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I just joined the group. I have been thinking of purchasing a Burgman for some time now, so I thought I get some info from the experts. I am leaning towards the 650. Are there any years I should stay away from? What is high mileage for these? I am in Orlando, and see a dealer in Palm Beach advertising a brand new 2013 65 Exeutive for $9491, which seems good, but I am thinking gently used to be the better deal. I have owned all kinds and brands of motorcycles, but no more touring for me, just cruising around town and some back roads, so a Burgman will fit the bill and looks like as much fun as a regular motorcycle. On Orlando's CL there is a 2006 650 with 28K miles for $3500, Is this alot of miles, or not? Thanks in advance, Kim
 

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Hello Everyone,
I just joined the group. I have been thinking of purchasing a Burgman for some time now, so I thought I get some info from the experts. I am leaning towards the 650. Are there any years I should stay away from? What is high mileage for these? I am in Orlando, and see a dealer in Palm Beach advertising a brand new 2013 65 Exeutive for $9491, which seems good, but I am thinking gently used to be the better deal. I have owned all kinds and brands of motorcycles, but no more touring for me, just cruising around town and some back roads, so a Burgman will fit the bill and looks like as much fun as a regular motorcycle. On Orlando's CL there is a 2006 650 with 28K miles for $3500, Is this alot of miles, or not? Thanks in advance, Kim
Just my opinion but.....if I was only 'cruising around town, and some back roads' my choice would be my Burgman 400.

Its easier to ride, more economical, and cheaper all round, than my 650, while still being a great ride.

On the other hand, if you go straight to the 650, you will find that its such a brilliant long distance machine, it may change your mind on the touring issue ?.....both scoots are GREAT!

just a thought ;)
 

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On the other hand, if you go straight to the 650, you may well realize that its such a brilliant long distance machine, you may change your mind on the touring issue ;)
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+10 :) :cool:

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You not know yet how much you will love Burgie 650, but you will !

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$9491.00 that include taxes, registration, shipping, setup etc. ?

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Either model would be just fine for around town and the occasional blast down the interstate - but if you're thinking about any long distance riding the 650 is the clear winner. I have a Majesty 400 which is comparable to the 400 Burgman. I hardly ever ride it - preferring the 650 most of the time. If it wasn't for my younger brother the Majesty wouldn't see many miles.

Ask that dealers for their out the door price. Dealers are the masters of the add-on fees etc.

When you do a search for a Burgman do one for Bergman as well. Some people just can't seem to spell it correctly!

http://orlando.craigslist.org/searc...uery=bergman&minAsk=&maxAsk=&sort=rel&excats=

http://orlando.craigslist.org/search/?sort=rel&areaID=39&subAreaID=&query=burgman&catAbb=sss

You've got a TON of burgmans in your area. I can't get that many hits for the entire state of Washington.

There is also a Kymco 500 that is a pretty decent scooter. And the price is right.
 

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Thanks everyone!
I may do a bit more long didtance riding. I got rid of all my bikes, last two being a BMW K1200LT, and a Moto Guzzi Cali III because of the crazy and I mean crazy drivers here in Orlando. Orlando has a lot of NYC transplants. I am retiring within 2 years and moving to the Daytona area. I want to get one now before the big move. I am leaning towards the 650 as I am a big man, my nickname is Big O, as I am a Big O Boy, LOL 6'3" and right now 290 lbs but losing. So any 2 up riding, I need the displacement. I am just concerned about how many miles are too many? I've ridden BMW's all my life so I am a bit spoiled. I believe the $9400 price is before add ons. If they are dependable as I read, I am not worried about buying used, and of course if it has been maintained or not. Thanks again for the advice. Kim
 

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I may do a bit more long didtance riding. I got rid of all my bikes, last two being a BMW K1200LT, and a Moto Guzzi Cali III because of the crazy and I mean crazy drivers here in Orlando. Orlando has a lot of NYC transplants. I am retiring within 2 years and moving to the Daytona area. I want to get one now before the big move. I am leaning towards the 650 as I am a big man, my nickname is Big O, as I am a Big O Boy, LOL 6'3" and right now 290 lbs but losing. So any 2 up riding, I need the displacement. I am just concerned about how many miles are too many? I've ridden BMW's all my life so I am a bit spoiled. I believe the $9400 price is before add ons. If they are dependable as I read, I am not worried about buying used, and of course if it has been maintained or not. Thanks again for the advice. Kim
Ok then Kim.....with that extra information, it sounds like you might be heading towards the 650.

