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The Toad
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It's pretty dumb customer relations for sure but admitting that one of your models isn't so good is more refreshing than trying to tell the world that a bike with exploding rear hubs is the paragon of quality. Or that the broken frames are all customer caused.
 

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serves you right ya capitalist oppressor, only Union member get to keep their coin
Souldn't that be "only Union member get to keep their coin until they get to the liquor store?"

Just trying to be accurate.
 

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Yeah, a few people did. Most seemed to be very unhappy. There was one infamous owners website that trashed that little bike up, down, and sideways.

Frankly, the "redesigned" 2010 Buell Blast makes pretty good sense to me. That bike was meant to be the "Buell Sportster"--the bike that new riders graduate from when they buy a "real" Buell (or Harley, for that matter). It did more damage than good.

What you're seeing a not-so-subtle repositioning from "America's innovative, quirky, sporty roadbike," to "America's (serious) sportbike." I'd be willing to bet a significant sum of money that this is all part of H-D's youth (buyers) movement and a significant strategy shift. Looks like they're getting more serioius about Buell (now give them their own stores). The Blast doesn't fit, probably never did.

P.S. Notice the new Buell logo. Much more purposeful. I think I like it.
Well, they HAD to give Buell their own stores because most HD dealers refused to sell them.
 

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Hell, why should they? Harley is in the business of selling REAL Motorcycles - not them tin-can POS kiddie push-bikes.
Harley already does sell push-bikes (ba da bing!).
 

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I think that Buell still doesn't have its own stores in most places. Which means that most Harley dealers are still not selling them.

I once went to a local H-D dealer to try to get a test ride on an XB9. The resident Buell "expert" treated me with suspicion and seemed to think I had never laid eyes upon, much less ridden, any kind of sportbike. He wouldn't let me ride one without a virtual commitment to buy. And he didn't know squat about the bikes. By the way, this was during one of Buell's test ride promotion periods. Goodbye Buell, hello Triumph.

As far as upsetting the guy or gal who just bought (or already owns) a Blast, I doubt they're real concerned about all 60-some-odd of them. After all, they didn't say the bike was crap (although plenty of owners will tell you that), just that it doesn't fit with their philosophy. Although, crushing them into cubes doesn't indicate that they're going to miss them much, either.

Besides, look how much discussion they've sparked over discontinuing a model! It's a pretty effective way of saying that the brand is more focused and committed than ever. I would guess the the potential benefits far outweigh the downside.
HD of Salt Lake built a special new building ostensibly to sell Buells, but filled it with apparel instead. Now it's a ladies clothing store and HD of Salt Lake is entirely back in the old showroom. Not that I care. They are a bunch of @ssholes. South Valley Harley Shop sells Buells and they are only 1 mile from my house. They will actually try to sell you one.

Oh yeah, Rolling Thunder is now a chicken restaurant. Tough times for the big twins boys. Tough times for everybody. Except the politically connected of course.

"Money is the barometer of a society's virtue. When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion-when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing-when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors-when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you-when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice-you may know that your society is doomed. Money is so noble a medium that is does not compete with guns and it does not make terms with brutality. It will not permit a country to survive as half-property, half-loot." -Ayn Rand
 
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