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Hi everyone. I've been a lurker here for quite a while and find this site to be a treasure trove of information. While I have spent many hours reading the various threads I have a few questions I would like advice on.

First off, I have been street riding for over 10 years and have logged tens of thousands of miles in that time on several different motorcycles that range from sport, dual-sport, and sport-touring. My current ride is a 2009 Concours 14.

Long story short the Connie has made riding too much like work. It makes intoxicating power and mind blowing top end speed and it shines on the highway but is a beast on short rides. It's top heavy, makes my hands tingle, and the heat coming off that big engine makes summer riding miserable. I've spent lots of money and made numerous changes trying to love this bike but to no avail. Overall I have been disappointed with it. It is soon to be for sale.

I've had my eye on the B650 for a few years but never felt the time was right. I think the time is now right. My mind is pretty much set on the 2013 because I like the updated styling. $10,099 is a lot of money, but if this bike is everything you guys say it is then it will be money well spent. I want to enjoy riding again. So, here goes.

1. Do vibrations from the engine reach the handlebars?
2. Do you feel heat coming from the bike?
3. I ride pretty much year round and need extra watts for heated gloves and full heated jacket. Can this bike handle the extras?
4. The majority of my riding is solo commuting to work but I do one or two long trips per year and sometimes two-up. Does the 650
handle two-up well and is the seat comfortable for a passenger?
5. Do those of you who came from other bikes regret coming to the Burgman?

I'm sure I forgot something but that's enough for now.
 

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Thanks everyone for the replies so far. I live in western North Carolina near Asheville. I would love to take one for a test ride. The local dealers around here don't allow test rides unless they have a used one in stock.

I too have thought about keeping the connie and I have not ruled it out but finances and space (and convincing the wife that I need two bikes) are limiting factors.
 
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