2004 Buell Blast Review


The only model made by Buell with a single-cylinder engine is the Blast. The Blast is Buell’s smallest motorbike and it’s most expensive development project as well. The Blast model was ultimately abandoned in 2009, partially because the engine was so expensive. This motorbike is slightly over six feet long, 30.2 inches wide and less than four feet tall. The single-cylinder four-stroke engine is air-cooled, has two valves per cylinder and the 2004 Buell Blast is equipped with a standard heel toe shifter as well. There is not governor on the 2004 Buell Blast.

The engine for the 2004 Buell Blast has a peak output of around 34 horsepower at 6,500 RPM and 30 pound-feet of torque at 3,200 RPM. The MSRP for the 2004 Buell Blast is around $4,600. The wheels are made of steel and are 2.5 inches wide in the front and 2.8 inches wide in the rear. The 2004 Buell Blast is equipped with a one-piece set that provides one seat for the driver and one for another passenger. The Buell motorbike comes equipped with foot pegs for the driver and passenger also.

The frame of the 2004 Blast is made of steel and it features a standard chain guard, chassis protectors, engine case guard and a drive shaft guard as well. The Buell Blast also comes equipped with a standard kick stand and spoiler as well. The center dash of the 2004 Buell Blast features a standard speedometer, trip odometer and digital instrumentation. This Buell motorbike also has standard under-seat storage, standard halogen headlights and standard rearview mirrors as well.

Riders generally prefer the 2004 Buell Blast in comparison to other naked bikes and other types of motorbikes currently on sale. Riders preferred other naked bikes’ engine performance over the 2004 Buell Blast but they still thought the Blast’ engine performance was superior to most other types of bikes on the market. Surveyed riders thought the 2004 Buell Blast was more reliable, a lot safer and more fun than other bikes currently available. These riders also thought the Buell Blast offered more value for the money and had lower maintenance costs as well. Riders like the design of the Buell better and thought the 2004 version had substantially superior off-roading capabilities compared to most motorbikes.

New For 2004

  • Overall, surveyed riders liked the 2004 Buell Blast a little bit better than the 2003 version. Riders thought Buell versions were better than most of the bikes currently available. Riders liked the engine performance in the 2004 Buell Blast better than in 2003. However, riders felt the 2003 version was more reliable and free of problems than the 2004 Buell Blast. Riders also thought the 2003 version offered a little more value for the money when compared to the 2004 Buell Blast.
  • Riders also slightly favored the design of the 2003 version when compared to 2004. Riders indicated that the off-road capabilities in 2004 improved by over 100 percent from the year before. These riders thought the 2003 model was better on the racing track but that the 2004 Buell Blast was better for touring. Riders thought the 2004 Buell Blast was just as fun and safe as the year before.

2004 Buell Blast Specs

  • Buell Blast
  • Engine Type: 492 cc four-stroke single-cylinder
  • Bore and Stroke: 3.5 x 3.13 inches
  • Compression ratio: 9:2:1
  • Valve Train: OHV
  • Induction: Keihin Carburetor
  • Ignition: Electric
  • Transmission: 5-speed manual
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 2.8 gallons and 0.6 gallon reserve
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: n/a
  • Brakes (Front): Dual Disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Disc
  • Suspension (Front): Inverted Fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Twin Sided Swing Arm
  • Wheelbase: 55 inches
  • Rake: 25°
  • Trail: 3.4 inches
  • Seat Height: 30.5 to 27.5 inches
  • Curb Weight: 360 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 100/80 R16
  • Tires (Rear): 120/80 R16


  • The 2004 Buell Blast scooters are available in Sunset Orange and Midnight Black
  • Buell Logo Mirrors
  • Buell Tool Kit
  • Silver Windshield
  • Standard Profile Seat
  • Tank Mask
  • Metro Tank Bag
  • Anorak Storage Cover
  • Armor Cloak I
  • Pegasus Front Axle Nut Cover Kit
  • Pegasus Rear Axle Nut Cover Kit
  • Traction Hand Grips
  • Baja Dust Cover
  • Black Saddlebags
  • Black Windshield
  • Hero Tail Guard
  • Low Profile Seat

Key Competitors For The 2004 Buell Blast

  • The 2004 Honda 599 Base
  • The 2004 Triumph Speed Four
  • The 2004 Honda Nighthawk Base
  • The 2004 Harley-Davidson Sportster 883
  • The 2004 Yamaha FZ 6
  • The 2004 Suzuki SV 650S