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    Burgman 650? 400? Opinions please?

    The Suzuki Burgman has caught my eye. Any one have real life usage opinions of the 400 and the 650. Two up touring and such. Maintenance issues...so on and so forth.

    Suzuki has 0% for 60 months on these things...so I'm testing the waters.

    Yeh its Japanese and not German, but they do seem to be rather well proven, and have a somewhat cult following.
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    I read somewhere that the 400 is a better bike, in terms of reliability, overall function and value for the money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Acejones View Post
    I read somewhere that the 400 is a better bike, in terms of reliability, overall function and value for the money.
    I seem to be getting that vibe from my research..but I wonder about two up riding, if it has enough umph?
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    not old enough for one yet (66)

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    My brother in law owns a Honda Valkrie, Suzuki V-Strom, and a 400 Burgman. He rides the latter more than the other 2. He's about 250-260 lbs and the scooter has taken him on some pretty long rides surprisingly. He cruises easily on the highway and I don't know that he's had any major problems in the 2 years he's had it. I live in British Columbia so some of the roads he travels is pretty mountainous and he will be running ahead of traffic.

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    650 has lots of go power

    I ride a 1150gs when I am in Taiwan, which looks like for the next ten years or until I kick the bucket. Anyway, I ride with a group every Thursday and mostly in the mountains. One group member has a Burgman 650 (only one with a scooter) and all the rest are a mixed group of bmw's, hondas, and harley's. It might be him partly as a very good rider but he can keep up easily with all the rest, even on the straigh-a-ways when we might hit 80 mph. I would add he can out accelerate the harley on the straights and off the line can out run all of us. He sometimes has a pillion which seems not to hold him off his usual ride. So, with that said...I think it has enough punch. Don't know much about the 400 except that it is lower to the ground if you need that sort of thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by f14rio View Post
    I'm 51 and still young enough to think they are cool!
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldnslow View Post
    I'm 51 and still young enough to think they are cool!
    My wife and I had scooters when we were in our 30s and thought they were a lot of fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldnslow View Post
    The Suzuki Burgman has caught my eye. Any one have real life usage opinions of the 400 and the 650. Two up touring and such. Maintenance issues...so on and so forth.

    Suzuki has 0% for 60 months on these things...so I'm testing the waters.

    Yeh its Japanese and not German, but they do seem to be rather well proven, and have a somewhat cult following.
    I know a fellow GS rider here in St. Louis who has a used 650 Bergman for sale that he bought for his wife.... He's ridden it with us guys one trip down to Arkansas, and I must say, I was impressed with it.... His wife never did catch the call of the road, so it is pretty much still a new bike. Not sure how far you are from St. Louie, but I'd be glad to let him know you are looking..
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldnslow View Post
    The Suzuki Burgman has caught my eye. Any one have real life usage opinions of the 400 and the 650. Two up touring and such. Maintenance issues...so on and so forth.

    Suzuki has 0% for 60 months on these things...so I'm testing the waters.

    Yeh its Japanese and not German, but they do seem to be rather well proven, and have a somewhat cult following.
    By the way, I would not buy a new one because they have been the same for a number of years and the initial depreciation is high. The Burgman 400 is the same from 2008 through the new ones except they added ABS in 2011. The Burgman 650 is pretty much the same from around 2006. However, I would want to get a 2008 or newer Executive model because they have an adjustable windshield and ABS that is not on the standard model. I paid $3,200 for my 2008 400 last fall with 9,600 miles on it and I had located a 2008 650 Executive for $4,800 with similar miles. There are a lot of scooters around with low miles that look the same (other than annual color changes) if you keep searching. I found several , including the one I bought on Craigs List by doing a search for Burgman in nearby areas.
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    Will let you know...

    ...as we are picking one up Thursday!

    Looking forward to it even more after reading this thread!
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    Have any of you "scoot people" ridden the Aprilia 500? I have seen a few sell on ebay & they are powerful & lightweight plus have bigger tires than the Vespa's, I think? If so how'd it compare?
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    >>...as we are picking one up Thursday!<<

    And what would "Chesty" say? lol

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    >>Have any of you "scoot people" ridden the Aprilia 500?<<

    Yes, I had an Aprilia Atlantic (500) a few years ago, and it was very powerful and smooth. However, the thing you have to be careful of with Aprilia (and most Italian marques) is a spotty dealer/service network, to say nothing of parts scarcity. When it gets to the point where I'm sick of muscling my K75 around my next scooter will be a Suzuki, for the aforementioned reasons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kantuckid View Post
    Have any of you "scoot people" ridden the Aprilia 500? I have seen a few sell on ebay & they are powerful & lightweight plus have bigger tires than the Vespa's, I think? If so how'd it compare?

    The Aprilla 500 is a nice scooter...the main problem is parts availability if needed. For a maxi scoost there are better choices in my opinion.

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