Buell XB12S Reviews from United States of America

2006 Buell XB12S

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance1200 miles
Previous motorcycleHarley V-Rod

Summary:

Thank God I'm mature enough to not kill myself on this thing!!

General Comments:

XB12Scg model, Orange of course!! Mod air-box, more carbon fiber that you can imagine.

Drummer muffler, heat kit, billet-pegs, controls and more stuff than I can say. Now this is a fun bike!

Makes my modified V-Rod seem like a old Buick in the handling and braking department. My lady also likes the Buell better to ride on. In the V-Rod's defense though, I will not change the factory seat. She is only 100+ pounds but slides off the back whenever I accelerate the "Rod"!

I've owned six V-Max's and miss that sound with Super Trapps, but this Buell is a real kick!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd December, 2008

2007 Buell XB12S

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.7 / 10
Distance when acquired2287 miles
Most recent distance4615 miles
Previous motorcycleHarley-Davidson XL1200C

Summary:

A cute, tight, quick, agile, well balanced bike that produces face splitting grins mile after mile!

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Oh the joys: I've owned the bike for 1 week (picked it up on 11 July) and put 2500 miles on it, loaded down with about 50 pounds of gear (Washington DC to New Orleans and back).

This bike is absolutely fabulous - runs at speed (80mph) easily, and has much more to give when asked - well endowed where stopping is concerned, and an absolute curve loving monster in a tiny package.

Down side: The seat can wear on the bum after about 75 miles, so it's a good thing I'm looking for gas around 150 (with about 0.75 gallons remaining). Not really the best long distance bike, but if it's all you've got, you'll enjoy it regardless of the time spent in the saddle.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th July, 2008

2007 Buell XB12S

Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance1000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleHonda CB 900

Summary:

We won't hold the seat against it! Love it!

Faults:

This is our first Non-Honda motorcycle.

The only thing we found that needs improvement is the seat on the Buell... TOO HARD!!! Once you travel 50 miles.. you have to check to see if you have a bottom, because you are numb! Ordered a new touring seat and dealership had trouble cross referencing the tour seat for the Buell. There are four seats, but unclear descriptions. Ordered wrong seat twice.. Need a better reference for the parts people...

The bike is quick, has torque, and gets its share of looks even from die hard HD'ers. Would like to see a back rest or seat with back rest as an option for us older riders. Looking forward to being a part of the HD family!

General Comments:

We love it!

Hate the standard seat -- too hard! It is like sitting on a two by four!

Parts people have difficulty cross referencing the Buell parts.. Four different seats, but limited descriptive info.. they ordered wrong seat twice for our bike.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st August, 2007

23rd Dec 2008, 23:18

LOL!!! I have a XB12Scg, which means I have less seat padding than you do. That is one of the ways that they used to get the seat height lower that the standard XB12S. I am almost 51 years old but do not mind the seat too much. It was way better than my V-Max's (of which I've owned six). The stock seat on the Max puts your behind right to sleep after about 75-90 miles, and you have to get off to get any feeling back in your behind. Of course this is about when you have to stop for gas anyhow!!

I also run a HD V-Rod, and the stock seat is OK for the driver, but the passenger better weigh less than 100# and be able to hang on tight!!

Average review marks: 8.7 / 10, based on 3 reviews