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I have joined the scooter crowd

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Missouri City,TX
So I purchased a new white 2018 Burgman 400 yesterday...other than the break in period being a PIA, the scooter is fun to ride and definitely different from what I'm used to.

Put the first 45 miles on the odometer taking it home from the Mancuso Lamarque store.

Going to put some more miles on it this morning... :rider:
 
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Midlothian
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Steve
Congrats RobG. I've heard those latest generation 400's are pretty nice for sure. My intro in to this started with a used 650 Burgman. I knew I wanted to own one but they were certainly a different riding experience initially. I thought it was okay but probably a month later I finally"Got it" and have been hooked ever since. I like my Super Tenere but unless I can exploit it's strengths over my scooters it just sits in the garage wondering when it can play in the dirt again.
 
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Texarkana, TX
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Ken
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Nolte
So I purchased a new white 2018 Burgman 400 yesterday...other than the break in period being a PIA, the scooter is fun to ride and definitely different from what I'm used to.
Put the first 45 miles on the odometer taking it home from the Mancuso Lamarque store.
Going to put some more miles on it this morning... :rider:
Congrats on the new scoot. I haven't ridden a 400 but can attest to the fun factor of the 650. After the break in cautions about how to ride it, you will enjoy it even more.

Congrats RobG. I've heard those latest generation 400's are pretty nice for sure. My intro in to this started with a used 650 Burgman. I knew I wanted to own one but they were certainly a different riding experience initially. I thought it was okay but probably a month later I finally"Got it" and have been hooked ever since. I like my Super Tenere but unless I can exploit it's strengths over my scooters it just sits in the garage wondering when it can play in the dirt again.
It took me a long time to convince myself I was going to buy a Burgman. The ego and change in my mindset were the hardest things to change. After a few years of ownership and almost 30K miles, it is my go to bike for almost all occasions.
 
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So put another 80 miles this morning...headed south by the Brazos Bend State Park area, a fun ride but after two hours my butt was hurtin'pretty bad...hope the seat gets better when broken in. BTW, I was pleasantly surprised the 400 does a good job holding it's line in windy conditions...winds were 15-20 from the south. :rider:
 
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Rhome, Texas
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Curtis
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Johnson
Wow I'm typing this with both feet in cast and bummed Suzuki dropped the 650. I too have a big 1200 Tenere that doesn't get ridden enough and after my accident I have been thinking of just selling it and getting a new Big Burgman.
Since it doesn't look like I'll be do much off road riding for a while on the Big 10.
My wife has test rode the 650 B with me and loves the big seat. She doesn't like the Tenere seat at all.
My son in Colorado rides a Harley so a 400 or 200 won't be enough. Guess I'll just have to buy used once I get back on my feet. Wife goes nuts every time I start talking about getting back on my bikes, so I can't bring one home yet.
OR
Maybe I'll just buy an airplane.
 
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Wow I'm typing this with both feet in cast and bummed Suzuki dropped the 650. I too have a big 1200 Tenere that doesn't get ridden enough and after my accident I have been thinking of just selling it and getting a new Big Burgman.
Since it doesn't look like I'll be do much off road riding for a while on the Big 10.
My wife has test rode the 650 B with me and loves the big seat. She doesn't like the Tenere seat at all.
My son in Colorado rides a Harley so a 400 or 200 won't be enough. Guess I'll just have to buy used once I get back on my feet. Wife goes nuts every time I start talking about getting back on my bikes, so I can't bring one home yet.
OR
Maybe I'll just buy an airplane.
Don't be too hasty. There are still some 18 model Burgman 650s to be had out there. The 650 will keep up with almost any type of traffic very easily for normal riding conditions. If it makes the SO happy, then it is the way to go. I miss cruise control but not much else. Get healed up and keep scanning the interweb for deals. They are out there.
 
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The odd part about why the SO likes the 650 B over the other scooters is it has foot boards all the way to the passengers seat. Rather than the flip out fot pegs found on most all scooters. Big or small.
Spent the day looking at the new Maxi Scooter models and say that the BMW and a few Chinese brands offer passenger foot boards.
Side note, I too grew up on Vespas and Lambrettas. (Military Brat) My junior year (67-68)I rode a Lambretta and all the (cough) "Cool Kids" rode Honda Super 90's. They laughed at me for a few days until one challenged me to a drag race. He didn't understand that my 150 cc 2 stroke Lambretta was made to cruise 70 miles an hour 2 up. Poor kid didn't stand a chance. I went by him with the little front wheel up in the air and the rear fender/ license plate scraping the ground and shooting out sparks. All while I was shifting the transmission with the 4 speed twisting wrist shifter.
Wish Lambretta built new manual wrist shifting 4 stroke 250cc or bigger scooters now.

Eventually I'll get back on my feet, then the plan is to relive my childhood with the joys of a scooter and my Grandkids.
 
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The odd part about why the SO likes the 650 B over the other scooters is it has foot boards all the way to the passengers seat. Rather than the flip out fot pegs found on most all scooters. Big or small.
Spent the day looking at the new Maxi Scooter models and say that the BMW and a few Chinese brands offer passenger foot boards.
Side note, I too grew up on Vespas and Lambrettas. (Military Brat) My junior year (67-68)I rode a Lambretta and all the (cough) "Cool Kids" rode Honda Super 90's. They laughed at me for a few days until one challenged me to a drag race. He didn't understand that my 150 cc 2 stroke Lambretta was made to cruise 70 miles an hour 2 up. Poor kid didn't stand a chance. I went by him with the little front wheel up in the air and the rear fender/ license plate scraping the ground and shooting out sparks. All while I was shifting the transmission with the 4 speed twisting wrist shifter.
Wish Lambretta built new manual wrist shifting 4 stroke 250cc or bigger scooters now.

Eventually I'll get back on my feet, then the plan is to relive my childhood with the joys of a scooter and my Grandkids.
Comfort of the passenger is important for many reasons and only some of them have to do with the motorcycle experience. The Burgman has a lot of room for the passenger. I am still using the original seat but it could be improved with more padding for you and her. You'll never have to worry about a planned or unplanned wheelie with the big burger. For it's size and weight, it is quick. Not fast but quick. Running with traffic will not be a problem. Ease of riding and the ability to go two up in comfort are things I really enjoy.
 
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