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Hi, I'm just joining in from Dallas, Georgia.

I am not currently a Burgman rider, but probably will be when I upgrade my scooter the next time. I ride an Aprilia Scarabeo 200, and it's just a little too small for my needs. I do like the gas economy, but will be OK trading some of that for some additional power.

My scooter is primarily for commuting to work, with some fun times on weekends with local scooter club rides.
The negatives of my Aprilia is that it is too small for even a short interstate trip. It tops out at about 71mph, but that is really pushing it. My ride to work is about 30-35 miles each way, depending on the route I take. The route is mostly on 55mph highways where everyone drives at 60 - 65.

For my next ride, I've been looking at the Yamaha Majesty, Honda Silverwing, or one of the Burgmans. I've pretty much narrowed it down to one of the Burgmans, but I'm not sure if I want to go with the 400 or the 650. I'm hoping to get knowledge from this board to help me decide which way to go.

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Welcome Mike...
you have a nice list, but what it will come down to is,
what 'fits' you best...what dealer service you have available,
what fits your budget. Each persons case is different.
Good luck
 

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Burgman’s: My buddy rides a 07 – 400 and loves it. He also has a FJR when he wants something a little more. He has never had any trouble staying with me on my 06 – 650EX. I believe the 650 has more comfort but you give up mileage and weight.

I know you will be happy with either model. Just a note that I had a Silver Wing before my Burgman and would never go back to the Silver Wing, I also have a 2012 Gold Wing when I need to do some serious traveling. But the Burgman’s are great! :cheers:
 

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Hi Mike, and welcome from the hills of E TN! I switched from motorcycles (all kinds) to a Burgman 650 a couple years ago, and I really loved everything about it but the weight and seat height. This year I bought a BabyBurg 400 and while it may not be as fast, it is quicker with more nimble handling. It's much lighter and the lower seat is easier to get this 70-year-old butt onto. Either one works well. Enjoy!
 

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Hi Mike, and welcome from the hills of E TN! I switched from motorcycles (all kinds) to a Burgman 650 a couple years ago, and I really loved everything about it but the weight and seat height. This year I bought a BabyBurg 400 and while it may not be as fast, it is quicker with more nimble handling. It's much lighter and the lower seat is easier to get this 70-year-old butt onto. Either one works well. Enjoy!
I have been very happy with the 08 400 I was able to buy last fall due to your procrastination. I rode a friend's 650 before I bought the 400 and I think I made the right decision. It is more nimble and flickable than the 650 on the mountain roads I ride on and has power as I never carry a passenger. I rode my BMW R1200CLC for the first time last week since I put the Burgman on the road last fall. My friend with the 650 said he has to make himself occasionally ride his BMW R1200RT since he got his scooter. He is going to ride his BMW to the BMW rally in Salem, Oregon this summer since it has cruise and it is 2,741 miles each way. He is 70 and another friend who is riding with him is 77. With their planned sightseeing, they will ride about 7,000 miles on their trip. I don't think I could to that now at 65.
 

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Out of your list of scoots I would go with either of the 400's! The Majesty and Burgman 400 both are very competent machines with better MPG than the Silverwing or Burgman 650 and much easier to maneuver in and around town. But like Duster said it is all about YOU and what fits Your Needs!
 

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Hello from North GA!

We are in Ellijay and have two Burgmans, a 400 and a 650. Both are excellent motorcycles / scooters and fun to drive. If you do mostly commuting and some longer rides every now and then, then the 400 is great. If you do more longer rides or a lot of two up riding then the 650 would be better.

I ride my wife's 400 and most of the time it would do just about anything you would want to do. It is a little lighter and easier to ride, but the 650 is more of a serious motorcycle and has some better creature comforts. It is a trade off, the 400 is less expensive, better gas mileage and easier to ride, better for everyday commuting, verses the 650 is more expensive good gas mileage but much better for 2 up and longer rides and has some better creature comforts such as adj levers, adj windshield and faster more refined ECVT transmission.

if you are much over 6 foot or 200 pounds the 650 would be your better choice!

Try both and see what fits you best and then take a run up to the North Ga Mountains and take a cruise with our local cruise group (NorthGeorgiamotorcycle.com)! :thumbup:

Drop me a PM and come over to Ellijay for a visit!

Gary
 

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StingrayHawaii said:
Hello from North GA!

We are in Ellijay and have two Burgmans, a 400 and a 650. Both are excellent motorcycles / scooters and fun to drive. If you do mostly commuting and some longer rides every now and then, then the 400 is great. If you do more longer rides or a lot of two up riding then the 650 would be better.

I ride my wife's 400 and most of the time it would do just about anything you would want to do. It is a little lighter and easier to ride, but the 650 is more of a serious motorcycle and has some better creature comforts. It is a trade off, the 400 is less expensive, better gas mileage and easier to ride, better for everyday commuting, verses the 650 is more expensive good gas mileage but much better for 2 up and longer rides and has some better creature comforts such as adj levers, adj windshield and faster more refined ECVT transmission.

if you are much over 6 foot or 200 pounds the 650 would be your better choice!

Try both and see what fits you best and then take a run up to the North Ga Mountains and take a cruise with our local cruise group (NorthGeorgiamotorcycle.com)! :thumbup:

Drop me a PM and come over to Ellijay for a visit!

Gary
Thanks Gary! I've ridden my Scarabeo to Elijay before. You live in a lovely area. (We have vacationed there before, too!) Maybe this summer I could tag along on a ride with you guys!

I have pretty much decided the 400 would suit me better for all around riding on the commute, and pleasure trips. I'm right at 6 feet, but about 165 lbs, so the 400 should carry me adequately. My wife is deathly afraid of 2 wheels, so she would never ride with me. I think she got scared once many years ago when her brother took her on a ride on his Sportster at high speeds on twisty roads.
 
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