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post #1 of 28 Old 03-22-2008, 12:46 PM Thread Starter
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Strom or Ully?

Looking to add a bike to my KLR650 & DR350 for 2-up riding and have been looking at a Ulysses 'cause they just opened a dealership so close I could walk to it. The bike looks great and is (mostly) American built but $11,495? I don't see the problems on this site that seem to plague the Uly. Simple things like wheel bearings, heat management, plug fouling/EFI troubles just shouldn't be on a bike at that cost. I'm sure the DL1000 would go anywhere the Uly could and also not have the wheelie problem when carrying a passenger (unless you coax it). And for 11 grand I could get a well-farkled Suzi. I'll own American someday but maybe a Hog in a few years.
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Go VStrom.

I'm as "buy American" as the next guy, but the one American choice we have doesn't compare in quality, and as you said costs substantially more.

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I came very, very close to buying a Uly before I ordered my V-Strom. I loved everything about the Buell except for the low RPM vibration and the price. In the end, the HD dealer wouldn't budge even an inch on the '08 Uly and so the V-Strom was ~$4000 cheaper out the door. That's a big chunk of change and nothing the Buell offered was worth that to me.
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Go VStrom.

I'm as "buy American" as the next guy, but the one American choice we have doesn't compare in quality, and as you said costs substantially more.

Don't forget about Victory, hopefully they will build something other than cruisers someday. The Buell is plenty reliable, especially the 07/08 model. You want questionable quality for lots of money.........what about BMW GS1200?

The Stroms are excellent bikes no doubt....but aren't most Japanese motorcycles? I wouldn't hesitate to buy a Buell Ulysses as my next bike, matter of fact it is pretty high on my list of "next bike". I couldn't be happier with my Vee experience, and reliability is much better than fit and finish sometimes.

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Buell?

I like the idea of the Ully but until they dump that Sportster based engine I'll never own one. Build one with the new Rotax V-twin and then we'll talk.
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I was this close (imagine fingers 1/4" apart) to going for the Uly. The Buell dealer offered an amazing trade-in for my Warrior and everything was falling into place. The deal fell through when I went in for the agreed-upon test ride only to be told they no longer offer test rides.

I ended up going for the Vee, the price was quite a bit better and although they didn't offer quite the same trade in I managed to walk out without having to pay any money.

I like the Uly, but I've ridden with a Buell guy and that fan can be heard on the other side of the continent while he was riding down the road.

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Go VStrom.

I'm as "buy American" as the next guy, but the one American choice we have doesn't compare in quality, and as you said costs substantially more.
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Don't forget about Victory, hopefully they will build something other than cruisers someday. The Buell is plenty reliable, especially the 07/08 model. You want questionable quality for lots of money.........what about BMW GS1200?

The Stroms are excellent bikes no doubt....but aren't most Japanese motorcycles? I wouldn't hesitate to buy a Buell Ulysses as my next bike, matter of fact it is pretty high on my list of "next bike". I couldn't be happier with my Vee experience, and reliability is much better than fit and finish sometimes.
Yeah, Victory, you're right. They're even based in my home town. I guess I was referring more to the style of bike than brands. That said, I hadn't even thought of Victory. Seems they'd be a natural to come out with a VStrom/GS/Buell competitor since they have a quite extensive background in off-highway vehicles (Polaris Industries- ATV's, snowmobiles, etc.). Boy, wouldn't that be something to see, a Victory dual/adventure sport motorcycle? I probably still wouldn't be able to afford it. But I'd go look at it.

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Yeah, Victory, you're right. They're even based in my home town. I guess I was referring more to the style of bike than brands. That said, I hadn't even thought of Victory. Seems they'd be a natural to come out with a VStrom/GS/Buell competitor since they have a quite extensive background in off-highway vehicles (Polaris Industries- ATV's, snowmobiles, etc.). Boy, wouldn't that be something to see, a Victory dual/adventure sport motorcycle? I probably still wouldn't be able to afford it. But I'd go look at it.
I agree Steve, after seeing the new Vision and its engineering it would be interesting to see what they would come up with.
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Bet they wish they would have done a dual sport over that C-5 of a Vision.
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