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At first I thought I was seeing things while walking back to my bike, after doing a double take it was actually a BMW Sport 600 in the flesh. I'm not looking to bash or berate the BMW scooters but after sitting there for 30 minutes looking the machine over I came away unimpressed. Most of the plastic bits seem to be cheap/flimsy, the cockpit looks to be cramped, that front fender sure is strange and the paint job with that satin finish makes the bike look like it has been sitting in direct Sun for several years and well used already. This was my 1st viewing of either of the BMW scooters and was on my short list along with the 2012 or 2013 Exec, I'm sure it is a good machine but definitely not my cup of tea, I'm glad I went with the 2012 Exec.

Here are 2 pics of the bike I was looking at.



 

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It could have had more blue and less of that sand color for me...after all blue is the faster color. 8)
Nice pics you took!
 

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Are you kidding that look So Small , Compared to other bikes But i guess it's the Camera, YOU THINK! :(

Elliott,
 

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I examined both BMW scoots very closely at the LA Moto show last December. I immediately disliked the C600, and while the 650GT has some nice attributes, I too felt it was flashy yet cheap looking with a bad cockpit layout. I will give it a test ride before my next scooter purchase in 2015, but I see another Burgman 650 in my future.
 

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I have to admit that after sitting on the 650 model at the dealership I was less enthused about it. I'm 6 foot tall and felt that I woud not be flatfooted at rest.

It also seemed to be cramped to me. I didn't think the cockpit layout was that bad. Well no matter, it's out of my price range anyway and I'm keeping the current scoot for about 3 years before I even look at another.
 

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One of the people I ride with has the GT in black and gray[ in addition to a 2013 Street Glide ] and he let me ride it. I am 6' 2" and I found it ok. It is a nice machine but having said that, I just purchased my third Burgman-a 2012 650 after 30,000 miles on an '06 and 27,000 miles on an '08 so comparatively you know what my thoughts are. 8)
 

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I have ridden BMW bikes for years and I looked at their scooter as soon as it was available. I didn't ride it because the seat was high. I sold my first 3 BMWs because of the seat height and I only have my current one because it is the discontinued R1200CLC with a low cruiser seat. Also, everyone seems to forget that it requires premium fuel.
 

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I wanted one but after sitting on it I didn't even have to test ride it. Again, seat too high. The windshield is too narrow as well. I do like the access to the back wheel & the remote tire pressure gage but that's not enough.
I was giving serious consideration to a 2012 650 Bergman they were offering for $8000 but thankfully someone else has already bought it.
 

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>>I have ridden BMW bikes for years and I looked at their scooter as soon as it was available. I didn't ride it because the seat was high.<<

Same on this end! I too have had several Beemers over the years, and high seats have been their trademark. I would have thought that would not be the case with their scooters, but old habits are hard to break. Even without this I wouldn't buy a BMW scooter, as their pricing is too high, as are their service & parts costs. Now that I have a Burgman 400 I'll probably be getting rid of my BMW K75, that is if I want to keep peace in the family! :wink:
 

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I also saw my 1st BMW here in my town and fitted out nicely with saddlebags and a nice top box....! I am also pretty sure that it was gray color...!
 

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Daboo said:
YogiBabu said:
its a Kymco

That's a plus!

Chris

Yes definitely plus for go to scrap yard, after for be sent back to China, come back as more China scrap, then cycle start again.
 

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Can get a nice R1200r used for the out the door price of the scoot. :shock:
 

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I thought it was bad enough to have Harley riders rag on our preference of rides. But for our fellow scooter riders to rag on what we ride, well thats just sad. I would hope we would have a little more respect for each other. :evil: I guess there are a** holes in every group of riders. I say ride what you like you only need to make yourself happy. Well maybe your significant other also. :thumbup:
 

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Agreed. It bothers me that people diss the "Kymco" association with the BMW scooters. Does the engine perform, or not? Actually, I've never heard a complaint about the engine. With BMW putting their faith and trust in Kymco to produce the engine...the manufacturer of the engine should not be a negative. It means BMW did their homework and decided the Kymco folks know what they are doing...and could do it as well as BMW could.

After owning a Kymco for a year, I can testify that they are just as good of quality as any manufacturer in the world. I choose to buy a Burgman after owning a Kymco, but the Kymco name had nothing to do with that. They are just as good as any equivalent Suzuki product on the market. So get over it. :( Find a reason based on fact, and not on prejudice and name calling.

So my challenge to all the posters who want to associate the Kymco name with being a negative to the BMW scooters is ...can you point to any fact about how that is bad? I'll be surprised if you can.

So now, what do you not like about the BMW scooter besides that? Or what do you like about the BMW scooter?

I've seen posters talk about the ergonomics...about how high the seat was, or how they didn't "fit". But that has nothing to do with who made the engine.

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Daboo said:
It means BMW did their homework and decided the Kymco folks know what they are doing
BMW had their homework done by Kymco to get the maximum profit from the Beemer badge. Didn't have Kymco myself but had a trustworthy mechanic who swore he would never deal with it again :D

It should be selling at Dollar stores somewhere in between the toys and the disposal bags section
 

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I had a Kymco and found it to be a high quality bulletproof machine the only complaint I can lodge against the Kymco brand is that getting replacement parts was a PIA otherwise I was completely happy with it.
 
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