Buell Ulysses XB12X

 Belting it through the veld. The XB12X Ulysses is big, narrow, high and fast, and tons of fun.

getting it sideways, as I turned on the power from the big 1200cc V-Twin

The Ulysses is great fun in the dirt and on the tar

Buell have aimed their Ulysses directly at the GS and other big off-road bikes, and I must say, for a first attempt, it's not bad at all. In fact I'd say the 1200 Ulysses is bloody good. A different ride experience entirely, a different angle, I was able to ride the XB12X all day without any sweat or sore butt. It's equally at home on dirt or tar and comfortable too. More to follow

Brakes were very good, front and rear.

Not the Paris to Dakar... but the fun side of life nonetheless.

Anything over 170 kph and the wind-blast was too much to take a decent photo.

Photos by Dylan Slater


XB12X MY06 Technical Specification:


Type Air/oil/fan cooled, four stroke, 45 degree V-Twin

Displacement 1203 cc

Bore and Stroke 88.9 x 96.8 mm / 3.500 x 3.812 in

Compression ratio 10.0:1

Valve train OHV, two valve per cylinder. Valve adjustment Self adjusting

Fuel delivery 49 mm downdraft DDFI II fuel injection

Exhaust Free-breathing 2 into 1 collector with Buell InterActive Exhaust system

Intake 0 resistance air box, Ram Air Intake

Power* 100 hp / 101.4 PS / 74.6 kW @ 6600 rpm (EU standard EC95/1)

Torque* 81 ft-lb / 110 Nm @ 6000 rpm (EU standard EC95/1)

Lubrication Dry sump, / 2.4 litres / 2.5 quarts capacity. Oil filtration Screw-on disposable element


Frame Aluminium frame with Uniplanar powertrain vibration isolation system

Wheelbase 1370 mm / 53.9 in

Rake 23.5 degree

Trail 122 mm / 4.8 in

Front suspension Showa® inverted fork with adjustable compression damping, rebound damping and spring preload

Rear suspension Showa® shock absorber with adjustable compression damping, rebound damping and spring preload

Front wheel travel 165 mm, 6.5 in. Rear wheel travel 163 mm, 6.4 in

Front brake ZTL type brake, 375 mm stainless steel floating rotor, 6 piston caliper. Rear brake 240 mm stainless steel rotor, single piston floating caliper

Front wheel Reinforced XB type 6 spoke cast, 3.5 in x 17 in

Rear wheel Reinforced XB type 6 spoke cast, 5.5 in x 17 in. Front tyre Dunlop D616F 120/70 ZR-17. Rear tyre Dunlop D616 180/55 ZR-17

Fuel capacity 16.7 litres

Dry weight 193 kg / 425 lb. Gross vehicle weight rating 431 kg / 950 lb. Load capacity 205 kg / 452 lb

Seat height 841 mm / 33.1 in

Ground clearance 171 mm / 6.75 in

Overall length 2180 mm / 85.8 in

Overall width 900 mm / 35.4 in

Overall height 1250 mm / 49.2 in


Type Five-speed, constant mesh, Helical gears. Ratio (1) 2.65, (2) 1.89, (3) 1.41, (4) 1.17, (5) 1.00. Primary drive Triplex chain 1.50:1 ratio

Clutch Wet, multiplate, compensated, reduced lever effort. Final drive Constant path, 14 mm pitch aramid reinforced Goodyear® Hibrex® belt with Flexten® Plus technology**, 2.4 ratio

Instruments Electronic speedometer; tachometer; odometer; 2 tripmeter; reserve tripmeter; clock; low fuel light; engine check light; oil pressure warning light; indicator for high beam, turn signals and neutral; two auxillary power outlets.


Charging system 494 Watts peak, 38-amp permanent magnet 3-phase alternator with solid state-regulator

Battery 12 volt, 12 amp-hour

Headlight 55/55 watt, projector beam. Taillight 3.36/36 Watts

Turn signals Manual cancelling


Barricade Orange or Midnight Black

Warranty 2 year, unlimited mileage warranty (Europe)

* Europe only - Australian specifications to be confirmed

**Hibrex and Flexten are registered trademarks of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.


Thanks to Peter Scott and Corné Saayman of Buell Johannesburg for the ride,

Whew... I was impressed. Great bike!

Before you decide on your next bike, test ride the Ulysses, you will be amazed.

Call Corné or Peter on 011 884 0454 to book a test ride.