The quirky, painfully pedestrian Blast was Erik Buell's thank-you to Harley-Davidson. The Motor Company handed him untold millions to chase his American superbike dream. In return, he delivered an inexpensive, entry-level bike intended to attract newcomers to motorcycling and the Harley-Davidson brand. The Blast debuted in 2000, hyped as the machine that would get Gen X (and Next) on two wheels, but homely looks and clunky performance proved otherwise. Save for a few Buell-blooded true believers who bought the Hasbro-esque 492cc singles for their girlfriends, buyers largely stayed away. The "Be Last," as it came to be not-so-affectionately known, has since been relegated to a rough-and-tumble life as the plow horse for Harley's Rider's Edge training program.