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ARE SOME OF YOU GUYS / GALS PAID BY SUZUKI TO DO THOSE WRITE UPS? I'M MEAN REALLY, "HANDLES BETTER THAN MY STROM", "WHEN THE RIDING GET AGGRESSIVE THE BURGMAN LEADS THE WAY", AND LOTS OF OTHERS. I PUT DOWN A FEW BUCKS AND AM FIRST IN LINE SOON AS A 650, '05, LANDS IN BOISE, SIGHT UNSEEN, AS IN, I'VE NEVER SEEN ONE. HAVEN'T SEEN A 400 EITHER. WILL BE SELLING A HONDA SHADOW 1100 BECAUSE OF A BUM HIP TWEEKED PLAYING RACKET BALL AND HOPING THE BURGMAN IS JUST THE TICKET. ONE BIG QUESTION REGARDING FIT. I'M TALL 6'4" AND ONE OF THE VERY FEW COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE 650 IS LEG ROOM. WOULD ONE OF YOU PLEASE MEASURE YOURS AND LET ME KNOW THE DISTANCE FROM BACK OF THE SEAT UNTIL TOUCHING IN FRONT. AND, IF IT COMES UP A BIT SHORT, HOPEFULLY I CAN GET SOME ADVISE FOR INCREASING THE SPACE.
 

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Hi Geoboise,

Welcome to the forum!

I don't own a 650 Burgy yet (waiting for a 2005, and no - I am not on Suzuki's payroll), but I took one for a test ride a couple of weeks ago, and the members here are absolutely right, it will put a huge grin on your face. :D Most fun bike I've ridden in 38 years, especially for the low price. You are really going to enjoy your Burgy!

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Greetings Geoboise and welcome to the forum :wave:

It's funny you made reference to Pauljo (one of our other moderators) and his Vstrom. He actually owns both the 650 and 1000Vstrom. If I'm not mistaken he is also one of our tallest members at 6'6" .
Some people have mentioned removing the butt rest from the riders seat to gain extra leg room. You didn't mention what your inseam is ,you may not have to do this but the option is there.
I think you will find that the Burgman will problably outhandle your Shadow. You will be able to attack the twisties a little more aggresively without scraping any chrome.

Oh and no I'm not on the Suzuki Payroll , but I am willing to cash a cheque if they want to send one :D
 

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Geoboise,

Welcome to BurgmanUSA.

I am not paid by anyone for my input to this forum. Yes, my Burgman 650 handles as well as my V-Strom, and is much easier to ride on very tight twisty roads. It does not glide over bumps as effortlessly as the V-Strom however. That is simple physics, a 19" front wheel glides over a bump easier than a 15" wheel. But I have put 12,200 miles on my Burman vs 7,500 on my V-Strom (and I've owned the V-Strom 6 months longer), so that would be a good clue that I'm enjoying the heck out of the Burgman 650. :wink:

I am 6'6" with a 35" inseam. I fit on the AN650 OK as it came, but my shins would contact the bottom of the dash when I put my feet all the way forward on the floorboards. Removing the backrest solved that issue. It is just a matter of removing 2 screws and sliding it out of the seat - and it will give you approximately 2 additional inches of legroom. From what I understand, a Corbin seat will give you even more legroom.

I owned a Honda 1100 Shadow too - 3 bikes ago. Pretty bike, and trouble free, but not nearly as versatile as either of my current Suzukis.

As "vdfcaptain" hinted, keying in all caps is construed as shouting in internet forums and should be avoided. We have some posting guidelines here, which you may find helpful.

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Hi Geoboise! Glad to have ya aboard. I traded my '00 Shadow 1100 Tourer for my 650 last Spring and I don't miss it a bit. My Burgman is more comfortable (6'-2", 32" inseam) and is quicker and handles much better than the Honda. No shifting is a real "plus". :D
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Hey Geoboise,

Welcome to the BurgmanUSA forums. Glad to have you join us. As one who just got home from a physical therapy session relating to his hip, I can certainly feel for you. I've no idea how the Burgman would compare to riding another bike where hip problems are concerned, but my Burgman 400 is MUCH easier on me than driving my Ford Ranger. Given the freedom of movement allowable by the floorboards vrs pegs I'd guess the Burgman should be easier on you too.
 

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Hey Geoboise, Welcome

My last bike was ( is) a BMW R1200c a fine bike, I ride my "little" 400 like 98 percent of the time- in fact I am selling the BMW .
So for me it was the right thing to do and reading the posts here it was the right thing for the others... But this is not the forum to see if scooters will ever replace a bike,
this forum just proves there are a lot of "bikers" out there that found something better. I am sure you could find a lot of people who disagree.
Well that's my 2 cents and now I have to go deposit a check :lol:
 

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Hello, Welcome
I don't own a burgman YET either, but have my eye on an '05 in the spring. I've ridden one, was quite impressed.
One thing I can tell you, well two things. I know a guy who has bad hips, was having a hard time getting on and off his virago 750, so he bought a burgman 650, loves it totally.
Secondly, I ride with a goldwing riders group, and have talked to a few guys who know people that traded in ther goldwings for burgmans, and are very happy with them. they say its like riding a mini goldwing. All the perks without all that bulk and weight.
I'll be trading in my '02 intruder on one. I do love my intruder 1400, wish I could keep it and have a burgie, but lack of $$ won't allow for that, that and my wife won't go for it either. :cry:
 

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Well Hey there, howdy, welcome, etc.

I bought my 04 650 in late July (or was it early August?) and have a bit over 2000 miles on it and am bumming big time that I have to put her away for the winter. I love this bike, the storage and handling are terrific. It can be a bumpy in the pot holes, so I just ride around them.

