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Hello Ed from Bowling Green, Kentucky. I am Doug and understand about the hip. I have a bad left hip. Had a stent placed in the artery going to that hip that helped a lot with it although it still gives me grief.

Know that in my opinion, the Burgman is probably the best motorcycle I have owned. The seat is less than ideal though. I took the stock seat buttrest off of mine to give me room on the seat and added a backrest. Still need to get a seat that is padded better for my bony butt (or a seat pad that will work if I can). To give you some idea of my body type I am 5 foot 9 inches tall and weigh 245 pounds. I am 62 and have a handful of medical problems including Rheumatoid Arthritis. Maybe that will help you with some ideas about the purchase of your bike.

Where do you live? Hopefully close.

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Hi Doug, I'm located about 75 miles from Bowling Green near the small town of Nortonville, 42442. I'm 6'-1" and with a bit of a "beerbelly". One of the things I liked about this scooter is he has already put an aftermarket seat with nice backrest on it to make it more "big-ole-boy" friendly. I'm hoping the lighter weight and the step-through design will make my left hip happier. Some days I just couldn't get either leg high enough to throw over the seat of the Shadow. Maybe after I get this deal consimated and the weather warms abit, we can meet up half-way and I'll buy you an RC cola and a moonpie. How does that sound.

Ed
Sounds great!

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Thanks everyone for making me feel so welcome and I don't even have a Burgman in my name.... YET! This weather has sure thrown a monkey wrench into the cogs of my plans.

Hi Thomphoto, I'll be looking forward to meeting up with you this Spring. Who knows, we might end up at Moonlite Barbeque, have'nt been there in awhile. Would love to check out your K11 to see how you've got her dolled up.

Thanks guys for the heads-up on the "lever-on-the-left". I had not thought about it before, but after 50 years of that being the clutch...... it'll take some getting used to. Hopefully the B'man will have me B'men an ear-to-ear smile so big it will override my screw-ups. Come on sunshine!
Neat, all three of us could meet at Moonlight (one of my favorite Barbeque places).

Oh, the head up on the left lever. It only took me a couple of rides to get the mental gear changed to think brake not clutch. Now when I ride my V-Strom I have to make that mental "this is the clutch" thing.

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Sounds good Doug. Locals here like Old Hickory BBQ better tho.
My son does too however I prefer Moonlight. I would never be able to be a restaurant reviewer, that's for sure.

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Hey guys, I finally got the weather to cooperate and was able to go North and check out the scooter. It looks great and has several extras the owner forgot to mention. Didn't get to ride her much because she wouldn't run for crapp. Or, should I say she runs like crapp, spitting, sputtering, backfiring, hesitating and so on. Then all of a sudden she comes alive and takes off like a scalded dog. So hard and fast you have to roll off the throttle, and then it starts pissing and moaning again and refuses to get going.

Upon talking more to the owner, it was determined the gas in the tank was about six months old. We tried to siphon the old gas out but couldn't get hose in far enough. He poured in two gallon of new fuel on top of old fuel and put in a bottle of injector cleaner. This helped a lot but it still was running poorly.

The owner made me a deal for me to hold back $500 of price, take her to mechanic of my choice and get her tuned up. If they can't get it to running good enough to suit me, he'll send one of his employees down to pick up scooter and refund my money. I took the man at his word, and I hauled her home.

I was able to work a small siphon hose all the way to bottom of tank and sucked out four gallons of gas. I put in two gallons of fresh gas and a big dose of Seafoam. The weather and my arthritis have conspired to keep me grounded but as soon as I can I'm going to try to ease her up and down the road and see if she'll clear up. I can hope can't I? If anyone has other things this old "shadetree mechanic" should check or try before taking it to dealership, I'd appreciate your suggestions. Again, it's a K9 650 with almost eight thousand on her.

Ed
Ed, you have done what I would do. I think the next stop would be to check the fuel filter. It it is like my other Suzuki, it is in the gas tank. Kind of expensive to replace at about $300 as I recall as you have to replace the fuel pump to change the filter unless you have mad skills and can take the fuel pump apart and source filter parts. I have sent you a PM in reply to your PM with the name and location of a good independent motorcycle repair place. The only downside for you is that it is here in Bowling Green. I just remembered that I didn't send you my cell number. I will PM that to you as well when I finish this message. I so think you have a scoot that you will be able to get running and have a long long relationship with. I also think that if you can get all of the old gas out and continue running for a while with the good gas and seafoam like you are doing it will probably straighten up and run good for you. It sounds like that bike set a little longer than six months though. We have members up here who let their bikes sit that long without problems.

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