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Hi Everybody,

I pickuped my 650 Burgman yesteraday noon. I just got first 50 miles and can get the smile off my face.

The saddest thing is that winter is comming, otherwise I would do many miles each day. :lol:
I took him to work today and normal 25km trip was suddenly a 50km ride (could not help myself :D )


All my friends wanted to get a first ride on the "scooter" when I showed up. It will have to wait a long time, before I get off 8)


Can wait untill todays work is over. Got to make more miles.

cheers

Slepejs
 

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Congratulations on your new Burgman 650 Slepejs! If your like me, you won't let a little bit of cold weather keep you from riding. :D Ice and snow will though. :cry:
 

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We had our first snow, about 3 inches. But they sent out the salt/sand spreaders. Yuk!! They don't actually use sand here either. They put down a mixture of dirt and small rocks. My wife calls it pea gravel. Some of those rocks are pea sized or even larger. Truck (and even car) tires can pick those up and fling them at you, damaging paint and windshields. Not nice!
 

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Cheers on your new Burgman. :D Pretty soon I'll probably be the only one on this site without one :cry: I hate the fact that I have to wait until next spring or possibly summer.
 

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Congratulations Slepejs :!:
Hang in there JD, the winter will go fast. :)
Winter?... I love riding in the cold. Doesn't bother me in the least. So..... if anyone here wants their 650 to get some usage this winter, uh, well, ah nevermind. :wink:
 

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Belive it or not, low 30's in the morning in Las Vegas NV. I toughed it out today and went for a short ride. If you take care of your upper half, dress warm , it's not to bad. Had a nice ride. I love this machine.
Cheers, Gary
 

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Can't wait

Hi Everybody,

I am obsessed!
Used to ride a 650 twin AJS (British bike for those who don't know), about 100 years ago.
Am 62 now and I am still dreaming every spring about motorcycles!

Put all that aside to get married (still married to a wonderful wife for 37 years now), raise 3 great kids to adulthood etc.
Short story, I am haunting the local Burgman dealer, siting on Burgmans, collecting pictures, reading forums, reviews etc.
My Palm Pilot has become a Burgman Gallery for show and tell. :)

Reasonably fit, but have a hard time climbing over a bike saddle.
(Read Stiff)
The scooters step through design and softer suspension/seats suit me just fine. But.... I like the performance of the bigger scooters, don't want to be in the way on a highway. I'd rather be out in front!

Tomorrow I am going to a Manufacturers Show in Toronto to sit on some more Burgmans, talk to the reps, collect brochures, look at helmets etc.
Up in the wee hours browsing the internet for more burgman stuff!

Starting looking at the 400, then the 650, like the blue, like the silver, can't decide... Stress....
May be starting a new job soon (have to pay for this thing), where I have to commute about 30 kilometers a day with optional long :) (read scenic), routes, could work out well, in the spring/summer/fall anyway.

I like the power and weight of the 650 for cruising, and the smaller price and weight of the 400. Tough decision!

I am picturing myself and my wife taking half week holiday/cruises up to Tobermory area, or down the Finger Lakes area (Watkins Glen in New York), just stopping now and then to stretch and smell the roses etc.
I'm thinking that the 650 "Burger King might be more appropriate here.

The social aspects of the Burg ownership appeals to me also.
Might make some new friends, online or off, who knows.

Next project get my licence/riding courses/tests set up for early 2005.

This is my first post, so forgive any errors.

Is it April yet? :wink:


Any advice or comments welcome!
 

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Dude, you're hooked! 8)

Get a 650. Then you won't be second-guessing your decision.

Ride on!

Steve
 

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Re: Can't wait

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Any advice or comments welcome!
Welcome to BurgmanUSA! From reading your post, I think that you should buy the 650. I think that if you buy the 400, you'd be wanting to trade it in on the 650 within a year. The main reason, is that you want the performance of the 650. Don't worry about the additional weight. It has a low center of gravity, and it is very well balanced. I was able to sneak out for a December ride today on mine. Well over 13,000 miles on it now, and it just keeps getting better! I can't think of any other scooter sold in the USA that I'd rather own. I also own a fine motorcycle, but once again, it stayed in the garage today while I rode the big scooter.
 

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Thanks for the encouragement

Thanks all for the helpful comments.

I am supposed to be retired, but I am going back to work to buy my "BurgerKing". (Pension certainly won't cover it) :(

I guess Wayne, that we just won't "grow up" as my wife means it anyway. :wink:

BTW, have any of you seen the article in the paper (Dec.3/04 National Post in this case although it is a Canwest News Service article)?

It's titled "Former Riders regain lost love as BABES" (born again bike enthusiasts). It's all about we/us older riders who gave it all up to become model citizens, but are now scratching the itch. Seems to me the new super scooters have a big future! :wink:

Okay, pauljo, I'm pretty much decided on the 650! I'll just have to afford it some how...
Now I have to decide between silver and blue. I've read in a few places that the blue (pretty as it is) blends in with the road quite a bit.
I really like the colour, but I'm thinking the silver will be more visible.

From what I read, being "seen" on two wheels is a good thing, safety wise.

