Anyway, the Buell is a good bike, but you'll outgrow it fast, even if top speed isn't you thing, 30 HP is really really not fun. I just went from a 30 BHP bike to riding an F2 and a baby 'Ceptor and it's like night and day. With a 30 HP bike on a highway/freeway you have less options since you are struggling just to stay with traffic.
While an F2 might be much for a beginner bike (I've already had one accident on it cause it was too powerful, rear tire started spinning when I gave it gas and it was down before I knew WTF was going on) an EX500, GS500, would be good. If you are willing to go 80s, GS550E/ES VF500F Interceptor (really nice bike, 12k red line ) GPZ550 or any 80-85 500-550 sportbike will have plenty of power, and with a good rider could probably out do a lot of people in the twisties on newer bikes.
well the only thing ive heard about the blasts are that you out grow them really quickly, but for an every day driver i think it would be a good deal. On the insurance thing alot of it has to do with wear you live. how long is your riding season? cause i live in nebraska and it's only about 6 months and thats pushing it. i ride a 2000 lightning with full coverage and mine is 700 a year wich is really crappy b/c im guessing if i rode year round it would be alot more, plus it doesnt help being 20. but ive never heard what a buell blast sounds like, if its any thing like my lightning you will cry the first time you turn it over and rev the throttle it is such a beutiful sound and demands attention. although i bet if you look on ebay or haggle with a dealer they might give you a really good deal. just keep looking i bought my lightning for 7000 and that was a good deal especially with all the mods on it especially since i almost bought a demo model for ten. always rermember chicks dig motorcycles . but ne ways good luck and i hope you find something you love
there's hope in the words and emotion in the eyes
it's so easy to be misled by the savvy gentle guise
and like fools we trust the delivery
but it's all just drunk sincerity
I'm THE Blast advocate, but I'm also a CHEAP Blastard ! And as much as I hate to say this, the Blast doesn't hold it's value at ALL !
But the Great news is- You can just about Steal them in the used bike market. And they are so damned sturdy, you can't find one thats been abused enough to affect reliability. (Unless you buy an already hotrodded Blast!)
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