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Buell Blast

Buell Blast Handlebar

With its light weight, motor and centralized mass, the Blast is a fun and agile small-displacement The stock handlebars, however, are inches higher and rearward a typical crotch rocket’s or and puts the motorcyclist in an almost riding stance. A solution, for riders wanting a more position befitting the sporty of the bike is to swap out the handlebars.

aftermarket options include clubman, drag, and superbike Clip-ons are the most adjustable but cost over $200. and drag bars will not locking on the Buell Blast upon full rotation will hit the gas tank before the “locked” detent.

For these I defaulted to Bikemaster Superbike ($20) like many owners.

It took me about two hours to them. For other Blast considering the swap, below the steps for removing the old handlebars:

the assembly for the brake fluid right mirror, and front lever from the old handlebars by two metric screws.

Detach the assembly by unscrewing the two SAE screws.

a metric socket, loosen the clamping the assembly for the clutch and left mirror to the old handlebars. assembly cannot be detached the left handlebar grip is

Detach the assembly for the turn horn and lights from the old by unscrewing two SAE screws.

Remove the handlebar grip from the after breaking the adhesive between them. I did this by a spoon handle and flat between the grip and the handlebars, the tools around the inner of the grip from both the and inside ends. (Fortunately, time-consuming step was not necessary for the grip, as that is bonded to the body, not the handlebars.) Those who are to install new grips anyhow remove the old grip by cutting it off a knife.

Slide off the assembly for the turn horn and lights, which was in a previous step.

Unscrew the SAE screws at the middle clamps the old handlebars.

Installation of the new handlebars was much the reverse of disassembly, the inclusion of steps below:

Cut off 1.5 from each end of the new handlebar a hacksaw. The Bikemaster Superbike are 32″ wide whereas the Blasts’ OEM are 29″. I wanted to keep the stock.

Those who wish to have handlebars may skip this

Figuring out the optimal (most position of the handlebars. For me, this was the handlebar essentially level and ends angling towards the of the bike.

Figuring out how the assemblies for the signal/lights/horn, throttle, and levers/mirrors be positioned on the new bars. The horizontal are no-brainers, but the axial positions on the are tricky because if they installed just right, could hit the gas tank when the are turned to their extremes. interference could prevent you being able to lock the and the horn or starter could be when their switches hit the

Once the locations of all the switchgear are out, drill two 3/16″ in the handlebars for the nubs on the inside of the for the signal/lights/horn and throttle. These prevent the throttle and turn assemblies from rotating. I their locations on the new handlebars by a drop of blue Loctite on the and then pressed the assemblies the bars as if I was going to install

The blue Loctite “marked” the on the bars for the nubs.

See photos to visualize most of the above

What did not need to be done: the area on the new Bikemaster Superbike where it would be clamped to the Even though this is smooth and not knurled like the OEM the bars will not slip the clamps as long as the clamp are tightened well. (I’m not what the torque specification is for so I tightened by feel.)

These are my of the handlebars after installing and riding the bike a few times. to stock, the new bars put my hands a inches lower and about 4″ forward, which felt sportier but still very Handling, if anything, was improved.

With my arms straight, I be leaning forward about degrees; with my elbows I could get into a nice with my helmet just the Buell’s windscreen, a couple above the speedometer. If I wanted to, I actually lay on the gas tank (something I not do before) with my elbows at my sides, over and behind my Doing so at 70 mph reduces wind considerably.

Unfortunately, with the Superbike handlebars, the stock don’t work very as my shoulders blocked half of rearward view. I would to shift my body out of the way to see directly me with the stock mirrors. So a couple weeks of this, I the stock mirrors and installed bar-end mirrors by Volar ($20 from eBay, including shipping and handling).

Despite being smaller the stock mirrors (3″ versus 4″ in their rearward vision is better since the rider’s doesn’t obscure any of the view at They also look less Mickey Mouse-ish.


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