A big change

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by Paul Mihalka, Oct 21, 2012.

  1. Paul Mihalka

    Paul Mihalka Old Fart

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    A Yamaha Majesty scooter. I did extensive testing, I know it will do what I want it to do. R1200GS sold to a friend who knows what he gets. Lots of great memories, but I look more into the future and the future looks good.
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  2. thunderkat59

    thunderkat59 Cooter on a scooter

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    Nice !
    Many happy miles ! :beer
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  3. gumshoe4

    gumshoe4 Been here awhile

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    Even though you've tested it extensively, I still think you'll be surprised about what the Majesty will do.

    I know I was surprised when I got the SWing. The capabilities of maxi scooters are pretty amazing. I still occasionally jones for a motorcycle...but in addition to, not in replacement of, my scoots...
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  4. DandyDoug

    DandyDoug Been here awhile

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    I recently moved away from motorcycles to a maxi Burgman , just curious what prompted your switch ?
    Mine was due to nerve damage in my left arm that prevents me from using a clutch.

    Nice choice on your part.
    Doug
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  5. Paul Mihalka

    Paul Mihalka Old Fart

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    "I recently moved away from motorcycles to a maxi Burgman , just curious what prompted your switch ?"
    Simply, getting old. I'm 81. Less balance, weak legs. As a farewell I just did a 8.500 mile three week ride, Maryland-Cali-Maryland, on the GS. It was wonderful while riding, but worried every time I had to stop. With the scooter I plan to do a lot of touring, just don't cross Kansas anymore.
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  6. DandyDoug

    DandyDoug Been here awhile

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    I am 68 and have tried to stop riding on two occasions now.
    It just never works for more than a month, so my wife badgers me in to getting something else to ride.

    When i first got the maxi i was a bit concerned about how i would be received in the local motorcycle scene. But since i can ride as well or better than most of them I got over that quickly :D

    My long distance days are behind me , but i still enjoy a bit of touring.
    Just cannot always depend on being fit to do 300 miles days back to back any longer.

    Hope to see you on the road.
    Doug
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  7. KennyT

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    Hi Paul. Wow! Beautiful new bike!
    I hope to still be riding when I am 81...
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  8. Bearcat

    Bearcat burg1

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    At 73 I find my Burgman "Halfabusa" can do just about anything the big boys can do, (except dirt). When I go out for a morning ride I tell my wife, "I'll be back in about 100 miles" Love the Maxi and ride with the big boys all the time.:clap
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  9. gumshoe4

    gumshoe4 Been here awhile

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    You guys who keep truckin' on into your 70's and 80's are an inspiration to me.

    God willin' and the creek don't rise, I plan to do the same.

    Rock on...
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  10. dirtdiver

    dirtdiver Long timer

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    Less is more and at 81 you can do whatever you want! Good for you!

    DD
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  11. DudeClone

    DudeClone Long timer

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    i just want to add to this. it really is an inspiration. i am mid 40's and just started riding 2 years ago. i am only now beginning to ride motorcycles but will always own and ride a small scooter. or even a big one

    but recently i have been feeling i got involved too late. i could have been riding all my life. "if i knew then what i know now" stuff. and i worry about how many more years i have to ride? i figured 20 give or take. i'd be late 60's, then

    but 81? heck man if i can make up a little on the back end what i messed on the front that would be cool. 33 more years of riding in my future sounds a lot better then 20!

    enjoy your new maxi, OP. and get all you can out of her!
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  12. BigCanoe

    BigCanoe Been here awhile

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    I hope to reach your level of maturity and no longer give a #@!& what others think. At 45 I am still somewhat subject to this weakness :( Though my current bike is definitely a "chick bike" by most folks standards :)
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  13. Bearcat

    Bearcat burg1

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    Don't kid yourself, scooters are "chick bikes" I've had many girls come up to me and say, 'that's cool", but at 73 it doesn't matter anymore.:rofl
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  14. Ken K

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    This summer I traded my KTM 950 Adventure for a Burgman 400 don't regret it at all. I love the simplicity of the scooter and the handling. It is a blast - I hope to be riding when I get to be your age thanks for the inspiration. Keep laying down tracks.
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  15. foxtrapper

    foxtrapper Been here awhile

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    Good god almighty, did you just open my eyes.

    Somehow, I've managed to ignore the changes that have taken place in scooters since I sneered at them back in the 80's. I rode some of them (I was a mechanic, I had to), hated them. The handling was terrifyingly bad back then.

    I really had no idea they had come so very far.

    Double funny, as I've been seriously considering a Pacific Coast, mostly because of the trunk and ease of riding. I thought it was the only thing out there with anything like a trunk. Now I know there are many more, all I have to do is accept the word "scooter".
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  16. DudeClone

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    ^ hey man as long as no one calls 'em mopeds we riders are grateful. some are so out of the loop they even call things like a Majesty a moped! a motorcycle is more moped then a scooter so i really do not get it!

    but sure scooters have come a ways. first time i rode one i thought it was going to be the same experience you had in the 80's but it was surprisingly fast, nimble, stable and fun. i never stopped riding. i am getting a MC as a freeway bike and an around town choice when i need more power, but i will always ride my scooters. each bike has its own purpose

    i decided to get a mc only because i am tall and maxi scooters are tough to fit. and it opens up a large new selection of bikes, prices, and cc choices. its good to have choices. but yeah scoots can be big and strong. when they are i like 'em like this, though. hey, it looks like a giant scooter! well, thats because it is :)

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    some makers try to hide a maxi scooter's roots, though. some do better then others when it cones to this, and it can be a double edge sword

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  17. CaseyJones

    CaseyJones Ridin' that train

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    This thread...is my story almost exactly.

    I went from an R1200GS...to a Burgman 650. Along the way, I bought a Burgman 400 clone...that's how and why I decided to end my BMW days. The clone was more fun; not as reliable but more fun.

    Had to happen. I bought my first automatic-shift car about the same time. Old age...means becoming shiftless.
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  18. soboy

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    Congrats on your new ride, Paul. My main ride is a Yamaha Tmax and my errand runner is an Agility 125. This after 40 years of motorcycles and I sure don't miss the clutching (nerve damage in my left hand) or the shifting (messed up foot and ankle too many times to count). What I didn't count on was how much fun these scooters are. The Tmax is a very sporty bike and it outcorners every motorcycle I have ever owned on good pavement. All I would like it a bit more power, but isn't that always the case? It is a very capable machine.
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  19. HandKPhil

    HandKPhil Been here awhile

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    Funny, but I'm headed in the opposite direction from the original poster. Just sold my '09 Majesty about a week ago. I had it about a year, and only put 2000 miles on it. The rear suspension was just too harsh for me, and the feet-forward riding position was too rough on my chronically sore back. i'm only 48, but I'm already fallin' apart. :huh

    Guess I need to start looking for that mythical, non-European 450 cc dual-sport, with a plush ride and a six speed transmission.
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  20. DudeClone

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    how about this, HandKPhil? seems it would be good for a person feeling less then stout. auto trans, too

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