...review. Generally quite positive.
Like everyone else, the reviewer is taken aback by the price.
I'm posting this mainly 'cause the test ride was basically in my backyard - Malibu, Topanga, PCH.
It seems like that the Honda NC700 gets all the attention as it is the darling of the "New Concept" bike to sweep the motorcycle industry while the '13 650 is this heavy overpriced scooter
Most are missing the point... '13 Burgman 650 inexpensive for $4,000.00
For an automatic ECVT add $1000, power mode $1000, dual disc front brakes $1000, backrest $1000, centerstand $1000, under seat storage $1000, windshield $1000, tupperware to shield you from the wind $1000. Stock '13 Burgman 650 $4,000.. as shown with optional equipment $11,000.00 :laughing8:
Look at the NC700 and all the optional equipment
needed to bring it to the comfort, convenience and storage level of the all the Burgman 650EX.
Honda NC700 at $7,499.00 looks cheap, but go to the Honda website and add everything that would make it equal to the Burgman 650. The total price for the Honda NC700 is 10,173.55 and this does not include installation!
..and at this price the NC700 still only has one disk brake and has a chain
So an equally equipped NC700 with dual disc brake and some sort of shaft drive is around $11,000.00 :idea:
Malibu and PCH is only 5 minutes away or less from me.. but this does not distract me that to get an equally well equipped motorcycle or scooter as the Burgman 650.. there are some "smoke & mirrors" in the marketing of Honda vs. Suzuki where all options come standard.
Don't get me wrong that I only think Suzuki... If something goes wrong with my CVT, I will have wished that I had a chain drive that can be easily replaced. I hope to put at least 30,000+ mi on my present Burgman 650 without any major CVT issues and probably lean toward the NC700 or CTX700 if any CVT issues. I would also like to see how present '13 650 Burgman owners do on high mileage. Only time can tell whether changes to the CVT make the '13+ Burger the reigning Burger King.