New to the site, but thought I'd give my
..I have about 12K miles on my XB9R and here is my un-biased (as possible) review.
First of all, the bike looks bitchin' There is nothing else like it. I go to the Rock Store, the Ortegas, Zorba's Bike night, Palomar or my own bike night and I am (usually) the only Buell there. Here in SoCali, most of the guys have got to have the latest, greatest _________ (insert your favorite Japanese sport bike here), so I ride with a lot of different types of bikes. Most of my coworkers ride sport bikes, and I had no trouble keeping up with them on the highways (though, truth be told, most of them could out run me on the open highway). So I love the power, the handling is unlike anything else I have ridden in the past, oh 30 yrs or so.
It wheelies easily, stops on a dime and cruises around town. While I am not tall (5'9" on a good day), I have no problem with the seat height. The bike is heavy, but is packaged so well, you don't notice it.
Now the flip side of the coin....for me the dealer supports flat sucks! There are several HD dealers in my area, but most of them treat me like a red-headed step child. Yeah, they'll work on her, but it always takes forever and the work is usually shoddy (air box screws left loose or missing, etc). If I had the space, tools and, well hell, the talent, I'd do the work myself, screw the dealers. All in all, if I had to do it all over, I'd buy the Buell again (but damn, gotta luv the RC51 too). Ride safe guys...