Andy’s Blog: Buell Blast Experiment

28 Apr 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Andy’s Blog: Buell Blast Experiment

Buell Blast

Buell Blast Experiment

So far its been a success. Yes, I probably have spent a few more dollars on getting the bike the way I like it than I have saved on gas, however I think that the overall mission was a success. I’ve had it a little over three months, and have placed close to 1500 miles on it.

I would say that 90% of those miles are work travel related, and 10% pleasure riding. Its begun to get very cold here in Indiana, however we are currently at the tail end of what appears to be the final Indian summer of the season.

Completed Projects:

SuperBike Bars

Buell Traction Grips

New Pirelli MT75 Tires


Yes. Installing the BikeMaster Superbars basically made it an entirely new bike from a fit and feel perspective. When I changed the bars, I put on some new Buell Traction grips. These are available at the HD store, Southside has them. They are $18 for a set.

I picked up the bars from Motorcycle Superstore online. The swap was fairly easy, once you figure out how everything actually goes on the bike.

My Blast is a yellow 2009 model. The only modification I have made was adding the windshield. I didn’t like the feeling of the wind pulling me off the bike at 50+ mph.

Adding the windshield made it much more comfortable for me to ride on the local highways.

I would like to see your modified bike–unfortunately, this weekend looks a little chilly for riding.

Do you have much experience with motorcycles? This is my first foray into the hobby–my wife says it’s my midlife crisis. I don’t care what she calls it, as long as she is supportive of me trying it.

This is my first foray into motorcycles as well. I picked up the Blast around the first week of August, and have been loving it. I originally purchased it to save gas money on my 50 mile daily commute to work.

Have you taken the ABATE class yet? I just completed it back in early October, and picked up my endorsement. If you haven’t I would highly suggest it.

Its decently cheap, and is full of great life saving tips.

Buell Blast

When I purchased this motorcycle, I convinced myself that I would take a stab all the repairs/upgrades that I wanted to do before calling in the experts. So far, it has been a super simple bike to work with, and hasn’t given me much in the way of trouble.

I took the MSF class offered by Harley Davidson in Bloomington in September. That was my first exposure to the Blast. I decided to continue my learning on the same bike by buying the Blast.

I stopped by the Southside HD today to talk about replacing the handlebars. The man I spoke to was unaware of Blast owners doing this and was of little help. He did suggest that the cables (clutch and front brake) may need to be replaced with different handlebars.

Did you need to do this?

I did add the windshield myself, but the idea of changing the handlebars is a little more intimidating to me than swapping shields. Also, does changing the handlebars make for noticeably reduced wind resistance? I wonder if the windshield would be redundant and look odd with the change in bars.

Since I cannot ride today, at least it’s fun to think about modifications/upgrades.

The SouthSide store is almost pointless in visiting for ANYTHING Buell. The most info on mods that I have found was on BadWeb. Click on the Thumper Forums.

I picked up my BikeMaster SuperBars online, but I think that Cycle Outfitters also carries them. They are at Epler and Madison on the southside. They also have quite a bit of stuff, but not much Blast specific stuff.

Also, the superbike bars do not cut down on the wind resistance. I had thought about getting a windshield, but the $200 price tag seemed a little steep. Sounds like we need to get a Johnson County Buell Group going.

Hey, Andy, I like the idea of a Johnson County Buell Group. Unfortunately, you and I are the only two I know who would qualify.

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