Pennsylvania to Florida in winter

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by poppawheelie, Apr 4, 2013.

  1. poppawheelie

    poppawheelie Been here awhile

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    I decided I wanted to ride to Daytona this year and to do it on a Burgman 400. 1023 miles one way. Two days on the way down and two days on the way back temps were in the 30's. Heavy rain and 32 degrees crossing the Blue Ridge.
    This is as I left for Daytona on Mar 7th. Note snow on left.

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    The Burgman will cruise at 80 all day carrying a big load. With the excellent weather protection, layering of clothes, use fo hand warmers in pant pockets and boots, heated jacket and grips, I was comfortable.

    This is camp at Daytona. Thr Burgman carried all that stuff.

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  2. azabeemerboy

    azabeemerboy Long timer

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  3. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    Sounds like a fun ride. Weather was unseasonably cool in the south this spring.

    Any more input on the ride?
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  4. acejones

    acejones Long timer

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    I am impressed ! Interesting amount of carrying capacity on that scoot. How do you like the tent ?
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  5. GREY.HOUND

    GREY.HOUND Been here awhile

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    That's Awesome! Hope you had a great time.
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  6. poppawheelie

    poppawheelie Been here awhile

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    Wife and I have been using the tent a couple of years now. Yeah, like it. I find the garage more usefull as a front porch, great place to sit and read on a rainy day. Also great when returning from a wet ride. Get in out of the rain, then drop your gear before going into the living quarters.
    It's not a tent I'd want to put up every evening when traveling. I have other tents for that.

    Re. carrying capacity. In the pic, you don't see the large sleeping bag, little stove, food, and enough clothes to travel South America.
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  7. poppawheelie

    poppawheelie Been here awhile

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    I can't say enough about the weather protection of this bike, better than any I've ridden in 50 years of riding all kinds. With the large GIVI windshield the only wind hits me in the back. With tent and dry bag stacked on there, I don't even get that. Reminds of my friend in the 70's riding along side me on his Z1 with a Craig Vetter fairing. At 80 he'd get out a cigarette, flip open his Zippo, and light it. The flame wouldn't even flicker.

    Burgman has ample wattage for electric gear too. Avg 55 mpg on this trip.

    Useful gauges on the Burgman: ambient temp, accurate gas gauge, current mpg, clock. All standard.

    I wouldn't get the 650. 400 has ample power, better gas mileage, and more room under the seat. This is pointed out on the Burgman USA site. That's why the wife chose it. It's actually her bike. Hey, I'm a Harley rider, I can't admit to owning a scooter! :rofl
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  8. 8lives

    8lives Dharma Bum

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    Great trip,thanks for taking the time to share.
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