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Anyone ridden a Buell? Advice on swapping ? 18 Jul 2021 08:46 #851966

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I was very interested in the Buell Thunderbolts at one time.  Then one day, I saw one idling at a traffic light and the engine shook so bad that it looked like it would break free of the frame.  That put me off and haven't desired one since.
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Anyone ridden a Buell? Advice on swapping ? 20 Jul 2021 10:58 #852121

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I was very interested in the Buell Thunderbolts at one time.  Then one day, I saw one idling at a traffic light and the engine shook so bad that it looked like it would break free of the frame.  That put me off and haven't desired one since.

 

At Idle Harley engines vibrate pretty bad, but because these vibrations are the product of secondary imbalance, they almost completely disappear when you are riding. Surprisingly smooth at speed.

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Anyone ridden a Buell? Advice on swapping ? 20 Jul 2021 11:25 #852123

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Thanks for all the great feedback guys   its great to have a good insight into different bikes, I've been toying with the idea of a Buell for so long but now I think I would probably be a bit disappointed! I'd really love either an old 900 or the gpz 750 turbo in an ideal world but I cant afford either! I toyed with the idea of buying a rolling 900 chassis and transferring as much of my 1000st over as possible and converting the motor to chain drive but I just cant bring myself to butcher the old st and the outcome would be so wrong in so many ways! 

Im in the middle of a ST chain conversion as we speak, i bought a frame and lower end with no drive for good money the bottom end is all but finished and im saving the pennies for the head to be sorted up in Dublin, ill be posting a build soon enough if your interested in the conversion.
 

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Hey kz streetfighter 71 ,yes I'm very interested in seeing your conversion   like I say I have toyed with the idea myself, one day when I've saved enough money I'd love to tune the motor the way they used to by good gas flowing and dialling the cams in properly etc, maybe even little trumpets on the carbs with the jetting sorted of course, but I dont know if it would be right to do that and keep it shaft drive, I just think chain drive seems more "right" if you start tuning....

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Anyone ridden a Buell? Advice on swapping ? 20 Jul 2021 17:29 #852163

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I rode a lightning once but it was a race bike, carbon wheels, etc.  I was on a zx6r at the time and I remember the Buell being very torquey.  
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Anyone ridden a Buell? Advice on swapping ? 21 Jul 2021 11:31 #852202

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Hey kz streetfighter 71 ,yes I'm very interested in seeing your conversion   like I say I have toyed with the idea myself, one day when I've saved enough money I'd love to tune the motor the way they used to by good gas flowing and dialling the cams in properly etc, maybe even little trumpets on the carbs with the jetting sorted of course, but I dont know if it would be right to do that and keep it shaft drive, I just think chain drive seems more "right" if you start tuning....

Well the frame is out for powder coat and im off up to Sligo on Sunday to help strip a donor bike bike down to get the front and back end for it, soon as i know everything is going to work together ill be starting the thread but like i said the lower end is all but finished just some machining to do on the inner sprocket cover this week coming.
 

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Thanks for all the great feedback guys   its great to have a good insight into different bikes, I've been toying with the idea of a Buell for so long but now I think I would probably be a bit disappointed! I'd really love either an old 900 or the gpz 750 turbo in an ideal world but I cant afford either! I toyed with the idea of buying a rolling 900 chassis and transferring as much of my 1000st over as possible and converting the motor to chain drive but I just cant bring myself to butcher the old st and the outcome would be so wrong in so many ways! 

Im in the middle of a ST chain conversion as we speak, i bought a frame and lower end with no drive for good money the bottom end is all but finished and im saving the pennies for the head to be sorted up in Dublin, ill be posting a build soon enough if your interested in the conversion.

 

I;ll pop in for a look.      The guy who's shop I'm using for my Moriwaki build used to convert XS1100's to chain drive to use in his speedway sidecar outfits....

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