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My 2006 I had for 5 years and 45,000 miles was great, quick and comfortable. My 2007 I have had for 6 months and 8,000 miles is great and comfortable, but noticeably less quick off the line and the mileage, (true, not indicated) is several miles per gallon lower. I have the same Givi windshield and topbox and just cannot squeeze a decent 0-40 which made me fall instantly in love with the 2006. It is still faster than cars, but motorcycles which proved only a slight challenge to the '06 are now pulling away consistently. Previously I had posted related to the acceleration vs 650 motorcycles and it is possible that the '06 was the fast anomaly and the calm 2007 is more the norm. I am hoping someone may have a suggestion or two.
 

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My 2007 It is still faster than cars, but motorcycles which proved only a slight challenge to the '06 are now pulling away consistently. I am hoping someone may have a suggestion or two.
I cannot understand why you are so worried about other bikes beating you away from the lights. If there is nothing wrong with your bike other than that, then let them get on with it - it's their engine they're screwing up. Take it easy, and help your engine to do the same. It really is not that important. :eek:
 

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I bought my 2012 650 a little over a year ago and have logged 7500 miles of mostly aggrisive hiway and back road cruves on it. It won't hold a candle to my old Stratoliner or Goldwing or 2000cc Vulcan, and some other rides I have owned. I ride with several friends. Some have trikes others have Spiders ,Vulcans, BMWs, Goldwings etc. I can stay with them easily but in an all out drag/race I would lose. The thing I must remined myself of is that for a scooter......the Burgman is very impressive!
 

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Interesting, can't say I've noticed a difference between my '03 and '09 but there was a gap between riding each plus I have put on a few pounds since. I will have to see once I'm done doing things to my '03, my '05 and '06 are currently apart in the garage.
 

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Without any point of comparison, I would tend to agree with the theory that all things being equal, an 06 and 07 should drive the same.
As with cars, comparing two identical versions, one will be faster than the other. Just is'
I really cannot say if my 07' is fast, but it does put that big burgman smile on my face at full throttle as the vehicles in my rear view
mirrors get smaller and smaller. And since I only use fully synthetic motorcycle racing oil in the crankcase, I know he is doing his
very best.
 

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As others have said, it might just be variation between bikes. I don't notice that my 07 is any slower than my 05 was. I also don't have any problem staying right with a friends on 05 and 06 bikes. We get almost identical gas mileage when we are riding together. For that matter when our larger group is riding together with 650's ranging from 2005 to 2008 models, at refuel stops the variation between gas amounts is rarely more than about 1/10 of a gallon.
 

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I am within 5 pounds from when I was riding my 03 and now on my 08. I know for a fact in normal mode the 03 was faster 0-60 MPH and by far the 03 had higher top end. In manual mode I think the 08 may be faster if I shift right before the rev limiter kicks in. The 03 was Lidar clocked at 122 MPH slightly down hill, with a cut down GIVI shield laid back some (SHIMMED) and the mirrors pulled in with a 1800 Goldwing braking the wind in front of me. The 08 maxes out at 110 MPH no matter how I try.

Manufacture variances do happen. I had a non-Turbo 84 Dodge Shelby Charger that ran 0.2 seconds faster in the 1/4 mile, BONE STOCK. While 0.2 does not sound fast, it is. It was after I optomized the ignition timing, sparkplugs and advanced the stock cam's indexing that I knocked over 1 whole second off in the factorys 1/4 mile time. The factory driver was Paul Rossi and they reported a 17.22 1/4 time in 1984. My best was a 16.02 still stock but enhanced setting (Blueprinted). No Turbo, NO nitrous and premium pump gas was all.
 

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Dave_J said:
The factory driver was Paul Rossi ...
Ah a name I haven't heard in a while. When I was at Camera Ready Cars we used to deal with Paul and I'd been out to his house picking up or dropping off stuff several times back in the day.
 

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My 09 is faster than my 07 was..................course the 07 was a 400 :roll: :lol:
 

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Maybe you just need to put a few more miles on the '07 and/or add a little startron to the gas. I wouldn't say my '06 is faster than my '11, but the 6 feels looser, less stiff than the 11.
 

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Thanks for the responses everyone. It still is an awesome grin-inspiring machine. In my opinion it is human nature that once you had something that was taken away, you want it back. The grass really was greener with the '06. I do not need to be fast, it is just a little more fun when you see the surprised looks on other riders' faces.
 
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