2008 Buell Ulysses XB12X

You are here: HomeNew 2008 Models — 2008 Buell Motorcycle Models

2008 Buell Ulysses XB12X
Back to 2008 Buell Motorcycle Index Page

Click photos to enlarge.
They make great desktop images.

2008 Buell Ulysses XB12X
2008 Buell Ulysses XB12X

– 2008 Buell Ulysses XB12X

2008 Buell Ulysses XB12X

The Buell Ulysses is a high-performance Adventure Sport motorcycle that is capable of confident travel over dirt, gravel and other unpaved road surfaces. Premium Showa front and rear suspension is fully adjustable. Rear spring preload can be adjusted for passenger and luggage weight simply by turning a dial located below the left side of the seat. Suspension travel is 6.5 inches in front and 6.4 inches at the rear. Ground clearance is 6.75 inches. The lower center of mass achieved by carrying fuel in the frame and oil in the swing arm enhance rider confidence off pavement, while limited unsprung weight helps keep the tires in contact with uneven road surfaces for improved control. The 17-inch, six-spoke, reinforced cast-aluminum wheels feature a durable rim design. A dual front fender system provides debris protection for the rider and the bike.

For enhanced comfort, the high, wide handlebar with a cross brace is equipped with deflectors and a two-piece windscreen designed to limit buffeting. The innovative Triple Tail system folds through three positions to function as a luggage rack with tie-down hooks over the rear seat position, as a cushioned passenger backrest with grab rails, or as a luggage rack extended over the rear fender. The Ulysses has two 10 amp/12-volt accessory power outlets (one on the dash, another under the seat) and a large under-seat storage compartment.

The broad powerband and abundant torque of the 103-hp Buell Firestorm 1203 V-Twin engine gives the Ulysses the ability to charge through twisty pavement sections or proceed at lower speeds over uneven, unpaved roads with less gear shifting.

 

New on Ulysses XB12X for 2008

New 47mm front forks replace the previous 43 mm forks. Secured with a new triple clamp design, this new front end improves the torsional rigidity of the entire chassis. Fork flex is reduced during hard braking for improved stability and feedback.

Steering sweep lock-to-lock is increased to 74 degrees from 54 degrees to reduce the turning radius in off-road low-speed maneuvers. New off-set triple clamps maintain the 23.5 degree rake and 4.8 inch trail.

Heated hand grips are now standard equipment on the 2008 Ulysses. The grips are rated at 18 watts per side on the High setting and 11 watts per side on the Low setting.

New air guides positioned on the tail section of the Ulysses deflect engine heat away from the rider’s legs.

Modifications to the 1203 Thunderstorm V-Twin engine enhance performance, reduce maintenance, and allow a new redline of 7100 rpm (see separate Thunderstorm release for details).

The instrument panel styling is refreshed and the tachometer reflects the new 7100-rpm redline.

A commemorative Buell 25th Anniversary graphic with Erik Buell’s signature is placed on the handlebar clamp.

New color: The 2008 Ulysses XB12X is offered in a new color, Thrust Blue, in addition to Barricade Orange and Midnight Black, each with Magnesium Tone wheels.

Ulysses XB12X: Imagine the Possibilities
The Buell Ulysses is a high-performance Adventure Sport motorcycle that is capable of confident travel over dirt, gravel and other unpaved road surfaces. Premium Showa front and rear suspension is fully adjustable. Rear spring preload can be adjusted for passenger and luggage weight simply by turning a dial located below the left side of the seat. Suspension travel is 6.5 inches in front and 6.4 inches at the rear. Ground clearance is 6.75 inches. The lower center of mass achieved by carrying fuel in the frame and oil in the swing arm enhance rider confidence off pavement, while limited unsprung weight helps keep the tires in contact with uneven road surfaces for improved control. The 17-inch, six-spoke, reinforced cast-aluminum wheels feature a durable rim design. A dual front fender system provides debris protection for the rider and the bike.

