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Hello all,

I live in North GA and am considering taking my 2006 Suzuki Bergman 400 on a trip to Tampa, FL this summer. I will be avoiding interstates and stopping about every 100-125 miles or so to stretch, gas up, eat, etc. Google Maps says it will take about 10.5 hours. The bike has close to 40,000 miles on it. I will be changing the brakes, getting a new rear tire put on, and taking it in for oil change/inspection, etc. before I head off. What do you think? Can the 400 handle such a trip?? Thanks!
 

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Why not........??????? Go for it! If you havent had any problems on the road.........so far - it will do the job for you... :thumbup: :thumbup:
 

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Thanks for the feedback. I'm thinking I'll give her a go!
 

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What do you think? Can the 400 handle such a trip?? Thanks!
Oh yes - with ease - and a lot of fun too. In September, I took a ride from deep south Texas to Columbus, GA, on my '08 400 and put over 3,000 miles on the scoot. Take a look at the story I wrote about the trip. http://burgmanusa.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=59304 You might also want to read the comments I made about the bike itself and how well it did on such a long ride. http://burgmanusa.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=47&t=59311

To give you and idea how much I enjoyed it, I will be riding to Las Vegas, NV, in April. I'm not worried about the bike at all.

Be sure to let us know how your trip works out - we're always up for some good road stories.
 

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Comanche,

Thanks so much! This is the feedback I'm looking for. I'll definitely check out your posts and let you know how my trip goes. Thanks again!
 

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Go for it....last July I rode from Lafayette, Ind. up to Virginia, Minn, about 70 miles north
of Duluth, to meet some other Burgman riders. Was there a couple of days, then
the 3 of us went up to Grand Marais (Grand Ma-ray) up on the north shore
of Lake Superior, very near Thunder Bay, Canada, & met a couple of other riders.
We spent 2 days riding around there, & up the Gunflint Trail before the original
3 of us returned to Virginia, Minn.
I spent a couple of more days there..including a trip over to Hibbing..the 'ice-box' of Minn.
So...will your 400 be able to do it ??? Sure. Can your butt stand it ???
That's another question. Don't worry about the scooter...worry about YOU.
 

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I regularly do 400+ mile day trips on my 400. Longest trip it has been on was a week long trip that coverted well over 2000 miles.
 

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No problem if the bike is well maintained. Good tires, belt, brakes and check the oil regularly and things should be fine.
I have gone to Tennessee, Alabama, Florida and the Carolina's from the Atlanta area on my 2005 400 and it handles it fine.
Florida is famous for the way their roads wear tires so keep that in mind too.
 

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Check your oil when you fill up, even if you just changed it. Enjoy!
 

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Since you are going to be stopping every 100-125 miles, you are just taking a couple of weeks worth of day trips.
 

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if you are interested in a cup of bad coffee and a free meal on the way thru shoot me a pm
 

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Lula, yep as the guys say, just get on and ride. I've toured all over europe on big bikes before now. But my Burgman 400 is the first scooter I've ever owned. To be honest, it has to be one of the best tourers for big trips I've owned. It really is, and so comfortable. Oh yeah, the big bikes can go faster by some but keeping to 70-75mph on the Burgman is also good fun. You can see the countryside and enjoy the ride. The best thing is you can move about in the saddle quite a bit if you need to on those long hauls to stay comfortable. My Vstrom 1000 and GSX1400, also good bikes, were not as comfortable for me on big trips. But I did go faster, too fast much of the time, often in triple digits to meet deadlines etc etc. I often combined work with pleasure. You don't need to have any worries about the B400's capabilities, just check the oil often as the guys are saying and carry a little spare in the trunk. Coolant too. Make sure the hoses are ok before you set off. Have fun.
 

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Comfort is the key in long trips. Speed is awesome, but you lose vigilance pretty fast too as miles accumulate. More concentration needed on the road, less noticeable things around become.
 
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