2008 Buell Blast

2008 Buell Blast

2008 Buell Blast

2008 Buell Blast

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 2008 Blast is offered in Arctic White or Midnight Black.

FEATURES:

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:

Dimensions
2008 specifications1 blast®

Overall Length5 77.80 in. (1976.12 mm)
Overall Width7 29.30 in. (744.22 mm)
Seat Height6
Standard – 27.50 in. (698.50 mm)
Low Profile – 25.50 in. (647.70 mm)
Ground Clearance5 3.88 in. (98.55 mm)
Rake6 (steering head) 25.0°
Trail6 3.40 in. (86.36 mm)
Wheelbase5 55.00 in. (1397.00 mm)
Tires3 (Dunlop®):
Front – K330A 100/80-16 50s
Rear – K330 120/80-16 60s
Fuel Capacity 2.80 gal. (10.60L)
Reserve Fuel Capacity 0.55 gal. (2.08 L)
Fuel Economy2
(EPA urban/highway test) 69/73 mpg (3.41/3.22 L/100 km)
Weight:
Dry Weight 360 lbs. (163.29 kg)
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating 780 lbs. (353.80 kg)
Load Capacity 390 lbs. (179.90 kg)

Engine
Engine Air-cooled, 4-stroke, single cylinder
Valve Train OHV, two valves per cylinder,
hydraulic adjusting, self-adjusting
Bore x Stroke 3.50 in. x 3.12 in. (88.90 mm x 79.25 mm)
Displacement 30 cu. in. (492 cc)
Compression Ratio 9.2:1
Fuel Delivery 40 mm Keihin™ carburetor with auto fuel enricher system
Intake Tuned, velocity expansion chamber
Exhaust Tuned, tri-pass resonance chamber
Torque (North America per SAE J607) 30 ft. lbs. @ 3200 rpm (40.68 NM @ 3200 rpm)
Horsepower (North America per SAE J607) 34 hp @ 6500 rpm
Lubrication Dry-sump
Oil Capacity 2 qts. (1.89 L)
Oil Filtration Screw-on disposable element

Drivetrain
Primary Drive Chain, 1.676:1 (57/34) ratio
Final Drive3 Kelvar® 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

Chassis4
Frame Wide beam HSLA steel backbone frame with built-in oil reservoir, Uniplanar™ powertrain vibration isolation, Titanium color finish
Front Fork3 37 mm Showa® conventional forks
Rear Shock3 Showa® non-adjustable, gas-charged compression shock
Wheels: Stardust Silver 5-spoke cast
Front 2.50 in. x 16 in. (63.50 mm x 406.40 mm)
Rear 2.75 in. x 16 in. (69.85 mm x 406.40 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. (114.81 mm)
Rear Wheel – 4.09 in. (103.89 mm)

Electric
Battery (per Battery Council International Rating) Sealed lead acid, maintenance-free, 12V, 12 amp/ hour, 200 cca (per Battery Council International Rating)
Charging 297W AC alternator, solid-state regulator/rectifier
Starting 1.2 kW electric with Bendix-type 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
Clutch
Shift Pedal
Body Panels
Turn Signals
Under Seat Storage
Electronic speedometer with LED odometer and tripmeter; built-in LED indicator lamps for low oil pressure, high beam, turn signals, neutral Reduced clutch effort with shorter reach level
Fully adjustable shift pedal enables personalized fit Molded-in color body panels resist dents/chips; most scratches easily buff out Flexible, resist damage

Colors4
Arctic White, 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 Laden, wet configuration (design rider, all fluids).
7 Without mirrors.

Media Press Release:

BUELL BLAST IS THE REAL DEAL WITH SPORT-RIDING FEEL
Affordability and 69 MPG Make Blast a Genuinely Unique Ride

EAST TROY, Wis. (July 8, 2007) – 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 2008 Blast is offered in Arctic White or Midnight Black.

Buell Blast features:

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

Buell Motorcycle Company, a subsidiary of Harley-Davidson, Inc., produces premium sport performance motorcycles, motorcycle parts, accessories and apparel. To learn more about Buell motorcycles, visit your local Buell dealer and experience the aggressive attitude, style and performance only found on board a Buell. For the Buell dealer nearest you, pull into http://www.buell.com

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