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to store and compare Blast fuel economy.

Please feel free to add your data to the database. It's very easy and lets you track your mileage and compare to all other Blasts in the database. Please use your forum name when you enter your data.

This is a link to the Blast MPG Data Page

This is a link to the data entry form


Bookmark the form for ease of use.

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Th3wizard
Posted on Monday, May 02, 2016 - 01:03 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

This is the 3rd battery I've gotten from the HD dealership, they said they can't give me any more free replacements. I will try unbolting for a week
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Wheelman
Posted on Monday, May 02, 2016 - 08:13 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I would check to see if there is a draw on the battery when the switch is off. A multimeter could indicate a potential or a plain old bulb might indicate an open circuit.
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Wheelman
Posted on Monday, May 02, 2016 - 08:55 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Been reading the manual -- great manual considering only 23,000 bikes were produced.

Hey, would it be wrong for me to say that the Blast shift from 1st to neutral to second and back is rough?

Since I do not like the sound of gear dogs grinding, here's what I have been doing:

From a stop in neutral: punch the shift lever down into 1st quickly -- not too hard -- but with authority. A audible "clunk" is heard, which may be better than a "grind."

To avoid the loud "clunk," shift into 1st just before the machine comes to a stop, then hold the clutch in while waiting for the light to change. Holding it in does no harm that I know of.

Shifting from 1st to second: Do it at a low engine rpm and again with authority to avoid the grind.

For a rolling stop or even from a complete stop: You don't need to go down to 1st. As long as you don't expect a quick start with a short clutch slide, second works fine if you let the clutch slide until the machine gains enough speed to let it out completely. As far as I know, sliding a oil clutch doesn't do harm to the plates, if not excessive.

Any thoughts on sliding the clutch from a start in second?
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Gearheaderiko
Posted on Tuesday, May 03, 2016 - 07:02 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

1st to 2nd is crunchy. You're mostly right, but my 1st to 2nd shift is between 30-40mph!!. But with practice and a proper clutch adjustment, the problems go away. A shifter pawl adjustment makes a huge difference.
Authority is a good word as opposed to "jamming" it.
Again, most of what you wrote is true or helpful.
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Jetlee
Posted on Wednesday, May 04, 2016 - 12:31 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I prefer the phrase "stomp it into gear".

: D
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Rocketrick
Posted on Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 11:07 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Hey every body good morning from Rocket rick, IT's Sunday morning and snowing so hard here in northern Michigan that I can't see across the street. Any way I was wondering which tube frame people were using for there Blast engines? Is there a particular Buell tube frame that it almost bolts in or is there a lot of fabricating to be done? Thanks Rick
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Gearheaderiko
Posted on Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 12:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Sorry, I never paid much attention to what the Tuber Blasts needed to mount the engine. XB's are much easier to bolt up, better motorcycle and safer. (Blow a Blast engine in the tuber frame and you lose the rear suspension-seen it!!)
I have posted Tuber Blast pictures, but I don't think they're good enough for your use.
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Gearheaderiko
Posted on Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 04:55 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

.....and realistically, it's not like there are a whole bunch of Tuber Blasts around either.
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Ezblast
Posted on Monday, May 16, 2016 - 01:43 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

XB frame is pretty straight forward.
EZ
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Terrisdigital
Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 09:19 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

hey all, wanted to know if anyone has ever lifted a blast, longer fork tubes maybe even longer rear shock? I Have a 03 p3 that I want to do this to
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Swthompson79
Posted on Friday, May 20, 2016 - 11:59 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I just bought a 2010 Blast. The exhaust is completely corroded. Are there any exhaust systems out there that will fit? For whatever reason 2010 isn't listed on many vendor sites. Thanks!
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Ronbob43
Posted on Friday, May 20, 2016 - 03:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I thought the 2010s were all coffee tables.
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Ronbob43
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I thought the 2010s were all coffee tables.
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Swthompson79
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I thought so too. 2010 is what's on the title.
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Gearheaderiko
Posted on Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 03:49 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

