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Old 07-26-2009, 07:03 AM   #11
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Well, after watching the accompanying video, I'm certain Buell has lost their mind.

"Man, we really f'ed up building that boring POS. Sorry, suckers."

I've always thought the XB12R looked cool, and I'd get one if I made Buzglyd-level cash, but now I'm thinking that next year Buell might tell me what an agricultural lump it is.
If you made buzglyd-level cash the Dali Obama would take it away from you and give it to ACORN.
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Old 07-26-2009, 07:32 AM   #12
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Gee schiziki, I thought it was pretty damn funny. That crappy weather makes you New Englanders grouchy.
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Old 07-26-2009, 07:59 AM   #13
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Gee schiziki, I thought it was pretty damn funny. That crappy weather makes you New Englanders grouchy.
We get a sixth-month riding season here if we're lucky. This year's been a wash-out. I'm going out of my way to kick kittens.

But that has nothing to do with Buell's bad marketing. I don't think the guy who just bought a Blast is laughing.
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Old 07-26-2009, 08:06 AM   #14
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We get a sixth-month riding season here if we're lucky. This year's been a wash-out. I'm going out of my way to kick kittens.

But that has nothing to do with Buell's bad marketing. I don't think the guy who just bought a Blast is laughing.
Did anyone really buy a Blast?

I'd love to see the sales numbers on that baby.
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Old 07-26-2009, 08:52 AM   #15
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So maybe this means a new entry level from buell? Maybe an XB5 or XB6?
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Old 07-26-2009, 09:51 AM   #16
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So maybe this means a new entry level from buell? Maybe an XB5 or XB6?
No, it's just a BNG year for the BLAST!...........
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Old 07-26-2009, 09:53 AM   #17
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It's pretty dumb customer relations for sure but admitting that one of your models isn't so good is more refreshing than trying to tell the world that a bike with exploding rear hubs is the paragon of quality. Or that the broken frames are all customer caused.
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Old 07-26-2009, 02:05 PM   #18
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HD was supposed to outsource a starter bike from ATK, Rotax, Ohlins, etc.etc. but with the economy in the tank I think it got shelved.

So the HD starter bike is still a Sportster I guess...
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Old 07-27-2009, 07:05 AM   #19
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I'd love to see a little 5 or 600 vtwin Buell similar to the Aprilia dirt bike thing.
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Old 07-27-2009, 10:06 AM   #20
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Did anyone really buy a Blast?

I'd love to see the sales numbers on that baby.
Yeah, a few people did. Most seemed to be very unhappy. There was one infamous owners website that trashed that little bike up, down, and sideways.

Frankly, the "redesigned" 2010 Buell Blast makes pretty good sense to me. That bike was meant to be the "Buell Sportster"--the bike that new riders graduate from when they buy a "real" Buell (or Harley, for that matter). It did more damage than good.

What you're seeing a not-so-subtle repositioning from "America's innovative, quirky, sporty roadbike," to "America's (serious) sportbike." I'd be willing to bet a significant sum of money that this is all part of H-D's youth (buyers) movement and a significant strategy shift. Looks like they're getting more serioius about Buell (now give them their own stores). The Blast doesn't fit, probably never did.

P.S. Notice the new Buell logo. Much more purposeful. I think I like it.

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