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Old 03-18-2013, 02:12 PM   #1
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Final Decision

I just went through the same decision making process that many others did. I ended up choosing a new 2012 650 Burgman instead of the BMW, Silverwing, Majesty, or whatever. My choice was all due to that magic transmission (good for at least 50,000 miles.) When I test drove the 650 Burgman you could tell it was more like a true 5 speed automatic than an infinite speeds CVT type. Love this 650 Burgman scooter/step through motorcycle/whatever. So far I feel I have lost none of the fun of driving two wheels. I can corner with as much speed as I'll ever want to do. It's smooth, comfortable, quiet, and to top it off: the wifester loves riding in the back seat of this vehicle more than she's enjoyed riding with me in years.
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Old 03-18-2013, 02:14 PM   #2
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Very nice scooter, enjoy it!
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Old 03-18-2013, 02:37 PM   #3
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Enjoy and be sure to post some pics of your rides.
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Old 03-18-2013, 04:46 PM   #4
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Congratulations...I think you're going to have a lot of fun...

As a former rider of standard motorcycles, I was pretty surprised by the capabilities of the larger "scooters"...very happy with mine and would have no concern about getting on it and going anywhere.

Have a blast!
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Old 03-18-2013, 07:03 PM   #5
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Nice! Congrats on finding the right scoot for your needs!
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:12 AM   #6
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Good for you. You are going to love it. You do know don't you, the white ones are the fastest.
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:41 AM   #7
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Just curious, what does a new Burgman cost? The website has TBA where the price should be.
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:20 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by andoulli View Post
Just curious, what does a new Burgman cost? The website has TBA where the price should be.
I got the 2012 version. The 2013 model has the big question on cost, when available, etc.
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Old 03-20-2013, 12:09 PM   #9
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Dealer News article . . Suzuki begins cutting motorcycle, ATV dealers
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Old 03-20-2013, 06:57 PM   #10
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Nice scoot. Enjoy!
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Old 03-22-2013, 06:08 AM   #11
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I would have chosen any Japanese scooter over a BMW for reliablity and parts availability reasons. The Burgman 650 is a bit big for me, I recently sold a 1500 Goldwing, because it was to big and heavy. The Yamaha Majesty would be my first choice for a maxi scoot. But then I ride solo.

Sadly Suzuki is having some serious financial problems. They gave up their car business in the U.S., apparently as such a small manufacturer, they could not meet the ridiculous DOT and EPA standards and still make a profit. Now it looks like their motorcycle division is in trouble. I have mixed feelings about Suzuki. I have owned a lot of them, and they have all been great bikes. But I also blame their GSXR bikes for starting the crotch rocket craze in the U.S., just like the Ford Explorer often gets blamed for starting the SUV craze.

Still it would be sad to lose them. My first street bike was a Suzuki GT380, and my first new street bike was a GS450L. I also owned and loved a 1988 Suzuki Samurai.
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Old 04-05-2013, 01:57 PM   #12
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1st Service

Taking her in Saturday morning for the 600 mile 1st service.
Then I'll be, "ready to ride."
So far I'm liking this scoot, and believe I've made a good decision. Gas usage has been close to 52 mpg, and that's driving it like I'll always drive it. No real break-in baby-ing. Pretty close to 4000 rpm at all times... You can feel it shifting up or down or whatever is needed to keep it around the magic 4000 +/- rpm and the only thing changing is the speed. I love it!
Smoooooooooooooth as silk and quiet too. It's as close to a real 6 speed automatic transmission as you can get. I have zero complaints so far.
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Old 04-05-2013, 02:30 PM   #13
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Sounds like you got the best scoot for you, enjoy it.
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