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Old 11-05-2012, 06:25 PM   #46
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I have a 650 Burgy, get maybe 35 mpg. My 400 got 55-60.


Going to test ride the Beamer next week.
Dang the CA model must be really different then, I think that's the lowest I've ever heard other than one guy who ran his in power mode all the time.
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:38 PM   #47
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here the basic one is selling for the same kind of money as a f800gs...

No thanks.


It's an automatic battleship. I really don't have use for that kind of thing, the magnitude of the thing makes it too cumbersome.

I just don't get maxiscooters at all.
money. Power.
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Old 11-13-2012, 10:24 AM   #48
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Dang the CA model must be really different then, I think that's the lowest I've ever heard other than one guy who ran his in power mode all the time.

Suzuki lists 38 MPG. The speedos and odos are extremely optimistic, which probably helps inflate the numbers.

Most road tests are in the mid to hi 30s or so.
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Old 11-13-2012, 03:55 PM   #49
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I was actually able to get 49.3 mpg on my Burgman as the best so far. But it's definitely NOT a miser.
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Old 11-13-2012, 05:30 PM   #50
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I went by the local BMW Dealer on Saturday and at on both models.

I have to say, they sure are nice. If I was in the market I would go for the touring model but the sport might have actually been a little more comfortable.
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:20 AM   #51
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I have now taken two test rides, different dealers, both on the GT. I have an older Burgy and definitely plan a new scooter, mostly for in town use. The GT is really nice! Also probably too tall, about the same as my 12GS. I have a 30" inseam and at a stop light am on my toes. This is fine on a GS, due to how and where I ride it. For an in town, stop and go, groceries, parking lots, etc scooter, I found the height tiring and cumbersome. Was happy to get back on the Burgy for a ride home in LA traffic. Really a bummer as I had planned to buy one, have the $$ set aside. The dealers have both offered me an extended test ride, maybe an hour or more, and I plan to take them up. However, now I plan to go look and the new Burgy as well
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Old 11-17-2012, 10:30 AM   #52
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Rugby4life: Awesome ride, congratulations! May I ask what you paid for it?
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Old 11-17-2012, 10:56 AM   #53
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Rugby4life: Awesome ride, congratulations! May I ask what you paid for it?
Thanks. As far as price, they aren't discounting them but my dealer wasn't marking them up like some others. They've gotten 3 GTs and 2 Sports so far and the longest one lasted on the showroom floor was 3 days (they were cm used for 2 of them). I'm at 1k miles now and loving the bike.
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Old 11-17-2012, 11:20 AM   #54
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I have a 650 Burgy, get maybe 35 mpg. My 400 got 55-60.

Dang! I made right decision; my Silver Wing gets the same as your 400! My VW does better than the 650...
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Old 11-17-2012, 03:45 PM   #55
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Sat on a 650 GT today at Hap's in Sarasota, but no test rides allowed on this scoot per the sales rep.
Seat was high; Too high for me. Looks like it's built to quality standards. No further looking at this scoot for me.
Hope all who buy it are very happy and it turns out to be a great BMW product.
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Old 11-17-2012, 03:50 PM   #56
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I am on a process of trading my Tmax for the c600 sport, hope it works out.
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Old 11-18-2012, 01:30 AM   #57
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I am on a process of trading my Tmax for the c600 sport, hope it works out.
From everything I have read, the TMax is a little more agile around town, but the C600 is better handling and has better mid-range on the open road.
I have test-ridden a 650GT and enjoyed the ride.
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:28 AM   #58
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I road one yesterday. Price tag
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:56 PM   #59
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I am on a process of trading my Tmax for the c600 sport, hope it works out.
Why?
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:01 AM   #60
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C650GT 3 Week Update

OK, after living with the C650GT for three weeks I have some observations that may help others in their buying decision. I bought a Platinum Bronze GT with the Highline package (heated seats, grips and a tire pressure monitoring system). A little history on me; I've been riding since 1980 and commuting daily year-round since '89. This is my 31st bike. I have over 350k miles just on the 9 BMWs I've owned so I'm secure in my motorcycling manhood. I first became involved in the superscooter scene about 2 1/2 years ago when I bought an '05 Yamaha Majesty to use for daily commuting. My other bike at the time was a Yamaha Roadliner which seemed just a bit too large and cumbersome for commuter duty. I soon found myself using the Majesty 80% of the time due to its nimble handling, great mpg, and convenient under-seat storage.
When it became clear that the BMW scooter was coming to America I decided to get one. I placed my deposit in April and waited impatiently through two launch delays. By the time the bike arrived it had high expectations which it must fulfill.

The Good:
1. Power
2. Design & Build Quality
3. Comfort
4. Ride Quality

The Bad:
1. High Center Tunnel
2. No 'Sport' Mode for Transmission
3. Engine Noise

Mounting the bike was the first challenge for someone with a 30" inseam. The center tunnel is quite high and my foot tends to scuff across the painted surface every time I get on. Mounting in the traditional motorcycle style is no easier since the passenger seat is about level with the seat on an R1200GS. Once aboard, you notice the roomy seating position and the abundance of legroom. The cockpit is typical touring BMW in instrumentation and switchgear layout. The heating of the seats and grips have low, high and automatic settings. The windshield is infinitely adjustable on the fly. The low position blocks wind blast up to the shoulders and leaves the helmet in clean air. The upright position leaves just a touch of buffeting at the top of my helmet but I can still see over the windshield. I'll probably experiment with aftermarket windshields when they become available.
When I first pulled away from the dealership I found myself wanting more acceleration for the first 40ft or so. The engine noise is much more noticeable than on the Majesty due to the engine placement between your feet inside the tunnel instead of under your butt as on the Majesty. The effect is reminiscent of driving a speedboat. Initial throttle application is accompanied by more motor noise than movement but when it "comes on plane" the transmission and engine start working together and then acceleration is impressive. The acceleration lag is not really noticeable once you're on the move and roll-on acceleration from 70-90 is quite brisk when needed. This bike was designed to eat serious miles.
Another difference between the GT and the Majesty is the quality of suspension. Potholes that once rattled my teeth are now a non-issue. Several roads in the area that lead to great twisties are heaved by tree roots growing under them. The condition of the approach roads made the twisties beyond not worth the hassle on the Majesty but are a small price to pay with the ride of the GT. In the twisties the GT rides like a motorcycle (planted and smooth) than a scooter (nimble and darty). On the highway I have noticed the GT is less susceptible to cross winds and turbulence when passing tractor-trailers.
In summary, I have quit thinking of the GT as an oversized scooter. A more accurate description of its design and function would be of a midsized version of the K1600GT. If you are expecting a strictly scooter experience you will be disappointed by its more substantial feel. If you are looking for something with the convenience and practicality of a scooter plus the addition of serious touring potential you'll find no better vehicle available today.
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