For enhanced comfort, the high, wide handlebar with a cross brace is equipped with deflectors and a two-piece windscreen designed to limit buffeting. The innovative Triple Tail system folds through three positions to function as a luggage rack with tie-down hooks over the rear seat position, as a cushioned passenger backrest with grab rails, or as a luggage rack extended over the rear fender. The Ulysses has two 10 amp/12-volt accessory power outlets (one on the dash, another under the seat) and a large under-seat storage compartment.

The broad powerband and abundant torque of the 103-hp Buell Firestorm 1203 V-Twin engine gives the Ulysses the ability to charge through twisty pavement sections or proceed at lower speeds over uneven, unpaved roads with less gear shifting.


FEATURES:

Buell Ulysses XB12X highlights:

Buell Thunderstorm 1203 V-Twin engine
103 peak hp @ 6800 rpm (per SAE J607)
84 ft. lbs. peak torque @ 6800 rpm (per SAE J607)
Buell InterActive Exhaust
New DDFI 3 Electronic Fuel Injection ECM
New eight-row oil cooler with Jiffy-tite fittings
Dry Weight: 425 pounds
Wheelbase: 54 inches
Pirelli Scorpion Sync tires
New 74-degree steering sweep
New offset triple clamps
New fully adjustable 47 mm Showa inverted fork
Fully adjustable Showa rear shock absorber
Buell ZTL front brake
Double front fender design
Goodyear Hibrex drive belt with Flexten Plus technology
Two-piece, quick-release windscreen
Frame pucks, handlebar deflectors and headlight grille
Triple Tail System
4.4 gallon fuel capacity
Functional tool kit
2 x 12v. power outlets
New heated hand grips
New Instrument Panel Graphics
New Thrust Blue body work
Commemorative Buell 25th Anniversary badge



SPECIFICATIONS:

Dimensions
Overall Length6 85 in. (2159 mm)
Overall Width8 35.10 in. (891.54 mm)
Seat Height7 31.80 in. (807.72 mm)
Ground Clearance7 6.75 in. (171.45 mm)
Rake (steering head) 23.5°
Fork Angle7 22.0°
Lean Angle8:
Soft Contact, Right – 39°
Soft Contact, Left – 39°
Hard Contact, Right – 43°
Hard Contact, Left – 40°
Trail7 4.80 in. (121.92 mm)
Wheelbase6 54.10 in. (1374.14 mm)
Tires4 (Scorpion Sync):
Front – 120/70 ZR-17
Rear – 180/55 ZR-17
Fuel Capacity 4.40 gal. (16.66 L)
Reserve Fuel Capacity 0.83 gal. (3.14 L)
Fuel Economy2
(EPA urban/highway test)
51/64 mpg (4.61/3.68 L/100 km)
Weight:
Dry Weight 425 lbs. (192.78 kg)
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating 950 lbs. (430.91 kg)
Load Capacity 455 lbs. (206.38 kg)

Engine
Engine Air/oil/fan-cooled, 4-stroke, 45° V-Twin
Valve Train OHV, two valves per cylinder, self-adjusting
Bore x Stroke 3.50 in. x 3.81 in. (88.90 mm x 96.82 mm)
Displacement 73.40 cu. in. (1203 cc)
Compression Ratio 10.0:1
Fuel Delivery 49 mm down draft DDFI III fuel injection
Intake Zero-resistance airbox
Exhaust Tuned, tri-pass resonance chamber with
InterActive valve and mass-centralized mounting
Torque
(North America per SAE J607)
84 ft. lbs. @ 6000 rpm
(113.90 NM @ 6000 rpm)
Horsepower
(North America per SAE J607)
103 hp @ 6800 rpm
Lubrication Dry sump
Oil Capacity 2.50 qts. (2.37 L)
Oil Filtration Screw-on disposable element
drivetrain
Primary Drive Chain, 1.500:1 (57/38) ratio
Final Drive3 Constant path, 14 mm pitch aramid-reinforced
Goodyear Hibrex® belt with Flexten® Plus technology,
2.407:1 (65/27) ratio
Clutch Wet, multi-plate, compensated, reduced lever effort
Transmission 5-speed, helical gear
Gear Ratios:
1st 2.648
2nd 1.892
3rd 1.407
4th 1.166
5th 1.000

