The Buell Ulysses XB12X is an all-new Adventure Sportbike designed to
deliver capable performance on unpaved roads while retaining legendary Buell
handling and thrust on pavement. Long-travel suspension, specific tires, an
upright seating position and innovative Triple Tail luggage and passenger
accommodations make the Buell Ulysses one of the most versatile sport
motorcycles available today.
The Ulysses chassis was designed specifically to work well on
paved and unpaved roads. Fork rake is 22 degrees, while the wheelbase is 54
inches, a combination that provides nimble, playful handling and a roomy
cockpit for the rider and passenger. As on Buell Lightning and Firebolt
models, Ulysses carries fuel in its rigid aluminum frame, while the
lightweight aluminum swingarm doubles as the oil reservoir. Fuel capacity is
4.4 gallons. The engine-air intake vent is integrated into the fuel cap
cowling, and a left side vent feeds cooling air to the rear cylinder.
ADVENTURE SPORT SUSPENSION:
The Buell Ulysses features premium Showa
suspension components front and rear. A 43mm Showa inverted fork has
adjustable compression damping, rebound damping and spring preload. Front
suspension travel is 6.5 inches. A Showa coil-over mono-shock 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.
CATEGORY-LEADING POWER AND WEIGHT:
The Buell Ulysses has a dry weight of
just 425 pounds. Its design centralizes mass and lowers the center of
gravity to help the Ulysses feel nimble and responsive on paved and unpaved
roads. The air/oil/fan-cooled Buell Thunderstorm 1203 V-Twin engine leads
this category with 103 peak horsepower and 84 ft. lbs. of torque. The engine
features Buell DDFI II fuel injection and Buell InterActive Exhaust for
instant throttle response and a broad powerband.
SPECIFIC WHEELS AND TIRES:
New Dunlop D616 tires designed specifically
for Ulysses feature an open, aggressive tread pattern that performs well on
paved and unpaved roads. Front tire size is 120/70R-17. Rear tire size is
180/55R-17. Six-spoke, cast-aluminum wheels feature a durable rim design to
handle the unique challenges of adventure-sport riding.
ADVENTURE SPORTBIKE ERGONOMICS:
The Buell Ulysses offers the rider a
roomy seating position and roomy bar/pegs/seat relationship for outstanding
control and all-day comfort. The wide, upright handlebars feature a crossbrace. Alloy footpegs are placed in a neutral position and are wider
with an aggressive surface. The wide, comfortable seat features a two-tone,
textured surface and is shaped to offer ease of rider movement for sport
riding on pavement. Seat height is 33.1 inches.
A new transmission design offers improved shift
quality, reduced noise and extended service intervals. This transmission
replaces moving/sliding gears with thin steel "dog rings" that slide to
effect gear changes, a design commonly used in automotive racing gear boxes.
Shifting is quicker because the dog rings have less mass than gears. New
helical-cut gears are smoother and quieter than straight-cut gears. The new
transmission enables reduced clutch effort. New Formula + Oil extends the
service intervals for the primary/transmission lubricant to 10,000 miles.
Finally, a durable new Goodyear Hibrex 135-tooth final drive belt with
Flexten Plus technology designed specifically for Ulysses requires no
scheduled service or replacement.
Designed to minimize air turbulence in the rider
cockpit area, the Ulysses features a clear windscreen mounted over an opaque flyscreen. The gap between the windscreen and the flyscreen directs a
limited amount of air into the cockpit area, effectively reducing turbulent
air for a more comfortable ride. The clear windscreen features a
quick-release mounting system so it can be easily removed. Additional rider
comfort is provided by handlebar-mounted deflectors.
BUELL TRIPLE TAIL:
The three-position Buell Triple Tail may be configured
as a luggage rack or a passenger backrest. In its first, mass-centralized
position, the Triple Tail folds forward over the rear-seat position to
become a luggage rack that can be used with integrated tie-down hooks. In
its second, vertical position, Triple Tail becomes a flexible passenger
backrest with grab rails. In its third position, Triple Tail is a luggage
rack extending toward the LED tail lamp and full-coverage rear fender, with
the grab rails also available for a passenger.
In addition to the Triple Trail, the Buell Ulysses
features a generous under-seat storage compartment and an integrated helmet
lock. A 10 amp/12 volt accessory power outlet is located on the dash, with
another placed under the seat. Color-matched side cases and top case will be
available for the Ulysses and a Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) receiver
will be available in Fall 2005
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