You wont be disappointed......you can read on this forum the big mileage that riders have done, as well as reliability of these scoots.

Bye the way....I too am a 'Big O' just like yourself, retired with a few aches & pains, but I regularly manage 500+ miles per day on our trips into Europe etc, with my longest being 702mls in 12 hrs riding in France.

There are bigger touring bikes, and faster touring bikes, but I'm yet ride anything thats more comfy than the 650 Exec.

Hope you get sorted :D
 

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The 2013 650 is a good price, if all the dealer is going to add on is the taxes, tags, and a reasonable doc fee. If the money is not a problem, the 2013s do have some good improvements over the older models. But the older models are good bikes, if the extra money is a concern.
 

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Thanks again guys,
I am leaning towards the new one, as in all my 60 years, I have never bought a brand new one. The closest I came to a new one was in 1980 when I bought a Yamaha XS Eleven with 2900 miles on it. So maybe I can justify a new one for my retirement. I will email the dealer and see if we can deal. Thanks again, Kim
 

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Oh I lusted after that XS Eleven in my youth, but never did get one. 28k miles isn't too high, but 2006 may be too old; the 650 had a redesign for the '08 model year and again for the '13 model year. That's the reason folks are recommending the new one - a good price on the upgraded model.
 

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Thanks again guys,
I am leaning towards the new one, as in all my 60 years, I have never bought a brand new one. The closest I came to a new one was in 1980 when I bought a Yamaha XS Eleven with 2900 miles on it. So maybe I can justify a new one for my retirement. I will email the dealer and see if we can deal. Thanks again, Kim
Eh, live a little, get the new '13. You've work hard and deserve it I'm sure.

Normally I'm a big fan of the 400 and used bikes. But given your riding background and size, I don't think the 400 would quite fit you. They did a big redesign in '13 including a better clutch which makes it easier to move about. So used might not be an option. Sounds like a fair enough price, new.

Good luck. Looking to hear about your eventual purchase.
 

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Go on - treat yourself to a new bike and a new category of ride....you are retiring and that's likely a decade ride for you.

THe 650s are lovely machines....you will need a better windscreen - I'd go Clearview.

A topcase for sure and some sort of backrest plus throttle lock just about completes a touring picture.
THe backrest will give you some additional leg room as well.

I'm 66 and have put 1,000 km on in a day a couple of times. I'm 250 and 5' 9" so too round as well.

You have some fine twistie riding to the North and the Burgman 650 will suprise the heck out of you.

Have a read here
http://www.onewheeldrive.net/2006/10/04/scoot-touring-the-honda-silverwing-and-suzuki-burgman/

Especially the VFR800 rider's comment ...".if this were a race there would be no losing the 650"

The Power button and ECVT make a world of difference. It's certainly the best all around bike I've owned in 45 years of riding and many here would say the same.

I currently ride a ST1100 and KLR650 here in Australia and on my second 650 in Ontario ( moved up to the Exec for ABS and Power windscreen )

You'll appreciate the effortless power and no shifting in traffic. Go on, you;ll never regret ii :D
 

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Thanks again guys,
I am leaning towards the new one, as in all my 60 years, I have never bought a brand new one. The closest I came to a new one was in 1980 when I bought a Yamaha XS Eleven with 2900 miles on it. So maybe I can justify a new one for my retirement. I will email the dealer and see if we can deal. Thanks again, Kim
You can't justify buying new and you don't have to. I never bought anything new until after I retired at 62. I rewarded myself with my first new truck and later with my first new car. That was the reason I saved for retirement. You buy it because you want it and can afford it. I can't bring myself to buy a new motorcycle or scooter because there are so many out there that have been ridden so very little and they sell so reasonably.
 

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Everyone makes there own choices, I was pretty set on a new 2013, but when I saw all the used deals out there at great buys, I went used. $4500-$5000 will buy a nice 2008-2009 with very low mileage, you just need to shop around and one will come up for sale. You have been riding the bigger bikes so I would personally stick with the 650, I find them easy to maneuver wherever I want to go.

John
 
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