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Just wanted to introduce myself and get a feeling for this board. I have an `03 buell blast. Bought it new for several reasons. 1.) I didn't have much riding experience, 2.) It was damn cheap 3.) Wanted my wife to ride it 4.) I've always liked vintage cafe racers, and I thought the blast kept in spirit with the vintage classics since its 500cc single built to be quick and handle excellently.

What do you all think of the Blast?
 

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Nice little starter bike with a great engine. Can't really do much for mods but heck thats ok too. Just ride the snot out of it.

Champ
 

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Actually, there is a bolt-on kit out there to take it from 492cc up to 515cc with a new cylinder and piston. You can also go up to 600cc, but you have to bore the case a little. There is a hot cam available, and at least one brave soul has fitted one of the heads from a 1000cc buell Lightning to the blast motor.

There is a flattracker team claiming to get mid 50 hp out of the blast motor with headwork, cam, and the 515cc cylinder - supposed to be pretty stout for a single.

Stock the motor puts out 34hp at 6500rpm but it was somewhat detuned by Buell for its role as a beginner bike. Just swapping the pipe and re-jetting is supposed to free up 5 hp off the bat through the mid-range where the stock bike has a serious dip in its touque curve due to the restrictive exhaust.

There are two companies that build different rear-sets for the Blast - both cost $500 however. :(

There is a Corbin saddle availble for around $300. :(

Vance and Hines, Kerker, and Buell all offer a performance exhaust. White Bros. made one for awhile but quit due to quality issues apparently.

So, there are things that can be done. Anything major would be a one-off job for sure. Check out my profile. There is a picture of a one-off Blast by Crossroads Performance.

It has been chopped up pretty good, converted to chain drive, had the swing arm streched, up graded to 17" wheels, and the rest speaks for itself.

Sorry for the long post.<img src=icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>
 

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umm....yeah...about that whole picture thing. I'm going to need to you revise that url. and yeah....I'm going to need you to come in this saturday and finish those tps reports.
 

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Office Space is the greatest movie ever.

Is there really something wrong with that URL - other than the fact that it is linked to a photo album embedded in a Yahoo Groups message board? I'll get rid of it if you're serious.

On another note - I just rode a ZX6R. I work at a Bank and we repo'd it. First time I'd ridden a 600 sport bike. Its 43 degrees outside today - and picture me bustin the ton in a business suit on a Ninja painted like a Yellow Jacket with no goggles and tears frozen to my cheeks.

It was wicked fast - but not my style. I like my little Thumper.


Edited by - naustin on Oct 14 2004 4:47:12 PM
 

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it's just that the picture doesn't show up is all.

I like my little thumper too.
Sorry for the dead link, here is that picture.



Oh, if my bike looked like this....

Buell Blast by Crossroads Performance
Modifications:
-Handlebars -BL-2063
-Fork Brace - BL-2021
-Custom 3" Supertrapp
-1-3" Stretch in swing arm
-Dunlop 207 R-compound Tires
-Custom Chain Spoiler

-Rearset Controls/Footpegs - BL-2054
-Engine Sprocket Cover
-K&N Cone Filter
-17" Buell wheel conversion
-Chain drive conversion 19/51t
-Custom Rear Subframe
-Custom Fairing & Tail piece
-Upgraded Brakes / lines
 

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that's just great..... the topic is "new member" and he likes to ride his "little thumper"
that's for the mental pic there buddy.....just for the record my wife likes to ride my little thumper....<img src=icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle>

"Ride Fast and Take Chances"
 

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<-- newbie gets own3d. <img src=icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>





Edited by - naustin on Oct 15 2004 10:27:12 AM
 

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My hand bends that way all the time.....when it's broke.


Hey that Blast is pretty cool looking...wonder if it goes. I could see myself racing one of those.... or just waiting for the new Honda 4 stroke RS250 to come out.
JohnnyB
 
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