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Old 10-04-2019, 01:24 PM
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I told a friend of mine who manages a local motorcycle dealership that I have always wanted to buy one. He told me to stop by when I had the time and so I did.

I have ZERO riding experience and he suggested the Suzuki Burgman 650 Executive as a beginners bike. If I like it, bring it back and buy a bigger one next year.

I said if I can pass the test and get a license, I'd take it. Passed it easily and 20 minutes later came back bought it.

I'm having the time of my life on this thing. It goes from zero-60 mph in a few seconds. I've had it just a week and have already put 300 miles on it. It get around 60-70 mpg's.

My son who rides a Harley laughed at me, but I love this bike.

(Not my bike in pictures but it's what mine looks like. It's blue)







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That's a scooter homie.
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Why do guys like riding scooter's while wearing loose shorts?

So they can feel the wind on their vagina.

Bah dum tssss.
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Nothing wrong with a 650. I bought my wife a Kawasaki 650 classic to learn and make her mistakes on and she made a few. She now rides a Harley Delux. Since you've never ridden, I suggest you take it easy and never ride you beyon your limits. Never get complacent on it either or it will bite you. It's best if you have a seasoned rider to ride with. You'll learn a lot, but still don't ride beyond you're limits. Like I told my wife when riding in a group, ride your own ride. And yes I ride a Harley.

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Nothing wrong with a scooter.
My brother got a Burgman to ride while his Gold Wing was in the shop for a major repair and refit. After two weeks on the Suzuki he never went back. He said it was so much easier the deal with in parking lots and at stop lights than the huge cruiser was that it made him want to ride more.

Haters gonna hate... so ride the bike that makes you happy, and not the bike that the weekday CPAs wearing leathers on Saturday say you should ride.

Iíve been thinking hard about getting a bike, too. Maybe a Dual Sport.
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That's a scooter homie.
A very, very capable scooter with 56HP and a top speed over 100MPH.

Heck, it's 15 inch front tire is only a touch smaller than the common 16 inch front rims of yesterday's sport bikes.

Nice bike!
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Enjoy your moped, but PLEASE go over to newenough or a website like that and buy head to foot protection.

I would have a titanium knee right now if I hadnt. The Kevlar plate that protected my knee was ground to half thickness.
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I've rode for many years on the street and dirt and take the above advice as gospel, I've only been down once on the street (many times in the dirt) and I still have my helmet with deep groves in it. Take it slow and ride safe and watch out for those distracted drivers, gear up and have fun.
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All that matters is OP happy?

He said he is, very. That is all.
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My condolences...
Motorcycle=Donor cycle...
Or you could be road pizza...GOOD LUCK!
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I have ridden motorcycles since the 60s.....all types..all brands....sport....dirt....cruisers....and now with my arthritis....scooters....I don't miss clutching/shifting....and I no longer go for long trips on the road....and all these years....I have found that Harley riders are the most derisive of all the motorcyclists.....


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Always assume other drivers don't see you. I once had a guy in a car make direct eye contact with me then switch lanes a few seconds later and run me off the road. Somehow he didn't see me.
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I have ridden motorcycles since the 60s.....all types..all brands....sport....dirt....cruisers....and now with my arthritis....scooters....I don't miss clutching/shifting....and I no longer go for long trips on the road....and all these years....I have found that Harley riders are the most derisive of all the motorcyclists.....


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Yeah, I just discovered that!

I bet I've had ten of them go wayyy out of their way to tell me "I ride a Harley". It has to be a desperate attempt at compensating for some short coming or something. Just weird.

Any way, I'm learning the basics of riding and having a blast!
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Nothing wrong with a 650. I bought my wife a Kawasaki 650 classic to learn and make her mistakes on and she made a few. She now rides a Harley Delux. Since you've never ridden, I suggest you take it easy and never ride you beyond your limits. Never get complacent on it either or it will bite you. It's best if you have a seasoned rider to ride with. You'll learn a lot, but still don't ride beyond you're limits. Like I told my wife when riding in a group, ride your own ride. And yes I ride a Harley.

Welcome to the club!
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Nothing wrong with a scooter.
My brother got a Burgman to ride while his Gold Wing was in the shop for a major repair and refit. After two weeks on the Suzuki he never went back. He said it was so much easier the deal with in parking lots and at stop lights than the huge cruiser was that it made him want to ride more.

Haters gonna hate... so ride the bike that makes you happy, and not the bike that the weekday CPAs wearing leathers on Saturday say you should ride.

Iíve been thinking hard about getting a bike, too. Maybe a Dual Sport.
Wise words Lib!
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I have owned five motorcycles a Harley 61, a Triumph Thunderbird 650, a Triumph Bonneville 650, a Harley 74 Superglide and a MotoGuzzi SP1000.

My favorite the Triumphs, lightweight, nimble and fast. I didn't learn about counter steering until I bought the Superglide, I thought I was just leaning the bike to steer.

I commuted the hwy 129 dragon to UTK when I was the only bike on the mountain. In fact I don't think I ever met another bike on that mountain.

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Try not to center punch a distracted driver making a left turn.

It hurts.
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I had a Suzuki 650 Savage. loved it. Sold it several years ago. I put the strobe component in the wiring of the head light which caused it to blink continually so others would see the blinking light and mentally know something was there. People are not expecting only one headlight and it doesn't register.

Did the same with the Brake light. When brake applied it would blink 5 times and then steady. Could reinitialize by simply touching foot brake.

Just a little safety concern. Also rode with a yellow moto jacket and red helmet.

Probably looked funny but people could see me.

Enjoy your riding. It made me feel free.
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Nothing wrong with a scooter.

Except that...it's a scooter.


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Iíve been thinking hard about getting a bike, too. Maybe a Dual Sport.
BMW GS series for the win.

You can pay less and get a very nice, very capable bike that will do the job very well..

But the BMW will be better.
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Nothing wrong with a scooter.

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I’ve been thinking hard about getting a bike, too. Maybe a Dual Sport.
BMW GS series for the win.

You can pay less and get a very nice, very capable bike that will do the job very well..

But the BMW will be better.[IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.survivalistboards.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif[/IMG]
People own Beemers for the same reason they own Harleys.

So they can tell you about it.

You can pay less for a capable duel sport than it costs to buy BMW luggage.
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