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It is a Harley Manufactured bike, 500cc's. They are cheap, no fairings like the EX and I hear they produce more torque. There pipes have more "grunt" then the bikes you mentioned. GO to your local HD dealer and check one out in person, you might end up considering one. Good luck with your choice. Being in Texas I am sure there is one probably close to you(HD dealer of some kind), heck they are everywhere now.
 

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If you like the look and feel of it, I'm sure it will make a fine first bike. Go sit on one and see what you think.
 

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yah i hear they make great starter bikes. buell seems to make some nice bikes..
 

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Not a bad little bike. It's a single though, so get ready for numb hands. They also have enough torque to power wheelie at will, so take it easy.
 

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Zippy said:
They also have enough torque to power wheelie at will, so take it easy.
You sure about that? While I've never ridden a Blast, I have owned Buells, and they are HEAVY. The Blast is both heavy AND underpowered. I doubt keeping the front end down will be TOO much of a problem.
 

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I road one during my MSF course. I own and ride a Ninja 500R. IMHO the Kawasaki Ninja 500R is about 109380924850924502 time better.

I hate that rattling Buell POS. So, from one new ride to another, go for the Jap bike. The Ninja 500R is AMAZING. The Buell, IMHO sucks some major balls.
 

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You sure about that? While I've never ridden a Blast, I have owned Buells, and they are HEAVY. The Blast is both heavy AND underpowered. I doubt keeping the front end down will be TOO much of a problem.
The one I rode came right up.
 

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The one I rode came right up.
Alright. I know the S1, etc., can wheelie like a sonovagun.

I didn't know we were making other suggestions, but since it's been done, I'll add mine. I started on a Suzuki Gs500 and loved it. Cheap as heck, too. Check it out.
 

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a suzuki gsf400 bandit is great to start on. i really like mine. they just arent as easy to find as say a gs500 or ninja 500. best of all they are 4 cylinders and are high revving :) very fun bike
 

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I bought a Buell for my GF last month. It's a blast (no pun) to ride. Very easy maintenance. No chain to replace or adjust, and no resulting chain lash while riding. Sounds mean with a pipe. It's not heavy. I can pick it up alot easier than a 600ss!

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Handles falls without damaging plastic fairings, clipons, or mirrors!!!!!

Did I mention it gets about 65mpg?
 

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I've heard about iffy quality on the trim pieces.... And personally, I just don't like the looks of em. :eek: I can attest to the Ninja 500 being a great bike! ;) And you can find them used EVERYWHERE.....
 

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I didnt take the time to read other member responses, but IMHO - a POS. Stick with one of the 'big four'. I am Honda biased, so I cant comment on which of the four manufacturers are better for your needs. :D
 
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