Buell Blast

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Buell Blast
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ManufacturerBuell Motorcycle Company
Parent companyHarley-Davidson Inc.
Production2000–2009
Classstandard
Engine492 cc air cooled OHV single
Power34 bhp (25 kW) @ 6,500 rpm
Torque30 ft⋅lbf (41 N⋅m) @ 6,500 rpm
Transmission5-speed manual
SuspensionFront: telescopic fork
Rear: swingarm with single coil-over-shock unit.
BrakesDisc/disc
TiresFront: 100/80-16M/CTL 50T
Rear: 120/80-16M/CTL 60T
Rake, trail25.0° / 3.4 in (86 mm)
Wheelbase55.0 in (1,400 mm)
DimensionsL: 77.8 in (1,980 mm)
W: 29.3 in (740 mm)
Seat heightStandard: 27.5 in (700 mm)
Low profile: 25.5 in (650 mm)
Weight360 lb (163 kg) (dry)
399 lb (181 kg) (wet)
Fuel capacity2.80 US gal (10.6 l; 2.33 imp gal)
Oil capacity2.0 US qt (1,900 ml)
Fuel consumption64 miles per US gallon (3.7 L/100 km; 77 mpg‑imp)

The Buell Blast is a motorcycle that was made by the Buell Motorcycle Company from 2000 to 2009.

The Blast was conceived as an entry-level motorcycle to attract newcomers to motorcycling in general and to Harley-Davidson in particular. As such, the design goals were low cost and ease of operation and maintenance. Steps to achieve these goals include the use of an automatically tensioned belt final drive, self-adjusting hydraulic valve lifters, and a carburetor with an automatic choke. The engine design was borrowed from Harley's Evolution Sportster engine with the rear cylinder eliminated.[1][2] The plastic bodywork pieces of the Blast were made from Surlyn, a substance used to make the outside of golf balls, to protect the surfaces when the Blast is dropped, and the color is molded-in.[2]

The Blast was used in Harley-Davidson's Rider's Edge New Rider program,[3] a similar course to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's Basic "RiderCourse".

In July 2009, prior to ceasing all motorcycle production, Buell ran an ad campaign stating that the Buell Blast would no longer appear in their line-up. The ad featured a Buell Blast being destroyed in an automobile crusher.[4][5] For 2010, a limited run of crushed Blast cubes was offered for sale upon request. They were available in Battle Blue, Midnight Black, and Sunfire Yellow, and were individually signed and numbered by Erik Buell.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Buell Blast - A Better Beginner's Bike?". Motorcycle.com. VerticaScope Inc. 2000-01-15. Archived from the original on 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2009-05-16.
  2. ^ a b Gromer, Cliff (1 August 2001). "Popular Mechanics - Buell's Blast Is Easy To Ride". PopularMechanics.com. Hearst Communications Inc. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 2009-05-16.
  3. ^ Madson, Bart (2009-07-28). "2010 Buell Blast First and Last Look?". Motorcycle USA. Motorcycle USA. Archived from the original on 2010-10-12. Retrieved 2009-10-25. ...check out Buell's website to watch Erik Buell's video describing the reasons for his wanton destruction of the fuel-efficient mount that, according to Buell PR, has trained over 175,000 new riders in the Riders Edge New Rider Course since 2000.
  4. ^ a b Korzeniewski, Jeremy (2009-07-28). "Buell Blast comes to a crushing end, new entry-level sportbike in the offing?". Autoblog.com. AOL. Archived from the original on 2009-10-19. Retrieved 2012-09-23.
  5. ^ "2010 Buell Blast Revealed?". Sport Rider. Sourcce Interlink Media. August 2009. Archived from the original on 2010-03-24. Retrieved 2012-09-23.