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My burg 650 with the overdrive in 6th gear will just flat walk away from my silverwing. The silverwing gets kind of buzzy and acts like its running out of breath at 80 mph and a lot of times you have to run that to keep up with traffic. My Burg in manual and 6th gear will run 95 mph at 5500 rpm all day if I could but it has no trouble in automatic mode at 85 mph. Just wondering if anyone had a chance to try the Kymco myroad or the BMW650 gt at interstate speeds, and what rpm they were at say 90 mph.
 

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the smoothness and ease of riding is one of the reasons why I love the 650 so much.

as said above, it will cruise effortlessly at 65-75 mph without breaking a sweat and provide that great sensation as if one was riding on air, barring certain roads in Southern California....

My 04 std 650 doesn't have the over drive function and I have never felt any vibration or miss handling issues with it at higher speeds.

I think the 650 is at its best doing 65-75 mph which is perfect for highway cruising at legal speeds.

I have seen a few BMWs lately down here in Southern California, have no idea what it feels like in everday real world riding situations.
 

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Just be careful when stopping at rest stops on interstates and turnpikes. At one rest stop I came out to my 650 and there was a state worker standing by it waiting for me. He started in as soon as he realized I was the rider and gave me a lecture that I was illegal on a scooter. When he finished I told him I didn't understand, I had been running 75-80mph all morning and passed several state police and they said nothing.

He stood with mouth agape and when he finally came too, he said, "I didn't know a scooter could go that fast.". After maybe 15 minutes of questions and explanations he left me go, thanking me for the education on maxi scooters and wished me a safe trip.

Now when I see a state police on the interstate, if they are running over the speed limit I will run with them and if at the speed limit I'll pass going a couple over. One state policeman said, "No one would believe me if I told them I stopped a scooter speeding at 70 - 75mph.". This was when the speed limit in Ohio was 65mph. I've only run the interstate twice since they upped the speed to 70mph so I now run 75-80 or with traffic whichever is fastest.
 

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I ran back and forth to Tucson from Sierra Vista on I-10 at 80 -85 mph no issues at all. People look at you funny when you blow by them on a scooter at 85. Passes AZ DPS officers with no issues (I was doing about 79 at the time, 4 miles over speed limit).
 

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My comfort level is 60/65 mph.....no problem
riding the Interstates. Made a round-trip
to Minn. last month...partly on I-39, partly
on I-90 & I-94. Wis. 53N is like a freeway too.
 

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People look at you funny when you blow by them on a scooter at 85.
That is why I always care a large cup of McDonald's sweet tea. That way I can raise it and take a nice swig as I blow by.
 

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My RPM is at around 4800 at 85 MPH or so.. in overdrive .. indicated so really around 75 or so... Hgwy trip a few weeks ago.. on I-95 through Providence... 75 MPH all the way.. Top speed per GPS log was 89 MPH (true, per GPS).. no tickets either..
 

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I had a Silverwing before... not sure that the Burgman 650 can "easily walk away" from the Silverwing --However, I do share your sentiments that the B650 is much more comfortable for touring, smoother and an overall better riding experience on the highway.

I don't feel I could go back to a Silverwing after owning my B650. At first I really felt the weight of B650 lardy.. but using it as my everyday bike, lardy is so easy to ride that I don't even feel the weight anymore :hello1:
 

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Some random numbers. We just came back from a 3000 km / 2000 mi tour. Our average mileage was 24.0 km/liter (Canadian bikes) while we were cruising at 50 - 60 mph (91 octane, ethanol free), or 57 mpg. At those speeds, the tach sits at 4000 rpm. On the last leg, from Shelby to Calgary, we were in a hurry and came up the Interstate at 80 mph. The tach was at 5000 rpm all the way, with overdrive. Our mileage dropped like a rock, to 20.5 km/l or 50 mpg, a 12% difference.

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I had a Silverwing before... not sure that the Burgman 650 can "easily walk away" from the Silverwing --However, I do share your sentiments that the B650 is much more comfortable for touring, smoother and an overall better riding experience on the highway.

I don't feel I could go back to a Silverwing after owning my B650. At first I really felt the weight of B650 lardy.. but using it as my everyday bike, lardy is so easy to ride that I don't even feel the weight anymore :hello1:
I was in Germany 2 weeks ago next to a Silverwing stopped at the traffic lights. On green he shot away - obviously intent on taking me on. I don't usually respond to this type of childishness but I screwed the Burgy and passed him easily at 91mph. We continued on for about 3 miles but he didn't try it again.
 

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I was in Germany 2 weeks ago next to a Silverwing stopped at the traffic lights. I don't usually respond to this type of childishness but I screwed the Burgy and passed him easily at 91mph. We continued on for about 3 miles but he didn't try it again.
The Silverwing will accelerate boldly until an indicated 110mph. I was on my Haybusa and accelerated passed a muscle car, but let off at 120mph, so the muscle car passed me at about an indicated 140mph. Granted I have easily accelerated pass 140mph to 186mph, but I really didn't want to risk going that fast on a two lane highway. I'm sure the muscle car thought he got the best of me, but it was my choice to slow down and that the lack power on my Hayabusa.

Going back to the threads topic. The B650 has so many other redeeming qualities in the way it rides, ergonomics, smoothness, storage space for short touring trips. So far the CVT has not been a problem and as stable as any of my former shaft drive, belt drive motorcycles. The rpms are similar to the BMW R1200R and F800GS, but does have the torque of these larger displacement bikes. Comfort wise, IMHO -the B650 is more comfortable on the interstates at 75+mph with plenty of power to pass. Compare to the cruiser market of the 750cc-1000cc+, the Burgman is more comfortable and stable on highway speeds. Harleys are comfortable and often I let them pass me by choice at an indicate 90+mph. Not sure why people feel the need race on scooters and cruisers as there are plenty of high powered GXers and RR bikes that can easily outdo our Burgmans.. but that is not why most of us bought our Burgmans. Having had 2 Hayabusas and 1 RC 51, I have no wish to compete against other bikes for speed. My R1200R is the closest to where acceleration is fun; since, making their dual plug, counterbalanced 1200. Otherwise my Burgman and F6B is purely for around town and comfort on the Interstate highways :D
 

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I get a kick out of the looks I see from HD,GW,etc riders when i pass them and wave on the freeway .:D
It's more fun to invite them to ride with you on crooked mountain roads. We slow down and wait on them on the straight stretches.
 
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