The rumor mill is a dangerous place to stick your hand, but occasionally you pull out a gem. Case in point: IronWorks staffers recently caught wind that there’s something new on the drawing boards at the Motor Company.
Remember the Buell Blast? These 500cc singles are still valued as great street bikes by seasoned commuters and daily riders, who mourned it’s passing when H-D decided to let Buell go in 2009. The Blast filled an important role in the Harley market strategy, since it’s low displacement allowed it to be used for the Riders Edge classes, an MSF certified riding course that’s offered through Harley dealerships around the country.
But with the Blast fleet out of production and the current ranks thinning, We have to wonder what Rider’s Edge students will be riding a year or three from now. All the Sportster models that Harley offers are saddled with too much displacement to be allowed as riding course-ready bikes, leading to questions about a single cylinder Blast-like model to fill this gap. While details are as hazy as the oil mist from an open crankcase breather, sources have confirmed that something big (or actually, rather small) is in the works.
With the current popularity of cafe and street fighter bikes, as well as the disappearance of the XR1200 Sportster on American shores, we can’t help but speculate. Perhaps the Blast will return with new tooling and updates? Maybe a sporty 500cc single in a more classic guise will be in our future. Hell, I’d be happy to see an XR500 single, with tall shocks and wide bars to boot. Or maybe, just maybe, the Motor Company will blast us with something we haven’t even imagined. One can only wonder…
(Editor’s note: Maybe one of those small bikes rumored to be built in India?)
Source: Boyer Udumm
Posted by Sam Kanish