You know, I don't have a problem with the Blast being discontinued. Models get discontinued all the time, and maybe the Blast wasn't selling well, and maybe they just felt like it had run its course. That's okay by me. What really honks me off is the way they made an advertising campaign just to kill it, saying their own bike was basically a piece of S***, and that anybody who had one is not anybody they would want as a customer. Well I was considering a new Buell for next year, which is why I was on their site in the first place. Since they don't want MY KIND as a customer, then I'll not be dirtying up their entranceway with my feet. There are a lot of bike-makers that make more reliable bikes, so I figure one of them would like my business. By the way, I'm glad Royal Enfield still likes it's customers.
Must be an image marketing thing.Aren't they related to H-D ?
I actually thought it was funny. Kind of like how Top Gear thrashes a bunch of old, somewhat still good (and some well loved) cars for humor. You may be the biggest fan in the world for the Russian Minsk 125, but even their biggest fan wouldn't be able to do anything but laugh at it when they hated on it during their Vietnam Tour special this last season. tl;dr get your panties out of a wad and lighten up. It's anti-marketing, and if you're angry, then you were trolled hard.
I looked in the HD annual report a few years ago and they listed Buell Blast production figures. I thought we were small until I read their numbers. I think it was a good bike but was not a commercial success.
I guess riders who are looking for big singles will now bypass Buel and head for their nearest RE dealer. Not too sad if you think about it.
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