Bit about me - finally got round to passing my test as an old git, when my lad got interested in bikes (I’m old enough that as a teenager, I could ride around on 250 2 strokes with out needing to pass my test). As an old git, I’m no longer interested in the 2 strokes or 4 cylinder screamers – I like twins. I rode a Honda NSR 125 after passing my 2 part, but couldn’t get on with it once I de-restricted (needed to be thrashed all the time). I bought a Honda Bros 400 twin to finish off my 2nd year at 33bhp. Then on to a Suzuki SV650 (pointy) that was fun for a year, but went from being too quick, to riding with the throttle pinned full open most of the time. Following that I bought an Aprilia Falco and what a bike!
My son was also progressing through numerous bikes Kawasaki ZR250 (4 cyl.), Moto Guzzi V35 Imola, Royal Enfield Bullet, Suzuki SV650 (curvy), Moto Guzzi V75 Breva, Kawasaki ZR750. After getting rear ended on the ZR750 he fancied a change a Buell. He never got on with it – so now its mine.
I have to say it is a pig to ride and I can understand why he did not get on with it. The gearbox is clunky, the brakes do not have the smoothness of the Aprilia, the short wheel base, steep steering rake & wide bars make it very nervous in low speed corners, the throttle has no finesse at low speed.
The Aprilia was so easy to ride, that one ride on it would set me back a week, on the progress I was making trying to ride the Buell. One of them had to go – so which did I sell?
I sold the Aprilia, despite its better gearbox, brakes, chassis, performance – it just didn’t have the character I wanted.
With the Buell I’ve got what I wanted a Harley that’s light, handles, & go’s well enough, with character in spades.
Have I mastered the Buell? No but I’m getting there.
I did contemplate fitting the 06 on progressive throttle cam, but I think I will just live with it.
I have modded the airbox lid after reading the forum articles, however it still seems to need the tank shell cover cocked over to one side to help get the air in.
Had to replace the battery recently but that’s a story for another time. You asleep yet? Good night then, speak to you all soon.
Hopefully I've not offended too many people
PS Do I miss the Aprilia? – yes, I miss the extra 20bhp especially in the summer (the Buell is impacted much more by the weather). And I miss that 6th gear! I don’t miss the riding position though!