Chassis4
Frame Aluminum frame with Uniplanar™ powertrain
vibration isolation system, fuel in frame
Front Fork4 47 mm Showa® inverted forks with rearward offset
axle, adjustable compression damping, rebound
damping and spring preload
Rear Shock4 Showa® coil-over monoshock with remote,
under-seat reservoir and adjustable compression
damping, rebound damping and spring preload
Wheels: Magnesium Tone Powdercoat
Front Reinforced XB-type 6-spoke, ZTL™ cast aluminum,
3.50 in. x 17 in.
(88.90 mm x 431.80 mm)
Rear Reinforced XB-type 6-spoke, cast aluminum,
5.50 in. x 17 in.
(139.70 mm x 431.80 mm)
Brakes:
Front ZTL™-type brake, 6-piston, fixed caliper,
375 mm single-sided, inside-out,
stainless steel, floating rotor
Rear Single-piston, floating caliper;
240 mm stainless steel, fixed rotor
Suspension Travel:
Front Wheel
Rear Wheel
6.51 in. (165.35 mm)
6.38 in. (162.05 mm)

Electric
Battery
(per Battery Council
International Rating)
Sealed lead acid, maintenance-free, 12V,
12 amp/hour, 200 cca
Charging 30-amp, permanent magnet, single-phase
alternator with solid-state regulator (405W
@3000 rpm, 405W peak)
Starting 1.2 kW electric with solenoid shift starter
motor engagement
Lights (as per country regulation):
Headlamp (twin quartz halogen [H7]) – 55-watt low beam, 55-watt high beam
Tail / Stop Lights – LED 0.36W/3.36W
Turn Signal Lights – 10W manual canceling
License Plate Light – 5W

Instruments
Electronic speedometer, tachometer, odometer; dual tripmeter; high beam,
neutral, oil, low fuel (plus, odometer shows miles traveled on reserve), turn signal and
engine diagnostic indicator lamps; clock

Colors5
Thrust Blue (new), Barricade Orange, Midnight Black

Warranty
Warranty 24 months (unlimited mileage)
1 Specifications for non-U.S. markets might differ. Buell reserves the right to discontinue
models or change specifications at any time without incurring any obligation. Vehicle
specifications may vary from country to country depending on local laws. Some models
are not available in certain countries.
2 Based on tests conducted under lab conditions per U.S. E.P.A. test procedures. Mileage
will vary depending on personal riding habits, weather conditions, trip length and vehicle condition.
3 Hibrex® and Flexten® are registered trademarks of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.
4 Showa®, Dunlop® and Pirelli® are registered trademarks of their respective owners.
5 Availability may vary from dealer to dealer, and is subject to change without notice.
6 Unladen, wet configuration (no rider, all fluids).
7 Laden, wet configuration (design rider, all fluids).
8 Bottomed-out configuration (100% suspension compression).
9 Without mirrors.
2008 specifications1 Ulysses® XB12X

 

Media Press Release:

VERSATILE BUELL ULYSSES IS READY FOR ANY ROAD
Adventure Sportbike has Heated Grips and New Front End for 2008

EAST TROY, Wis. (July 8, 2007) – Significant changes to the front suspension and steering, plus powertrain enhancements, improve the performance of the 2008 Buell Ulysses XB12X, an adventure sportbike designed to carry its rider beyond the end of the pavement. The Ulysses features long-travel suspension, higher ground clearance and more aggressive tires that allow it to explore the roughest roads with confidence. But when the pavement is smooth and twisty, Ulysses performs like a flickable, agile sport motorcycle, propelled by a 1203 Thunderstorm V-Twin that is a bottomless pit of pure torque. Innovative features and accessories make Ulysses a comfortable, capable long-distance traveler or commuter. The versatile Buell Ulysses can take its rider where ever the road is headed.

New on Ulysses XB12X for 2008

New 47mm front forks replace the previous 43 mm forks. Secured with a new triple clamp design, this new front end improves the torsional rigidity of the entire chassis. Fork flex is reduced during hard braking for improved stability and feedback.

