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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.
 

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Well, they HAD to give Buell their own stores because most HD dealers refused to sell them.
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.
 

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IBesides, 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.
That, or Erik Buell really has lost his mind. Jury's still out on that'n, tho...........
 

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"I would guess the the potential benefits far outweigh the downside."

So telling quite a few of your 'customers' that they purchased a wad of crap has no downside? I think you must be joking. And the potential benefits are what? Maybe the next thing you purchase from Buell might not be a wad of crap? Maybe?
 

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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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I bought a Blast for the wife and she and myself still ride her on occasion. Now they make a table top out of it which means anyone who bought one was a queer and whimp and should of never fallon for the ad's.

What a cheap way to be cool HD! You start mostly women on riding by way of ridin g a intro Blast then you slam the make and bike which probably sold you millions of bikes.

Your wonderful selling days are limited and that's from one who bought many Harley's over the years.

I'm now looking at the BMW R1200RT to be a cool guy!
 

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I'm now looking at the BMW R1200RT to be a cool guy!
Invest in Final Drive futures.............

(if the '09 IBR is indicative of anything - there were at least 3 or 4 'sploding rear hubs on this go-round)
 

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I knew the Wide Glide was coming but bought a 2010 Victroy Hammer S instead. May have been a mistake but the new Hammer S just does better on all counts and it cost less. I've already got most of the stuff I'm going to mod it with. I hope HD gets through this in one piece.
 

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I bought a Blast for the wife and she and myself still ride her on occasion. Now they make a table top out of it which means anyone who bought one was a queer and whimp and should of never fallon for the ad's.
No, that's not what it means. What it means is that Eric Buell wants to sell more bikes, and the Blast isn't good for marketing the other Buells. So they're only going to use Blasts for HD's Rider's Edge training program.
 

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No, that's not what it means. What it means is that Eric Buell wants to sell more bikes, and the Blast isn't good for marketing the other Buells. So they're only going to use Blasts for HD's Rider's Edge training program.
......instead of making it into a "Real" motorcycle.........
 
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