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.
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.
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.
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:
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
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
• 1st 2.688
• 2nd 1.850
• 3rd 1.433
• 4th 1.181
• 5th 1.000
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)
Dual piston, floating caliper; 320 mm, stainless steel, fixed rotor
Single piston, floating caliper; 220 mm, stainless steel, fixed rotor
• Front Wheel 4.52 in. (115 mm)
• Rear Wheel 4.09 in. (104 mm)
Overall Length: 77.8 in. (1976 mm)
Overall Width: 29.3 in. (743 mm)
• 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°
• 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)
• 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)
• Dry Weight: 360 lbs. (163 kg)
• Gross Vehicle: 780 lbs. (354 kg)
Weight Rating Load Capacity: 390 lbs. (177 kg)
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 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
Sunfire Yellow (new), Midnight Black
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