Have heard about something called a headlight/taillight modulator. What does this do, make your lights flash and dance arouind like a cop car?
Is it legal? Certainly would make you noticed all right!
Can it be switched on or off? Who makes it?
Do you think I ask enough questions? :lol:

Just listen to me Steve! I'm hooked all right! :oops:

Already planning on goodies like sticky glove box liners so my sunglasses, Palm Pilot, cell phone, etc. don't bang around.
Already use a sticky black pad in my "Cage" (see I'm learning the lingo), so my sunglasses don't slide about.

I noticed too that the Aprilia Atlantic 500 has built in crash bars. Seems like a good idea if you drop it. (Don't really plan to). Are there any aftermarket bars like that available for "our" Burgs?

Also think I will keep a small piece of wood or a hockey puck with me for sidestanding on tarmac on a hot day.

See, I am learning a lot from you guys. :wink:

Tomorrow, as I mentioned in my prev. post, , I will be at the Toronto show with my oldest (29) daughter. Might see some of you there.

Taking my digital camera. If I get any good pictures I'll try and post them here. (Soon as I figure out how to do that!) :idea:

Anyway, from a newbie, thanks again.
 

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Not really crash guards, but Fehling trim rails should offer some protection in a low speed tipover. A number of folks were having it installed at Scootercade, and that was one of the reasons they cited.

http://www.fehling.de/engl/products1.htm

I personally feel that Silver is not very visible on the road - darn near invisible on a grey or cloudy day. Its main advantage is that it doesn't show road dirt and bug splat as quickly as the darker colors. Now my Yellow V-Strom... that stands out! Regardless of color, I saw some tastefull applications of reflective tape at Scootercade that help with visibility. "Magyver" did a nice job of that on his 650 and his wife's also (one blue, one silver).
 

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Greetings Rick and welcome to the forum. I live in Toronto and went to the show on Saturday evening. Too bad I didn't know and I could have met you there and maybe answered any questions you had . Don't rely on the Suzuki reps for knowlegable answers. Not sure where in Ontario you are located but the 650 sounds like your machine according to what you plan on doing with it. If you get one and want to Cruise up to Tobemory let me know as I would love to ride up there as well.
 

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Hi,


Rick: Go for the 650, its awsome to ride a burgman. I am still not able to describe the feeling, because I have it about for a week and cant decide between perfect or perfect :p :) btw. my Palm looks the same way :shock:



On Friday I took a off day off to ride as much as I could as the forecast was pretty good for this year period.

I have done 400km (Fri, Sat). On Saturday I meet with friend and we had small ride. They were afraid if I can keep up (they dont know the Burgy power :D).
When we got home they all wanted to have ride. I got only positive fedback (They loved low torque).

Thats for now.


Cheers

Slepejs
 

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Slepejs, I have had a 400 Burgman for about 8 months. That's after riding motorcycles for 50 plus years. I will no doubt one day trade up to a 650, but for now I love this machine. Some of my Harley rider friends say they may buy one for there wife/girlfriend, but guess what, that's an excuse for them to own one.
Have fun!! :lol:
 

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Have heard about something called a headlight/taillight modulator. What does this do, make your lights flash and dance arouind like a cop car?
Is it legal? Certainly would make you noticed all right!
Can it be switched on or off? Who makes it?
Hi lilleyen,

For info on headlight modulators, try this site:

http://www.comagination.com/default.htm

and this one:

http://www.webbikeworld.com/Reviewed-motorcycle-products/comagination/visipath/visipath.htm

I am going to install one on my Burgman as soon as I can get one up from the States. Next to a really loud horn, this was the best safety device that I had on my last bike. Never had an accident with it installed! :D
 

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modulator

Thanks Reg,
I just went to the modulator site and looked around.
Sent them an email asking for more info too.
Sounds like it will be among my first "mods" (no pun intended), when I get my Burger King.
Notice I am saying when now if? :wink:

Went to the show in Toronto yesterday with my daughter, got a lot of pictures, everything from Harleys to the latest Silver Wing 600.
)I used one of the pictures of me sitting on a silver 650 Burg as my avatar. :wink:

Still leaning towards the blue colour, but it's not engraved in stone yet.

It WOULD match the really neat Bell helmet I tried on there, with a built in and removable visor, and face shield.
http://www.bellpowersports.com/index_fr ... on=helmets
You can use either one or both at the same time. Really nice helmet, and one of the colour choices is like the Burg blue. It's called the Mag-8 and it's MSRP is about $200. A bit pricy but I'm thinking it will be the only one I'll need.
I keep readintg about riders who have several helmets for different seaons/ridng conditions etc. This one seems very versatile.
Will look into it further
 

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Not alone

JD said:
Cheers on your new Burgman. :D Pretty soon I'll probably be the only one on this site without one :cry: I hate the fact that I have to wait until next spring or possibly summer.
Not so JD!

I am still attending shows, haunting dealer showrooms, collecting pictures and reading articles/forums, impatiently wating until I can see my way clear to plunking down my deposit somewhere and then, wishing winter away.

I'd wager that we are not the only ones! :wink:
 
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