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.Did anyone really buy a Blast?
I'd love to see the sales numbers on that baby.
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.