Chewing the Fat about Maxi Scooters again

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by GREY.HOUND, Jul 24, 2013.

  1. Phipsd

    Phipsd Been here awhile

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    If I was thinking of another big cruiser for travel; I would buy a maxi scoot instead. I have a mid-size Citycom 300i now and I find it is a better cruiser than any of the big Cruisers I've had. It's just as relaxing to ride, handles vastly better and is way more fun.

    A maxi-scoot of the MyRoad, Burgman 650 class would have the effortless big inch long distance capability without the excessive weight, bulk and clumsy handling of my Bagger. After 45 years of riding I have come to the conclusion that compared to the ease, storage and weather protection of a good scooter; cruisers are stupid.
  2. Globs

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    What bikes do you count as 'cruisers'? Big tourers, custom type bikes, goldwings or ZZR1100 types?
  3. knucklehead90

    knucklehead90 Been here awhile

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    What an interesting conversation. I've read about guys who think anything over a 250 is overkill - to that I say come ride in my area where there are few flat roads. That 200-250cc scooter will fall behind my 650 fast even if I'm just maintaining legal speeds. Hitting a hairpin turn going up a 6-7% grade will slow you down - HP is whats needed to get back up to speed. Even the 400 Majesty slows on some of these tight turns and hills around here. There is lots of great riding too. And mountains! Real mountains!:wink: I'm just waiting for the weather to turn - should do that in about 2 months!

    As for handling around town - I agree - the 650 isn't light on its wheels but it handles much better in town than the Harley I sold when I bought the 650. An FLHTCUI - full dress 2001 vintage. I seldom rode the Harley unless I was heading out of town - like in way out of town. I sold it for health reasons like many of you have. A 17' fall onto concrete will screw with your back!

    The Burgman gets used for anything from a short trip to the hardware store to riding to the golf course 10 minutes from home - and for errands to the next town - 20 miles away at 65mph. Since I'm retired I don't commute - the Burgman is my choice of vehicles in good weather. And its the choice for the occasional out of town heading over the pass to visit relatives in and around Seattle and I5. Its road manners are great. And I don't find it all that difficult to handle at slow speeds but then I've never rode a 150-200cc scooter so I'm ignorant on that part. The smallest motorcycle I've ever owned was an 80cc Yamaha back in 1965. From there I went to a CB350 Honda - then to 650 Triumphs and Harleys.

    If anything this thread has proven that there is no scooter that will 'fill the bill' for everyone or for every riding condition. My riding conditions are similar to some but mostly different than what I've read here. We get gusty winds quite often - common in high desert areas. Once I get out of town its 60-70mph - and the locals around here have little patience with slower vehicles. There are too many slow farm tractors and combines going from place to place and they don't go fast. A scooter is a target for these folks. Something they can run over - tractors are simply too big to tackle.:D Scooters are easy! And some seem to think - fair game!

    I'm not going to try to defend my use of the 650 for most all of my riding. It needs no defense IMO other than I own it and thats that! It is my choice - just like yours is your choice. What I don't understand is the guys n gals that take an underpowered scooter on roads where they can't maintain the pace of traffic. It puts you and others in danger. You know who you are. I have respect for those who ride 50cc scooters and know the limitations of the scooter and ride within those limitations. I have little respect for those who don't or won't accept the limitations of their ride.

    I seldom ride the Majesty. I prefer the smoothness of the Burgman motor and transmission. The Majesty is a great ride in its own right - I simply prefer something a bit larger - and of course is much faster. I find the new BMW scooters interesting. If I were in the market for a new scooter I'd take a look at them - might even buy one. But since my 650 has only 7800 miles on the clock it isn't time for a new scooter.

    To each of you posting - thanks for the read!
  4. 9secondsflat

    9secondsflat Been here awhile

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    very good article, probably one of the better if not the best comparisons of maxi scooters in a long time.
  5. gec343

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    Excellent article. I'm still waiting for the Silverwing replacement, but if that doesn't happen, then a new 2014 Burgman 650 it will be! :clap
  6. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    They replaced the Silverwing in most other markets a few years ago with the 600GT. We never got that model in the United States.
  7. gec343

    gec343 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for that information. However, I find it difficult to believe that that a Silverwing replacement will not arrive here in the U.S. If it doesn't happen, then it will be a new Burgman for me, and soon.:huh
  8. Kernalpanx

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    I have a Benelli Silverblade 250 and a Silverwing GT 400 .... Depending on where I am going ... Long cruise or out of town the Silverwing or big grocery shopping or off to the market. But around town doing errands our grabbing a coffee or meeting friends... The 250 is much easier to manage and to park... Less storage and faster acceleration .... But not as nice a feeling from the engine or overall ride. But then again city driving in China requires a bit of maneuverability .... The 400 is hard to park at times just for the length .... Can't imagine the extra weight of a 650 or 600.

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  9. gec343

    gec343 Been here awhile

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    I'm with you on the need for ABS brakes. At almost age 72, I need all the help I can get. A few years ago, ABS saved me from going down on a panic stop in Kansas while riding my BMW R1150RT. If the TMax had ABS, then I'd have one.