I Have both a 650 burg and a Silverwing 600.
I have to say my go to bike is the Honda Silverwing, It just does everything RIGHT for me and far better.
That is for me and what I want out of the two bikes.
I am 170- lbs and 6ft tall. But I guess if I were maybe 250-lbs + and as wide as the bike, maybe I would go with the Burgman650 as they are considerably wider.
I don't ride in Cold weather, so I don't want More wind protection.
I like a little wind on me, I don't like Big windshields, I want to look over the shield Not Through it.
But, For me,
I like the narrower slimmer bodywork, of the Honda and the lighter weight, as well,
I really notice the weight difference when riding through the twisties.
On my Burg 650 I put a lot of $$$ in the suspension and Cary Vincent seat to make it what I was hoping it would transform it into, a Better handling in back roads bike that is Comfortable to ride (I don't expect it to be anywhere near a motorcycle in handling but just Better than what it was stock with its very short suspension travel) I wanted to have a better more comfortable ride on the B650, and it is much better than it was stock, But Not Near as good as the silverwing.
But the Honda Swing 600 Stock Is actually better and very close to what I was trying to get My Burgman 650 to be.
For me and the way I ride, as I don't do a lot of Long distance freeway touring riding, I try to avoid the freeways as much as possible but do ride them some times.
I do back woods rides in a rural setting, for the most part, and what I want.
Which is a good handling bike that does Not feel like it is pushing through the corners (feels like the heavier Burg650's weight causes this pushing effect, rather than biting into the turns) when I want it to.
I want my bikes to provide a comfortable ride in all situations.
That is the Honda Swing 600, sorry that's my take on the two bikes the burgman 650 is just too Big, to wide, (I like a little more Comfort on a bike ride, and more air on me to) to heavy, and I modded the suspension to the Max, and it is still just OK, for me, Not really fun for me, much to much more car like than I want.
I want more from the suspension, that I believe the B650 just cannot provide me as far as comfort goes.
I could live with the Burgman 650 pushing more than I want through the turns, as I would just ride one of my motorcycles for the Better handling in rural or the Silverwing as it does great in rural rides.
But the Burgman 650's Less comfortable ride is Not as tolerable, the last bit of suspension travel is jolting, even over smaller bumps, unless the road is glass smooth.
The Silverwing gets me back to a very FUN ride!!! A ride I am very impressed with, and Like a lot.
I ride my Silverwing 10 times more than my Burgman 650.
I also like the Simplicity of the Honda Silverwing, and the 1 disc brake up front should not scare you off as the Silverwings brakes are VERY GOOD!!! and do NOT feel wooden in any way, I'm not going to compare Brakes as I don't want to upset anyone.
Sorry don't mean to make anyone mad or defensive, that is just my 2cents, and how I feel about the two bikes, as I use them, others may use theirs for only freeway travel, that would change everything, and they may feel totally different, and feel the opposite, and that is great!!! to each his own.
But I am critical of my bikes and want them to perform a certain way.
My Honda NC700X has the Best ride comfort, and is a very Good Handling bike, it beats both scooters, and I get a average of 80mpg in rural setting.
I am actually looking for another low mile Silverwing currently, I like them that much.
Note: Opinions are like whatholes.
Anyone want to buy a 2005 burgman 650? kidding!
I still like my Burg 650 just a comparison
2013 NC700X 82mpg average
2005 Silverwing 600 5k miles
650NC, NAKED CRUISER, Low Single Seat as light as Possible,
2005 Burgman 650, DarkSide Federal Formosa FD1, 165/60R14 75H, 460 treadwear 1K Miles
Madstad Windshield 26"H x 22"W
Race Tech Front Fork springs, Gold Emulator, 15w
Rear shocks, Progressive 412 Rear Shocks 14.250" aol
Bestem 2012 Top box, Isuzu back rest, dual Fiaam 132dbl Horns w/relay.
Surprised 54.73 mpg last tank of gas for B650
Goldwings several different years, I have to many bikes currently
Last edited by westgl; 05-29-2016 at 12:47 PM.