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    Default 2001 Blast Noob - Advice

    Hey there everyone - new member here. Let me break this down for you:
    - I am a total noob motorcycle rider
    - Got my license so I could ride through Yellowstone this past summer with my son on rented bikes before he deployed (am retired military myself)
    - 3 weeks before my boy deploys, he 'surprises' me with a 2001 Blast...that...needed work
    - I can build almost anything, but cars/engines is where I lose my 'man points', so I took it to the nearest Harley dealer
    - The gift from my boy ended up running me $2k to get it running (well, that included knobby tires, since we live on a mountain)

    I will say that I LOVE this damn bike. Easy, light, nimble... However, I keep running into issues...
    - Had a new carb boot put on at the shop, but I keep having starting issues when cold. If I try to start with open throttle a couple of times, and then close throttle, it will kick over...but it definitely takes 4-5 times to make this happen.
    - Wobble: I have this weird 'wobble' at 35-45 MPH. My son, who is an experienced rider, noticed the same thing. Thought it was neck bearings - nope. Not a balance issue either....thoughts?

    Last question/topic: Mods!
    - I want to get rid of the OEM filter and put a Dan Airbox on it - impressions? Other ideas?
    - I've already upgraded the headlight...that OEM thing sucks for old eyes..
    - I really want to change out the exhaust....looking for inexpensive recommendations. Since I am up on a mountain, I'd like to reroute it to be more like a dual-sport...


    In a bloody big nutshell, looking for general advice from the group on how to keep my 'Muell' (as the boys on the mountain now call it) running, nimble and fun....

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    Welcome to the fun! I will say that once you start modding your Blast, you will become very familiar with the workings. It's a pretty simple design since there is only one cylinder to work with. If you want exhaust that's more like a dual sport, it will be completely custom. All of the aftermarket exhausts keep everything underneath the bike like the stock exhaust is routed.
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    Thanks, brother. Yep - I know it will have to be custom. Wanted a good idea of a pipe that folks have had success with overall, before I order one and start to plot and scheme what other materials I need for the reroute.

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    I've got the Jardine system on mine. I remember seeing a thread where someone built custom exhaust like you're wanting, but I don't remember who it was.

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    It looks like there's a couple in this thread that are what you're looking for . . . .
    http://www.badweatherbikers.com/buel...tml?1326732487
    Jim Hungate
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