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That's my only complaint so far.

Who can we ride with?

Vespas can't keep up on the highway with us.

Harleys don't want to ride with us.

Majesties, SW's, and a few other maxi scooters are all there is and even they aren't an650s.

It's a lonely class of one! :wink:

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Excuse me for sounding like I already have my burg.
In my mind I do!:)
 

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I know you were kidding BUT.............

Are you in for a pleasant surprise.. O , you mite get some looks at first , but after the ride when you have not only kept up but did it easy -
When all you got at the gas stop was a soda -
When you look like your sitting in your easy chair -
When you make your "U" turn inside the white lines -
When you get off your bike with a big smile------------
Believe me there will be many group rides in your future :)

No need for apologies, the mind is the best tool we own, we should use it.
 

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I've ridden mine with V-Stroms and other sport touring bikes. It holds its own very well. The number of negative comments I've gotten is zero.

I never did like the riding groups that were primarily limited to one make or model. BORING!!! And I'd feel the same way about an all Burgman 650 group. There are a lot of fine rides out there. The diverse groups are more fun. And showing riders of other bikes what the Burgman can do is a hoot!
 

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I have a Burgman 650 (CLYDE) and a Vespa ET4 150cc (BUZZ).

I ride with the same group on both scooters. The Vespa goes 70mph+, but I don't take it on the interstate in South Florida. The group consists of:

Yamaha FJR1300
Yamaha V-Star 1100
Yamaha R1 (2)
Burgman 650
Harley Fat Boy
Harley V-Rod
Old Harley 883cc
Vespa GT200
Honda Reflex

Usually 5-6 of us ride together on a typical day.

If someone does not want to ride with you because you are on a scooter, do you really want to ride with them? Maybe they are just embarassed of their wheels next to your scooter :?

Have fun, ride with anyone and remember to wave.

Janine
 

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Ride with other Burgs, BMWs and Hondas all the time and never a problem being a MaxScoot.
 

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lilleyen said:
That's my only complaint so far.

Who can we ride with?

Vespas can't keep up on the highway with us.

Harleys don't want to ride with us.

Majesties, SW's, and a few other maxi scooters are all there is and even they aren't an650s.

It's a lonely class of one! :wink:

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Excuse me for sounding like I already have my burg.
In my mind I do!:)
Sorry to burst your bubble but I ride with Harley's all the time! Not only Harley's but other metric cruisers. I've been well accepted into the group although I had my fair share of teasing the first time.
The SCRC (Southern Cruisers Riding Club) accepts ANY 2-wheeled vehicle that can keep up (sorry, 50cc's won't cut it). And they're sticklers on safety rules, unlike some other riding clubs. SCRC is worldwide:
http://www.southerncruisers.net
Find the chapter near you and go for a ride. Its the best thing I did!!
 

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Hey you'all. I ride with about every brand. My friend calls my 400
a weed eater in fun. I don't care. I enjoy it. 10k mi and counting.
 

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My friend calls my 400 a weed eater in fun. I don't care. I enjoy it. 10k mi and counting.
Well my riding group calls me "the rebel" of the group and I don't care either... "rebel" fits my personality in a way.
 

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lilleyen said:
That's my only complaint so far.

Who can we ride with?
Rick,
Lot of times you just have to ask. I was having supper at a local restuarant and over heard some local Goldwingers that I knew talking about a trip they were taking the next day up along the Mississippi River up in NE Iowa. Back then I had a Honda Helix and asked one of the guys if he minded if I tagged along. At first he was suprised , then asked me if I really wanted to go and I said yes if you don't mind. It was one of the best rides of the year. Funny part was half way into the trip the lead Goldwinger asked me at the next gas stop our we going to fast? I said no you need to pick it up a little. We were only going about 50mph. Anyway it was one of my most enjoyable rides that summer. I thought back about that trip and was glad I just asked. I think they really enjoyed me riding with them even though they had their Gold Wing trikes and I was in the middle with my Helix! We're all in this together to have fun and enjoy this sport no matter what you ride.

Just keep at it and have fun!

Helix
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My first ride with the Harley riders in Sun City Anthem Las Vegas was to say the least, interesting. They appointed me "road leader" because I knew the way, yeah right! They set me up thinking I couldn't keep up. Well, they found out very quickly that I could. The next ride was very different, they knew what I could do and now, no big deal.
We went to a biker bar, mostly Harley types, and I just parked the AN 400 right next to the meanest looking Harley in the lot. No big deal, had a beer, said hello and rode on. Life is grand. :lol:
 

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Sorry for such the late post. Must be asleep at the switch. But now that I've meandered back to the gripes section....

Even though I now have a 650 (u 2 soon!)...I think that being vicarious is a leader to knowledge. Uh, with that being stupidly pecked...

At work, I am very good friends with my other fellow "bikist." There's a HUGE Gold Wing 1500, a cool 1200 sporty, and 3 (count 'em) 3! Road King cop bikes... and another new hog..(she just got it and I am not sure as to what model exactly it is - I only saw it once - from about 300 yards away). The two newer Kings are 03 models...fuel injected, less than 3000 miles not a nick on em etc. I like 'em al lot. The older one is a late 90s job (?) that is very very customized but is also an old Road King Cop Bike. Trick chrome, fancy cylinder heat sink work...the whole bit. All of these ppl are commissioned officers in the services or retired and now Govt Service.

