I bought this bike for my wife, who just got her motorcycle license. She likes the bike but doesn`t really care to ride.
I`m 35 years old. I drove everything from a dirt bikes, 3-4 wheelers, mini bikes, street bikes, cruisers. The Burgman is by far the best, most enjoyable ride. So smooth and fast. It`s like the caddy of motorcycles.
With the extra storage under the seat and locking glove box, it's great. I have installed a stereo and it makes riding a little more fun.
Love to ride the Burgman, plenty of power for the highway. Had it going about 108 m.p.h. Think I might have to sell my 04 Suzuki 1400 Intruder.
The Burgman is a smooth riding scooter indeed. It accelerates quickly and the smooth ride makes you feel you're not going that fast until you look down at the speedometer. Plan to keep your speed down to legal limits so your wife will have a healthy riding partner for years to come. Enjoy the summer!
I am a Gold Wing rider and have been for almost 30 years. I have recently traded a 2007 Burgman 650, for a Gold Wing, the Burgman 650 is the most impressive bike I have ever owned. I traded this bike to a man in Dallas Tx that had a Gold Wing he could not ride. I am now again in the market for a 2007 or 2008 Burgman 650 and will take a trade in on a 1996 Gold Wing for one.
I agree with the review and also enjoy my 2009 650 Executive Burgman for all the great things it offers! I tried a lot of other bikes - 650 V-strom, Kawasaki Concours, Yamaha 1700 Roadstar Warrior and feel the Burgie beats em all hands down in all categories. I checked out the BurgmanUSA.com site for years and finally bit the bullet and got my brand new dream bike without even test riding one - you should too!!
I've put 6,000 miles on my Burgie 650 and love it! I still have my 1991 Harley, with over 100,000 miles, it is a great bike and has given me much pleasure. However, since I got the Burgie, the Harley does not get much action. I was at a stop light when a guy on a Harley pulled up next to me. He gave me a look that said "scooter boy"! I pushed the power button and when the light changed, left him in the dust. He wouldn't look at me at the next light!
Agree with the comments. I rode a sport bike until I blew the engine up, then did some research and went with the Burgman 650. BurgmanUSA.com is a fantastic community support site. I've got more than 15,000 miles on my 2007 Burgman 650 (bought new April, 2008) and commute >40 miles a day on it. Also tour with my wife on it and she loves it too. We go up the mountain passes with ease at speeds comfortably above the posted speeds. All the storage (including our topbox) gives up enough room for all the gear for a weekend away from home - including two laptops.
I have more of a question, I'm 6'3" and weigh about 250lbs. I would like to buy a Burgman Scooter, but I don't think it would fit me or how would I look ridding one. Most of my friends suggest that I should get a motorcycle, I don't care for all that shifting. Besides, my wife may ride on it with me, open for any suggestion.
Take an afternoon and go to a Suzuki shop that has the 650. You can spend all afternoon on it without firing it up - it will sit up nicely on the center stand. Have your wife take a picture or two of you on it.
I think the legroom will really impress you as will the comfort. As far as what others think, see the comment above regarding smoking Harley's off the line. You won't be able to keep the smile off your face when you do this.
I know I can't, and I only have the 400. Someday I'll get the 650.
I just got my 2007 Burgman 650 that only has 1250 miles on it. I have found that the speedometer is approximately 11% fast. In that it shows 67 mph = reality 60 mph, shows 78 mph = really going 70 mph. I can adjust to that, as all the metrics seem to have that deficiency. Oh, my speeds were radar checked by a Hwy Patrolman friend.
I will try to post more of my lessons learned as my mileage increases.
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