Buell introduced their 2010 models just like the Motor Company, and they are making a big deal of showing a Blast after a trip through the crusher.
It just never made much of a sportbike. But, as luck would have it, it makes a killer ottoman. Or end table. Or art piece. Through an innovative process known as crushing, we’ve turned a limited number of Blasts into colorful metal cubes, each numbered and signed by Erik Buell himself. Hey, there’s no denying the Blast’s aforementioned cuteness. But there’s nothing cute about racing or riding a sportbike the way it was meant to be ridden.
Of course, they never say they aren’t going to bring out a totally new blast, just that the old model doesn’t fit their sportbike image. Let the speculation begin.
UPDATE: Wes Siler, over at Hell for Leather, just sent me a note, looks like the Blast will continue without the Buell nametag, just “Blast,” primarily for the purposes of supporting the Harley-Davidson Rider’s Edge training program. Then I reread the press release and that explains what they meant when they said:
The easy-handling and affordable Blast motorcycle inspires fun and confidence in new riders. Powered by a 492cc single-cylinder engine, the 360-pound Blast can achieve 73 mpg highway fuel economy. The Blast is used primarily in the Rider’s Edge New Rider course, which has trained more than 175,000 riders since 2000.
That didn’t make sense without knowing they were still going to produce it, just without the Buell name. Interesting.