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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 9:23 pm 
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Joined: Thu May 07, 2009 2:09 pm
Posts: 167
Current ride: 08 Uly
Location: Bay Area (California)
If you're anything like me you never get bored of seeing people's Buells (good thing I spelled that correctly!).

As I posted before, when I left the UK with work I had to leave my beloved 2009 XT behind (up yours, bureaucrats). Just couldn't bring myself to part with it, so it's laid-up and hopefully won't suffer too badly from the experience.

No points for experimentation, but on arriving in sunny California I couldn't think of any bike I'd rather own than my own, so I set about hunting another XT down. Not so easy in such an enormous country where you can't just pop round to take a look, so you're somewhat restricted unless prepared to gamble on an unseen bike. Thought I'd struck lucky when an XP came up, but the luck changed when the owner managed to get knocked-off it literally 2 days before I was due to pick it up. Insurance company wrote the bike off. Grrrrr.

The luck returned when this minter came up. Only just over 3000 miles and almost showroom condition.


Couldn't resist this one, so it's now mine. Only downsides are original tyres (so hard as hell) which will need to be replaced, and no luggage. It's quite vibey, so I'll need to get to work with a file under the seat, and have a free spirits on order which I hope will help.

The X wasn't my first choice, but it seems sensible to have almost identical machines so that I have plenty of spare parts if required (including swapping the luggage from my XT). The extra suspension travel is useful on California's roads, which are actually worse than in the UK, if you can believe that's possible. However, with all that suspension travel the front end definitely doesn't dig in and inspire endless confidence in the way the XT's does. The steering feels very 'free', like I need a steering damper - it feels like it'll fold or slap a lot easier than the XT. May need to do a conversion down the line.

Anyway, it's so good to be back on a Uly again. Perhaps the AX will inspire new lust, but really, nothing else could get me off these awesome bikes. Lucky me with the playground I have on my doorstep now.

Upcoming mods when funds recover: 2010 rear wheel, new rubber (probably Pilot 3s), output shaft bearing nipple thing (thanks to a VERY kind gent on this site), free spirits and put some proper oil back in it (previous owner switched to synthetic).

Roll on summer. Oh wait, it's always summer here :sun: :dance:

'08 X / '16 SX

PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 9:31 pm 
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Joined: Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:52 pm
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Current ride: '03 XB9S Lightning
Location: Dundee, Scotland
Yeah, it's always summer where you are you lucky sod. Hope you enjoy the new bike and beware of those California girls. lOl

PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 10:19 pm 
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Joined: Wed May 06, 2009 8:20 pm
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Current ride: Victoria Sponge
Location: Bristol - Gateway to all things good
Great news dude :yup:

08 Specialized Langster

PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 10:56 pm 
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Joined: Tue Jul 13, 2010 11:11 am
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Current ride: 1125cr
Location: Scotland
Cracking looking bike you found, enjoy the new toy

PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 6:19 am 
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Joined: Wed May 06, 2009 1:55 pm
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Current ride: K100
Location: Perth WA, occasionally Quorn, UK
Some really good riding out there, in perfect weather. Not jealous at all lOl

Travelling through time at the speed of light

PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 11:53 pm 
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Joined: Thu May 07, 2009 12:06 am
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Current ride: S1W,S2T,1125CR
Location: North Bucks
Nice bike :yup: I remember when CJ's looked like that 8-)


Back on the road again!

PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 6:24 pm 
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Current ride: 1999 X1
Location: Texas, Gerrards Cross
If you need servicing, tuning and such, take it to JTS Performance located at Sonoma Raceway (formerly Infineon).

Bob Krzeszkiewicz
2012 XR1200X - 2011 Kawasaki Z1000SX - 1999 Buell X1

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