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Old 02-28-2009, 11:23 PM   #41
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Talk about getting blown around, it was windy as today. Even with gusts over 30mph I still had no problems staying on the road.
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Old 02-28-2009, 11:59 PM   #42
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Im noob and I took my first jaunt on the 610N loop to the Galleria today and it was crazy windy. I could feel the wind hitting me from all directions. I drifted a bit around in my lane. Definitely unnerving for a first time but at the end I had a smile on my face for getting through it. I know, no big deal, but for being a noob it was a big deal as they all will be as I get some mileage under me.
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Old 03-01-2009, 12:07 AM   #43
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Im noob and I took my first jaunt on the 610N loop to the Galleria today and it was crazy windy. I could feel the wind hitting me from all directions. I drifted a bit around in my lane. Definitely unnerving for a first time but at the end I had a smile on my face for getting through it. I know, no big deal, but for being a noob it was a big deal as they all will be as I get some mileage under me.
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Old 03-07-2009, 07:01 PM   #44
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It was Texan Harley Davidson Buell up in Conroe. The guy was aching to sell me a 1200cc Sportster. Sorry for the delayed response, I wanted to make sure they weren't on the site sponsor list.
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Old 03-07-2009, 09:09 PM   #45
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It was Texan Harley Davidson Buell up in Conroe. The guy was aching to sell me a 1200cc Sportster. Sorry for the delayed response, I wanted to make sure they weren't on the site sponsor list.
I think the Sportster could be a decent bike to learn on.
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Old 03-07-2009, 10:00 PM   #46
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I think the safety course by Harley Dealers use the Buell Blast.
That means they have money saving sales on the used ones from time to time. Could be worth checking into.

It should be a great first bike, I have heard they vibrate a bit, and I think that is because they are single cyclinder bikes.
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Old 03-07-2009, 10:19 PM   #47
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So me, FlipSideUp and some friends of his rode to Chapel Hill today on 290 and it was windy as . I would guess 20 mph to 30 mph gusts. I felt like I had to fight the wind there and back. Even when we left 290 to ride to Washington that wind was blasting across the farm land. Still enjoyed the ride but as noob I had a few pucker moments when a few gusts moved me over in my lane.
Everyone else looked like they weren't having any problems with the wind at all. I didn't feel so bad when a few of the more experienced riders commented on how the wind was kicking their too. 150 miles of that was not very enjoyable today but I still had fun.
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Old 03-07-2009, 10:56 PM   #48
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Just a suggestion, the SV 650, Ninja 250, and even a Ninja 500 would all be good bikes (better than a Blast IMO). I've noticed a few Ninja 500's showing up for under 2K on different sites. Really a very good underated, ignored bike. Great to learn on and as you get more comfortable, you can upgrade suspension and other areas to match your new skills.

As for getting blown off the road, when I lived in the Rio Grande Valley, there were days my 900 SS/SP would be leaned over 10+ degrees going in a straight line due to the full flat fairings. But, if someone is telling you you'll get blown off the road on the Blast, I'd ask for another salesman or hit another dealership as others have suggested.

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