2009 Buell Blast

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Buell’s entry-level segment is pretty much sorted out by the 2009 Blast model, a small, light and versatile motorcycle powered by a simple, but claimed very fuel efficient, 492 cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine.

Among all models of the American motorcycle manufacturer, this is the only
one that gets a nice European look, but features such as the aggressive wheels, one-piece seat and belt final drive still set it apart.

PRESS RELEASE

The Buell Blast is an inspiring motorcycle on many levels. This distinctively-styled, easy-handling and affordable single can instill confidence in new riders, while offering the performance and refined agility to suit the most seasoned motorcyclist. With simple ownership and maintenance requirements, and 69 miles per gallon fuel economy, the Buell Blast is a sensibly fun ride.

Buell Blast


Real World Riding Experience
A 492cc air-cooled, four-stroke, single-cylinder engine powers the Blast with 34 horsepower and a wide powerband for swift starts and quick acceleration, and plenty of power for the highway. The muffler located below the engine provides a low center of gravity and helps keep the exhaust away from the legs of the rider and passenger.

Weighing just 360 pounds dry and providing controls with reduced effort and reach, the Blast is easy handling for most riders. A Showa gas-charged rear shock and 37 mm Showa forks feature progressive-rate springs that offer a controlled and comfortable ride. An automatic choke and low-effort brakes are also designed to make the Blast easier to operate. It can also be fitted with an optional low-profile seat that reduces seat height to just 25.5 inches, so just about any rider can reach the ground to balance at a stop. The standard Blast seat height is 27.5 inches.

Buell Blast


Combines Economy with Experience
The Blast is designed as an easy way to get into the real-world riding experience with self-adjusting hydraulic valve lifters and a Kevlar-reinforced drive belt that doesn’t need lubrication or adjustment. A 2.8-gallon fuel tank delivers a cruising range of nearly 200 miles at 69 mpg fuel economy. The Blast is built to be durable, with tough Surlyn composite body panels. The color is molded into the Surlyn, so light scratches can be buffed out. In fact, the Blast is the training vehicle for the Rider’s Edge New Rider course, which has trained more than 100,000 riders since 2000. The 2009 Blast is offered in Arctic White or Midnight Black.

Buell Blast features:

Buell Blast
  • 492cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine
  • Dry weight of just 360 pounds
  • Low-mounted muffler
  • Automatic choke
  • Cast aluminum wheels
  • Quiet and clean Kevlar final-drive belt
  • Showa gas-charged rear shock
  • 37 mm Showa forks
  • 320 mm front brake rotor
  • Low-effort, reduced-reach controls

  • SPECIFICATIONS

    Buell Blast

    Engine
    Engine: Air-cooled, 4-stroke, single-cylinder
    Valves: OHV, two valves per cylinder, hydraulic adjusters, self-adjusting
    Bore x Stroke: 3.500 in. x 3.125 in. (88.90 mm x 79.38 mm)
    Displacement: 30.0 cu. in. (492 cc)
    Compression Ratio: 9.2:1
    Fuel System: 40 mm Keihin™ carburetor with auto fuel enricher system, side draft
    Intake (Air Cleaner for Blast®): Tuned, velocity expansion chamber
    Exhaust: Tuned, tri-pass resonance chamber
    Torque: 30 ft. lbs. @ 3200 rpm (40.7 nm @ 3200 rpm)
    Horsepower: 34 hp @ 6500 rpm
    Lubrication: Dry-sump Oil Capacity (Lubrication for Blast®) 2.0 qts. (1.9 L)
    Oil Filtration: Screw-on disposable element

    Drivetrain

    Primary Drive: Chain, 1.676:1 (57/34) ratio
    Final Drive: Kevlar® belt, 2.963:1 (80/27) ratio
    Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
    Transmission: 5-speed, constant mesh
    Gear Ratios:
    • 1st 2.688
    • 2nd 1.850
    • 3rd 1.433
    • 4th 1.181
    • 5th 1.000

