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Old 07-14-2009, 12:29 PM   #1
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So I'm bored behind the computer and thinking of a new toy. I've decided to keep the K bike and add to the collection. I was seriously considering a KLR, but I really don't think I'd get my money's worth out of it. Then I started thinking that I may just go off radar and build what I want. Here's my baseline: I can pick up a gently used Buell Blast for under $1500. I was thinking of making it into a scrambler. I've got a friend that can bend a scrambler pipe and Jardine makes a slip-on. Carb is easy. I can even put a big-bore 600 kit on. The wet weight is around 380lbs. So, suspension upgrades are the last thing to play with. Do you think I could turn the Blast into a scrambler without breaking the retail resale threshold?
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Old 07-14-2009, 12:40 PM   #2
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Have you sat on one of those tiny things? You should be able to pick up a used KLR for under 3k which I'm sure you'll end up spending on your mutant blast. I have my K12RS but still miss the heck out of my KLR. Total hop on and go machine.
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Old 07-14-2009, 12:44 PM   #3
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The Buell sounds different. Different is good. Buy something you can make into something nobody has seen before. More fun that way than just putting in gas and turning the key.
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Do it.

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Old 07-14-2009, 01:00 PM   #5
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KLR's are easy to come by, but the Blast Scrambler (or BS) would have a flavor of it's own. I'm not too into trail riding and figured with longer tubes and springs I would be pretty safe up front. It's the rear shock I'm working on. Exhaust is pretty easy, too. I don't really need to put the 600 kit on. Mostly it's for bombing around fire roads and for use at the track when I work. Just seems like it's be an interesting project.
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Old 07-14-2009, 01:07 PM   #6
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Do it.

Do it now.
Do it.

Do it slowly.
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A Blast?? But why? It's almost as heavy as a "regular" Bool, but it's missing a cylinder. I chuss doan geddit.
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Old 07-14-2009, 01:26 PM   #8
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You'll need a chain conversion for the BS. Easy enough, I suppose.

Belts are great, but they do not suffer debris inserted between belt and sprocket.

And there's no fixing a belt out in the woods...
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Old 07-14-2009, 01:37 PM   #9
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A Blast?? But why? It's almost as heavy as a "regular" Bool, but it's missing a cylinder. I chuss doan geddit.
It's lighter than a Bonni and Enfield scrambler. It's easy to work on. It's small and fits into my Toyo p-up with the tailgate up. Easy to find parts. Decent mileage. Cheap to buy. And with the right tires it should be a hoot on fire roads.
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You'll need a chain conversion for the BS. Easy enough, I suppose.

Belts are great, but they do not suffer debris inserted between belt and sprocket.

And there's no fixing a belt out in the woods...
I've found 1 conversion kit and just started looking.
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