Wow, a "street fighter" reviews the Burgman 400. Underpowered? I can never understand reviewers that expect all two wheeled vehicles to perform like sport bikes. Blowing off minivans and weaving in and out of traffic? Not a very good endorsement of safe riding habits.
How about a test where the rider commutes 30 mles to work every day? Who has enough room to carry a briefcase and raingear and can pick up groceries or take-out on the way home. On the weekends the rider likes to take "sporty" (10-15 mph over the limit) stints out on the country roads with plenty of twists and turns. Now we're having fun.
I'm still rather new to bikes; I've not completed my first year of motorcycle/scooter ownership yet. However, I'm beginning to notice a trend. Apparently, motorcycle owners are not expected to actually _ride_ their bikes. Instead, they buy them primarily as conversation pieces. "My Kawazuki Jaccuzi will do 0-60 MPH in three tenths of a second!" "Oh, yeah? Well, my Honley Testosterous holds the curves better!" Yet it all remains theory, because neither owner will take their bike out except on the one weekend a year when the weather is just perfect, and even then will only ride it long enough to be Seen By Others as doing so. Neither will ever become proficient enough to properly utilize their machine's capabilities.
We seem to be a different breed entirely. A friend who's been a fountain of wisdom on bikes (he's ridden for thirty years) once asked me how many miles I had on my Burgy. At that point I'd put on 3k in three months; I felt a bit guilty that it wasn't more, as I'd driven the cage many times when I hadn't really needed to. His eyebrows rose, and I found out that this figure exceeded his last three years of riding.
Since then, I've understood why the "practical" features we value so much are never even mentioned by so many reviewers. We buy Burgmans to ride. Others buy their bikes as art objects or status symbols, while we actually use them for getting around. Therefore, the two groups value their bikes in different ways.
Wow, right on Jersey & Lapine Rider. I would have bought a scooter 5 years ago if they had one that was at least a 250 cc. Since that was non-existant in my area I opted for a motorcyle all the while pining for a scooter. So finally the B's came along and I am absolutely thilled to death for all the same reasons as Jersey stated earlier. I have finally been able to take my scoot down by the river, store my helmet, jacket, gloves, boots, and whatever else I have in the trunk and not worry about someone stealing it. If they do steal the dang thing, the theives will probably take the whole scoot and then Gads! :? I will have to buy another new scooter. 8)
The only thing I have to worry about now is where to put the parking tag on the scoot without someone else stealing it, since it is out in the open.
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