    Chassis
    Frame: Wide beam HSLA steel backbone frame with built-in oil reservoir, Uniplanar™ powertrain vibration isolation, Titanium color finish
    Front Fork: 37 mm Showa® conventional forks
    Rear Shock: Showa® non-adjustable, gas-charged compression shock
    Wheels: Stardust Silver
    • Front: 5-spoke cast 2.5 in. x 16 in. (63.5 mm x 406.4 mm)
    • Rear: 5-spoke cast 2.8 in. x 16 in. (69.9 mm x 406.4 mm)
    Brakes:
    • Front
    Dual piston, floating caliper; 320 mm, stainless steel, fixed rotor
    • Rear
    Single piston, floating caliper; 220 mm, stainless steel, fixed rotor
    Suspension Travel:
    • Front Wheel 4.52 in. (115 mm)
    • Rear Wheel 4.09 in. (104 mm)

    Dimensions
    Overall Length: 77.8 in. (1976 mm)
    Overall Width: 29.3 in. (743 mm)
    Seat Height:
    • Standard 27.5 in. (699 mm)
    • Low Profile 25.5 in. (648 mm)
    Ground Clearance: 3.88 in. (99 mm)
    Rake (steering head): 25.0°
    Lean Angle:
    • Soft Contact, Right 29º
    • Soft Contact, Left 31º
    • Hard Contact, Right 32º
    • Hard Contact, Left 31º
    Trail: 3.4 in. (86 mm)
    Wheelbase: 55.0 in. (1397 mm)
    Tires (Pirelli®):
    • Front MT75 100/80-16M/CTL 50T
    • Rear MT75 120/80-16M/CTL 60T
    Fuel Capacity 2.80 gal. (10.6 L)
    Reserve: Fuel Capacity 0.55 gal. (2.1 L)
    Fuel Economy: (EPA urban/highway test) 69/73 mpg (3.4/3.2 L/100 km)

    Weight:
    • Dry Weight: 360 lbs. (163 kg)
    • Gross Vehicle: 780 lbs. (354 kg)
    Weight Rating Load Capacity: 390 lbs. (177 kg)

    Electric
    Battery (per Battery Council International Rating): Sealed lead acid, maintenance-free, 12V, 12-amp/hour, 200 cca
    Charging: 297W AC alternator, solid-state regulator/rectifier
    Starting: 1.2 kW electric with solenoid shift starter motor engagement
    Lights (as per country regulation):
    • Headlamp (sealed beam) 55-watt low beam, 60-watt high beam
    • Tail/Stop Lights 5W/21W
    • Turn Signal Lights 10W manual canceling

    Instruments
    Instruments Electronic speedometer with LED. odometer and tripmeter; built-in LED, indicator lamps for low oil pressure, high beam, turn signals, neutral
    Clutch Reduced clutch effort with shorter reach lever
    Shift Pedal Fully adjustable shift pedal enables personalized fit
    Body Panels Molded-in color body panels resist dents/chips; most scratches easily buff out
    Turn Signals Flexible, resist damage
    Under Seat Storage Yes

    Colors

    Buell Blast

    Sunfire Yellow (new), Midnight Black

    Warranty
    Warranty: 24 months (unlimited mileage)
    1 Specifications for non-U.S markets might differ. Buell reserves the right to discontinue models or change specifications at any time without incurring any obligations. Vehicle specifications may vary from country to country depending on local laws. Some models are not available in certain countries.
    2 Based on tests conducted under lab conditions per U.S. E.P.A. test procedures. Mileage will vary depending on personal riding habits, weather conditions, trip length and vehicle condition.
    3 Kevlar®, Showa® and Dunlop® are registered trademarks of their respective owners.
    4 Availability may vary from dealer to dealer, and is subject to change without notice.
    5 Unladen, wet configuration (no rider, all fluids).
    6 L aden, wet configuration (design rider, all fluids).
    7 Without mirrors.
    8 Oil capacity at oil change with filter


    2 comments:

    Well, based off this video from Eric Buell it looks like the Blast is a thing of the past.

    We don’t get this model here it looks good.

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