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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-16-2000, 09:50 AM Thread Starter
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Buell Motor Company announced this afternoon that they are recalling several Buell models built in the past few years. According to the release, "The recall relates to the shock absorber on the 1999 & 2000 Cyclone M2, the 2000 Lightning X1 and the 2000 Thunderbolt S3/T. Approximately 11,000 units are affected." If you own one of these models you should contact a dealer ASAP.

This is the second major recall in the recent past for Buell, and this one will cost Harley as much as three million dollars.

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They're not winning any converts with this. That was part of the reason I passed. I'm getting a 2000 Hayabusa instead(I know about the 99 recall) Please, Buell...get it right!

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That's too bad, I test drove one not too long ago and it was a really exciting and fun bike to ride. It had it's shortcomings( seat height) but I really enjoyed the test ride.
I would love to see them crank out a sportbike with the muffler and shock on the belly which decreases unsprung weight.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-27-2000, 06:50 AM
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Buell recall details
By MCN Reporter
BUELL'S latest recall has been issued because a faulty shock could cause the back end of 11,000 affected bikes to collapse.

We revealed last week how the sporting branch of Harley-Davidson sent out the notices to every owner on the planet of 1999 and 2000 Cyclone M2s, plus 2000-spec Lightning X1s, Thunderbolt S3s and S3Ts.

The shock is mounted horizontally under the engine and, according to Buell's Jeremy Pick, it's the same problem which was supposed to have been fixed in a similar recall last year.

He said: "The shocks are cracking at the mounting eyelet. Last year we swopped from WP to Showa, but the problem has persisted. We are still trying to find a cure.

"I'm not aware of any incidents of failure in this country. This recall has come from Buell in America."

Dealers have been told not to deliver any more of the bikes - even if they have already been sold - until a suitable solution has been found. Buell estimates about 400 UK bikes are affected.

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Thanks Pete! I think all the problems stem from the inherant vibration in the Harley 1200 motor. That thing shakes like a pig. I know its rubber mounted but those vibes have to go somewhere. A broken shock mount seems like a good place.

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Buell has developed a fix for the shock mounting eye. It has developed a Shock Reinforcement Package consisting of 2 parts. Designed to reinforce the front and rear shock eyelets. The SRP is made so that if the eyelet broke the srp would still hold the shock and allow it to function properly.
They have also developed an all new shock which will put an end to the problem. But it is not available yet.

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