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Hi all,

I will receive my Burgman 650 the day after tomorrow.
So, it’s time to tell something about myself

Name: Luis Senna da Silva Duarte
Age: 41
Work in largest private bank in Portugal and I live in Lisbon.

Hobbies: RC Sailboats and On-Line gamming

I started riding bikes at the age of 11 in Macau (south east China) with a Kawasaki 100.
Since then I had a lot of motorcycles….

But my age told me that I should leave the RR bikes and settle for something more comfortable. So my choice, after enquiring this forum, went to the Burgman 650. I had a T-Max 500 but the weight of the Burg… had me worried a bit.

Every year I make 3000 to 4000 km on the open road to see the MotoGP in Jerez and Valencia (my favourite track). We have the Estoril track, but you must go very early to get a good spot.

I have some good connections on the MotoGP and SBK circus, so I get very good passes.

;)

Some RR friends of mine told me “WHAT ???!!!!! you bought a Burgman 650 ??? Are you crazy ???”

I told them… “So what ??!! The Burgman is a very good bike for touring and plain fun”

So, if anyone is coming to Lisbon, I would be very happy to show you around this fantastic country that is called PORTUGAL.

Good food
Good weather
Good beaches
Good people

Cheers

Luís Duarte
 

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Greetings and congrats Luis. Thanks for the invite. I would love to come to your country and see a motoGP race. However I can't see that happening any time soon. Have fun with your new ride and don't be embarassing your RR buddies in the twisties with your Burgman.
 

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Hi Luis and welcome!

Thanks for the invite - bit late I was in Estoril 2 years ago! :cry:

Don't worry about the weight of the Lardy - if you coped with the TMAX you should notice very little difference BUT be careful how you park you can not 'duck walk' this up any sort of slope.
 

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I seem to have noticed a pattern here. No matter where we may travel, all we have to do is check this website & the memberlist & profiles, and there is probably somebody there willing to meet us to share a ride. Sorta like some of my HAM radio contacts.....friends we just haven't met yet. :)
 

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I spotted your callsign in your avator right away. There are at least 4 hams that I know of on BurgmanUSA. Had a 5/8 's antenna on my Ruckus cabled to a handheld.....haven't got an antenna on my Burg yet...but eventually I will. :D
 

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kc4pbl said:
Duster I am a ham also...
Duster said:
I spotted your callsign in your avator right away. There are at least 4 hams that I know of on BurgmanUSA. ...
Hmmm. I wonder if it's time for me to take on another avocation.

Many years ago, back in the '60s, a man who lived up the street used to let me come watch him operate...K7KYH, probably a "silent key" by now. I used to enjoy sitting in his shack watching him do DX to far-off, exotic locales.

He had a great big Halicrafters transmitter running into a linear amplifier the size of a bookcase (this was vacuum-tube days, of course), and a seperate receiver. He worked voice some, but was mostly doing Morse...definitely a dying art these days.

I did some radio work as an Emergency Services Officer in the CAP in the '80s, but mostly that was done by our squadron's Comm Officer and the cadets.

-.-. --.-

If anyone has any suggestions for books to bring me up to date on rules, equipment, etc. please shoot me a PM.

Thanks.
 

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Hi there luis.
Good choice of bike/scooter. I'm sure you'll have many good rides. The closest GP race we can get to here in New Zealand is over the ditch in Austalia at Phillip Island. Would be great to get to see some of the European races with a bike tour thrown in. Have fun on the Burg.
 

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Hi all,

Today is a great day !
At 17 hours (Lisbon time) my Burgman will be ready !

YES
YES
YES

Pictures tomorrow !!!!!!!!!!

I'm so happy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cheers

Luís
 

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Luis - I know exactly how you feel!

When it arrives you will 'feel like a dog with two dicks'! :lol:
 

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Ok, here's the first report from Lisbon - Portugal on the new bike.

- Very stable
- Engine braking a bit strong
- Nice brakes
- My back doesn't hurt... well I just made 5 km hi hi hi
- Very comfortable
- Nice power range
- The left handle bar a bit confusing... lots of buttons
- S.A.I.S - Electronic Anti theft by SUZUKI
- Good rear view mirrors
- A bit high for me

Well that’s for know… more news later today… as we go into night riding

Cheers

Luís
“a very, very, very happy guy!!!!”

PS: The rear suspension is on number 2
 

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Sounds like you are having fun Luis - keep the reports coming.

When you get a moment let us know what the engine idle speed is when hot - and try suspension on 4! :)
 

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I have found 4 to be the best compromise of comfort/stability.
 

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Luis I found this post on another forum which I thought may be of interest to you:

From: Paul Blezard <[email protected]>
Date: Thu Jul 28, 2005 9:47 am
Subject: Re: Rear Shock Settings piedevant
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On 28/7/05 2:00 am, "Cain, Larry" <[email protected]> wrote:

> For a shock to operate properly, my understanding is that the spring
> pre-load should locate the shock at the midway point in it's travel measured
> when the scoot is loaded for riding (one-up, two-up, etc.). The rationale
> is this produces the maximum possible travel both when the wheel falls into
> a dip as well as when it hits a bump. Shock travel, especially in turns, is
> critical for maintaining traction.
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> How can a setting of 5 result in the correct setting for all weight riders -
> with or without passengers or loads?
>
The simple, short answer is that the rear shock absorbers are a bit soggier
than they should be !
In other words, the max setting is about where the middle setting *ought* to
be!
Bearing in mind the huge weight of the Burger King and its pathetically
small amount of power (compared to any motorcycle of similar capacity)
Breaking traction in turns is not a problem.
Remember, I've raced my Burger at three circuits in France, both wet and
dry, one of which was Le Mans and while ground clearance was an 'issue',
especially on the left, due to the sidestand support lug digging in, I did
not have a problem with tyre grip.
On the circuits I was running empty with the shocks on max.
The footboards got worn through, but I stayed rubber side down.
And I was only running mid-field......
Some people swear by the French-made Fournales air shocks as replacements
for the standard units but while I heartily recommend their shocks for
transforming the handling of the 'hinged-in-the-middle' Silver Wing, I tried
them on a friend's machine and didn't think they made enough difference to
be worth the expense on a Burger King.
PNB
 
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