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Old 02-26-2009, 04:35 PM   #1
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Will I get blown off the road?

A stable job (knock on wood) means I am progressively getting closer to getting my first bike. I've been on the forum for a while and asked lots of questions and I've come upon a new one- if I were to get a Buell Blast, would I be blown off the highway by the air pressure of other cars or passing semi trucks? A dealer once told me just that, but I have a distinct feeling he was just trying to upsell me to a more expensive bike. Let me know what your thoughts.
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Old 02-26-2009, 04:36 PM   #2
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Old 02-26-2009, 04:36 PM   #3
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Old 02-26-2009, 04:37 PM   #4
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U wont.

Start inexpensive and something that offers cushion for the learning curve(a snappy throttle will not be forgiving when you need it to be and you will be thrown.)
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bikes are designed with a couple of different ideas in mind one mainly being aerodynamics your bike should slice through the air but I dont chance it dont ride beside a truck pass him and get in front because the wind coming off the sides of the big rig can get turbulent but you will be fine just keep your head on a swivel and be aware of every driver around you..
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Old 02-26-2009, 04:39 PM   #7
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Unfaired bikes do better against the elements like wind, both natural and unnatural.
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Old 02-26-2009, 04:40 PM   #8
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You won't get blown off the road - but I used to work at a Harley dealership and I've rode the Blast - and lemme tell you, I wouldn't want to ride this thing on ANY of our highways/freeways. It just doesn't have enough power. For the money, there are SO many other better choices. Any of the smaller Ninja's for instance.

Plus I think on the Blast you still have to mess with the choke and fuel petcock.. just more b.s. to deal with which I don't know if other brand's 500's are EFI or not? Maybe someone else can fill in on this?

All the Blast's I've seen for sale have been pretty over-priced as well. Typically either a private seller trying to make ALL his money back because he bought a Blast, rode it for a MONTH and then outgrew it..

Or a Harley dealer just doin' what they do best.

Either way I say ''no'' to the Blast.
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wind isn't that big of a deal

you'll get a pretty good blast of air if you're on the left side of the fast lane on the freeway doing 85 and a semi is in the fast lane on the other side of the barricade 2 feet away doing 65 though.

you'll see him coming though and be able to compensate before it blows you into the next lane.

what you gotta watch out for is when its 30+mph winds outside and gusts above 40mph. that will blow you all over your lane. especially if you get a really light bike like a ninja 250 or a buell blast
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Old 02-26-2009, 04:42 PM   #10
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I just spent 11 mo on a 250. Never once did I get blown off the road....coming around an 18 wheeler for the 1st time shocked me, but didn't even push me out of my lane
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Buell Blast Dry Weight = 360 pounds.
2007 and previous Ninja 250 = 304 pounds.

I have never seen a Ninja 250 being blown off the road, so I don;t think the blast will any issues. Tell the dealer to go f*ck his self and go buy the bike at another dealership.
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Old 02-26-2009, 04:46 PM   #12
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Not a fan of the Buell Blast, but.............

I have a Ninja 250 that I ride quite a bit. I've even stayed in the "wind blast" of an 18 wheeler to see how it feels. Also ridden during gusty (30+) days.

Do you feel it? Yes.

Does it blow you out of the lane? No.

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Make sure you take the BRC (if you're planning on taking it) BEFORE you buy the bike.

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Old 02-26-2009, 04:49 PM   #13
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my maybe 300 lb supermoto bike does not get blown off the road.
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Old 02-26-2009, 04:49 PM   #14
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A dealer once told me just that, but I have a distinct feeling he was just trying to upsell me to a more expensive bike. Let me know what your thoughts.
I'll give you another one......

A dealership (nameless) told one of my students (who is all of about 5'1" and was on her very tippy toes on a CBR600) that that was the correct way to ride a sportbike. It should fit so that she was on her toes.

I asked if maybe they meant riding with the of her feet on the pegs during curvy roads and she said no, they were very adamant about being on tip toes was a good thing.

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i wanna go into one of these dealerships. and act like a total newb one time and see what kinda responses i get lol
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man i love riding by 18wheelers ..soooo dangerous ....
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i wanna go into one of these dealerships. and act like a total newb one time and see what kinda responses i get lol
man, you should make a video too and record all the dumb that is said.
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if you get a bike you may get lucky and get blown off the road. LOL
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Old 02-26-2009, 04:59 PM   #19
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Don't get a Buell Blast. You'll get tired of it very quickly.
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