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Offline One4Tone

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bought my first buell 01 S3 thunderbolt
« on: September 22, 2015, 11:18:12 AM »
picked one up in nice condition for under 3k..less than 6 miles...getting it on the 25th of sept...hopefully we get our "indian summer"...love the power and the rumble..of 90 ponies. It is fuel injected, blue, missing the bags but otherwise all original... :up:

Offline garyajaz

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Re: bought my first buell 01 S3 thunderbolt
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2015, 07:53:16 AM »
cool, got any pix?
they are fun.

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Re: bought my first buell 01 S3 thunderbolt
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2015, 07:51:21 PM »
not yet...when I get I will try to post..have yet to figure out how...allways says it's too much data or something to that affect.it's the blue paint (original)..they are safeting it so it's Saturday now...tried it out in the parking lot...lots of pull...feels like it would lift front wheel...although it's hard to say..I like the inverted front end. Can't get over the price...under 3 ks. taxes in.

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Re: bought my first buell 01 S3 thunderbolt
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2015, 07:58:47 PM »
never owned a sportster...this Buell Thunderbolt S3 is rated at 90 ponies.(rear wheel)..I wonder how they get this much power,,,compression ratio, cams, fuel injection...?

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Re: bought my first buell 01 S3 thunderbolt
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2015, 07:09:34 AM »
all the above, and an exhaust system that works.
put your pix on photobuckett or other hosting site and post a link to it here.

Offline One4Tone

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Re: bought my first buell 01 S3 thunderbolt
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2015, 11:07:31 PM »
will continue to try  to post pics...no luck so far...put about 200 miles so far. very good on fuel, power is good...definetly a good fast bike. very oil tight. new Michelins on it was a bonus...This bike is a keeper. Rode Harley cruisers for 38 years. This is  a great change in more ways than one. A little backfiring today trough the air filter ...nothing too bad..will check intake allen bolts. I have my other bikes so it's a nice contrast. Insurance is pretty hefty on this bike. Will have to rotate around.

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Re: bought my first buell 01 S3 thunderbolt
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2015, 05:45:39 AM »
How do you feel about the availability of parts?

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Offline One4Tone

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Re: bought my first buell 01 S3 thunderbolt
« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2015, 10:12:43 PM »
 I imagine some years are better than others. My 01 benefits from having the sporty engine. The Wankel motor may be stronger but tradition wins in my opinion. Seals, bearings should not be a major problem. Brake pads i would think are available. Electrical parts I do not know but i don't expect huge problem. have you had trouble getting parts?

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Re: bought my first buell 01 S3 thunderbolt
« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2015, 06:23:15 AM »
Brake pads are available from SBS #676HS front. My 6 piston Hawg Halter calipers just happen to use the same pads. Good linear brake feel and excellent full power grip, while lasting at least twice as long as stock.
Buffalo

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Re: bought my first buell 01 S3 thunderbolt
« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2015, 06:59:05 PM »
...Thanks Buffalo...info noted...