quail Motorcycle Gathering in May of 2016 and it was flogged
through hundreds of miles pavement to rave reviews. This dirt bike
carves up the street too.
Source Revival Cycles