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I must tell everyone how much I have enjoyed myself on the 400. After moving up from the now tiny 49cc Yamaha jog, my wife and I faced this enormous 450# scooter, an enormous challenge, such a different experience. In the beginning, it felt a bit hard to control, especially on turning the corners from a stop. Now 750km later, I fell totally comfortable riding it, and find it much more than my other scooter. Much more of everything (all positive). I take it to work when the weather allows it. The break in period sometimes cramps me, when I just want to feel the speed. A few times it just zoomed up to 120 kph before I regretfully slowed it down. I love pulling up to a light beside some snot nosed kid in his fast RED car. The light changes, and I am suddenly gone, practically before his wheels start to roll. I like being a bit higher in the saddle then I was with the old bike. Still have not had an opportunity to take it on the highway or on any longer trips, due to this breakin period, but hopefully I can finish the 1000 km this summer before the bad weather arrives. Anyway, I love the machine, and I thank my friend Harold who bought the 650 and suggested that I look at this bike instead of the VINO 125 that I had originally wanted to buy.
 

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Hi Michael :wave:

For some reason - I missed you the first time around.
I have read your other posts so I am up to speed now, so to speak.

Sure am glad you are wowed with your Burger(s) by the way they are 400 and not 450s!

You clearly are in that rather select group who appreciate the more 'Svelte Burger'. Buying 2 is a double grin factor! :lol:

Look forward to hearing further reports and experiences, has your good lady wife joined the forum yet? We would like to hear from her too!

Stay safe.
 

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My wife's experiences

Well, her story is not as excited as mine. When I have to go out, I try to take the bike instead of the car. She is still not as comfortable as I am on the bike. She has not been any faster than 80 kph on it, so it can be slower going when I drive with her. Because she has not been on it as often as I have, she is not as comfortable with it and still feels somewhat nervous with the turning and wind. She also dropped the bike on the gras beside our driveway, She was about to make a turn and gravity took over and down it went. She was just showing the bike to our daughter who was looking at it for the fist time. Hopefully, next spring I will be able to get her on it longer
 

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michaelbyrns wrote
Well, her story is not as excited as mine. When I have to go out, I try to take the bike instead of the car. She is still not as comfortable as I am on the bike.
Time and practice will build confidence , easy does it. :)
 

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Re: My wife's experiences

michaelbyrns said:
[snipped]She is still not as comfortable as I am on the bike. She has not been any faster than 80 kph on it, so it can be slower going when I drive with her. Because she has not been on it as often as I have, she is not as comfortable with it and still feels somewhat nervous with the turning and wind.
There is no substitute for practice. Having dropped the bike she needs her confidence restored - everybody drops their bike (well almost) at some time or other.

If you have a shopping mall nearby that has a 'quiet time' - I find this is a good place to practice. I still pop in to one near me regularly and do half a dozen U turns as I am still experimenting to get minimum distance.

Encourage your wife to practice in the lot - and progress at her own pace. If it is really quiet it can be fun and a great place to practice emergency stopping. Low speed manoeuvring is perhaps the most challenging skill to master.
 

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Good on yer, thats a great piece of kit and I chose it in preference to the 650, thats too wide to get between the cars easily, pity its got some real go. As the others have said there is nothing like practice, and even us older ones benefit from improving the breed, after all there is no crash zone around you get it wrong and it hurts, talking of droping bikes. If you can do an advance riding course, you will enjoy riding that much better and it might just save your life.
I scored 8.8 when I dropped my my FJ1200 outside the bike shop, slow speed turn with my feet down, pulled leg muscle and scratched paint but worse was confrunting the shop full of people who applauded me. Then there is the just plain stupid SV650 in middle of a bike park nice blond opposite, big smile, pulled away with the disk lock on! Crunch and I slowly decended into the bikes with mine on top of me. Three people had to remove the bike to get me out, what red faced Me? I could go on............... :confused5:
 

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I scored 8.8 when I dropped my my FJ1200 outside the bike shop, slow speed turn with my feet down, pulled leg muscle and scratched paint but worse was confrunting the shop full of people who applauded me. Then there is the just plain stupid SV650 in middle of a bike park nice blond opposite, big smile, pulled away with the disk lock on! Crunch and I slowly decended into the bikes with mine on top of me. Three people had to remove the bike to get me out, what red faced Me? I could go on............... :confused5:
Ya know... Some days it just doesn't pay to get out of bed... :wink:
 

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phil thunder said:
[snipped] Three people had to remove the bike to get me out, what red faced Me? I could go on............... :confused5:
:lol: :lol: :lol:

Yes more please!
 

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embarassing moments

Look I was trying to give our new members some encouragement, now you dont really want me to reveal all my most intimate moments.
Surly not.................
:oops:
 
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