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Okay folks...I'm new to scooters and looking for a 650. I'm 48 and never owned a scooter. I've had a couple of cycles and a Can Am Spyder. There is something about the Burgman that I really like, but can't explain...Anyway, back to the question....

How old are you?....

I've got friends that are giving me grief for even considering a scooter. I know that age doesn't matter, I'm curious what the average age of the forum members are....Just wondering....Thanks...

Michael....:)
 

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First off as this is your first post I'd like to say welcome. At 48 you are by no means the youngest on this forum. You are also no where near the oldest. I've seen quite a few post from folks in their 80's. Me I have you beat by 19 years, but I did by my fist Burgman 4 years ago so does that make it 15 years.:rolleyes:
 

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Welcome to the forums and congrats on the new ride.

When this was asked in 2007, we got 144 responses and the avg. age was 48.13 years. They aged from 20 to into 80 years old. I'm 62 and my F.I.L. still rides and he is 78.

Most of us older folk have rode all types through out the years and finally decided for comfort over the thrills. Been there got the T-shirt and don't feel our manhood is threatened by riding a maxi-scooter.
 

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That is exactly what I was looking for...Thanks for making me feel that I'm just old enough!!!!

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The 650 is really a motorcycle under the plastic. It's engine is mounted on the frame compared to a true scooter with it mounted on the swingarm. It gets the step thru by having a parallel twin laid horizontally instead of up right like most twins. This accommodates those people with hip, knee and back problems which make it difficult to throw a leg over the seat.
 

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Okay folks...I'm new to scooters and looking for a 650. I'm 48 and never owned a scooter. I've had a couple of cycles and a Can Am Spyder. There is something about the Burgman that I really like, but can't explain...Anyway, back to the question....

How old are you?....

I've got friends that are giving me grief for even considering a scooter. I know that age doesn't matter, I'm curious what the average age of the forum members are....Just wondering....Thanks...

Michael....:)
I don't understand them giving you grief about a scooter if they didn't with the Can Am Spyder. I think a scooter is more youthful and "manly" than a Spyder. At least you have to be able to balance.

Shortly after they came out, I thought about a Spyder. The more I researched and thought about it, the less I wanted a Spyder. To me, they have the disadvantages of both a motorcycle and a car. They use more gas than my car. They take up the parking space, garage speace and the road space of a small car. There is no weather protection. They cost as much or more than a car (they have gone from $15,000-29,000 to $20,000-30,000). They don't lean (would drive me crazy). You're exposed to the dangers of a motorcycle.
 

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First post here. I am 64 and have been riding since I was 14. This (the Burgman AN650 K5 is my18th bike and my only street bike at this time. I still ride dual sport bikes (which is an addiction and my real passion). The 650 is my second maxi scooter with the first being a Silverwing. The Burgy can dance circles around a SW any day. I love it.
 

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I am just a mere 42 and bought my 650 in May after riding a Kymco GV for a couple of years. These were the first bikes that I had riden since about age 22 when a friend and I shared a bike.
 

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After 40 years of riding everything from dirt bikes to Harley FLH I've finally found my perfect bike. I've loved every bike I've ever owned for one reason or another but for my riding preferences now my AN650 is all I'll probably ever need. I'm 60 years old, have a real bad right leg, and average 1000 miles a week of recreational riding. Depending on what Honda does, I will look very hard at the new generation of Gold Wings and a trike isn't out of the question either.

Who cares what people think about what you ride? I'd be willing to bet a good number of Harley riders would trade for a Burgman if they could get past their big fat egos...
 

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81 and on my 4th Burgman.

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66 here , fellow bikers ask "what's with all the scooters" I say "I shifted for 52 years and I've shifted ENOUGH" . Really , I got to the point where running errands around town with all the up and down shifting , just became to much of a chore . I've got a Big Ruckus , a Tmax and now a 650 Burg and I'm never ever going back to a manual .

TheReaper!
 

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Thanks for all the positive comments.....This makes me even more anxious to find my first 650....Until then, I'll keep combing through posts learning as much as I can.

Michael
 

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I didn't begin riding a motorized two wheel anything until I was 53, a little Honda Elite which was replaced by a Burgman 400 a couple months later. I'm now 61 and on my second 400 and second 650.

I'm guessing that if each of us had perfect health and sport bike, a tourer, a cruiser and a Burgman in the garage, the Burgman would be the most ridden bike.

If the question is "what is the best bike?" the answer has to be the one you ride the most.
 

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Riding for 41 years, am 64 years old. Currently have a Burgman 650, Kymco Grandvista 250, and (horror of all horrors!!) a Harley Road King. Enjoy all of them. Well, actually, the Kymco is my wife's, but she seldom rides it, so I get to play with it for most of its miles. If the Burgman had a true cruise control, like the Harley, it would check just about all of the boxes for me.

On a side note, when riding either of the scooters and giving "the wave" to fellow riders on "real" motorcycles, I get about 50% wave back. I generally turn my wave into the "Hawaiian Good Luck gesture" at my fellow cool-dude Harley non-wavers, especially if we made eye contact. I guess I have issues.
 

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I have had 18 motorcycles.

Including a

Spyder RTS and Trailer

8 Goldwings,

3 Big cruisers,

a couple of sport bikes 750 and liter bike

a Vstrom 1000

and others

51 years young

Your only as old as you smell, that smell is blue cheese
 

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It's been a year and 24K miles since I came over to the pastel side. Before the Burgman I had never considered a scooter. Hadn't even heard of a Burgman until a new rider on the cruiser forum I frequented listed it as the bike he came from. When I started reading this forum my wife glanced over my shoulder and wanted to know what was up with this Bugman forum.

Since the vast majority of my riding is commuting (probably 20 of the 24 K), the lack of shifting is a big plus for riding a scooter. The whole time I rode a cruiser, every bike I'd pass would bring thoughts of "Could that be my next bike?" Now that I'm on the IceBurg the only question is whether my next bike will be another 400 or a 650.

Almost forgot, I'm 60, my name is Rick and I ride a scooter.
 

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How old are you

I'm 81, live in akron oh. I've own several bikes since 1974 and this my first scooter. i bought a 400 2012 new in June and have 1200 mi. On it. I plan on ridding the Dragon in mid - Sept. FYI I bought a non-locking gas cap at napa.p/n bk7031589 $6.00.
 

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Been riding my 650 for 5 years, I'm now 74 years old.
 
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