• Jul 28th 2009 at 8:57AM
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2010 Buell Blast ottoman - Click above for high-res image gallery

For whatever reason, Buell's 2010 lineup is nearly devoid of the firm's long-running Blast model. While never overtly sporty, the Buell Blast has always been considered at least a competent motorcycle. The idea had merit: A relatively inexpensive mount with a seat close to terra firma, unintimidating power delivery and easy availability from Buell and Harley-Davidson dealerships all across the country. Still, something always seemed missing from the 500cc standard – nothing, apparently, that a giant crusher couldn't fix.

We'll let Buell's own website tell the story, mostly 'cause we're not entirely sure what's going on here:
The Buell® Blast was a cute little motorcycle. It just never made much of a sportbike. But, as luck would have it, it makes a killer ottoman. Or end table. Or art piece. Through an innovative process known as crushing, we've turned a limited number of Blasts into colorful metal cubes, each numbered and signed by Erik Buell himself. Hey, there's no denying the Blast's aforementioned cuteness. But there's nothing cute about racing or riding a sportbike the way it was meant to be ridden.
According to our friends at Hell For Leather, the Blast will soldier on in 2010 with its most of its Buell markings removed, and the little thumper will still be used for Harley's Rider's Edge training program. Now, on to the next logical question: What's Erik got on the backburner as a replacement for the Blast? Click past the break for a video of the Blast's' final gasps and check out the aftermath in our gallery below.

[Source: Buell via Hell For Leather]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      As much as I love all things sporty about cars and would sell a kidney for a Lotus Exige, I've never really been much of a sport bike fan. I've ridden a friend's Blast and it didn't really seem that great or that sporty. I'll stick to my 82 Kawasaki KZ 305 for beating around the city for now. I'm biding my time for a Vulcan 900 Classic though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Blast was an inferior bike to the Rebel in every way except looks....

      You are wrong. My Blast takes me 85 mph up Blue Ridge mountain-side freeways, gets 60 mpg in town, 72 on the freeway, gets ridden everyday in traffic and never had an issue I couldn't fix with $10 and a screwdriver in 10,000 miles.

      The Rebel is a fine beginner's bike, but it will not keep up with your friend's Hog or Vulcan either on the slab or the backroads. The Blast will, especially on the backroads.

      No doubt, the Blast ain't an XB-12. It is not an FZ-6. It's comparable to a Zuki GS500F but, when my neighbor hit it with his SUV while it was parked in the carport and pinned the Blast under the front end, the bodywork did not break. It's made of the stuff of which golf balls are made.

      Try that on a Ninja 250.

      In short, the Blastt may not be exciting, it may not be fast, it certainly is not a sportbike like the Buell 1125r, but it's a great daily commuter in urban traffic and the kind of beginner bike that, if you are interested more in riding than posing, can last you a long time.

      By the way, I'm an experienced rider of nearly 30 years and commute nearly every day, winter included, and teach MSF and Rider's Edge courses. My previous bike was a GL1100-A Gold Wing Aspencade that I rode for 15 years and before that a 1200 Sportster that I rode for 15 years.

        • 6 Years Ago
        Rainman - I see your point. I agree the Blast is should be better than the Rebel for the reasons you stated. I have ridden a Blast (Riders Edge) and thought it was a fun bike, small but it felt like a real motorcycle.. I have ridden the Rebel and it feels more like a toy bike or a scooter. I would certainly choose the Blast over the Rebel. My intent was to highlight the Blast's lack of the intangible that for some reason the Rebel has. The Rebel is pretty lame in all aspects but it has a pretty good fan base. It seems that Buell and HD need to tap into this in some way. The same is true of the Ninja 250, but it is a decent bike and looks like a sport bike.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd take an SV 650 over a Blast any day of the week.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I like that Erik actually killed a Blast as opposed to the usual "We're not making that any more" banter.
      • 6 Years Ago
      For all you non-motorcycle readers, the Buell Blast is the equivalent of the AMC Pacer of the automobile world. If you have a girlfriend getting her first bike, and you think harley/buell's are the best thing ever, then you will bully her into getting the Blast. Any sensible rider, on the other hand, would rather ride a 10 year old japanese commuter bike (GS500, Ninja 250, Rebel), than this POS.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ill give you the Ninja and the GS but the Rebel is a silly bike. I cant imagine anyone willingly choosing the Rebel over the Blast. I am not saying the Blast is awesome, but I am saying the Rebel is lame.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love how buell is taking their technology and innovation seriously..how about putting some more modern engines that doesn't sound like a harley?
      • 6 Years Ago
      The blast sucked for anyone that ever rode a bike previously. It was perfect for first time riders or people learning.

      It never fit into the Buell lineup well but it also would not fit into the HD lineup either. HD or Buell need a good entry level bike that is low cost - something cut along the vein of the Ninja 250 or a Honda Rebel. The Rebel is as lame as a bike can be but it is a very good bike - reliable, easy to ride. It looks like a mini-bike and is slow as balls but those are not important traits to someone just learning. The Blast was an inferior bike to the Rebel in every way except looks. The Ninja 250 is a great little entry level bike but it is a sport bike and not everyone like that type of style or riding position - but it is heads of heals the best entry level bike available for look, price, performance.

      HD should produce a nice looking entry level bike (like a modern version of the old Sprint) and Buell should have an entry level sport bike. Both could be essentially the same bike with variations in set up, riding position, and looks.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Competent? Have you ever ridden one? It was a terrible bike.

      A.K.A Buell Be-Last.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They chop an evolution engine in half to create the single in the blast, wouldn't it be nice if they substract a cylinder from the helicon engine for the new blast! Think of a 60hp single that would compete with the KTM Duke and I'm all in!
      • 6 Years Ago
      A Ninja 250R competitor would be exactly what the doctor ordered for a replacement to the blast.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I would love to see that. Maybe something like the Aprilia SXV 4.5 except tamer and a standard street bike rather then a Supermoto.
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