We've been checking out small beginner bikes all summer, starting Trobairitz on a Honda Nighthawk 250 then taking a big jump to a Ninja 650R. We considered starting off on something in between but there just isn't a whole lot available in the 500cc range of bikes. When I started riding in the 1980s, a 750cc bike was a big bike and there were plenty of 500cc bikes to be had, but not so much today. In fact when I opened the front cover of this month's Rider magazine I learned of one less 500 in the world.
Here is the 2010 Buell Blast
I am disappointed because I am all for introducing new riders to the sport and there aren't many choices for beginner bikes available. What bothers me more is that Eric Buell's decision to discontinue the Blast and turn his back on his future customer base, may end the Rider's Edge® New Rider Program.
Will they now train on Harley Davidson 883 Sportsters?
We can only hope that other manufacturers see this as an opportunity to fill a void in the new rider, small bike category and create a new line up of 400cc to 500cc bikes.
Come on Kawasaki bring back the KZ440
or the KZ550
Here's your chance Honda, that CB450 was a nice bike.
Suzuki even had a great bike, I used to have a GS550 like this one and sold it to a new rider.
Isn't about time the big bike era fades into memory? At least share the limelight with smaller entry level bikes, or there won't be any new riders to graduate up to the big behemoths.