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Old 11-19-2016, 08:05 AM   #1
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Pics of my Maxi Scooters

My scooter fascination started in 2011 after having spent a couple months on vacation touring Vietnam.





I saw 1st hand all the wild stuff those locals were hauling on theirs, so right there, I knew I had to have one. Once i got back home, I immediately went looking for a scooter. It didn't take long, a couple days really for the first one
to cross my path. So I bought that sucker.



My family thought I lost my mind when they saw it.
The only one who approved was my
dog, that cute lil' terrier mix I rescued from the shelter right before I left for Asia.

Once I started showing it off, I began to see the stigma...



Anyhow, over the years, I learned to appreciate the marvels of this 650, especially its fantastic electronic automatic transmission. You HAVE to twist the throttle on this bike for yourself to fully understand. Words just can't describe how marvelous this tranny is.

As much as it is revered as one fantastic touring machine, I used mine almost exclusively around town, and the fests and fairs.



I did take it from Austin to New Orleans for a couple Mardi Gras Festivities. Under that gigantic seat, I stored several bottles of top shelf booze, mixes, ice, everthing needed to live off the streets for 3-5 days, catching all the uptown and french quarter parades. Parking was effortless as I could cut through barricades, ride and park right next to anywhere along the parade route that I wanted to go during Mardi Gra, including deep inside the quarter. What an eye opener.

One thing I did that, if I were to do it again, would be to retain the passenger back rest and ditch the top box on the 650. The 650's a perfect 2 up toy. THere' more than enough space under the seat to swallow everything needed for say, a hill country weekend getaway.
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Old 11-19-2016, 08:19 AM   #2
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Perfect way to take my pooch out to all the cool parks around Austin.



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Old 11-19-2016, 08:51 AM   #3
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Meet our dog, miss T-Bone.


she has a younger brother, Bubba...


and her younger sister, Nugget...



She is pottie trained, well mannered and completely docile. So she is
a perfect companionship on many of our roadtrips.





For christmas, she got her very own goggles!


which comes handy for some riding time up front.
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Old 11-19-2016, 11:15 AM   #4
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So, by the 3rd yr into my Burg 650 ownership, my 1st son started college.
Prior to that, at 16, he rode his old dirt bike, this CRF230F, to/fr school.



A yr later, we got him this new street bike. CBR250R w/ ABS.


In his senior year, I brought home a nice Harley Roadster for me to go bar hoppin' on, but he sweet talked me out of it. So I let him have it as his early graduation present.


WHen he took off for college, he wound up using the Burg 650. The Harley stayed at home.

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Old 11-19-2016, 11:54 AM   #5
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Ahhh, all's well that ends well.

Right ?

Wrong.

Couple months later, I started getting scooter withdrawals.
The Harley is a nice ride, but let me tell you....
there's no substitute for a scooter.

The locking trunk, the leg pass through design, the two hand brake levers, the automatic trans, the full frontal wind and rain guard "tupperware"=-they all just make it so effortless to use on a daily basis: easy to ride, easy to park, easy to scoot through gridlock.

So, I caved in....



and got me another Burgman scooter, this time, I went w/ a 400. Found one online, gave the dealer my CC, and a week later I met her for the 1st time. Ahh, Love at 1st sight.


I took a peek under the seat, just to remind me as to why I'm
so enamored over scooters vs street bikes.



My goodness, such a huge trunk space! I can sneak a small youngin' inside there past border security if I wanted to.

So right around its 600 mile initial break-in, I threw on a top box and took it out on the hwy and spent a couple weekends hitting some music fests and fairs.



Then I started gathering some camping gear that we kept around from the days when our boys were hot and heavy w/ the Boy Scouts, and just piled them into the scooter and took off and explored all the great state and national parks along the way.



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Old 11-19-2016, 12:27 PM   #6
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Nice to be on the road again...and such a nice set of gauges and instruments
on this 400. So intuitive, so easy to understand



The scenery gets better and better the farther east I went....








I'm sure alot of riders' been here, but this was my 1st time here.
And, on a scooter too.





I found this place by accident, and to my surprise, I liked it so much I spent the next several days base camped here while I rode the wheels off my scooter exploring all the cool twisties from Robbinsville through Arden, NC.

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Old 11-19-2016, 12:59 PM   #7
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I eveh tagged along w/ like-minded maxi scooterists along the way.






So, after that long trip, I found out that I was reaching for stuff under the seat alot more than I thought. The cargo bag that I strapped down on the seat just made this more of a chore than necessary.

So I looked into side cargo boxes. It took me about a yr to find racks for the 400. Fehling, a german mfr, shipped me a set. Theirs have hardware to snap givi monokey side cases to. So this is what I wound up doing.
Also replaced OEM w/ Givi air flow windshield.





And replaced smaller 40L w/ a 55L Givi top case..
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Old 11-19-2016, 01:35 PM   #8
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As for the Burg 650, my son's funds ran short while attending UT. So I told him to sell the 650 to hold him over. These were the last pics of the bike, used in the CL ad.


It sold w/in two weeks of putting it up on CL.



I will say this, though.....
as much as I like the 400, it's a HUGE STEP DOWN from the 650.
The 400's CVT trans is one of its weak spots. After about 2000 miles logged in, the auto clutch was beginning to exhibit chatter and would judder in and out of engagement as it tries to take off from rest. I got it fixed by installing a higher performance clutch, aka a Hit-Clutch. I' ve yet to see that problem resurface again after putting in the Hit clutch. That's a really Good product!

Over the summer, my son got his finances in order, and w/ him back @ UT once again, he sweet talked me out of my 400. Says he needs a scooter to carry his lacrosse sticks to play on the Lacrosse team.


how can I argue w/ that? I can't think of a single m/c that he can do that with.


so there you have it...until my son graduates or gives it back to me,
I'm back to riding conventional motorcycles....
not that there's anything wrong with that....

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Old 11-19-2016, 02:22 PM   #9
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Re: Pics of my Maxi Scooters

A really enjoyable read. I actually spent some time on you tube watching reviews and on Cycle Trader looking at prices and availability because of this thread. You present the maxi scooter well. The everyday usefulness and two up capabilities appeal to me. Do you work in advertizing?
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Old 11-19-2016, 06:44 PM   #10
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Nice report Dao!

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Scooters are seriously under rated. I have liked the ones I have had over the years.
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Old 11-20-2016, 12:36 AM   #12
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Awesome stuff, and your kids aren't afraid to be seen on them either. Sounds like you raised some very mature young adults.
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Perfect way to take my pooch out to all the cool parks around Austin.
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Wow!!
All look great! Cool!

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Dao, you didn't sell me on scooters, but you did make me realize how much I want a small "adv dog".
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Re: Pics of my Maxi Scooters

I got a 400 Burgy for commuting and am very impressed.

Since I'm on the beltway everyday I installed 18gram sliders which really bring the Hi speed revs down and make the ride more enjoyable
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Scooters are fun

Maybe a Big Ruckus would work for the next one, only no storage...

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Haven't heard much about Hero imports lately. I liked the ideal of a built in power generator.
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Scooters are fun

Maybe a Big Ruckus would work for the next one, only no storage...

I am a bit surprised they stopped making the 250cc variant. I heard it was a really versatile scooter and decent on class 1 and 2 roads with a little suspension tweaking.

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Maybe a Big Ruckus would work for the next one, only no storage...
No "Enclosed Storage." I see a full size pickup truck bed on the back of that thing that would qualify as "Storage."
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i had the pleasure of meeting dao and his trials buddys .realy cool bunch of gentlmen and realy good on 2 wheels .good story dao now i want a scooter and trials bike LOLtony d
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