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Old 05-07-2012, 08:39 AM   #31
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If you plan on carrying a passenger, then the Burg 650 would be your best choice. If it were me, and I would be riding solo, then the Burg 400 would be my choice. Nothing wrong with any of the others you mentioned. The Silverwing is a fine scooter,, but I don't have any decent Honda dealers around here, so it would wind up being the most expensive due to dealer price gouging. There is nothing wrong with the Kymco either, but the bigger the better for highway cruising. A passenger makes ALL the difference. Myself, my 20 year old daughter, and some luggage are at the max load capacity of my '85 Goldwing 1200cc motorcycle.

Since you are a beginner, I recommend taking the MSF course. While a scooter may not have a shifter and clutch like a motorcycle, learning to ride a motorcycle in the dirt or in a parking lot is not that difficult. TRAFFIC will be your biggest issue, and riding in traffic on a vehicle that nobody sees requires a lot of skill, to avoid being run over. The MSF course will at least give you some information about that, after that hopefully you will survive long enough to develop the skills to avoid getting run over by a cell phone user trying to operate a motor vehicle at the same time.
I won't spend more on a bike than I think it's worth, but if it's a good deal, I don't seem to have a problem buying bikes I don't need.
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