Hogs in the ‘hood: Buell Blast

A lonely Buell Blast found near the Brooklyn waterfront...

A lonely Buell Blast found near the Brooklyn waterfront…

Over the years I have read much about the genius of Erik Buell, who founded Buell Motorcycles, and developed this odd looking Buell Blast.  Having left his post at Harley Davidson, he created his own company in ’83, which HD would acquire a minority share in 10 years later.  By 2003, Buell was a total subsidiary of Harley, and would go on to produce motorcycles until 2009…

The Buell Blast: Beginners took notice…

The Buell Blast had a belt drive, fitted into a batman style rear-end...

The Buell Blast had a belt drive, fitted into a batman style rear-end…

The Buell Blast was manufactured from 2000-2009, becoming the most expensive project Buell Motorcycles ever developed.  The 492cc bike was the only single cylinder engine created by the company.  With a small displacement, and a dry weight of just 360lbs, the bike became Harley’s entry level star, being used at their rider training programs.

The cost overruns were caused by the price of the engine, basically half a Sportster 883 engine, purchased directly from the HD parent company.  In the end, Buell lost money, but Harley Davidson made money selling them the engines.  Oh, big business making perfect sense…

The Buell Blast has an odd looking exhaust turned spoiler...

The Buell Blast has an odd looking exhaust turned spoiler…

The exhaust/muffler system on all Buells was below the engine, odd looking, but innovative as well, helping keep mass centralized, offering better overall balance.  The belt drive would have been considered great for new owners, with less maintenance, and long lifespan.  This bike was a beginner’s dream – and for it’s 9 year run often helped get new riders on the road.

The final model can be seen HERE:

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