The only thing good in beemer is suspension. With regard to the rest the bmw is years behind. In this video one can see by contrast that the Burgie is more refined, better designed and overall a pretty much imposing machine whereas the bmw near it is just the shadow.
You may consider it biased, but i don't care -- I am not a Japanese anyways.
Performance wise the BMW will hold it's own with the 650 from experience riding both and likely have a slightly better top end. ( I think the motor is at a higher state of tune )
It kept pace with a 1300 bmw up to 110 when the lead rider cranked it on.
As mentioned suspension is good. Windscreen is excellent.
I found the seating tight on it and I'm 5 9"
Storage up front not quite as nice as the Burgman's - storage under the seat about the same.
Having a tire pressure monitor a nice touch. I like my after market unit.
Beside not liking the looks of the BMW the parking brake with the side stand sure needs to be changed. :shock: Couldn't tell you how many times I have been on a hill with the engine running and the parking brake on. ie as waiting at a RXR crossing, backing out of my garage & starting the engine to warm it while I put my gloves on.
I took a test drive on a 650GT today. It had 400mi on it. I was thinking I might like it but I didn't. It sounded like a farm tractor, it seemed slow off the start, and the steering seemed wobbly on a bumpy road. It had less storage space. The seat was comfy but too high for me at 5'4". I thought if I liked it, I might trade the ZZR in but not a chance.
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