I've always been a pretty obsessive motorcyclist (mostly GS's), thought scooters were interesting, esp. old Vespas, but I'm a big guy and never considered them personally. About 6 years ago my hips started to hurt - a lot - and within a year I'd sold all my bikes, and found I couldn't even ride the F650GS single I picked up as a stopgap, so that went, too. As of six weeks ago, I've had both hips replaced, very successfully, and I'm looking forward to getting back on two wheels. I won't be able to get a leg over a GS-size bike until next spring, I think, but in the meantime I've become intrigued with the idea of a maxi-scooter. Dropped by the BMW dealer today and I like the 600 and 650, but it's still not easy to get a leg over the hump and without cutouts I'm not sure I can put a leg down when stopped. Drove to the Honda/Suzuki dealer, they had a couple of 2011 Burgman 400's for $6299 and a 2012 Burgman 650 Executive for $8999. Yes, I know I should buy used, but this isn't a market with a lot of good used choices, so I'm considering the new alternative, realizing that I may take a hit if I want to sell next year and get back on a GS. Questions: 1) I understand the Burgmen were refreshed for 2013 - was the improvement a big deal, or are the last-gen fine? 2) The 2013's have ABS standard per the brochure, the old ones don't - is that a major issue on a big scooter (I'm used to it on BMW bikes and happy to have it). 3) I'm 6'3" and a pretty big guy - is the 400 enough for me or do I need the 650? I would be riding locally on 35-55 mph streets/highways, maybe the occasional 30 mile interstate trip. I won't be touring. The bikes seemed almost the same size to me. 4) Is the pricing ok for leftovers? Btw, an alternative would be to pick up a G650GS single or F700GS twin with the low seats, I could possible swing a leg over those, but I would definitely sell/trade for a bigger bike next year in that case - a scooter would be an opportunity to explore a different side of riding, and if I liked it I could keep the scooter and get a bigger motorcycle as well. Thanks for any advice.