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Old 09-06-2007, 02:08 AM   3 links from elsewhere to this Post. Click to view. #1 (permalink)
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So I've now put 300 miles on it, in the three weeks I've owned it and I know some of you were curious as to how it is as a first bike/bike in general so here I go.

I'll start with the bad since I just rode it home from downtown Chicago and my tailbone is killing me! Wind protection sucks, the deflector almost forces the wind into your upper body and helmet at highway speeds. Around the city it's not so much a problem, but when keeping up with traffic at 65mph the last thing you need is wind harshly throwing your head back. Same thing goes for head checks with lane changes. They are very hard cause of the wind.

Next bad is the transmission. Its a very VERY clunky transmission when getting into first gear unless you are very VERY firm on the shifter. I suppose this isn't the worst thing in the world, but another downfall of the Buell's tranny is that its only a 5 speed. Once again, on the highway vibration is high because of the high RPMs needed for the highway. How high are the RPMs you ask?

Well I couldn't tell ya cause the bike has no tach. Someone makes a tach add on, but I don't feel like spending the money on it when I know stick shift well enough to just do it by feel/sound.

Engine vibration is a killer. You think a V-twin is bad, try cutting one in half and removing all the balancers. At low RPMs, the bike vibrates so much not even Jenna Jameson would be happy. Mid-range it seems to smooth out but then it gets awful again in the upper range.

Last week I rode to the city and was stuck in traffic for 90 min. Now the Blast has very comfortable seat, but it is a very hot bike since it is air-cooled the bike gets hot and you def feel it in the mid section of the body. And your body gets sore after all those damn vibrations!

The only other downfall I can think of off the top of my head is the exhaust. Why Buell designed it to dump out at the rear tire the way it does, is beyond my comprehension but I'm sure there is a reason. Now that I think about it, why is the belt and brake swapped on the rear wheel from all other bikes? while the pedals are the same?

Now for the good, which is a lot less than the bad even though it is a great bike.

It has a very comfy seat and around town, will provide hours of comfortable riding. It also has a very soft suspension so it absorbs all of the bumps and imperfections a city street will provide.

My first time on the highway last week I was having a hard time staying in my lane during large sweeping turns. Then I realized I was forcing to my head to look down because of the wind, and once I corrected my form riding was super easy. This bike is just easy to ride. You look at a line and you're on it(still working on getting over target fixation). In fact, after riding long stretches on the highway, I feel my riding over all has improved and I'm not sure why.

Cruising around is easy and the motor is plenty powerful for taking off from a stop light, but not too powerful that you get overwhelmed.

Did I happen to mention the gas mileage? I've filled the thing up twice since owning it, and using premium(I'm sure I don't need to but the bike didn't get driven much before me, so I wanna make sure the carbs and tank are clean) I've spent 8 dollars per fill up. So cheap!

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why didn't you just buy a busa instead?

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Nice write up, thanks for the info
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At low RPMs, the bike vibrates so much not even Jenna Jameson would be happy.

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I just got one of these as my first bike. It is fun and easy to ride, but yes it does vibrate like crazy, sounds like "burrrm burrrm" rather than "vroom vroom". And of course, it is butt ugly.

But like I said, it's lots of fun, and easy to ride. Kind of like a scooter with gears.
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Nice writeup man! To answer your question about the belt drive and rear brake being swapped form your traditional japanese bikes. All Harleys are designed with the belt drive on the right hand side of the motor, and the rear brake on the left. Since the Buell motor is designed from a harely motor, it puts the drive line on the right. Going into first gear even on my Buell is rough. Thats the nature of the Harley tranny though. Wind protection isnt really great on the XB line of Buells. The new 1125R is really good with wind protection, but any of the other buells arent that great. The exhaust is positioned under the bike for "mass centralization". Alot of companies are starting to do this, though they are putting the guts of the muffler under the bike, with a tip that directs the gases out away from the bike. The new RC8 exhaust is a spitting image of the buells underslung pipe .

How easy is it shifting through the rest of the gears compared to other bikes you have ridden? Have you ever ridden a 250 ninja? If so, how does the power output compare to one? One last thing, watch the shift lever. It likes to vibrate loose on the blasts.
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Nice writeup man! To answer your question about the belt drive and rear brake being swapped form your traditional japanese bikes. All Harleys are designed with the belt drive on the right hand side of the motor, and the rear brake on the left.
wrong, but close, Sportster motors are right side drive, big twins are left side.
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My gf rides a blast and loves it. Watch out for the bank angle sensor though, her's cut out twice and i wound up bypassing it since it was giving her so many problems.
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holy thread revival!!!! I posted this almost one year ago! and I gladly upgraded to my CBR 600 after one month of riding the blast.

Best thing I've probably ever done in my life when it comes to transportation.
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First and last review of the Buell B-last: It sucks. A lot.
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There were a few Blasts in an MSF class I taught a few weeks ago. Here's a simple rhyme to help you remember all you need to know about the Blast: The Blast Sucks Ass.
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