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Old 06-05-2007, 07:56 AM   #51
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I own a BMW R1200RT fully loaded. I bought my wife a Burgman 400 because she doesn't like the height and passenger accomodations on the RT. So I thought she would like riding her own bike and could use it for work because of the economy (65MPG). I ride it more than she does. The maneuverability and not dealing with a clutch in traffic is great. You can get 4 or 5 bags of groceries under the seat. I don't feel the need to wear all of my riding garb when on the Burgman so mounting up, starting up, and dismounting/disrobing doesn't eat up so much time as well. But if I'm heading across state lines then I get out the RT.



I ran into an older gentleman that owns a 400 Burgman. He takes his Burgman touring with a group of harley guys. He is constantly wearing out tires from the miles. With the underseat space and a dufflebag he can do a week or more on the road. I would probably try this myself but I am 6'2" and the 400 feels cramped. Maybe if I had the 650 Burgman I could do a week.
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Old 06-05-2007, 07:58 AM   #52
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Ditto. And sometimes, I might even have a split-second to care whether or not they wave back and note what it is they're riding. Usually not, though.

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Old 06-05-2007, 08:03 AM   #53
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It only cost $400 to fix the tranny. It's the #2 cylinder intake valve dropping that put the icing on the cake. I got a used engine at Bill's Boneyard and cobbled one good engine up for it.



So I've still got less than a grand in it and I've seen 'em sell for $1200 locally! God knows why.



It's going on ksl.com classifieds pretty soon.



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Old 06-05-2007, 08:07 AM   #54
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All of 'em? I mean, even Craig Vetter's?

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Old 06-05-2007, 08:12 AM   #55
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Why not? Isn't that basically an Interceptor engine in a cruiser frame?



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Old 06-05-2007, 08:26 AM   #56
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Anyone else think that the line between the two is gonna keep blurring, at least in terms of design if not ego?



I can't wait to see the Gilera 500cc variant of the Piaggio MP3. And if I can snag a demo ride on either that or the Can-Am Spyder, I'll be just as happy as I was when I finally rode a Ulysses, a couple of weeks ago (less buffeting than on my Firebolt with its double-bubble and Saeng wing. Amazing! )

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Old 06-05-2007, 09:06 AM   #57
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Yea, I ride a scooter. No, I don't give a rat's ass if you approve or if you wave to me. I didn't buy the thing for you.



In my opinion, the biggest difference between scooter riders and motorcycle riders, in broad general terms is this: Scooter riders take a genuine interest in all things two wheeled, motorcycle riders take an interest in motorcycles (and it seems more often than not, what style of bike they are riding at the time).







Articles like this really make me think twice about renewing my subscription.



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Old 06-05-2007, 09:20 AM   #58
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He's cool!
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Old 06-05-2007, 09:25 AM   #59
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See I was right. I bet someone could have insulted your mom and you wouldn't have been this pissed. One question: If you really don't give a rats ass what anyone thinks about your scooter, why are you considering not renewing your subscription?
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Old 06-05-2007, 09:30 AM   #60
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I have been riding motorcycles for nearly forty years and bought my first scooter [ Aprilia Scarabeo 150] after hand surgery made operating the clutch difficult. The scooter is fun to ride and practical around town. Now that my hand is better I still ride the scooter around town instead of my motorcycles. As far as macho, when I ride my Aprilia Tuono I am snubbed by the Harley riders. When I am on the scooter they wave first. Go figure.
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