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I've been doing some soul searching. I've been contemplating what is was that motivated me to consider a maxi-scooter. Since there has been no advertising or promotion for this type of bike in the U.S. it is a wonder that I heard of them at all. There was no "You meet the nicest people on a Honda" campaign with regard to maxi-scooters. There was no television comercial showing two old men watching a cruiser go by and comment "If I had to do it all over again, I would have bought that Harley"... at least not with a maxi-scooter in consideration. Nor has there been an ad to the equivalent of "This isn't your father's Oldsmobile". It would have been a good idea, because this isn't your fathers scooter, you will meet the nicest people on a Burgman, and I have often found myself saying that if I had to do it all over again I would have bought that Burgman...(that blue one that I waited too long to decide upon).
So, what was it that moved me to desire a maxi-scooter?
It was the reviews written by owners. Heres a few that really got to me:

"I thought I'd miss my last streetbike, but as I got used to the (maxi-scooter) I decided it will certainly get me down the road to anyplace I want to go. It's also light enough to put on a bike trailer. I've ridden dirtbikes and streetbikes since 1985, and the (maxi-scooter) is as good or better than any of them. My husband, a 35 year veteran of riding, also thinks it's a great vehicle."

"It took me some time to even consider test riding a (maxi-Scooter). But when I decided to, I've never looked back and have never regretted my decision to buy my (Maxi-Scooter). The handling is great. I've been on highways, back roads, cities and even in the Smokies on this great bike. I've added a GIVI box and a Utopia backrest for the long trips I enjoy taking. I've enjoyed riding so much more since I have my (maxi-scooter) and I came from a Harley. I put a soft pet carrier on the back seat, strap it down and my pal Scruff goes with me. He loves it too! Don't let the word Scooter scare you away, and if you don't want to buy one, don't test ride one because you'll be hooked!"

"I traded in my Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 for a silver colored ’04 Silver Wing and I couldn’t be happier! The Vulcan was a great bike, as far as cruisers go, but I got tired of moving the excess weight around, scraping the floorboards in turns, and polishing the chrome. While I do like the cruiser idiom, I like the maxi-scooter platform better. The Silver Wing is lighter, faster, much quicker in turns, and gets better mileage (41-50 mpg). What’s more, it is more comfortable and confident in a greater variety of riding conditions, especially touring when fireroads are involved. This is my eleventh motorcycle in 30 years of riding. Many bikes are compromises, excelling in some areas, but limited in others. Each bike, although right for the moment, had its great features and thus has taught me about what I ultimately look for in a motorcycle, hence my 12 ideal features. Of course all of these ideal features are personal, although you may find you agree with some of them. The Silver Wing ABS has more of my 12 ideal features than any bike I've owned! The twelve features of my ideal motorbike are: Thy bike, above all, shall be fun to ride and own, giving one the sense you love your ride. Thy bike shall be reliable, whether thy road be city, country, fireroad, highway, mountain, or desert. Thy bike must have good brakes, tires, and wheels giving confidence for riding and stopping in a variety of terrain. They should ideally be disc brakes with ABS. Tires should have good tread, ideally tubeless radial tires on mag wheels. Thy bike shall be flickable, i.e. light-weight with good handling and suspension, regardless of road, weather, or traffic condition. Thy bike shall be thrifty and economical: having good gas mileage and range, and being inexpensive to own, operate, and maintain. Parts and accessories should not be expensive or hard to obtain. Thy bike shall be comfortable, with a relaxed standard seating position (feet not too far forward or back), and be easy to maneuver, park, and operate. It should be able to travel long distances, a trip to the corner store, or a ‘U’ turn in comfort. Floorboards and/or highway pegs, giving a variety of foot positions are preferable. Ideally it should have a large and comfortable seat for both driver and passenger. Thy bike shall have easy to read gauges and instruments such as speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge, temperature gauge, trip meters, and a clock. Thy bike shall have a strong reliable engine: having ample horsepower and torque, using liquid cooling, either oil or water, but preferably water to ensure long engine life. Thy bike shall have good weather protection, ideally a frame mounted windshield/fairing, small enough to see over, but large enough to deflect high speed winds. Additional wind protection for the legs is an added plus. Thy bike shall have fuel injection to ensure easy starts and operation in all climatic conditions. Thy bike shall have an effective way to carry personal luggage, or be able to be easily fitted with saddlebags, topcases, or a luggage rack. Thy bike shall have a centerstand, preferably as standard equipment, to make loading, parking, and maintenance easier."

"Biking since 1968. Rode everything.Mostly Harleys. Liked all the bikes except Guzzi and BMW. Got tired of riding and looking at Harley Davidsons. Too common. Everyone is riding them. Bought an '04 Silver Wing and revitalized my interest in biking. It will leave a stock H-D in the dust. Smooth and just great fun to ride and take trips. No shifting and easy to do your own tune-up at little cost. Some wind buffeting with no helmut in AZ. With helmut it's okay. This bike gets attention. I get 50 to 59 MPG. I think this will be my final bike."

"Took 2 trips in 2004 - first to Colorado and Utah and later to Yellowstone from the Minneapolis area. Bike ran fine at all speeds - held 75 MPH all day going across Nebraska and Colorado. Over all averaging 46 MPG with top mileage of 58 MPG, when I behave. The scooter was great fun in the mountains. People have given me more compliments on the Burgman than on any other bike I have owned."

"I was looking to buy a new motorcycle because I was bored with my Voyager, probably a Goldwing or a big cruiser, like a Nomad or Victory. I test drove a Goldwing and a Burgman, bought the Burgman decided this was my new machine. It rides great, very comfortable and smooth. I will be excited when it has more miles (only 200) on it and so I can rev the engine up higher per break in instructions. The Burgman runs approximately 60 mph at 4000 rpm, redlines at 8,500. Installed a backrest, throttle lock, vinyl pin striping and will install a bigger windshield (Clear view Windscreens, Bailey Colorado) for my passengers comfort and me. If you are 6' or over there is too much wind at the helmet level for comfort for both people with the stock windshield. The only thing I will miss from my big touring bike is the radio. The Burgman looks like a sportbike except form the side or a wing but then you see the step through frame, neat. It is high tech, triple discs and all and will be great for touring, around town commuting or campground use. I may even purchase a second one for family or friends use. Even non-motorcyclist can learn to ride a Burgman."

"From the moment I got on one for a test run. I was sold. Absolute comfort, terrific power pickup, great braking and the transmission is flawless, A real head turner. Great touring bike. I wouldn’t ever change back to a normal bike.....happiness is a Burgman."

Happiness is a Burgman. What a great line. That man should write copy.
And Suzuki should advertise its maxi-scooter with such testimony.
 
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