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My name is Glenn. Never ridden any type of 2 wheeled cycle/scooter. Just took a 2 day basic rider class last weekend and passed. Got my motorcycle endorsement today on my drivers license. Now looking for a used Burgman 400. Am a young rider at 60. Father of 4 and grandpa to 2.

Glad to have found this place!


Glenn:D
 

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Congratulations on your endorsement! I hope you find this sport / hobby / past time as fun and exciting as we all have.

As a brand new rider, the 400 is as big as I would suggest buying. Its a fine bike and will more than fill you near future needs. A 250 might be a bit better, but I always say to go as big as you feel comfortable on, because you will want to upgrade once you get some mileage under you belt.

Buy a good used bike, but save some money and don't get one that is cosmetically perfect. You will drop it. Almost guaranteed in the first six months. Your first bike will probably be a bit of a beater by the time you're done with it. Sorry, but those are the odds.

Spend a good amount of time in a parking lot getting to know the bike, its controls and its peculiarities. Every bike is slightly different and it takes a while to learn your bike's ride.

Don't be over confident. This is a problem with newbies, especially men. You don't "got it". Takes years to become a really good rider. But its a heck of a lot of fun learning. Just take it easy and push yourself in digestible bits; don't try to learn it all in the first month.

Get the proper gear. We have an initialization... ATGATT, all the gear, all the time. Especially when new.

I'm sure others will write in with more well heeled advice too. But have a great time above all. And to accomplish that, be safe. Nothing ruins a good riding buzz like going down.

Lastly, welcome to BUSA from sunny Los Angeles.
 

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Glad you found us too, Glenn - welcome from Tampa! This is a great place to hear personal experiences with both the Burgmans and other scooters as well. It's good to have a fresh voice in the mix.
 

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Welcome Glenn, It has been over 40 years since I was in your shoes. I feel awkward in saying this, but the 400 scooter is a very powerful machine as far as scooters go. You will have your work cut out for you on bettering your riding skills. Most people started out on smaller bikes and moved up as their skill level increased. You know your riding ability better than I. Riding motorcycles is a very enjoyable endeavor. Good luck on what ever you buy. Safety First, and remember, ride like NOBODY sees you, I do.
 

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Welcome to the forum. I'm quite familiar with Lynnwood - been there many times. I was raised in Everett since I was 4 - born in Tacoma. Now I'm here in riding heaven! Eastern Washington. Been here for the past 11 years - ever since I retired.
 

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Welcome from Nor Cal! You'll love the 400, good balance, easy to ride, Tons of storage, etc. etc. I hadn't rode in over 30 yrs. and now I can't hardly stay off the dang thing! :p
 

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I work up close to you but commute on my Burgman 650 daily from Auburn and back. I was up in Everett today around Evergreen Way and Casino Rd E at that huge building with the dish tower on top picking up some equipment. Know the area well. In 2008 I was installing Fios TV in that area. Hope to meet up on a ride sometime.
 

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Thanks all for the welcome!

Can't seem to find any used Burgman 200's around here. Not on Craigslist anyways. I know I want a used one because of what Liamjs said. I will drop it, even if ever so tenderly. So I'd rather drop a used one than a new one.

Looking forward to learning how to ride and learning from you all!


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Can't seem to find any used Burgman 200's around here.
Thought you were looking for a 400.

You won't find any used 200s. They just came out in the USA a few months ago. 400s have been around for a decade. But look for a 2008+ year.

If you want a 250, look for a Honda helix or Reflex, both great bikes. But not as good as a burgman 400.
 
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