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post #21 of 76 (permalink) Old 02-12-2017, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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Holy cow dude! If you're looking at spending THAT much, seriously consider a TMAX 500.
See? My options are just too broad when I open my considerations to non-Burgman products.


I will start looking at 400/650 advertisements in scooterfinds and cycletrader. Y'all have won me over to consider them. Just ... consider them. I'm still going to go look at the new '14 200 in a couple of weeks. It comes with a as-used price and an as-new OEM warranty.
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I'd say get a 400, it will do exactly what you want and more. More is always better in my book.
I have also seen posts in here about problems with the 200's variator wearing out early.
So have I. And if I understood the posts, complaints that Suzuki considers these are "wear parts" and not covered by the warranty. I could understand if this were just the belt. That's normal, measurable, and expected.
But variator failure? Not so much.

I've seen some scary 400 ads already. Vehicles being sold as "parts" and "mechanic's specials" and "needs work, sold as-is."

But I will keep looking.
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See? My options are just too broad when I open my considerations to non-Burgman products.
I would re-evaluate that criteria. You could get a Honda Reflex 250, with hardly any miles on it, for under $2000.


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But that's a 250, and everyone (you included) were recommending larger, more powerful bikes.
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But that's a 250, and everyone (you included) were recommending larger, more powerful bikes.
I was not included. I was recommending you buy a smaller one, as per your inclinations and stated use case (:


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Thank you. I'll include the Reflex among the possibilities, since I'm looking at 200cc+
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Please don't feel coerced into buying a larger bodied/displacement scooter than what you would prefer simply because I and most of the folks who have responded to your op prefer these scooters. Given the stated type of riding and the speed limit of the roads you plan on riding on, you should be able to find an excellent smaller-bodied scooter (Vespa, BV, etc.) that can easily meet/exceed your stated needs and are within your budget; especially if parking space is critical. I have been in a situation where parking space was at a premium. I was able to store a Vespa 300 and my car in my garage without needing to juggle one to access the other. When I purchased a Burgman, I had to park the car outside. After a couple years, my desire/need to park my car in the garage necessitated a move back to a Vespa. Thankfully I am now living in a house with a garage large enough that I have moved back to my preferred ride - a B400.

Whatever you choose, make sure that you are completely comfortable with your decision - and enjoy and ride safe.
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Thank you. I am not feeling coerced, and I am broadening my options -- and am considering older larger bikes. I'm grateful for all of the kind interest and advice. Though I may still go small; space really is a premium.
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Beware mission creep!

I bought my first scooter, a Honda Elite 80, thinking it would be fun to tool-around town. Then I bought a Burgman 400 because I wanted to ride in my local mountains and do long day rides up the coast. I had to promise the wife never to ride on the freeway. Then my wife discovered she loves to tour as a pillion. Then I bought my first 650 because we love to take long weekend trips. Now, and for the past 9 years, we do 10-14 day road trips every June. (Our style - adventurous backroads during the day. high thread-count B & B's at night).

Small scoots are gateway drugs. Cut to the chase and start main-lining a 400 or 650 right now. Consider burgamanusa.com your 12-step program.
LOL! That is funny - and too true when it comes to scooters and bikes! So let me see if I've got this --- small scooters are the 'marijuana' of the two wheel world?

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LOL! That is funny - and too true when it comes to scooters and bikes! So let me see if I've got this --- small scooters are the 'marijuana' of the two wheel world?

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how else can you explain the goofy Burgman grin?
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how else can you explain the goofy Burgman grin?
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