Board Track Buell / Ben McKee

The Buell Blast tends to polarise opinions; Erik Buell himself symbolically crushed one at the end of the production run in 2010. And even some owners have mixed feelings, like Ben McKee of Oxnard, California. The stock Blast did have some issues — namely the frame, wheels, rear suspension, hand and foot controls, exhaust and intake systems, tank and bodywork, riding position, lighting and some of the electrical system, he says. Other than that, the Blast was an amazing bike.

Ben decided to remove those troublesome items. Finding himself left with just the 492cc motor and not much else, he searched around for a vintage machine with a similar configuration for inspiration. And happened upon the 1911 Excelsior, which had a 500cc de Dion single cylinder engine and also sported a belt final drive — via Bike EXIF

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