I ride my blast to work eveyday (40 miles round trip) and I love it!
its great on gas, does great on highway even with semi passing by and can ride all day @ 70-75 mph (I never went faster than that on it myself
its very light weight (360 lbs) so its easy to move even for me @ 5'4", helps that I flat foot it too.
I am a woman who started to ride last year and this is such an awesome bike!
IMO its one of the best bike outhere to build up confidence and skills, its enough bike (500cc) to ride with anyone, anywhere, but yet its not overpowering.
I started on a Ninja 250 and after seeing the Buell Blast, I sold it within 48 hrs (YAY Craigs list!!) and had a red Blast in my driveway, I've never looked back since then!
oh, Did I mention how great it looks too???!!!