2010 is the last year. All Blasts are virtually identical. If it fits one, it fits all, with very rare exceptions (usually parts you're not going to need).
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Gearheaderiko
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Raising the rear of a Blast is problematic. The belt will become too loose. You can stiffen it up to the max height without a problem. You can raise it up so it rides normally in the stock range and ad an idler pulley or belt tensioner for full shock extension. But since it's a ribbed belt, it's unwise to have contact with the belt consistently. Franks forking can probably get you longer tubes for the front.
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Kwkride
Posted on Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 08:08 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Mine is also a 2010. Harley killed off Buell in 2009, but the still needed training bikes for Riders Edge. They kept producing the Blast for 2010, but it was not marketed as a Buell anymore.
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Gearheaderiko
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I think every Buell I have is titled as a Harley : (
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Jetlee
Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 11:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Someone registered not long ago on the other forum with a lifted Blast. He swapped out the tall suspension bits for stock parts.
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Gearheaderiko
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Rocketrick
Posted on Monday, May 30, 2016 - 12:19 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Good morning from northern Michigan. My son came up for the holiday and showed me how to down load pictures, so here is how I rolled it out for now. I really want to do a lot more soon. thanks gear head & Ez blast for the info it runs very well and out runs both my sons Blast's easily with just tuning. I am still looking for cam shafts and suspension mods? going riding thanks Rocketrick.
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Rocketrick
Posted on Monday, June 13, 2016 - 09:38 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

So maybe I can get this picture to load Rocketricks Buell Blast
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Rocketrick
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Gearheaderiko
Posted on Monday, June 13, 2016 - 12:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Cam shafts are Andrews B50's, the only cams that will run with a stock engine (only a cam change). Better cams need engine mods.

The front suspension can be shimmed and heavier weight fork oil added. That's basic. Beyond that, you can buy better springs and valves. It gets pricy.

You can shim the rear shock spring (only needs about 1/4"-1/2" shim depending on your weight). Beyond that is shock replacement.

We successfully raced a Blast with just the basic suspension mods. You need to measure "SAG" for it to be done properly-not hard-just you, a tape measure and a helper.
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Rocketrick
Posted on Monday, June 13, 2016 - 01:14 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Thanks I already shimmed the front springs I made some nice ones of aluminum 1.125 long. They seem perfect, I have about .75 to 1.0 inches of sag when i'm on machine and dive on braking is greatly reduced. I did find a brand new set of B70 cams for two hundred, there in the box but no info on what else I may need, also are they usable on the street?
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Gearheaderiko
Posted on Monday, June 13, 2016 - 02:17 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Washers and PVC can be used for shimming. Doesn't need to be fancy.

B70's need better valve springs and modified guides. Beehive springs are the way to go and stock valve guides can be ground down for the extra clearance need for added lift of the B70s. They are totally streetable.

Since you'll have the head off, this would be a good time to go to a 10.5:1 piston. Big bore kits have come down in price, $300, so that might be a quick and easy way to go. But just buying a .010 over piston is cheaper, but not by much (including boring, honing, rings and gaskets).

However, if you can find the complete front cylinder top end, including cams, off an XB9, THAT is the way to go!!

Or I can think of many more ways to spend your go fast money ; )
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Gearheaderiko
Posted on Monday, June 13, 2016 - 02:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Are the cams off eBay or from a regular 'store'?
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Jetlee
Posted on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 12:24 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

If you use AV&V Beehive springs AND their retainers, you can use the B70's without modifying the guides.

I ran 551's with stock guides and no issues.

B70's are .530 lift and 551's are...well...551

The key is the beehive springs AND retainers. The springs bind lower and the retainers are lower profile than stock.

http://www.zippersperformance.com/avv-ev-tc-beehiv e-valve-springs.html

I was using the 515-360 spinning 8k rpm's with the 551 cams. 7500rpm was still making power at rev limiter. Power dropped quick after 7800rpm, hence the 8k limiter. This was on stock valves and guides.
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Gearheaderiko
Posted on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 01:05 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Very interesting!

I guess I'm behind the curve now.

The retainers are the key. Without them, you won't have the clearance.

And beehives are the way to go. Conventional "performance" springs beat the valve train to death.
The problem I always had was just trying to buy 2 springs!! They are usually packaged for twins (4) and they never wanted to sell just 2.
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Jetlee
Posted on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 01:15 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Not to mention that non-beehives require modification of the rocker box for clearance.

When Revolution Performance was selling the AV&V's, they sold me just 2.
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Rocketrick
Posted on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 07:41 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Hey gearhead and jetlee thanks for the info. I like fancy things wouldn't put plastic spacers in my bike I have a nice lathe and it only took minutes to make the spacers. The camshafts are for sale with a 2005 Blast, the guy added pro series exhaust and did carb mods. he just never got to the cam shafts. I recently made three sets of Banke's rear sets and he showed interest in a set if his bike didn't sell. maybe he would trade. Anyway Its a thought,thanks again.
 

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