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[?]   Posted:  21 Nov 2012 14:32
Well my body's better so I've been thinking about riding again.
Since my XB9 wreck around Labor Day, I have looked into other bikes but just don't have the loot.  :-/

With that background, I have recently begun to wonder:  Has anyone gone from an XB or a Tuber to a Blast?
I know that's not the usual direction, but I've kept my mind & my eyes open.
There are few X1's or XB's out there that I can afford right now.

On the other hand there are a LOT of inexpensive, low-mileage Blast's nearby.
Plus I'm sure it would be way easier on the insurance expenses, etc.

Would use mainly for in-town commuting & a few shorter highway jaunts (maybe an hour or less).

Was just wondering if any Tuber or XB riders have had the experience of "downgrading" (no offense intended to current Blast owners) & whether or not they were able to adjust accordingly. 

Thanks in advance for your thoughts, & oh yeah--Happy T-giving, everyone!

--Finny
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[?]   Posted:  21 Nov 2012 15:31   Last Edited By: konarider94
my mom owned a blast....there is no way i could make that plunge from my xb12s. 

if youre really on a budget and could use some saving on insurance start looking around for a dual sport.  they can be had for cheap and are extremely fun.
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[?]   Posted:  21 Nov 2012 15:56
I started with a Blast, then upgraded to a XB9 about 2 years later but kept my Blast.  Occasionally I'll ride it if I'm working on the XB or just for fun.  You can most definitely tell a difference and it took a couple rides to get use to the Blast but its still fun to ride.  You can hammer on the throttle  and sling it pretty much anywhere.  One thing I do love about my Blast and wish it was better on the XB was the turning radius.  I can U-turn on a dime with Blast.
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[?]   Posted:  21 Nov 2012 15:57
I love my blast. The damn thing is indestructible .
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[?]   Posted:  21 Nov 2012 16:50
If what youre asking is, going from a XB to a blast will it still be fun?... Yes!

I ride a 12R, this last saturday the gf got a blast. Well ive riden that more than my own since and all i wanna do is get back on it and ride some more. Get a blast save up for another XB down the road. Its win all around
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[?]   Posted:  21 Nov 2012 20:00
I agree with theycallmecrash. To quote a popular bike mag, it is more fun to ride a small bike hard than it is to ride a big bike slow. I have had more fun flogging a little ninja 250 down the same twisty road that I had to baby my liter bike on.
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[?]   Posted:  21 Nov 2012 21:06
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it is more fun to ride a small bike hard than it is to ride a big bike slow


Not to offend anybody but if you can't handle the power of a big bike that's what you would say...

I had XB9S and Blast in the same time for my GF. Well Blast is fun and GREAT commuter but I had so MUCH MORE fun on XB.
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[?]   Posted:  21 Nov 2012 21:27
I disagree MAGIC, I can handle the big bikes and I have a shitload of fun on my blast because I can actually push it to it's limits without worrying about how much it'll cost me to fix. I also take my blast offroad and it takes it like a champ.
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[?]   Posted:  21 Nov 2012 21:33
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[Not to offend anybody but if you can't handle the power of a big bike that's what you would say...


Before its taken as an arguement, im stating now all i wanna do is debate this claim in a friendly manner.

I agree with kelley, the blast doesnt have enough power to do anything too crazy, but its extemely maneuverable in tight spaces and i can use all of it all the time. My XB sucks around town at slow speeds, gets hot, low RPMs, speeding tickets. It is only fun when i get out to no where and open it up around some turns over 6000rpms. Lets be honest with ourselves, none of us can get everything out of our big bikes even on the track, we dont have that kinda time or money to do so. The blast is so limited we can push it beyond it. They have their time and place for fun. The blast is just more fun on the way to work.
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[?]   Posted:  21 Nov 2012 22:12
Like I said blast is a great commuter, way better than xb, that you can have fun on. In my case I found myself having bigger grin on xb. That's all I was saying.
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[?]   Posted:  21 Nov 2012 22:17
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In my case I found myself having bigger grin on xb. That's all I was saying


I completely understand, got a little rowdy on my 12, it feels nice
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[?]   Posted:  22 Nov 2012 02:40
Very cool discussion all--thanks!  Hadn't thought of the "to its limits" argument.  How does the thumper compare to the Vtwin in terms of feel & sound?
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[?]   Posted:  22 Nov 2012 10:24
Sounds like broken dreams.....

But i find it smoother than the 12. But its got a carb so throttle response ugh. So wide open all day on the blast is kinda fun
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[?]   Posted:  22 Nov 2012 10:52   Last Edited By: beefy99
@Magic, you live in FL correct? how many "twisty" roads do you get a chance to ride on? blast or XB even? don't go telling riders that they are inexperienced for riding a slower bike to it's limits in a setting that a big bike can not be "opened up" in...

Blast is a great commuter you'll spend a helluva lot less on gas. I rode a blast all year long in western WA. It is not a very comfortable bike. I'm a bigger guy though 6' 220ishlbs.. I feel extremely cramped on it. You definitly will not have any holy shit I just crapped myself feelings on a blast. Unless of course, you almost get hit by some douche because you can't get out of thier way fast enough... Having both an XB and a blast I barely ride the blast other than to make sure it still runs mostly for comfort reasons, a little for my ego, and a lot because I like to go fast... So if you are doing this because of a money issue, it might be a good choice. Less on gas, less on insurance, less to purchase... but if you are buying a bike just to have fun stick with what you know you love...