Steering sweep lock-to-lock is increased to 74 degrees from 54 degrees to reduce the turning radius in off-road low-speed maneuvers. New off-set triple clamps maintain the 23.5 degree rake and 4.8 inch trail.

Heated hand grips are now standard equipment on the 2008 Ulysses. The grips are rated at 18 watts per side on the High setting and 11 watts per side on the Low setting.

New air guides positioned on the tail section of the Ulysses deflect engine heat away from the rider’s legs.

Modifications to the 1203 Thunderstorm V-Twin engine enhance performance, reduce maintenance, and allow a new redline of 7100 rpm (see separate Thunderstorm release for details).

The instrument panel styling is refreshed and the tachometer reflects the new 7100-rpm redline.

A commemorative Buell 25th Anniversary graphic with Erik Buell’s signature is placed on the handlebar clamp.

New color: The 2008 Ulysses XB12X is offered in a new color, Thrust Blue, in addition to Barricade Orange and Midnight Black, each with Magnesium Tone wheels.

Ulysses XB12X: Imagine the Possibilities
The Buell Ulysses is a high-performance Adventure Sport motorcycle that is capable of confident travel over dirt, gravel and other unpaved road surfaces. Premium Showa front and rear suspension is fully adjustable. Rear spring preload can be adjusted for passenger and luggage weight simply by turning a dial located below the left side of the seat. Suspension travel is 6.5 inches in front and 6.4 inches at the rear. Ground clearance is 6.75 inches. The lower center of mass achieved by carrying fuel in the frame and oil in the swing arm enhance rider confidence off pavement, while limited unsprung weight helps keep the tires in contact with uneven road surfaces for improved control. The 17-inch, six-spoke, reinforced cast-aluminum wheels feature a durable rim design. A dual front fender system provides debris protection for the rider and the bike.

For enhanced comfort, the high, wide handlebar with a cross brace is equipped with deflectors and a two-piece windscreen designed to limit buffeting. The innovative Triple Tail system folds through three positions to function as a luggage rack with tie-down hooks over the rear seat position, as a cushioned passenger backrest with grab rails, or as a luggage rack extended over the rear fender. The Ulysses has two 10 amp/12-volt accessory power outlets (one on the dash, another under the seat) and a large under-seat storage compartment.

The broad powerband and abundant torque of the 103-hp Buell Firestorm 1203 V-Twin engine gives the Ulysses the ability to charge through twisty pavement sections or proceed at lower speeds over uneven, unpaved roads with less gear shifting.

Buell Ulysses XB12X highlights:


Buell Thunderstorm 1203 V-Twin engine
103 peak hp @ 6800 rpm (per SAE J607)
84 ft. lbs. peak torque @ 6800 rpm (per SAE J607)
Buell InterActive Exhaust
New DDFI 3 Electronic Fuel Injection ECM
New eight-row oil cooler with Jiffy-tite fittings
Dry Weight: 425 pounds
Wheelbase: 54 inches
Pirelli Scorpion Sync tires
New 74-degree steering sweep
New offset triple clamps
New fully adjustable 47 mm Showa inverted fork
Fully adjustable Showa rear shock absorber
Buell ZTL front brake
Double front fender design
Goodyear Hibrex drive belt with Flexten Plus technology
Two-piece, quick-release windscreen
Frame pucks, handlebar deflectors and headlight grille
Triple Tail System
4.4 gallon fuel capacity
Functional tool kit
2 x 12v. power outlets
New heated hand grips
New Instrument Panel Graphics
New Thrust Blue body work
Commemorative Buell 25th Anniversary badge

Buell Motorcycle Company, a subsidiary of Harley-Davidson, Inc., produces premium sport performance motorcycles, motorcycle parts, accessories and apparel. To learn more about Buell motorcycles, visit your local Buell dealer and experience the aggressive attitude, style and performance only found on board a Buell. For the Buell dealer nearest you, pull into www.buell.com

About Michael Le Pard 862 Articles

“Mr. Totalmotorcycle”. Owner and Founder of Total Motorcycle. Supporting Motorcyclists and Motorcycling for 18 great years.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply