i'm interested in the firebolt and want to know if there are any shortcomings of the newer buells, 2005 and 2006. I've tried to pay attentions to there reliablity over the past couple of years. I have Yamaha FZ1 and love it. I also love the v-twin sound that you get with a buell engine. I test drove a 2005 lightning and loved the tourqe, really a lot of fun. I don't do steet stunt and street racing, I like to go fast, but only when its safe for me and others. I choose my battles carfully. I know the buell probably cant compete with the yamaha that I presently ride, but the buell just seemed to be alive underneath me. Hope that makes sence. Top speed is of no concern for me as long as it can get up to 120mph. I can count on one hand how many times I rode at that speed on the Yamaha. i guess what I'm really getting at is if money i would put down on buell would reward me or plauge me with taking it to the shop to have it fixed every other week. Nothing worse than having a bike in the shop on a sunny day that is your only day off for the week. Had a friend that went through 2 buell thunderbolts in 2000. both lemons. thanks for the replies.... Wanna kill these ads? We can help!