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My cousin is in the market for his first bike, and found a Buell Blast he's interested in. From what he said, it's a 2002 purchased new in 03. It's got 2900 miles on it, and the guy is asking $2500. I know almost nothing about these things, but am going to start searching for info on the net. Just though I'd ask the pros here first.
 

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Average retail is right at $2500. That's no 'deal' - just a fair price.

Frankly, Blasts are anything but. I'd steer him to a used 500 or even a new 250 Ninja ($3,000 NEW).

I believe even the Ninja will run and hide from that abortion of a bike.
 

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i'm far from a pro but.... stay clear of that bike. i've ridden it, i've had 2 freinds that had em. i can't say enough bad things about that bike.... definetly look at the smaller (250 - 500cc) ninjas. we've had 7 in my circle of freinds and they all loved them and became better riders by starting out on them. but... i am still relatively new to all this.
 

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Blasts

I also considered a Blast as my first bike, and the major thing that turned me away from them was size. I'm 6'3'', and sitting on that thing I felt like my knees could touch the ground. The SV is a good bike for my height. So if your friend has long legs DO NOT get a Blast. A Suzuki GS500 might be a good choice. Like a late 90s or early 2000 model. They have lots of aftermarket parts for those and it has a real world seat height.
 

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the ONLY thng the blast has going for it is a low heat height, other than that, it's not only an underpowered slug, it's relativly heavy for the category it's in.
 

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Hey Slave, put him on a SV! :twisted:

We can find him one and under expert guidance he'll be riding the gap with us next year. :wink:
 

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Hey Slave, put him on a SV! :twisted:

We can find him one and under expert guidance he'll be riding the gap with us next year. :wink:
Finding one in his price range is challenging to say the least. Even wrecked ones are fetching pretty good $$$. My younger brother is in the want for a bike too, but he's in the same boat. Maybe a little worse, since he's in college.
 

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I looked at the Blast while at the Harley Dealership(don't tell anyone!) and it just looked like a silly little toy bike, with tiny toy wheels, and childish toy paint.
 

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So I'd say that the Buell Blast is the most perfect creation and damn near the benchmark for bikes to do your MSF class on. Other then that a scooter would have more power and be more fun on the street.
 

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There's a guy selling one in GA on here right now for 2k obo. That might be in his price range. It has a Gixxer tail and some other goodies. I will even donate some of old parts if he wants to trick it out a lil. :wink:
 

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There's a guy selling one in GA on here right now for 2k obo. That might be in his price range. It has a Gixxer tail and some other goodies. I will even donate some of old parts if he wants to trick it out a lil. :wink:
Yeah, but who's gonna go get it ?? Georgia is like 14 hrs from here. It would cost at least $400 just to get down there and back in the truck, not to mention that I would have to haul mine down there and ride the Gap at least once. Which I would probably crash in spectacular fashion since that's how my luck has been going. So then I'd be out 2-3 days vacation, $4-500 cash, a busted up bike, and a busted up 'slave !! You gotta think these things through Kev. :wink:
 

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I am just one state over, I could help. I know it's a long trip, but I could go get the bike and trailer it up to Deals Gap, with mine, just to keep it company. You meet me there, we'll ride the gap a few times, you know, just to check the bike out thoroughly. :wink: Then we'll load it on your trailer and you take it home. Sound good?
 

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While that would be cool as heeeeeeeelllllllll, I'm afraid a road trip like that just isn't in the cards. I'm gonna send him the link just in case tho. :wink:
 

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Blast motors are basically half of an 883 Sportster motor. Which, as we all know, is a technological tour de farce. Er, force.
 

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Blast motors are basically half of an 883 Sportster motor. Which, as we all know, is a technological tour de farce. Er, force.
but it's more than half, it's got a complete crank & transmission, just missing 1 cylinder
 

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Nitpicker. :p
 

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Nitpicker. :p
I only pointed it out, cause I think it's the real problem with the bike, it has to add 75 pounds of unnecessary weight. isn't it pretty much the same crank & transmission you see on all hardleys, I know all you have to do to turn a 883 sporty into a 1200, is change jugs

the blast weighs in almost identical to the SV, I think if it were 75 pounds lighter, it might be a much better bike.
 
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