Buell Blast

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Bryan, Feb 28, 2006.

  1. scootertrash

    scootertrash Mobile Homie

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    Is the Blast half of a Sportster 883? IE: 441.5 cc? If it's the same bottom end/tranny, it technically should last forever as the 883 is already uber overbuilt. Witness the number of 1200cc upgrades being done, using the same bottom end. If the parts are interchangeable, you could put one of the 1200cc jugs on and have a 600cc bike...of course I could be FOS on this too....:D
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  2. mb182

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  3. compman21234

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    They have the same 3.5 inch bore as 1200cc Sportster, but with a shorter stroke. They should have left the stroke the same and it would have been a 600cc instead of 500cc. If you put a big-bore (3.8) 600cc jug on it, the case has to be bored-out -- the same 3.8 bore would give you a 1450cc Sportster. I think that a stroker crank may fit, but don't know for sure. I would assume one is available. You can get all the Sportster and XB cam grinds, and headwork, etc., I know that much. But the shorter stroke allows higher top revs, too, so it's not a total loss.
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  4. ldbandit76

    ldbandit76 Life is good.

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    I owned a Blast for about a year as my wife learned to ride. It's a highly underrated machine. The front brake is quite impressive, the power is better than you'd think, and it takes a fall as well as a dirtbike (molded-color plastics, flexible stalks, etc).

    There have been 2 (count 'em) consistent issues with the Blast. One is the case vent hose in the airbox (for emissions reasons). It can drip oil into the carbs. If it causes stumbling, remove or re-direct it. No problem. This is a "horror story" for people who can't or won't take 20 minutes to fix a small problem.

    The other is the rocker box gasket, which leaked on early models. It has been fixed at the factory for 2002 (and late 2001 models, I think). Checking to see if a given bike has the new metal gasket takes a flashlight and 20 seconds.

    Changing the transmission oil is a bit of a pain, but the interval isn't too big a deal unless you're doing Iron Butt runs all the time. The seating position might be a little cramped if you're tall. You'll probably hit the rev limiter on a regular basis. It shakes at idle. And that's about it...

    You could do much worse for a do-it-all platform.

    Dave
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  5. wickedsprint

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    Even the factory ones share the same bottom end, only diff between the 883 and 1200 is from the cylinders up and different finaly countershaft pulley.
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  6. compman21234

    compman21234 Been here awhile

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    Primary chain gears are different, too. (The ones under the clutch case).
    Even with a 1200 front pulley, the 883 will still be geared slightly lower overall.
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  7. ekaphoto

    ekaphoto Been here awhile

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    I know there are a LOT of hop up parts for it off the shelf. I'm just not sure what is available.
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  8. Bryan

    Bryan Been here awhile

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    Well its looking promising, hop up parts will perhaps make it in to a fairily able adventure bike, I need to start looking in to this for real.
    Wonder where I could get a test drive.
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  9. AndyT

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    I saw one at Extreme Powersports a couple weeks ago for sale. 1604 and Judson Road in SA.
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  10. Smith898

    Smith898 Dancin Man

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    I have a KLR 650 & a Blast . I live in Alaska and the Blast has started on many cold days where the KLR would not. I like it as a city bike, i am a big boy though so i look like a clown in the circus on it. It is a sleeper and has pick up once ya got on it. I did not like the rev limiter on it. For me it would be a little uncomfortable for a long ride.I got a good deal on it so i have no disappointments with it.
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  11. ekaphoto

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    A lot of Harley/buell dealrs allow test rides. Check with your local shop.
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  12. Bryan

    Bryan Been here awhile

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    I went to Javilna Harley Davidson today, they had one for 2600 bucks,05 with some wear and tear.
    I sat on it but did not ride it.
    It felt very very small and felt like there was no leg room.
    The one thing that struck me was the exaust was very close to the ground, looks like under heavy brakeing that it would only be a inch or so from the ground.
    So after all I dont think it would be a viable project, by the time I modify it it would cost more than a bike made for the job, It would be diffrent but too much money and effort for proably little gain.:uhoh

    So that the end of that.
    I looked at a 1200 sportster roadster, what an awsome looking bike.:nod

    I was going to ride my concours there but I had a rear flat tire and I bent the center stand getting it up to remove the wheel.

    So I took the kids and we ate free hamburgers and hot dogs.
    Very nice place and people, they defintaly have a diffrent aproach to customer service compared to import bike dealers.:clap
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  13. ezblast

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    The Blast can do it - and you can get 40 to 45 to the rear in dependable fashion without using the most extreme parts, and lighten the bike up to around 340lbs - ride it like ya stole it - its a Blast.
    http://www.whereismaggiemae.com/

    (yes - I know the thread is old, however, I know of too many - myself included who have done serious miles on these bikes and most of the replies where so off in so many little ways - lol -
    A Blastard)
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  14. RidingDonkeys

    RidingDonkeys Purveyor of Awesome

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    Wow, found this old gem while doing research for a propsed Blast dual-sport conversion.

    It would make so much more sense to just buy a DR650, but building stuff is much more fun. :evil
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