Best touring scooter

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by gec343, May 16, 2011.

  1. knucklehead90

    knucklehead90 Been here awhile

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    I just got done ordering the Clearview 650 GT Large Executive with 5 position adjustable vent. As hot as it gets around here I don't want to be baking behind all that plastic so the vent will be nice on the 90+ days - common for about 3 months of the year. We get a lot of wind around here too - seems like its always from the sides and the stock windshield leaves a bit to be desired IMO. Having 2.5" added to the top and 3" to each side should do it for me.

    Thanks to all for helping me zero in on the right windshield. I'll let you know how it works out once I get it on and get some saddle time.

    I also have a Givi Monokey basic 46L top case and plate coming. I'll be able to do some serious Costco shopping with this setup. I've got a Kuryakyn Pet Palace for my dog. I can really stuff this thing on a shopping trip or week long trip. The under-seat storage is great but not enough to justify riding 100 miles round trip for a Costco run. I'll be able to once I get the top case on. My 15 pound dog really loves riding along with me in his Pet Palace - makes him feel real special - which he is! He was always kind of afraid of the Harley since it was noisy and shook at idle. He doesn't mind the Burgman at all since is it so smooth.
  2. reddogguy1

    reddogguy1 Flying Under The Radar

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  3. gordonmike51

    gordonmike51 Old Geezer

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    I bought an 06 Executive last March and love it more each time I ride it. The motor-braking that some people don't like is, to me, a big plus......It feels like that slight down-shifting I experienced on my previous (non-automatic) bikes... To each their own, I guess. I have been impressed with the 650 ride and handling......and It's quiet.....an absolute JOY to get on and off of...(I'm 61)......I rode a SW and it was nice, but I likes the Burgman much more. Test ride them both as I did and buy the one that trips your trigger! I get teased by my Harley-riding buddies, but I LOVE my scoot! I also have a KLR 650, but it has been lonesome this summer.
  4. gec343

    gec343 Long timer

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    I am the original poster on this subject. In fact,I'd forgotten that I ever started this post. An update is in order.

    I sold my ST1300A about a year ago, then purchased a 2010 Gold Wing ABS with 8000 mils on the odometer. I do love this Wing, and find it much easier to ride than my ST1300A, being it is much less top heavy, etc. I've already ridden the Wing over 18000 miles. My dog, Pugsley, loves the large pillion seat.

    However, I still plan on switching to a new Maxi Scooter within the next year or two, depending on what 2013/2014 models have to offer.

    Just wanted to keep you up to date. Thanks to everyone for your advice and information. Although, I love this Wing, I see a maxi scooter in my future.
  5. knucklehead90

    knucklehead90 Been here awhile

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    Been riding the 650 Burgman Exec all summer now - I rarely get in the SUV unless I need to take a trip to Costco - I have to 'make it pay' when I go there since it's 50 miles each way. I love this thing! I've got about 2500 miles on it since late March when I bought it. I've ridden the Majesty exactly once in that time. There are a few things I wish Suzuki would address - not many - but a few.

    I'd love to have self canceling turn signals! With all the other electronic gadgets you placed on this machine how hard could that have been to incorporate that into the Burgman? I'm spoiled I guess - my last umpteenth cars all had that feature - my last 3 Harley's had them. Gawd all mighty! Nothing looks dumber than someone riding down the road on two wheels with the blinker winkin merrily away! Not that I ever look stupid! I don't need an MPG meter - self canceling turn signals will do me fine.

    And a radio! How about something I can buy from you that actually looks like it was made for the B650 instead of a grafted on job? One with a USB port of course. Put it where the bottom glove box is - I don't use it much anyway. And a pair of speakers right about where a set of vents are now. I won't miss them - promise.

    And lastly - cruise control. Riders resort to all kinds of things - big o-rings - actual throttle locks - and add on electronic cruise control designed for cars. Wake up Suzuki - someone may be gaining on you.

    Other than that I'm very happy with the machine.
  6. rascalman

    rascalman GhostRider, the clock is ticking

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