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Old 02-26-2009, 05:27 PM   #21
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i have a friend that had a buell....he put on an aftermarket slip on exhaust without doing any tuning and about a month later the motor burnt up....just something else to consider.......
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Old 02-26-2009, 05:45 PM   #22
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i knew a guy that hit a pot hole on his gixxer and cracked the frame.......
all bikes have their quirks i highly doubt they would be selling it if it was unfit for the road.
buy what ever you want. the wind thing is bs. Take the msf and decide what you want from there.
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Old 02-26-2009, 06:00 PM   #23
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man, you should make a video too and record all the dumb that is said.
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Old 02-26-2009, 06:15 PM   #24
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who said you can't be blown off the road by the wind???? Who has ridden in a 60+mph gust of wind? That will definitely blow you off the road.
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Old 02-27-2009, 02:34 AM   #25
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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
when i was 16 i went in to look at some bikes at a stealership just cause i thought they were cool but i could never afford one back then just wanted to sit on them and feel cool since i was 16 and obviously a douche bag.

well i do remember well that the salesman was trying to get me to buy a 1000cc bike even tho i told him i had never even sat on a bike. he said something like it doesn't matter, i should start on something big so im comfortable on big bikes.

looking back knowing what i know now i never would have made it home
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Old 02-27-2009, 02:47 AM   #26
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when i was 16 i went in to look at some bikes at a stealership just cause i thought they were cool but i could never afford one back then just wanted to sit on them and feel cool since i was 16 and obviously a douche bag.

well i do remember well that the salesman was trying to get me to buy a 1000cc bike even tho i told him i had never even sat on a bike. he said something like it doesn't matter, i should start on something big so im comfortable on big bikes.

looking back knowing what i know now i never would have made it home

This kind of thing happened in FL where I used to live all the time. They have more strict laws now like the dealer can't let you ride off the lot without showing an M license and insurance, or something like that.

The main reason the law was put into place is because a 16 year old kid went and bought a 1000cc bike on credit and rode it directly out of the dealer lot into a truck.

I think he lived but it caused a -storm for this HUGE dealer because they let him take the bike without an M and no insurance or anything.
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Old 02-27-2009, 04:20 AM   #27
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i ride a ninja 250 it weighs less then any buell and i dont get blown off the road..
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09 ninja 250r, Strong gusts of wind, and blow off from a semi going by in the opposite direction just make me lean over a bit.
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Old 02-27-2009, 09:03 AM   #29
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When you hear like this, a little common sense can be useful.

If bikes were subject to getting blown off the road by the blast from trucks or even just gusty winds, we would have heard about this by now. Sheesh, bikes have been around for over 100 years.
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Old 02-27-2009, 09:25 AM   #30
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Wow

A dealer told you that?

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better blown off the road than on the road i always say.
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Old 02-27-2009, 10:12 AM   #32
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I ride a Buell, I've ridden the Blast for giggles.

You won't get blown off the road. You will however, as a new rider, constantly feel like you are about to be blown off the road. You will say a frantic little prayer every time you're passed or pass a big truck. It is distracting and not a confidence builder in the least.

Buells have a very upright seating position, the rider has a rediculously exposed - almost reclining - profile. During the summer, when I ride 4-500 miles/wk I drop 8 or 10 pounds and develop a six pack. The wind will flat work you out. On top of that, the Blast is underpowered so you'll have trouble maintaining speed on windy days.

The Ninja 250 is lighter, faired, etc. It may very well get blown around much more than the Blast, but you won't feel it near as much. The Blast is great for MSF and maybe as good a starter bike as the Ninja for side streets but it has no place on the freeway. For a starter bike you can take anywhere, you should be looking at a gently used AnythingButABlast 250 to 500. If you don't want fairings, look at a Dual-sport or a standard.
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Buells have a very upright seating position, the rider has a rediculously exposed - almost reclining - profile.
The Ninja 250... may very well get blown around much more than the Blast, but you won't feel it near as much..
That is a little confusing.

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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
coming back from OK on the bikes my youngest was on an ex250 when we hit a pretty good storm by Nachadoges he wasn't blown off the road but the car in front of him was. I did look in my mirror when that happened and he was over about 40 degrees but still in his lane. With that gust we saw 2 cars and one 18 wheeler off the road.
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Old 02-27-2009, 12:34 PM   #35
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I sold bikes at dealership's for a number of years (back in the day)
My number one choice for a beginner bike (especially if used on the Highway)
would be a SV650s.
My first street bike was a (can't believe i'm admitting this) Suzuki GS500e.
You don't want a bike that will be wound out at freeway speed.
As others stated if your gonna drop cash you really don't want something that you will out grow or be board with in a month or two.
Besides ALL Buell's are (sorry to offend anyone) just do yourself a favor and stay away from the Blast.
Look into a 2nd gen SV (03 and above)
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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
So true, I ride a cruiser [ 1300 V STAR ] & still the wind can get to ya at times.
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You will be blown around abit but nothing major.
I will give you this though: You must learn to not tense up when riding. The wind, pot holes, bad drivers, you can't tense up!

You have to learn to sqeeze with your legs, keep your arms free of weight, and let the bike's suspension do what it was designed to do.
That's the real trick!
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each bike is very different in the way they handle wind. I have a large number of bikes and they handle wind as follows

1. TransAlp gets blown around quite a bit 40 mph cross wind 18" off course

2. DRZ 400 less then the TA

3. EX 250 (ninja 250) less then the DRZ

several others as well the bike that gets blown around the least of mine is a 89 CBR600. It is like sitting on a rock in the middle of the road when the wind blows. The other thing is if I am trying to keep up with a 600RR it is like sitting on a rock in the middle of the road too. If I take trip over 1000 miles it will be the CBR or the EX.
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The Blast is great for MSF and maybe as good a starter bike as the Ninja for side streets but it has no place on the freeway.
I find my little 250 has no problems getting on the freeway. It generally passes most other cars too. While you do have to work a little harder for the speed you want, it is completely doable.
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