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Buell Blast

2003 Buell Blast

At the replacement for Goldie the MG is here. red, modern, and has two less And it’s a “Blast.”

Make a 2003 Buell Blast. a Buell, you ask? It’s sport bike division, by the legendary Erik Buell. Mr.

was a University of Pittsburgh-educated engineer for in the early 80s and was a pioneer in modern bike technology, responsible for such as full fairings and that were fully members of the motorcycle frame.

He helped usher an era of modern-day sport bikes in the late motorcycles devoid of pricey, bodywork to reduce weight, maintenance and show off the engine. The weighing in at just 360 pounds, that genre.

That the Buell handles well, has a relatively small and provides lots of open-air help it be the spiritual successor of my MGB nicely. Yet, there are marked differences, as you’d in any car-to-motorcycle comparison:

The Buell cost early-retirement plan.


The Buell has three fewer just 28% the engine displacement vs. 1798cc) and 37% the horsepower of the MGB, but can from 0-60 miles per in about half the time.

its quickness, it should get about times the gas mileage (

70 mpg)! on regular fuel, too.

With an automatic choke, ignition, single spark air cooling (no radiator), and drivebelt a chain that most manufacturers use aside from the Buell should be MUCH reliable than the MG was and require maintenance. It won’t even valve adjustments, ever.

of course, are some of the few vehicles are even less safe the MG. There are several things can be done to mitigate the risks and I be doing them.

I can’t much more than a bag on a much less a bicycle Goldie could ). But heck, what my car is for…

My particular is completely stock, except the owner had stripped off the yellow (the motorcycle looks this way as you can see from the photos). The is new, too.

Side view of the Buell.

In the Mahal 2 with the other speedy machines.

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As I write it has just 1764 miles on it. about as close to brand new one can get for a vehicle. Heck, every one of my has more miles than

Speaking of its history, the story like this. The motorcycle was purchased by a woman in Kansas, parents owned the dealership it was and serviced at. She rode it just 66 before selling it to her friend the second and last owner of the

Beth—now an engineer in Boulder for Martin/NASA—worked at a Harley dealership, so the was well-serviced. She only dropped it resulting in a trivial scratch to the of the black, right-hand, plastic She rode the bike while in in Kansas City on a regular and also would ride her dad (who has a Harley) and some guys on occasion.

She kept the bike in such shape that it won first in a little motorcycle show Harley dudes. She was selling the due to changing life circumstances moving and traveling a lot for her job and getting in June). She also might be in getting a bigger bike in the

I hope to similarly take care of the bike during the I have it (1-4 years?), and of not drop the bike and absolutely not get any accidents!

One more matter is what to it (keeping in my tradition of naming my From the name “Buell” and to it from my buddy Bue (Adrian “boy” that I have it’ll be called “Boo.”

spring is well on its way with of opportunities to get in some more time, which I’ll nice and slow for the next months (while being always). Boo might not be quite as as some of the 600-1000cc crotch out there, but it’s still one of the vehicles that’s ever my garage—a smudge slower the former Porsche 944 Turbo 0-60 mph, but on par with the BMW Z3. should be quick enough for about any situation.

Updated photo

I swapped out the for a more aggressive riding in September 2009. They—and the bar-end mirrors I installed at the time—are sweet.

The Buell installing Bikemaster Superbike and bar-end mirrors. (October 18, Sun)

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