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Buell Blast
Buell Blast

The 2001 Buell Blast An Excellent Entry-Level Motorcycle

by Haas, MBA2

one thinks of Harley-Davidson, the obvious that comes to mind is of a low, chrome-covered cruiser. One be correct, mostly, for thinking Lesser known, however, is the Motorcycle Company, a Harley-Davidson brand that manufactures bikes.

Erik Buell the Buell Motorcycle Company two ago. Mr. Buell was an engineer for the company who started making motorcycles using Harley Throughout Buell’s existence, the has used some creative to build some truly motorcycles and has continued to use hot-rodded Davidson V-Twin engines.

was an investor in Buell until two years ago, when bought the remaining half of the keeping Erik Buell on for his unique leadership and engineering

One concern identified by H-D leaders was their owner base was nearly as quickly as their Younger buyers have opting for sporty (and expensive) imported motorcycles and would-be riders seemed by motorcycles in general and by the heavy-weight models in particular. This is Erik Buell and his engineers in really handy.

Who better Buell, the thinking went, to a new American-made motorcycle targeted at new riders. With little aura to protect and a knack for up new solutions to engineering issues, it a match made in heaven.

The of all of this brainpower is a new motorcycle, the Blast. In short, this was designed to attract new riders to showrooms such as the one at American here in Ann Arbor, who provided test bike.

Buell had a difficult task. New have many different for not taking up the sport. Some of issues include fears motorcycles are too dangerous, too heavy, too too powerful, or too complicated.

Buell’s of engineers attacked each of issues in their design all while keeping the retail to a low $4,395 MSRP. Needless to this was a Herculean task.

One need much muscle to this bike, however. At a dry of only 360 pounds and with a low center of gravity, this feels tiny to experienced and non-threatening to novices. A low seat of only 27.5 inches smaller riders put both flat on the ground. This to a feeling of control.

For those inseam-challenged, a 2 lower seat is at no cost.

The heart of this is an air-cooled 492cc single push-rod engine that to all the world to be a Harley-Davidson Sportster one cylinder cut off. Output is an 34 HP and 30 ft.lbs. of torque. Special was given to minimizing the appearance of complexity. Hydraulic adjusters for the two do away with internal

The single 40 mm Keihin carburetor has an fuel enricher, which away with the need to to use a when starting the bike or remembering to turn it off once the is warm. Again, this one less worry for new riders.

The frame and suspension use similar and cost-reducing ideas. The steel frame does double-duty as the oil and the patented Uniplanar Powertrain System uses rubber to keep engine vibration from the rider. Front and suspension are non-adjustable.

A unique for the Kevlar reinforced final belt means that no adjustments are required. I imagine this also reduces complexity. A belt is also and quieter than a typical chain.

Since a light and motorcycle does not require tires, the Blast uses 16 wheels with relatively Dunlop tires (current standards are 17 inch diameter This surely contributes to the seat height and the easy of the motorcycle.

One of Buell’s design over the years has been a fight against un-sprung Accomplishing this while helping to keep manufacturing down are the wheels themselves. The cast aluminum wheels are to the Blast and have the mounting holes for the brakes and final-drive cast directly onto eliminating the need for additional

The wheels are attractive, but the bare pulley looks strangely

The overall appearance of the Blast is and modern. Viewed in isolation, it to be a full-sized motorcycle. When next to another motorcycle, the proportions become more but I found the overall effect Fit and finish are good. One would never notice that the red panels (fenders, tank and are not painted.

Rather, to help minimize and repair costs for new riders came up with a unique They use flexible composite with the color molded in. pieces apparently come out of the with the smooth shiny you see in the showroom.

Minor scratches be relatively invisible since the goes all the way through the panel and told that replacement are minimal. Buell even that you can inexpensively change the of your bike if so desired $100 for all the color panels in choice of red, black, or The turn signals are also on flexible stalks to resist

Low insurance costs should be up by low operating expenses, demonstrated by the EPA ratings of 69 / 72.8 MPG city/highway This might just be one of the commuter bikes ever now that I think of it.

As a rider more than 13 years of I’m not exactly in the target for this bike. However, I to admit a slight bias light-weight motorcycles (I own an older 500 cc GB500 which is also a single). It was not hard to remember it was like when I first riding, however, and it was with in mind that I rode the

Given the bike’s short (55.3 inches) and small I didn’t expect the bike to be as on the freeway as it was. The Blast was at speed and had a particularly smooth between 60-70 mph. my Honda, which uses a balance shaft to quell the rubber-mounts on the Blast allow one to and see the engine’s vibration at idle, but it out nicely at speed.

The vibration was there, but not so much it was tiresome.

Buell Blast
Buell Blast

One particular advantage of a cylinder motor for beginners is the motorcycle has no trouble pulling from traffic and getting up to with ease. The large produces low rpm torque without the to rev to the stratosphere. For a beginner, this minimizes the chance of stalling starting from a stop.

I cannot fail to mention the on the Blast. The unusual under-bike is designed to mimic the look of a fairing and is somewhat of a love it or it design characteristic of the Blast. One argue, however, with the it emits.

The Blast produces a thump and at speed sounds half a Harley, which it is.

I a Blast with the taller in place and found the seating itself to be comfortable and much than I had expected. The Blast have the sporty forward of other Buell models, but puts the rider in a neutral with arms and legs at angles to the body. Once this helps provide with a feeling of control and for good visibility in traffic.

Off the I sought out some curves to see if reputation for outstanding handling intact. Indeed, the Blast was to ride around curvy River Drive. I found needing to slow down I find my insurance agent over my driving record time I renew.

Blast riders may not win any drag against larger bikes, but will certainly enjoy along the way. Don’t that even this bike has a power-to-weight ratio than most cars on the

Another impressive area are the on the motorcycle. The single large 320 mm rotor (with a dual-piston and rear 220 mm rotor provide braking on such a light

The only real area for I found was the seat. The padding was too and I became uncomfortable quickly. The already has solutions for this which to be fair, isn’t to the Buell Blast.

The low price of should leave riders to personalize a Blast to their

One aspect of Harley-Davidson’s marketing for the Blast that I was not able to first-hand is the new Rider’s Edge new course. In an attempt to further new riders into the family, Harley-Davidson dealers will new rider training (using, of Buell Blast motorcycles). I a similar course through the Safety Foundation years ago and recommend it to anyone contemplating for the first time.

Kudos to for not forgetting this key part of new riders comfortable. Statistics show that riders who completed such training a highly reduced probability of an

Competition for the Blast is fairly The Japanese manufacturers do import smaller bikes but they found in dealer’s showrooms often and none of them the freeway capability of the Blast to mention the sophisticated brakes and design features). I would guess that these displacement bikes would be quickly outgrown as a rider experience.

Rather, first for most new riders have used bikes, until

Larry Phelan, General of American Harley-Davidson/Buell tells me he has been selling Blasts as quickly as he gets them the factory. He adds that demographics have varied new riders, to friends and spouses of Harley-Davidson customers to experienced interested in a smaller motorcycle. sure none of these will be disappointed with Buell Blast.

Harley-Davidson to see them again when time to trade up to a larger

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