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Old 09-15-2009, 08:23 AM   #1
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Opinions on Buell Blast 500

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Pros: easy to learn with, no chain to maintain (just replace belt every so often)
Cons: hit or miss reliability, no tach, vibration during idle

Anyone else with previous experience with it? Again, my main purpose for the bike is traveling 30miles a day on back roads going 50mph. I wont race the bike or stunt it.

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Old 09-15-2009, 08:27 AM   #2
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When i took my MSF training we trained on Buells. These were older ones i can not say how old but from the new ones i have seen there isn't much difference. They do vibrate a little while idle but it was not real bad. Other than this i have no other experience with them. Over all they seemed like good bikes.
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Old 09-15-2009, 08:29 AM   #3
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If they were being used for MSF, they have to be reliable/long lasting. That or the MSF company would have to spend $$$ on maintenance...

Thanks. Any more?
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I had a buell they are great bikes. Good for the commute and a comfortable riding position. I can't imagine getting the blast though. The lightning is such a better model plus the extra displacement will keep you from getting tired of it too fast. They are v-twins made by Harley so..... they aren't that reliable.
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Old 09-15-2009, 08:38 AM   #6
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i was looking at these yesterday, looking at the specs made it seem more like a commuter bike or something more than a fun-bike.
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its a good bike for beginners, but dont expect to find a new one
2010 buell blast crushed
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I've never heard anything but problems from the Blast, now the lightning i'v heard good things about
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its a good bike for beginners, but dont expect to find a new one
2010 buell blast crushed
wtf happened there? LOL.

Well, to be honest I saw some of these in CL. Whatever bike I might get, Im allocating 500$ for maintenance/needed repairs.

The buell has a single cylinder = less moving parts to go wrong, less things to maintain.

RacerX, I agree with Japs' reliability.
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wtf happened there? LOL.

Well, to be honest I saw some of these in CL. Whatever bike I might get, Im allocating 500$ for maintenance/needed repairs.

The buell has a single cylinder = less moving parts to go wrong, less things to maintain.

RacerX, I agree with Japs' reliability.
Thats Buell's new ad campaign. They're scraping the Blast.
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Old 09-15-2009, 08:59 AM   #11
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O ? srsly? , any idea why? too many issues/problems? Or just no mass appeal?
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Buel BUST?

The Ninja 250 used to be a bargain at 2,995. Not so now. Much more modern looking at +1,000.

The Bust ate up rear tires much faster than a Ninja 250. The cost of tires would more than make up the difference. Get a real bike or an older standard!
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Buell scraped the blast because they are trying to be known as an american sport bike company & the blast just isnt a sport bike... & they realized that.
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the blast is a simply put. Slow, ugly, sounds gay and has poor reliablity. Just get an oldr Zx-6 or something similar, for the prices you pay for a blast their are comparable 4 cylinders that you will like a whole lot more. There is a reason Buell stopped making them.
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Again, my main purpose for the bike is traveling 30miles a day on back roads going 50mph
Used Ninja 250...

Great mpg, relatively inexpensive and pretty sold resale value and more than capable for your posted purpose.
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im kinda thinking about getting a used 08 ninja 250, i run a zuki m50 (805cc cruiser) but im looking for a toy sport bike with fair power to play on the twisties. I'm grinding the out of my pegs now and its me off.

My buddy at work was saying theres tracks around here fun for smaller bikes but i dunno much about it, that kinda perked my ears up.
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I agree with the ninja 250.

Blasts are ok bikes but they seem to have tons of issues. My friend brandon had one and it always needed something. He did not really even ever beat on his either... just rode it to work and such.
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If they were being used for MSF, they have to be reliable/long lasting. That or the MSF company would have to spend $$$ on maintenance...

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Not true. The blasts are used in HD RidersEdge courses because it's the only 500cc bike they have. They don't have a choice.

One of my Instructors was a test rider for HD for a few months, he won't touch a Buell blast.
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also, if you ride a blast, the ninja 250 riders laugh at you.
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O ? srsly? , any idea why? too many issues/problems? Or just no mass appeal?
Most likely , all of the above.
I have a friend that has a 1200 cc Buell & he had some work done to it.
The bike seems to run great now, just neglect from the previous owner.
Take your time, do your reasearch & find a nice bike at a good price.
Honda, Kawi, Yamaha, Susuki are good dependable bikes at affrodable prices with a wide range of styles.
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