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Old 03-28-2013, 05:41 AM   #1
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When we came home after a 9,500 mile, 19 state, 8 week cross country ride my wife wanted a smaller bike. Well, she kept her Harley and purchased a 400 Burgman. She is loving it. I didn't know how cool a scooter (?) could be. She even uses it to go grocery shopping.
Maybe just maybe there is room in the garage for a 650 for me.......
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Old 03-28-2013, 05:51 AM   #2
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Don''t get a 650. Get a 125. The beauty of the scooter is that it's small, light, and convenient. Don't think of it as a replacement for your bike. It's a replacement for your car. You still use the bike to do bike things. You use the scooter to do all those little trips that you used to take in the car. You wouldn't pull the biek out of the garage to go get a gallon of milk. But a scooter? Hell yes!
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Old 03-28-2013, 08:50 AM   #3
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or go a size bigger to be hwy legal and 150 could be your ticket, I go to get my milk and beer on my scooter, then I go to work all week and get some where in the 70-90 mpg range so my gas spending gas gone to less than 5 a week and more important, my GOOOD mornings always are!

Keep your harleys, they are something different, scooter are not for everybody (just like motorcycles) so barrow your wife's 400 and see if you like it! and then buy what every it is you feel like owning

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Old 03-28-2013, 09:15 AM   #4
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Yeppers, we have my Adventure bike, a Suzuki Vstrom 650 in its shed for me to ride to places out of the county. In the garage we have a 250cc Honda Helix. It is for around town and out in the county. It gets milage in the 60-70mpg range and saves us money each time we take it out. Fun to ride to boot. The funny thing is that on occasion, I use it to tour. I do mostly stay off the Interstate with it as it will only do about 70 miles per hour with me on it but on the blue highways it will just go and go. Have done mulitday/multistate trips on it. Kind of makes me wonder why we still have the Vstrom at times.
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Old 03-28-2013, 05:10 PM   #5
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or go a size bigger to be hwy legal and 150 could be your ticket, I go to get my milk and beer on my scooter, then I go to work all week and get some where in the 70-90 mpg range so my gas spending gas gone to less than 5 a week and more important, my GOOOD mornings always are!

Keep your harleys, they are something different, scooter are not for everybody (just like motorcycles) so barrow your wife's 400 and see if you like it! and then buy what every it is you feel like owning

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I agree. Small is good. Riding a small scooter is a blast, totally unlike a motorcycle. But get something a little bigger than a 125. I have two 125s and love them, but they do limit where you can go because they are not freeway legal. The Buddy 170 is a 125 sized scooter that IS freeway legal. There are a few others as well. You haven't truly experienced scooting until you've ridden a traditional small scooter.
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Old 03-29-2013, 04:49 AM   #6
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if you want bigger than a 250 just get a motorcycle

scooters are only fun because they are small and you can rag the hell out of them, a burg 650 is like riding an automatic goldwing lol
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:12 AM   #7
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if you want bigger than a 250 just get a motorcycle
I would kind of second this thought. Looking at larger scooters, well IMO they really aren't very attractive and they weigh considerably more than comparable motorcycles don't they? Plus, think of the options you have in the motorcycle world. Maxi scoots, new, run more than $7000 and there are only a few choices.

That being said, I love the upright position, wind/weather protection, and built in storage of scooters.
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Old 03-28-2013, 01:17 PM   #8
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When we came home after a 9,500 mile, 19 state, 8 week cross country ride my wife wanted a smaller bike. Well, she kept her Harley and purchased a 400 Burgman. She is loving it. I didn't know how cool a scooter (?) could be. She even uses it to go grocery shopping.
Maybe just maybe there is room in the garage for a 650 for me.......
Dooooooooooooooo It!
Wife still rides and loves her 2008 400 Burgman.
I've been through a new KLR 650 and new C50T since 2008.
Did I mention the wife still has and loves her 2008 400 Burg.
I now own a 2012 650 Burgman. I fought it for 5 years. I finally lost.
I'm loving this thing!!! Why didn't I listen to the wifester 5 years ago?
Because I'm;;;; just a Guy...
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Old 03-29-2013, 06:34 AM   #9
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The Big Ruckus was my first scooter. I passed up a great deal on a Vespa 300GTS because i did not know how much fun they are. Dumbass. I know the seller and the guy who bought it and kick myself every time i see either of them.
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