Got a new scooter

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by DougFromKentucky, Apr 25, 2013.

  1. DougFromKentucky

    DougFromKentucky Just a good 'ole boy

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    Last weekend I traded my trusty Honda Helix off on a new (to me) 2009 Suzuki Burgman Executive. I needed something that was a little more comfortable for the wife and I to ride two up on and the Burgman fit the bill.

    I have run a tank of fuel though it already and am getting comfortable on it. I do think I like it a lot. My poor Vstrom hasn't been started since I got this bike. It is perfect for town. I was worried about that as I loved my Helix in town. Touring on the Helix was a little uncomfortable for me as the seat was just too low. I tour on the blue highways, try to stay off the interstate and the Helix had been all over the southeast U.S. with me riding it. The Burgman looks to be able to continue this for me without problems.

    Enjoying my new scoot,
    Doug in Kentucky
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  2. deezildennis

    deezildennis Its a what?

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    Hey Nice Pics!!
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  3. ausfahrt

    ausfahrt mach schnell

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    Congrats on the new scoot.:clap

    What year Helix and how many miles?

    Do you have any pics of the Burgman that you can share?
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  4. JerryH

    JerryH Long timer

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    Glad you like your Burgman. It's probably the best scooter out there for 2 up riding. I like the Helix, but I always ride solo. I have searched for a nice one for some time, but every one I find for sale has been pretty well thrashed. Seems people hang onto the nice ones.
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  5. Tarka

    Tarka Doesn't wave back.

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  6. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    Pics or it didn't happen. :lol3
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  7. CaseyJones

    CaseyJones Ridin' that train

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    What's done is done, Doug...but I'd bet even money, you'll wish you hadn't traded in the Helix.

    They're two different rides for two different purposes. The Burg650 is a motorcycle; with an automatic transmission, a fairing, a step-through frame...but it's a motorcycle. With a substantial engine that needs warming up, that has a pretty good appetite for gas.

    A small scoot, like the Helix...that's for a trip to the store. Or a trip to clear your head on a spring day. Get on, twist and go. Engine's so small, it'll be up to operating temperature within the first block.

    Trust me - I KNOW. I sold a small scoot for a big bike; then I wanted to kick myself. Right now I have small, medium and large.
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  8. cdwise

    cdwise Long timer

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    Interesting that you consider the Helix to be a "small" scooter. To me it is clearly a maxi and not even a mini-maxi like the PCX.
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  9. Eladbern

    Eladbern Adventurer

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    Grats on the new scooter man. It sure is sweet and best of all will bring up the face values of my bikes when were touring!

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 2
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  10. Scott_F

    Scott_F Been here awhile

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    I have a pair of 09s. Check the BUSA forum for info about the regulator/rectifier, which is a known point of failure for this year model. One of mine has failed. The other will be replaced the next time I have the tupperware off.

    Here is the specific LINK. It's a very easy task, a plug and two screws once you get the plastic off.

    Regards
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  11. blugg1

    blugg1 Been here awhile

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    I had one of the early Burgman 650's about 8-9 years ago. Quite smooth, but something was wrong with the windshield design. At higher speeds I experienced lots of unpleasant helmet buffeting. Finally gave up and sold it.
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  12. Tarka

    Tarka Doesn't wave back.

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    If you're over about 5'8" tall it just needs a Givi type laminar lip added to the top of the screen.
    Or chop and fix a modded helmet visor there to create one.
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  13. blugg1

    blugg1 Been here awhile

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    Now you tell me! ;-) Actually, I spoke with a couple of local Burgman owners, 1 400 and 1 650. Suzuki apparently fixed the problem as neither one reported any buffeting - but then they're both shorter than I am, and I'm only 5' 9".
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  14. CaseyJones

    CaseyJones Ridin' that train

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    I'm six-two. Granted, my Burgman Exec has a Givi windscreen on it (previous owner) but I get no buffeting until I get upwards of 80 mph. At that speed, I'm worried for the tires, anyway.
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