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    We have them here in Taiwan

    Quote Originally Posted by Visian View Post
    It is really too bad that American Honda chose not to bring the *real* ADV scooter into our country... the X-ADV 750.

    I see them all over Europe and they absolutely haul ass.

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    We have them here but they are expensive and not very popular. Most people here need/want a scooter to commute daily and need under seat storage and an area in floorboard by there feet. It's just not as functional as a traditional scooter. I agree they are fast and probably a lot of fun.

    The Kymco AK550 is popular here and beginning to make strides in the US but they are expensive also. Not much difference in a scooter price and a motorcycle price now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 22600 View Post
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    It's just not as functional as a traditional scooter. I agree they are fast and probably a lot of fun.
    Yeah, I couldn't see one of these for urban traffic... expressways, maybe, but two wheels in rush-hour traffic is never fun.

    The place I've seen these ADV scooters the most are in the Alps... and the riders were hauling ass!

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    Late reply

    Quote Originally Posted by Visian View Post
    Yeah, I couldn't see one of these for urban traffic... expressways, maybe, but two wheels in rush-hour traffic is never fun.

    The place I've seen these ADV scooters the most are in the Alps... and the riders were hauling ass!
    Been there done that and can honestly say all riders in the Alps haul ass.
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    Exclamation A tiny bit of Maxi-Scoot input....Zuki Burgman 400 Gen 1 (2006)

    Quote Originally Posted by 22600 View Post
    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.
    Hey howdy:

    I just joined the BMW MOA +.

    Riding now in East Texas and have a Suzuki Burgman 400, that is new to me, but 17 years old.

    Bought last July, basically half a year ago, with 8,500 miles on her. Barely broken in lol.

    I've added almost 10,000 miles since, so she's seeing more road time than in all her prior life.

    The original owner rode her like a moped - probably never exceeded 45 mph.

    The fact that she wore the ORIGINAL TIRES - 16 YEARS OLD, and hard as a rock, cupped tread and all, and NO tread wear on rear tire, kinda testified to that.

    But yeah I really do like the Maxi-Scoot concept.

    I'd have bought a BWM (I'm told they're a re-badged Kymco, Taiwanese make), but when buying used in the Summer in rural Texas, you are limited to what's on the market.

    The Burgmans have a great reputation, as do Suzuki's in general, so I felt the risk was minimal.

    I did have to go through the Owners Manual & do all the maintenance items - new tires, fluids & definitely the CVT Drive Belt.
    Which the latter wasn't toast by miles, but by presumed age.

    Logic: If the tires that were visible & more readily changed were ORIGINAL, the hidden drive belt is 98 % likely original also.

    So, after a few weeks of doing that & local shakedown drives, I set off for the Ozarks for the annual 'Scoot the Ozarks' rally- and upon safe return to East Texas, then set off to tour to San Diego for my 40th High School Reunion.

    NOW that was an adventure, and the Scoot did great EXCEPT for a CVT snafu that occured due to my 'in-adequate' maintenance procedure prior.

    Not a biggie, but just learned the crucial nature of FULLY Re-Greasing the rear driven pulley for perfect long term performance.

    I did see several full Tour Maxi-Scoots at the Ozark Rally:

    They mostly seemed to be Burgman 650's, one Kymco AK-550 and also 3 or 4 Burgman 400s like mine.

    The Burgman 650s are 2 cylinder & perform at a higher level, for a higher cost & at a more complex maintenance requirement.

    The B400s perform at a 75% level but are simpler to fix & cheaper to buy.

    For 2 up touring, probably get 1 650 or if she LOVES to pilot, get 2 B400's.

    At the Ozark Scoot Rally, I also did learn, Vespas are seemingly 'City Scooters'.

    Every Vespa there was trailered in, whereas every Burgman or Kymco were driven / toured in, some from 1500 miles distant.
    I was a farily near 450 miles.

    BTW, on my San Diego Tour, I went 1600 miles in 4 days - I-40 route basically, with 520 miles being my longest day, from Norther Arizona, Holbrook to El Cajon, CA (East County San Diego)

    So, I hope that can provide some needed input to your scooter query.


    Cheers - David in East Texas

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    The B400 is a good scooter. One was entered in the 10k mile Ironbutt a few years ago. I believe it had over 100k on it at the start and still finished but would need to check back to be sure. I personally put over 10k on one, and my only compliant was the smallish rear wheel and resultant somewhat harsh ride. It was reliable, though, and maintenance was easy.

    You are correct, Taiwanese Kymco made the driveline for the 650GT and Chinese Loncin makes the entire 350cc C400. The 650GT ride and riding position is superior to either Burgman, at least for my comfort, but itís a bit rough and noisy compared to either and suggested maintenance is expensive. I have not ridden the C400 yet but will if given the opportunity. I believe it is sold elsewhere under the VOGE brand, but not in the US yet.
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