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2001 Buell Blast 500cc
other bikes: 73 Kaw 350 Big Horn79 Yami 650 Special71 Yami 360 Enduro73 Honda 10072 Honda 70I used to ride trails but now days there are none left to ride near where I live. Bummer because I still have the 350 Big Horn, but it doesn't get ridden much. owner's life: I am the owner. I am 40 years old. This is my 6th motorcycle. I live near Fort Wayne, IN. I have been away from riding for several years. Glad to be back in the saddle again. bike info: I have had the bike for about 3 months. Already hit 4300 miles. The bike is excellent for touring the twisty back roads but can hang pretty good on the express way. It is a fun bike to ride. It is a single thumper. Very simple. But has a cool sound with the push rod valves. I really like the design for how the oil change works. The bike is also equipped with a good set of brakes. The Buell has the exhaust pipe under the bike which allows me to use my large cloth saddle bags on it. A rev limiter automatically cuts out the spark when max revs are exceeded. The ignition keeps the engine firing in all weather. My old 650 would start to miss-fire in wet weather. owner mods: I put a Buell wind screen on it. I get fatigued riding interstate speeds. The screen really helps. I threw my old costs: The bike is holding pretty close to 73 mpg,which is what it is rated at. The bike was $4400 bucks new. I decided to start riding again after gas went to $2 bucks a gallon a while back. I enjoyed the Blast so much on the back roads that I pretty much ride it every day to work which is about 70 miles round trip in northern Indiana. The fuel savings almost pays for the bike. personal info: Automotive Design Engineer, I design parts for the auto industry. I do ride with a full faced helmet and leathers. Dave VZ