You're gonna love your Burgy! (and this forum)
 

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Regarding all caps.

Sorry about the all caps. Certainly not yelling. It's just kind of a pain for under skilled typists and it's the habit in our business because the all caps fax clearer than small type. Also, thanks for the info regarding leg clearance. With an inseam of 35" sounds like I'm on the edge but good to know it's not impossible to alter or exchange the seat. Anyone interested in a nice ride next year would enjoy the Boise, Lowman, Sunvalley, Yellowstone, or another great ride would be north of Boise a couple hours to the McCall resort area and then on up the panhandle far as you want to go. I'd be happy to help set it up. Not good news that my Burgman juices are already flowing and don't expect the first one in Boise until about Feb. Thanks.
 

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Re: Regarding all caps.

GEOBOISE said:
Anyone interested in a nice ride next year would enjoy the Boise, Lowman, Sunvalley, Yellowstone, or another great ride would be north of Boise a couple hours to the McCall resort area and then on up the panhandle far as you want to go. I'd be happy to help set it up. Not good news that my Burgman juices are already flowing and don't expect the first one in Boise until about Feb. Thanks.
Just pulled out my Atlas (you know, one of those flat paper map things that don't run on batteries - I still haven't entered the GPS era). Looks like you live on the edge of some great riding territory! Both Rt 21 and 75 look like fun. More than half of the paved routes in the state are marked as scenic. I'm jealous!

But, I saw the "snow" word in the forecast here for one evening next week. It is one of my least favorite four letter words. I imagine you'll be getting the white stuff soon too, if you haven't already. So, maybe waiting until February isn't all that much of a loss. I think we need someone to create a Burgman virtual touring program for PCs so that we could do some simulated riding during those Winter weeks.
 

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In February of '02 we made a trip from Montpelier, ID, to Logan, UT on US 89. We must have spent 20 minutes taking pictures from the Bear Lake overlook in -12F weather. It is still one of the most memorable drives (not rides :) ) I've ever done.

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Hi,

I also thought that this is too good to be true, but then I had a ride and its true!!! 8)

I am waiting for 05 model. I am 174 cm ( 5'-6" I thing). So I dont have these "space" problem. :p

The funny thing is that when I saw my photo on the bike from side, I look like a ant riding a elephant. :lol:.

cheers

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The funny thing is that when I saw my photo on the bike from side, I look like a ant riding a elephant. :lol:.
That's better than looking like an elephant riding an ant! :D
 

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ARE SOME OF YOU GUYS / GALS PAID BY SUZUKI TO DO THOSE WRITE UPS? I'M MEAN REALLY, "HANDLES BETTER THAN MY STROM", "WHEN THE RIDING GET AGGRESSIVE THE BURGMAN LEADS THE WAY", AND LOTS OF OTHERS. I PUT DOWN A FEW BUCKS AND AM FIRST IN LINE SOON AS A 650, '05, LANDS IN BOISE, SIGHT UNSEEN, AS IN, I'VE NEVER SEEN ONE. HAVEN'T SEEN A 400 EITHER. WILL BE SELLING A HONDA SHADOW 1100 BECAUSE OF A BUM HIP TWEEKED PLAYING RACKET BALL AND HOPING THE BURGMAN IS JUST THE TICKET. ONE BIG QUESTION REGARDING FIT. I'M TALL 6'4" AND ONE OF THE VERY FEW COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE 650 IS LEG ROOM. WOULD ONE OF YOU PLEASE MEASURE YOURS AND LET ME KNOW THE DISTANCE FROM BACK OF THE SEAT UNTIL TOUCHING IN FRONT. AND, IF IT COMES UP A BIT SHORT, HOPEFULLY I CAN GET SOME ADVISE FOR INCREASING THE SPACE.

Geoboise,

Definately test drive the 650 before buying. I think you will find the Burgman 650 to be very comfortable and very nice to ride in town and on the highway. I have owned a couple of Goldwings and Cruisers, but fine the Burgman scooter offers the same thrill as these other bikes plus more (no shifting,protection, easy to operate, cheaper to insure). Good luck on your search for the 2005 model

Helix
04 Silver AN650
wife 04 Black AN650 w/Texas sidecar
 

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I'M TALL 6'4" AND ONE OF THE VERY FEW COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE 650 IS LEG ROOM. WOULD ONE OF YOU PLEASE MEASURE YOURS AND LET ME KNOW THE DISTANCE FROM BACK OF THE SEAT UNTIL TOUCHING IN FRONT. AND, IF IT COMES UP A BIT SHORT, HOPEFULLY I CAN GET SOME ADVISE FOR INCREASING THE SPACE.
Greetings, GEOBOISE. :hello2:

I'm 6' 5" (195cm), and long legged (37" inseam). I'm at work right now, and my Burgman is at home hiding from the wind and rain (don't ya just LOVE November in Seattle), but I'll get out my tape measure in the morning and let you know the distance from the seat bolster to the dash.

My shins just brush the dash if I don't consciously sit back against the bolster, but it's not at all uncomfortable. I took out the bolster for a while, but it leaves two holes for water and bugs to get into, and a hard plastic piece that was rubbing my tailbone, so I put it back.

I may get a Corbin or other after-market seat next year, but I've put more than 8,000 miles on the one I've got, much it it on long highway trips, and it's been just fine for the most part.

I have friends and family in Spokane, and next time I'm over there (in the spring, most likely) I'll have to think about extending my ride into your neck of the woods. Maybe I'll see you on the road on your new '05.
 
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