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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Bryan, Feb 28, 2006.
Can this bike be used as an Adventure bike, anybody seen or done it with a blast?
I saw this guy on speedvision that was riding around the world on a sport
bike. And he was taking it off-road through mud etc. His point of view
was that you should take a bike you like and make it work.
Depending on what you want to do and what you define as adventrure
riding I don't see why you couldn't. Things I would consider:
Range (I think it gets 72mpg)
Cost (purdy cheap $2500 for a really nice one).
Tires (you would probaby need to find something with a little dirt ability).
Reliablity (don't know about this, but it's a 500 single so it should be).
Ground clearence (is probably not great this might be your biggest problem)
If people can do the paris - dakar on a vespa p200 I don't know why you
couldn't make a decent adv bike in the spirit of the wee strom...
I'm a noob so my my opinion is worth about as much as
certificate of graduation from the Keith Richards clean and sober program
Completely underrated as a bike due to it's ridiculous marketing. I took a spin on one around a neighborhood (with borrowed helmet that came down to my nose to add to the spectacle) and found that it's a torquey, light little bike that they should've positioned as an uber-scooter or dirtbike.
It has a really enjoyable, tractable little motor that I think'd be fine off-road. You'd have the same issues with the belt (don't recall any significant guard) and ground clearance.
It's not clear from looking at it if there's any way you might get more ride height from it.
A buell friend told me he'd talked to someone at Buell R&D and the hot rumour was that they were going to make a supermoto out of it. I've never said anything because I didn't have anyway to verify, but there you have it. As a supermoto the thing would be a great kick in the ass.
I'd be curious to hear what others think of using the Blast in this way.
I did my MSF class on the Blast.
We toodled 'round the parking alot. Several got dropped. The bikes responded well, handled well, and recovered easily after getting dropped. VERY cool little bikes.
It's a very basic motorcycle. But that is a huge plus when it comes to touring. I think a Blast could easily do some serious adventure touring.
I bough one a couple of weks ago for the GF (new rider and small) I am impressed with it. It is very light, and handles well. Dual sport tirs are available for it I believe and it is light enough for adventure dirt roads. draw backs are low ground clearance. It doesnt have a lot of HP, but then again for most 3rd world roads you don't need it. In fact it does freeway speeds easy. Several people are turning them into flat track bikes and one guy in Medford Ore is turining them into dual sport bikes. I'v never been a Harley/buell fan, but am impressed by this little bike. Also i have screaped pegs on this in the parking lot several times, handles very well.
Ok, I was just thinking about it, I thought why not, a light weight cheap bike with a few mods would do good.
Think I will have to really look into this as a project.
But, why? From a reliability standpoint, the Buell Blast has been plagued with issues; most of them direclty related to factory quality issues.
I had a Sportster 883 for a while. It was a very fun bike and had lots of character, but in the end I found myself needing a bike that performed better. I could have taken the Sporty and altered it enough to do the duty, but I realized pretty quickly that it'd take a lot of time, and money to make it just barely perform as well as almost any other bike that was designed for the task (bone stock; before you improved them). The Blast will be no different. You'll likely wind up doing a lot of fab work, and find yourself having issues with it that aren't addressed since you're using the bike outside its intended use (which brings up another point about durability).
Why not just go with a bike that was designed with all this in mind from the get-go? They're certainly no more expensive and will perform the task better without any modification at all.
If you were just doing it as a project to occupy some time and to have something different, that's fine. But when it comes down to it, you'll always fall behind when compared to bikes that were purpose built for this application.
Hey are you tryin to say that Sportsters are slow !
I'll have you know that the chump I passed on the
Vespa was impressed !
That's right with 45hp and at 600lbs she's got a power to weight ratio
almost as good as Orson Welles !
Just not quite as quick as my KLR... I loved my Sportster, but I could only afford one bike back then, and the Sportster would have made a much better 'occasional' bike than an 'only' bike.
I figured it up one day and came up with this: The 883 will run nearly exactly the same times as a factory Formula Firebird up to the legal limits. Not too shabby for cars, but a tad sluggish for cars. The ergos nearly prevented it from being much more powerful.
Of course, you already know the two worst parts of owning a Sportster: The left shock, and the right shock. Not very good suspension.
Shocks suck I have ordered some progressives which should help...
Just looking at the shock location on that Sporty I can't ever remember another bike that the shock bolt is that close to the rear axle. If some one put shorter shock farther forward a little mechanical advantage could improve things.
They'd have done well to put the SoftTail's monoshock in there; there's room...
i have a friend that works at harley(screamin eagle dept), he has a 70hp buel blast. looks bone stock.talk about a sleeper.they kinda built it for fun and has managed many runs down the strip with no problems.
I did some looking around the net last night and found out some horror stories about Blasts,
And also found some great stories of how good a bike it is especially after 2002 they apperently improved a lot.
Still thinking it could be a good back/dirt road traveler, the Concours just wont do for for off road in the Big bend aera.
It would be a good bike to consider. A Buell and a sporster are not the same bike. Some folks don't like any bike Harley puts out due to name.Check them out for yourself. Test ride one if you can.
We teach with those things every weekend here- good and bad weather, extreme cold and heat, lots of tip overs, and tons of inexperienced riders. They seem pretty gosh-dern tough. I wish I had one in the garage. I think they are a hoot.
Jeez -- is it streetable? Or would it just blow after a few miles of street riding? Or, is it an alky or fueler? Nah -- couldn't be a fueler, or it would make twice that power. But maybe an alky? What cams, headwork, etc -- do you know? I've been toying with the idea of a really hot street-only Blast for the past 2 years now. I happen to like the bike myself. Not as bad as some people say it is, really. Lots of power potential in it, and handles quite well, actually. The Nallin Racing big-bore stuff, with Zippers red-shift .630 cams, etc.
I would appreciate any info about that Blast, if you can....
All I think I would need to do is attach a couple of small cases to it and change the tires for a start, then experiment with the clearance issuie somehow.
I know there is bikes desigined to do the job, I just want something diffrent.
Also I hear of people going all over the world on all types of terrain useing road bikes with a few mods.
I am far from rich and I think it would be a good way to have some cheap great fun
On The long way round, the camera guy had to get a naitive bike after his BMW was destroyed and he was managing very well on that compared to the travelers on the BMWs.
Thats why I think I can do something like this with the Buell Blast.
i believe they put an xr750 cylinder and head, im not sure what else. no nitrious,no blowers or anything, like i said it looks bone stock, these guys are crazy. im sure it would be difficult to replicate as they used/made parts at the factory race shop. ill get the skinny from him though.good luck with your hot rod.