New Burgman 650 Executive

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by Tifighter, Oct 4, 2005.

  1. Knighthawk

    Knighthawk Sofa King Bueno

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    FWIW, the Burgman is VERY comfortable. This is one of its biggest selling points.

    You see quite a few over here in Germany, mostly an older crowd. I ran into one couple last year in Garmisch from Denmark. He was 67, wife was 65, and they were having the time of their life touring the Alps on their Burgman.
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  2. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    The T-Max is the most popular over 250cc scoot in Tokyo by far. Just about every one has an aftermarket pipe so it must make the owner feel like he's on a sportsbike. The T-Max is supposed to handle better than the Burgman because of its greater ground clearance but the Burger will out accelerate it. I considered getting one but it's got much less underseat storage, less wind protection and a seat height that had me on my toes -- hey, that ground clearance has to come from somewhere :lol3
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  3. jdiaz

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    Yeah, every one of them over here seems to have an Arrow muffler on it.

    Jon
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  4. Lobby

    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

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    I think there's always the non motorcycle riding scooteristas that want a larger bike. They don't consider a motorcycle an option, and merely want a bigger version of what they've got.
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  5. jdiaz

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    It easier to load a big scooter on the back of a motor home than a regular motorcycle IMO.
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  6. Jonniedee

    Jonniedee Been here awhile

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  7. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

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    Excellent.

    I'd like to hear more about 'em. :nod

    Is the european/japan market driving these things and the US is just getting their first whiff of 'em?

    I remember getting ahold of the Helix when it first came out. Everyone at the dealership thought it was a blast--bigass trunk, and the sensation you were floating along on it. I suppose I should get my butt on a Burgman.
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  8. Chillis

    Chillis Land Barge Pilot

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    Imagine a burgman out on the track:D, i know i wouldn't be surprised to see a tmax out on the track. I like very fast street riding and if the burger could handle this, I'd definitely be in. Not so much concerned with the straights as I am with smoking around the corners. I've always been an underdog so that usually ends up being the type of bike I like. Giant killers. I just don't see the burgman hanging around corners with a supermoto bike.
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  9. Jonniedee

    Jonniedee Been here awhile

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    Burgies might not be super moto killers but there's nary a dresser Harley in my parts that can smoke the mighty AN650 in a corner (or straight away for that matter) :lol3
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  10. Tifighter

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    Actually, a UK magazine did a supertest of big scoots recently where the object was to take the scoots to a local track day and see how many superbikes they could tally up as kills while lapping. Both the Silver wing and B 650 did well; they each passed something like 30+ bikes. The testers said that while the bikes could pull on the straights, the scoots could pass on the turns because they could take them full throttle.

    There is someone on the burgmanusa site that has this article as a downloadable pdf file; it is entertaining.
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  11. McB

    McB Joe 40 ouncer

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    I've talked with two people who own 650 Burgs.

    One was a guy in his 70s who said his Wing was too heavy for him to be comfortable with. He loves the Burgman, plans to continue touring 2-up with his wife as soon as they figure out the best luggage setup.
    The other guy was in his 60s and due for knee or hip replacement. He has several bikes, but has difficulty getting on and off, and the Burg is more comfortable. He said he bought it to ride until after the surgery, but is really enjoying it in its own right.

    The guy who sold me my Strom (Greg at D&L) rides DS and street, and just sold an '02 1000 Strom. He said the Burgman is fast, handles well, and is great fun to ride.

    I'd like to have one. I can't believe the price, though. Ouch.
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  12. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    Scooters aren't just fer young folks ye know :gerg
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  13. Photog

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    Don't I know it. :gerg
    You can hear my bones creaking from a mile away when I get on mine. :bluduh
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  14. MooreRon

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    Much more likely. :nod
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  15. Twinman

    Twinman Been here awhile

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    I believe the Burgam is wide enough that you lose a lot of your filtering ability, if that is important to you. It is w i d e. Also heavier than a Litre sports-tourer bike, even if it does carry it low.
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