Were they made with imperial measurement, chromed, and equipped with tassles? Originally posted by jealous57
They've had those brakes since they redesigned them a couple years ago. I think "Braking" makes a kit for all sorts of different bikes. They are "perimeter brakes". I know they made a kit for Ducati Monsters. It included a new rim with the disc, and calipers that mounted upside down.
Damn...you should look into the new Ducati literbike line up. You get the same torque as a buell (I believe it's right around that figure for the new models), but an 11,000 rpm redline and the smooth delivery of the 90 degree v-twin instead of the HD...which LOOKS like it's something around 45 degrees or something, and has that weird off-canter timing. I dunno...buell does do innovative things with their design, but just remember that innovative isn't always better. If these perimiter brakes were worth the weight, and frame-mounted hoses and fluid reservoirs were really the pimp shit, wouldn't the multi-million-dollar MotoGP teams be using them?Originally posted by CHRISZX6RR
Doesnt really make alot of horses for a 1200 but sure does make some good torque. I think its 84ft lbs.
You people don't have a freaking clue. The XB series Buells are very reliable, handle great and are plenty fast. I've ridden (not owned) the XB12R Firebolt and it's a really fun bike. It's all about monster torque on the street. Ergos are tight for a tall guy like me, but the new "Ss/Long" model fits well. The motors don't spin up as fast as an I4 sportbike, so it has a totally different character to it.
Don't be an ignorant hater. Take one out for a decent demo ride sometime (with an open mind) and see if you're not grinning in your helmet when you get back. Maybe it floats your boat, maybe not, but they're solid, reliable bikes.
I think the frame is actually the gas tank and the swingarm is the oil res. I agree with the rest of what you said though. I think its cool that they are trying to be innovative and I bet other manufacturers will start using some of their ideas eventually, just look at how the belly exhaust thing is going.take the frame for example, it dubles as the oil res... or the swingarm also houses some of the fluids, i feel their designs are amazing and eric really has it together... if you read up on his story and where he came from i give the guy mad resprect even if its a harley