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    What's up with the scooter Forum?

    I haven't seen any post on here in a long time. Is it so trouble free and fun to ride that no one has the time to post? I haven't ruled out getting one myself but would like some input from ones with experience on them. Is anyone experiencing any extraordinary problems that we all should know about before buying? Would you buy again or would you take another route? Is it easy to maintain the bike yourself or does it require special tools and no-how to keep it running and how about cost of maintenance. I've read all the old post on here and some are pro and some not but all are old. Inquiring minds want to know or at least mine does.
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    I bought one for my wife first year they were out, to be honest she didn’t like it. Lots of neat features but a bit heavy in the low speed area. Once moving she was a terror on it, we’re talking triple digit speeds, parking lots were her downfall literally. Kept it 2 years and that was it, I could see some expensive services in the future

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    Thanks t6pilot

    Quote Originally Posted by t6pilot View Post
    I bought one for my wife first year they were out, to be honest she didn’t like it. Lots of neat features but a bit heavy in the low speed area. Once moving she was a terror on it, we’re talking triple digit speeds, parking lots were her downfall literally. Kept it 2 years and that was it, I could see some expensive services in the future
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    Thanks for the feedback; I was wondering if this Forum was still alive and wanting opinions from riders on maintenance issues and costs. I'm still wondering why there isn't much activity on this Forum; is there no interest or nothing to report. Is the newer scooters bullet proof now with prior problems fixed and recalls completed or is there disappointed owners who don't want to say? I await more feedback. thanks again.
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    Though I don't own one, a quick search on CycleTrader showed some higher-mileage bikes for sale, so some people do ride them beyond the grocery store. The one that impressed me the most was a 2019 C400 with 25k miles - that shows me you can do some mileage on these!
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    Quote Originally Posted by drneo66 View Post
    Though I don't own one, a quick search on CycleTrader showed some higher-mileage bikes for sale, so some people do ride them beyond the grocery store. The one that impressed me the most was a 2019 C400 with 25k miles - that shows me you can do some mileage on these!
    I've heard of Honda 250 Helix's with > 100K miles, and saw an Ironbutt entry Burgman 400 with over 100K miles a few years back, so even small liquid-cooled scooters can last a long time if maintained properly. Maintenance cost does seem to be a concern with the BMW branded scoots. The Chinese-made 350cc (cx400) also had some initial problems with brakes and stallling. They are nice looking machines, though, and very well finished. The riding position on the 650GT was very comfortable for me but the ride seemed a little rough and noisy compared to its' main competitor. I have not ridden the 350/400 but certainly will when given the opportunity. Modern scoots are easy to ride, most have decent weather protection and many can carry a lot of stuff. They're worth a try anyway, especially for in-town riding.
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    I had a 2014 C650GT, just under 18,000 miles when I sold it. 2 years of trouble free riding, just maintenance and tires. Did an Iron Butt ride on it and multiple day trips with liter bike friends. Too bad they don't keep developing the 650 or even move to a 750 version. Nice around town machine that can be used for long rides as well with only some shortcomings.
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    Thanks everyone

    Quote Originally Posted by bicyclenut View Post
    I had a 2014 C650GT, just under 18,000 miles when I sold it. 2 years of trouble free riding, just maintenance and tires. Did an Iron Butt ride on it and multiple day trips with liter bike friends. Too bad they don't keep developing the 650 or even move to a 750 version. Nice around town machine that can be used for long rides as well with only some shortcomings.
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    Appreciate your report bicyclenut. I'm impressed you did the Iron Butt on it, also that you did the Iron Butt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 22600 View Post
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    Appreciate your report bicyclenut. I'm impressed you did the Iron Butt on it, also that you did the Iron Butt.
    I count about 10 people who have done at least 1 Iron Butt ride on a C650GT on the IBA Web Page including myself. There is also a women who finished about middle of the pack in an Iron Butt Rally on a C650GT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bicyclenut View Post
    There is also a women who finished about middle of the pack in an Iron Butt Rally on a C650GT.
    That would be Lynda Lahman.
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    After over 40 years riding BMW's. Major health issues forced me to give up my bike. Now have a 650 Burgman. After owning it for about a month. I can report. This maxi can keep up with the big boys just fine. Have had it up to 160 KM/H (100 MPH). Handels Very well. I know, I know, it's not a BMW. But I may look at one now, after this experience.
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    I resemble that somewhat

    Quote Originally Posted by martinph View Post
    After over 40 years riding BMW's. Major health issues forced me to give up my bike. Now have a 650 Burgman. After owning it for about a month. I can report. This maxi can keep up with the big boys just fine. Have had it up to 160 KM/H (100 MPH). Handels Very well. I know, I know, it's not a BMW. But I may look at one now, after this experience.
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    I purchased a 2013 650 Burgman (via CL and my brother in Texas) recently to ride when I return to Texas. I haven't given up on my rs but it's needs some maintenance first and I wanted something to ride. The Burg only had 5k on it and in my price range. I still want a bmw scoot though, just to know if I'm missing something. I've ridden a 650 Burgman here in Taiwan and really like it and yes it can keep up with the big boys.
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