Burgman 650; Runner up in RideApart Touring MC of the year

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by GREY.HOUND, Dec 21, 2013.

  1. gec343

    gec343 Been here awhile

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    I agree with your opinion. I started my love affair on two wheels with a 1952 Allstate Scooter, then moved up to an Allstate Crusaire, etc. I've been riding cruisers and touring bikes for the last 50 years

    I'm presently riding a Gold Wing, which I love, but at almost 72 years of age, realize I need a lighter bike with automatic. I will probably make the switch to a maxi scooter this coming Spring, and and am excited about it. It will be like my second childhood.

    A couple of years ago, I test rode a Gold Wing trike. Not for me, got very little out of it!!!! Man, I hope the Honda Integra makes it into the U.S.

    Sidenote: I believe that many old timers like me feel that scooters threaten their masculinity. I could be wrong.
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  2. scootrboi

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=sYxU_lYBHpY
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  3. scootrboi

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    http://youtu.be/kJ7zJYMIMw4 Notice how the scooterists struggle with the small wheels and low center of gravity trying to maneuver their clumsy machines.
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  4. gec343

    gec343 Been here awhile

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    You're right, most Gold Wing riders are "fanatical" about their bikes. I'm a Gold Wing rider, but not in that category, at least I think. Although very heavy, Wing's handle very well, much like a sport bike. However, the weight is intimidating at low speeds, at a standstill, etc. I wouldn't even consider triking the thing, but will switch to a maxi scooter when the need arises, which is not far away!!:cry
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  5. jwdub

    jwdub Been here awhile

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    I recently bought a 2007 Burgman 650. Other than the harsh front suspension, which I intend to modify, I find it to be easy to manage at barely walking speeds and quite comfortable at speeds up to about 75 --- necessary around the Phoenix area. It's my first scooter since the 1947 Cushman I bought in 1962 --- what a difference! I still ride a wide range of motorcycles on the street and in the dirt, but the Burgman is my choice for shorter trips of 30 - 50 miles or so.
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