Street bike. Sports bike. Naked bike. Standard motorcycle. These are just a few of the terms used to describe the 2008 Buell Blast. Whatever term enthusiasts use, however, they agree it is a dependable motorcycle that makes a great motorcycle for beginning riders. It also makes a good commuting bike for experienced riders who save their more powerful bikes for weekend trips. One rider described the Blast as a ""go-everywhere"" motorcycle that is ""the equivalent of a two-wheeled econo-car."" At 492cc, it is definitely not the most powerful bike around, but when speed is not needed, riders say it is a good choice, especially for beginners. The Blast is easy to operate and ride. It has a starter that starts every time, contributing to its dependability factor. One factor that makes it a good choice for beginners is the bodywork that is made from Surlyn, a substance that is used on golf balls. What this means is if a rider drops his bike or is involved in another type of accident, the scratches can be buffed out. Beginners sometimes worry about hurting their new bikes.