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post #1 of 79 (permalink) Old 04-07-2017, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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Need some help on a decision between 2006 or 2007 burgman

Hello everyone. I currently own a 2015 honda pcx 150 but honestly need something a little faster and stable at higher speeds. I like to tour in my free time and tend to run 60-65 mph and do a bit of in town riding as well. I've come across a couple deals that seem decent and would like some input.

I've found a 2006 burgman 400 type s 50 miles away from me for $ 3,499 with only 740 miles.. Looks to be clean, haven't looked it over tho in person. Then there is a 2007 burgman 400 110 miles away for $2,999 with 5,200 miles, very clean and has tall windshield. There's some 2014 models as well within a 2-3 hour radius but little more then I really prefer to spend at the moment. Any help would be appreciated. My location is Michigan too if that would help any. I'm thinking the 2007 is the better buy as the 2007s were upgraded and I'd prefer the color as well over the 2006. Just curious if the price is fair or not and if it would be a good buy.
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I believe you would want to stay with an 08 +.
Besides that, that's about what I'd ask for my 2012.
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The 400's a great bike, I agree with 2008+, but you may also want to check out the TMax, & the BV350.
Possibly the Kymco Downtown, & GT300I, or if feeling bold the SYM Evo 300i (2016+) if you have Kymco or the less common SYM dealers in your area (you were kinda hazy on location)
All of those will pretty much do what you're asking with the bigger ones being heavier, & the smaller ones having less left after you hit 70. Been looking at those myself.

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I'm up in the "thumb" of michigan so I decent driving distance from any big city really. All burgmans I've found are 2-3 hours away unfortunately. I've found some 2014's but they are 4,800-5,400 as well as about 3 hours away. I did read the 2007's had some clutch issues which scared me a little bit and the 2006's had quite a few issues that were common which quite honestly now has steered me away from that year. Also for what it counts I'm about 210 pounds and 5'8 with slightly longer torso.

I like the burgmans just because they come from a good brand as well as have great reliability as well as great underseat storage as I like to run to grocery store alot as well as garage sailing on the scooter during the summer. I put a decent amount of miles on as well as I use it over my car in most situations as well so want something comfortable for long and short trips. Sat on a burgman 400 once and found it to be quite comfortable. Never test drove it though.

I can look but I'm not very sure on SYM dealers or the brand to be honest. I would rather buy lightly used as I bought the pcx brand new and just paid it off last month and still have car payment as well as house payment so I can't get too expensive. I plan on trading in the pcx if I find something nicer and bigger but i'm sure I won't get much for it as scooters don't really hold value up here but who knows.

The pcx is great for what it is. great mileage and runs 65-70 mph unless there is strong headwind. The problem is its just a little underpowered and way too light at those speeds. I have a tall givi windshield and nyc variator and its still too short to where i get some bad helmet buffeting, but without windshield I can only hit 60mph full throttle which I'm not a fan of doing.
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Agreed on the 08+ models for the 400, BUT... If your best choices are the 06 & 07, then the 07. Yes the clutch was upgraded in 08, but that just means you'll be replacing it a little sooner than later. The 08 clutch works fine on the 07. However, With 1100 miles on the clock, you'll have years before it's an issue. The upgrades on the 07 are worth it, if only for the brakes alone.

My 07 has been the best bike ever for me. 58k miles on the clock and she still purrs along everyday. 85+ mph is not a problem and I'm bigger than you. With a couple of seat mods, you can ride all day with the big boys and keep up just fine. And the trunk is the biggest in all of scooterdom.

Good luck in your search. You probably won't mind riding 2-3 hours back with your new bike.

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The 400's a great bike, I agree with 2008+, but you may also want to check out the TMax, & the BV350.
Possibly the Kymco Downtown, & GT300I, or if feeling bold the SYM Evo 300i (2016+) if you have Kymco or the less common SYM dealers in your area (you were kinda hazy on location)
All of those will pretty much do what you're asking with the bigger ones being heavier, & the smaller ones having less left after you hit 70. Been looking at those myself.
Just be advised, Piaggio parts are expensive and the dealerships seem to be dwindling. At least here in the states.
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The '07 has better brakes. Twin front rotors put less stress on the forks.
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The '07 has better brakes. Twin front rotors put less stress on the forks.
They saved my butt more than once.

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found a new 2015 tmax for $6,527 but little over my budget. 2009 for $4,000 but 13k miles. sharp looking but still biased to the burgman just because of all the happy people i've read about, huge storage and fair mpg and power. Did come across a 2012 burg 400 for 4,175 and 1,6xx miles. Found a cheap 2009 burgman 650 for $4k with 4,4xx miles as well but feel thats more than what I need, don't run the express ways anyway so probably overkill. I have just under $2,000 saved up so i could sell the pcx and have what I need to pay cash and negotiate a better price as well for the 2007 I mentioned in first post which is really what I would prefer doing as I dont want to worry about having another loan but would consider that if needed.

I've rode over 150 miles straight on the pcx last summer so I'm sure doing 100 on a burgman would be a cakewalk. the worst thing is selling the pcx. No demand in my town for scooters of actual value and would not feel safe riding the pcx through some of the cities to trade it in at dealership that has the 2007 burgman.

wanted to thank everyone for the info so far!
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I wouldn't be particularly afraid of riding it to a city, depends on where you're at of course.. but you could trailer it or stuff it in a rental van/truck with a bit of forethought. You could even ask the dealer if they have a way to transport aka if dropping off one for ya they can pick yours up. Of course you do get a better price private party usually.
That said and all of the above suggestions it's best to have something as reliable as ya can get with a dealer or good mechanic in the area.
650 vs. 400 try both if ya can.
The TMax is notably bigger than the 400 and very capable of higher speeds. It's also more of a sport tourer vs. the 650 (tourer) or 400. I've looked at them and so far not quite my cup of tea. Nice bike though.

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