Buell XB12X Ulysses

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Buell XB12X Ulysses (2006+)

Buell add long suspension and very slightly knobbly tyres to a high tech streetfighter with an antique engine and they call it an adventure bike. Amazingly it works well on the road – but not off it. On the Tarmac it’ll whup many rival machines. Reliability is far from perfect. But The Ulysses does seem to have fewer problems than other XB Buells – and owners love them anyway. Servicing can be expensive with 5,000/10,000 mile work costing £300/£700 at main dealers but fuel economy’s good and purchase price low on the used market. So astonishingly ugly that it makes a Varadero look beautiful and other road-users will openly laugh at you.

Engine: 1,203cc, 4-valve, injected, V-twin Power: 103bhp Torque: 84 lb/ft Weight: 193kg Top speed: 135mph

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