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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-04-2003, 11:00 AM Thread Starter
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The MOTOR Company comes thru in 2003...

For a good 15 years now I have lusted after the Aprilia RS250, Yamaha TZ250's, RG 250's etc, street legal, small and great handling little screamers. Put my bags on board and take off cross state, town or country on the thing. But none of the factorys would ever sell them here in the good ole USA.
I can't believe I now have one and it was built by Buell/Harley-Davidson, the XB9S.
Man, ain't life stranger than fiction.
This bike is small, the HP is about the same as the 250cc screamers but it's streetable. Runs around town just fine.
Build quality and finish rivals any Jap or Euro bike. Just getting her broke in, but she'll do just fine I can tell. It's going to be a beautifull relationship I hope. My wife is already a little jealous especially after seeing the small passenger seat. Life is GRAND.

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The XB9R is down on horsepower (like you state above) but I had the chance to follow one around the track once and it seems to handle very good.

Congrats on your new purchase!

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-06-2003, 02:28 PM
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I rode one on the Buell test ride days last summer and liked it. I found it a bit down on power, but I'm a bigger guy and am used to 130rwhp so if that is not you I suspect you're a very happy guy. Congrats! It's a great looking, great handling bike. What colour did you get?

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-07-2003, 04:44 AM Thread Starter
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Kind of funny...

... the color story. I had a yellow M2 and a yellow aerostitch jacket but my wife and I thought with a new bike I should switch colors to black. I got financed finally at my original dealer in Cocoa , and I agreed to the bike sight unseen. I rode over in my yellow suit and when I walked in that's the only color they had. I joked about how it looked like I already matched when I got there. I have looked over again the Black at Orlando H/D and it just looks so plain. I like the yellow even more now.
The HP story is even more interesting. I read a review out of Calif. that points out that the torque on this bike comes on at 2000 rpms and stays pretty even until redline. The high hp 600's all have lower torque figures and the HP doesn't come on until 10000 rpm plus. Hp is just a mathematical function of torque using the 5250 rpm constant. Most of that high rpm torque/hp is unusable except in racetrack environments. The Buell's torque is usable day in and day out.

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