2 Burgman 650s and 45,000 trouble free ( not one single issue ) later in three years plus 20k on a Swing I can speak with some experience.
THe Swing is a decent scoot but does not compare to the Burgman 650 which is simply a stronger better bike all around.
The Swing also has expensive required maintenance in the 20k miles which the 650 does not.
Bigger brakes, bigger motor , better transmission, much more stable on the highway ( the Swing tracks ruts ) - I think the Burgman 650 is a 100,000 km bike if well maintained - I think trying to do that on a Swing would be costly from a ongoing maintenance standpoint.
Swing is discontinued - Burgman 650 is successful and even emulated by the new BMW 650s.....no contest.
This written by a member here and I have to agree - 43 years of riding many bikes - the Burgman 650 is the best all around ride I've owned.
The Burgman 650 is a cross between a scooter, Goldwing and bullet bike. It's fast, comfortable and very manuverable. Braking is outstanding. Storage is terrific. I've owned many, many bikes of all brands and models, but the Burgman 650 is the best two wheeled vehicle I've ever owned. I bought my wife and 2002 for an anniversary present. At the time, I was riding a J1500 kawasaki Indian look alike, which I have since given my oldest son. I loved that bike, but must say that I love the Burgman even more. Now, my wife and I ride together, hassel free, with greater ease than any bikes we've had in the past. The seating and storage can't be beat. You can ride all day without paralyzing your crotch or hands. Gas milage, on the highway, is about 50 mpg, with 47 in the city. Manuverablity, in the city or on the highway is terrific. Acceleration, especially if you hit the power button, is excellent. You can easily put a muscle car down off the line and even do well against cruzers and smaller bullet bikes
this review sold me on the idea of a maxi.
http://www.onewheeldrive.net/2006/10/04 ... i-burgman/
They got most things right.
The biggest surprised was the twisties - coming from an RD 400 I simply did not expect the kind of handling and outright fun the 650 Burgman displays in the twists.
Grin.....you bet....they call it 80% sport bike and they are correct.
Yet it's a two wheeled soccer mom van around town and and very decent one up touring machine.
I had 1000 km days going up to James Bay.
64 and having the best time EVER on a bike. You are very unlikely to regret the buy.
That said - looking on the cheap end might not serve you so well. The earlier models had some teething pains.
One reason I was very happy to get into the 2009 exec which I think is a very mature design of an outstanding concept.