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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 09-12-2005, 10:10 AM Thread Starter
 
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Buell Blast Or Ninja 500R?

Hi, I'm new to riding and the forum. I have minimal dirtbike experience, and a little ATV experience. I'm trying to decide on which 500cc bike to go with. I'm 5'10" or relatively close to it. about 200 lbs.

I've sat on a Ninja at a local dealer and liked the feel of it (not that I know what to look for, really) , but I know a guy who owns a Harley dealership that can get a good deal for me on a Buell. However, I don't really know how they compare in power, handling, or reliability.

I plan on getting one of the two, and will be taking the safety course before then.

So basically I want to hear from any current or previous Blast owners what they think about the bike...

Thanks in advance for any help
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 09-12-2005, 10:37 AM
 
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Spicers own a buell blast, and I dont think they have any warm feelings about it. I've never ridden one, but I've heard a few horror stories about their reliability.



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No contest. EX-500, hands down.

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post #5 of 22 (permalink) Old 09-12-2005, 11:19 AM Thread Starter
 
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thanks for the advice, I'm really glad I asked, now.

/me searches the forum for more details into the spicersh horror story...
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post #6 of 22 (permalink) Old 09-12-2005, 11:26 AM
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Might as well add spicerke to your searching, I've bitched about it just as much, if not more, than spicersh.

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Just to throw another thought your way, have you checked out the SV650?



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I have looked at the sv650's, and it sounds like a good starter bike.

However, I just really don't like the way it looks. I know that isn't the best reason to not choose a bike, but I honestly don't like the looks of it.

If I were going with a Suzuki, it would most likely be the gs500. I'm not dead set on 500cc or anything, I just don't like the sv650...
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Looks are as good a reason as anything else. In my book they are a better reason then performance (especially when considering bikes in the same class). In fact the reason I was recommending the SV was becouse I'm not crazy about the ex500's looks. Hey man, its your money get what you want.



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post #10 of 22 (permalink) Old 09-12-2005, 12:32 PM
 
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the buell does handle well and can really rip up the corners... the short wheelbase makes it feel really sticky.... not to mention wheelie quite easy...
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