I've been well recieved by all of them (my fellow faculty and staff) even tho I am not of the same demographic. I am a contractor, and I love it (5th year now at the same university). I can't tell you how nice it is to be able to know these people. Two of those people I have ridden with. Both always feed me positives and give me "intel" on the side like - Pete - the new student came in today and parked beside your scooter and just couldn't stop looking at it! It's just plain ass fun, simply put. My school hosts people from all over the world and I find it very rewarding to come scootin into the parking lot only to find an Italian LTC just staring at the Pie as I got thru the process of jacking it onto the center stand, popping open the trunk, turning off the stereo, shedding my leather and helmet - knowing the whole time she's thinking - "Manacha Modanna! Dove esta la machina co se in Napoli!?" (sorry I only sorta know broken neopolitan) This stuff may sound like bo-ha but it is the fact of my riding ebb and flow.

I am not one to "hook up" with ppl. I like my sovreinty. The less that anyone else has that I have the better.

Who wants another vanilla wrapper (uh...HOG :twisted: ?)

Just my two cents Rick.

Fair winds when you get the new burg.

pete.
 

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Once the other riders see what the Burgie can do, they change their tune (or at least shut their mouths after their jaw drops open) quickly. I ride with Valkeries, HDs, BMWs and Honda's. One HD rider was shocked when I kept up with him at 85 mph on my Burgie 400. :lol:
 

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Pete said:
I am not one to "hook up" with ppl. I like my sovreinty. The less that anyone else has that I have the better.
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Who wants another vanilla wrapper (uh...HOG :twisted: ?)

Just my two cents Rick.

Fair winds when you get the new burg.

pete.
Right on Pete.
We're individualists, we burger riders.
Hope I don't sound elitist, but I like to be different.
Prefer to think of myself as an early adapter, as they say in the computer biz. (Got my first home computer in 1984, a TI)


I do still like Harleys, but they have priced themselves way out of my reach.
I've reached a point now where comfort comes first ahead of cool.
Well almost ahead.
Burgs are cool 8)

Thanks for the "fair winds"
 

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I would personally rather ride alone and be in a class of one than be with like 200 other bikes, like the Harley riders. It's nice to ride with people, but sometimes I would rather ride alone or maybe with a couple other people.
 

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I like a balance of each! But I really do look forward to the SCRC group rides because we go places I would never go alone... at least not without stopping every 10 minutes to look at a map. The ride leaders plan these 300-mile rides through mountain & coastal roads that are absolutely breathtaking. Going at it alone requires too much concentration whereas in a group you get to enjoy the scenery and have the comfort of knowing that in the rare event something happens (ie, a tire goes out), people are there to help!
 

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I'm with JD on that one.

By myself or with a few people.

Large crowds anywhere put me off, whether on two wheels or two feet.

I used to like riding up at the cottage on a small dirt bike.
Old logging roads.

Stop on a crest overlooking a small lake, way back in the woods, cut the engine and just listen and breath, and soak it up. :D

(My wife is more into people and street lights.) :cry:
 

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Well, I'd love to ride with a group, but I'm the only super scooter in the area, and the Vespa club gave me the snub. "You can ride with us every now and then". But who wants to when you're not wanted? The impression I got was that they were intimidated by this strange new monster in their quiet neck of the woods. When I see groups of two or more bikes on the freeway, I just throttle up and join the pack to have the group experience. One guy actually stood up on his sport bike and turned around to see what was following him. Cool. Other riders seem surprised when I just slide up next to them (or even worse, pass) on a scooter. Some sport bike riders get touchy about it, and feel they have to prove their bike really does have more muscle than my 400. It takes some doing, though, since I can keep up with them unless they are riding something big and are willing to do something stupid on it (like exceed 85 mph in traffic). If they feel they have to assert their manliness by being an idiot just to prove their sport bike didn't get dissed by a scooter, they can. Usually, though, people just make room in the lane for me, and treat me and mine like I belong there. Nice feeling. Have to admit, the vespa smurfs pissed me off, though. I suppose you need a bad attitude if you have scooter deficiencies.
:bigsmurf:
 

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lilleyen said:
I do still like Harleys, but they have priced themselves way out of my reach.
Uhm, I'm thinking that you could have had a new Sportster for far less that the Exec. you're going for. At least you could have last fall.

Steve
 

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lilleyen said:
I do still like Harleys, but they have priced themselves way out of my reach.
Uhm, I'm thinking that you could have had a new Sportster for far less that the Exec. you're going for. At least you could have last fall.

Steve
You're right Steve, but then, the Sportster wouldn't be as comfortable or have all the goodies and storage the burg has.

And then I would be into spending a fortune on add on chrome goodies and stuck with endless hours of polishing it. :twisted:

I'm happy with my choice!
(If I ever get it. God it's been a long wait) :roll:
 
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