Jerry,cyclechamp1982 said:I am now the proud owner of a 2005 Burgman 650, having "moved up" from a 2003 Silver Wing. In the less then 2 weeks that I have owned the bike I have put over 800 miles on it. So far, I really like it, but I do have a major complaint. The instrutment panel (actually, the clear shield over the panel) is slanted at such an angle that (IMHO) it is close to creating a dangerous situation. When the Sun is over my shoulder (morning and evening) there is a glare on that screen that is just like looking at the Sun! If I even glance at the instrument panel, I am momentarily blinded, followed by the bright flashes one gets after flash photography! When the Sun is from the front, then I see such a strong reflection of my helmet, that it obscures the panel. I would like to see Suzuki do something about this problem. After today's ride, I felt like writing the NTSB and alerting them to this problem before it causes a serious accident. The angle of the clear plastic shield should be changed so that the reflections don't hit the rider right in the face.
Jerry in FL
Welcome to BurgmanUSA.
I don't think they could possibly change the angle to work for all riders. It all depends on the rider's height. I have never encountered the glare that is bothering you. I haven't heard anyone else mention it before either - although that doesn't necessarily mean that there aren't other folks affected by it.
My problem with that instrument display is different. I am 6'6" tall so I am looking down at it at a steeper angle than most riders. When the sun shines on it from some angles, I can barely read the big speedometer numerals - and everything else on the display is unreadable. This happens fairly frequently, and when it does, it really makes me hate that whole foolish digital display concept. But shorter riders may never experience that problem.
Perhaps they could do something with the material that the panel is made of to suppress glare, which might resolve both of our problems.
I would love to see them ditch that whole concept and go back to conventional instrumentation such as the 400 and the SW have. There are others who love the "video arcade" dash - for me it simply doesn't work well.