You Buell guys need to reread some of the posts.
There wasn't any bashing at all on the Buell line besides the Blast.
Several years ago, my wife wanted one badly (2001 or so) so we went and rode one. She rode it and liked it fine, but I rode it and realised that she would not be happy with it after a very short amount of time. I'll qualify this statement as not perfect, as I thought an X12 was the bike I would start on. We ended up with nothing, as my truck broke down and all of our disposable income went to fixing it. Even worse, my wife ended up buying a Rebel soon after I got a little 600 Shadow to start on, and she hated the Rebel after 200 miles. I think she would have been better off on the 600 I had as I moved up to a 1300 VTX. She saw that was true when we traded the Rebel in on my 1300. Same reasoning applies here, the Rebel was underpowered and badly affected by windblast, just as the Buell was. I'm sure some people think they are great first bikes, my experience tells me otherwise.
I understand some of you like the Blast, but we've got other members saying they aren't the best beginner bike. Therefore, there's two opinions. Just because you own a Buell doesn't make you the authority on beginner's bikes, or even Buells.
Somewhere in the difference of opinion lies the real truth. Let any beginning riders make the decision for themselves, and try to represent your 'fellowship' with comments other than "No, you're stupid if you don't like Buell!!!!!" and "All other bikes are cookie cutter and Buells are awesome!!!!".
How about some real-life reasons that don't rely on bashing other bikes to say that Buells are nice?
And Blastaholic, I find it very ironic that you were banned from the board that represents the 'fellowship' you imagine you are a part of.