When it comes to sound, the blast will always sound like a lawnmower... It is what it is, a single cylinder engine. You're not going to get a big engine sound out of it.

Great bike for it's purpose and fun at times; don't make it out to be anything more than it is. Don't listen to us critics though go check one out for yourself and make your own decision.
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[?]   Posted:  22 Nov 2012 11:05
Appologies Magic, Chicago not FL... still flat and straight though. Knew I remembered you for some reason. I'm from north central IL...
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[?]   Posted:  22 Nov 2012 22:45
@beefy99 if you know where to go you can find twisties around here especially close to IL/WI border and further north. They definitely aren't coastal highways or mountain canyons but its still a lot of fun.

On the blast vs xb debate i was sarcastic about motorcycle magazine quote. I didn't mean offend blast riders. Just think that quote is kind of dumb. If you can ride blast to its limits you going to do just fine on xb just after few miles of getting used to it.
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[?]   Posted:  22 Nov 2012 23:47
If you know how to ride, you can have fun on anything!  This is something your average 'Busa rider doesn't understand.

The bike in my stable I choose most often to bomb around town on is a little KLX250sf; it's only 25hp(with mods) but it's WAY more fun than my XB12SS or 919 in the city!
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[?]   Posted:  27 Nov 2012 23:47
Many thanks, my friends.  I have quite a decision ahead of me.  The 'Zook 650F & the Ninja 650R are also calling...different machines, etc.  I will consider all of above & report back.

Truth be told I wish I had been able to re-build my XB9, but I know that's a lost cause now.   :-/

--Finny
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[?]   Posted:  28 Nov 2012 00:33
Of those 2 id say the gsx650 over the ninja, parallel twins sounds terrible, and the styling makes me wanna harm trees with my teeth.
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[?]   Posted:  28 Nov 2012 21:32
just make sure you look like a pure bad ass if you get the blast.
http://www.buellxb.com/buell_images/6599_20120405001209_L.jpg

i loved tearing around on my wifes blast
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[?]   Posted:  28 Nov 2012 22:16
if you are on a lower budget, i know you haven't talked about this bike but i had an sv650 and let me tell you that bike was very fun also and i think its fairly stylish too.
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[?]   Posted:  28 Nov 2012 22:32
The only thing i didnt like about my blast was the very small limit of aftermarket parts available for it. I got an XB9S last spring, and never looked back. The feel from my blast to my XB9 was very weird, and i couldnt stand the feel of the XB9 at first. The 9 felt a LOT higher up, and very intimidating. I wasn't going to even buy it at first, but it sounded and looked so friggin' good, that i forced myself to adapt, and now i cant stand the way blasts feel.

If i were you looking for something fun and inexpensive, i'd go with a supermoto. Look for Suzuki DRZ400s and the such. Those are cheap and more fun than just about anything else on the road
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[?]   Posted:  29 Nov 2012 01:01
That red 3/4 helmet is hilarious. Gotta rock a handlebar stache with it...
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[?]   Posted:  29 Nov 2012 08:57
I like the Blast even though I ride an 1125cr 80% of the time. I live in area where there are two distinct types of riding. Big wide open canyon carving, interstates etc and riding downtown to grab dinner at the vintage cafe bike meets. The blast is nimble and fun for that type of thing whereas I feel like I am just holding back the cr the whole time.

One thought or regret... I think we would have been better off with a cyclone. Slightly bigger and just as much fun.
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[?]   Posted:  07 Dec 2012 00:09
Well gents, I do believe I'm going in the opposite direction i originally intended. 
I have a line on a reasonably priced HD XR1200x.  Dude was an ol' Softail rider who bought it on a whim but now wants out because he has too many toys. 

Anyone w experience on one?
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[?]   Posted:  07 Dec 2012 09:33
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I have a line on a reasonably priced HD XR1200x....Anyone w experience on one?

I have ridden the XR. It's the fastest Harley they make but I still found it overweight, underpowered, with slow turning and marginal brakes. I think you'll be disappointed going to the XR from a Buell.

It'll be more competent than the Blast for some of the highway riding you plan to do, but it'll also be less nimble around town. 

I suppose if I were forced to own a Harley, the XR would be my choice, but there are so many other better bikes out there.
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[?]   Posted:  07 Dec 2012 11:12
If it floats your boat, get it and enjoy it.  I'd probably pick the XR over the other bikes you mentioned
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[?]   Posted:  07 Dec 2012 13:17
I wanted an XR before i got my lightning, but it was a little too much for me :/ (7k before paperwork and plates and shit as opposed to 2,900 for my lightning from the same dealer). Im not sure about the XR being the "fastest bike harley makes" though. I think that the VROD would have the XR beat, at least in a straight line, which is what most people consider "fast." The vrod makes somewhere in the neighborhood of 120hp (i think, dont quote me) and im pretty sure the XR only makes around 70 or so.
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[?]   Posted:  07 Dec 2012 14:10
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Im not sure about the XR being the "fastest bike harley makes" though

Correct! I should have specified "fastest evo-powered Harley"...the only real Harleys IMHO! :-)
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[?]   Posted:  07 Dec 2012 23:08
If i were gonna buy a HD, it would be a VROD. The XR looks the best BY FAR, but that VROD engine is something else!

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