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A new bike...

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It's been six years since we bought the Honda PC800 Pacific Coast for my wife. She loved the bike (so did I) but there was one nagging problem: She is a tiny 5'2" tall and weighs next to nothing, and the PC800 was a hefty 620 lbs! It's a nicely balanced weight, and it feels like nothing compared to the Goldwing, but with her short legs, she was tiptoeing those 620 lbs when she came to a stop. As a result, she never felt totally comfortable on it, which meant she was riding it less and less. Even after I lowered it and made a few other modifications, she was still on her toes to keep it upright, and still wasn't totally comfortable. Time for a change.

The old PC800 next to my GL1500
The old PC800 next to my GL1500

I de-modified the PC800, and it has gone off to a new owner (in Israel!) who will no doubt love it like we did.

Today we picked up her new ride, a 2012 Burgman 400 ABS. 220 lbs lighter than the PC800, she's much happier on it. I rode it home 60 miles today, and it's peppy and responsive, a really fun little machine. Once I go over it and do some maintenance - new belt, fluids, and so on, it will be a fantastic new bike for her!

Mrs. Wingadmin on her new Burgman 400
Mrs. Wingadmin on her new Burgman 400




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It looks like it is way less bulky than the PC800.

Have seen a few Burgmans about here in OZ - most popular seems to be the 650...and I know they get along quite well.

Hopefully there will be more riding on the new scoot - for her. :)

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Great new bike for her, Scott. Let her know that we are happy for her. I hope she gets a lot more riding in.
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Very nice, The reduced weight will be a game changer. My daughter had one of the 49 cc scoots for a while. Kind of sweet the problem I had was getting used to no tank to straddle

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The bike I learned to ride on was a 2003 Burgman 400 - it could do freeway speeds with my wife on the back (I won't say how much we weigh together!) and was a fun ride.
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That looks really nice. She should really like it. Less weight and still plenty of power to get her wherever she wants to go.

Congratulations.

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Welcome to the world of scooters. Be forewarned, they're addicting! (says the guy with 5 currently)

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Enjoy,, hope its a,good one,,

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tell your wife I said congrats Scott!! when I did my first IBA ride one of the guys in the group was riding a 400 burgman, he rode it in the last IBA rally and finished
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Tell Mrs. WingAdmin congrats on the new bike. Looks like it fits well.
I’m sure it will be in top shape soon.
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You'll all get to see it first hand at the Gathering this year! :)

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Couple of years back, my friends and I took a trip through BC and went over the Kootenay Pass, known locally as the Salmo-Creston Pass. I was on my '85 1200, an my friends were on a 1200 HD and an HD that had had the engine upgraded. There was a Burgman that tucked in behind us at the bottom, don't know what size it was, and the bike kept up all the way to the summit, 1775 metres. We talked about this at the next coffee stop, we were suitably impressed.

These newer, smaller CC motorcycles like the Burgman are not anything like the smaller bikes of the past. Very dependable, more fuel efficient, and give a great and sporty ride.

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Congrats to Mrs. WA. I'm sure she will enjoy it immensely.

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A few more pictures of her new ride....

I've got some maintenance parts (filter, belt, CV sliders, etc) and will have it in tip-top shape and ready to go soon.

Unfortunately, now that Mother Nature has dumped snow on us once again, there won't be a lot of riding in the near future.







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Hi guys, thanks for all your kind words! I'm so happy about my new Burgman. I named her Ingrid, btw. 😁

It's still a lot of bike for me to handle at the moment. I'm worried about dropping it, but I'm sure my confidence will come back once I ride it a little. It has been a couple years for me now. Obviously I prefer the weight of the 250 Virago I originally had, but it did not have an engine large enough to make highway riding very comfortable. I still don't flat foot the bike. It's closer to the ground than the 800 was, but I'm still on my toes. Maybe I need to shop in the "kids" bike section next time, like I do for my shoes! 🙄

I was really excited to see other women in the shop with us when we were getting her too. Not only were they shopping, but they were buying! Maybe if we can get more of us in the buyers market (not just considered passengers of the buyers), we'll get more and more stuff made geared for us. That would be great! I realized that now I have a new bike, but I still don't have replacement gear. All I have is my original stuff that is getting quite old at this point. Both of my jackets and both pants barely have any working snaps anymore, and some zippers are broken. One jacket, the pads are so sloppy fitting that who knows if they would even work.

But that said, the bottom line is that despite challenges we may face with physical strength, obtaining gear that fits (let alone sit that's good quality), or overcoming our fears of being in the rider's seat, we're more and more doing just that! Yay US, ladies! CHANGE is happening, and we're part of it. Thanks for your contribution to our new female-friendly future, and enjoy that wonderful freedom out there on the road with me this summer!

And love to ALL of our riders, not just the females! ❤️

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Maybe just maybe Mrs WingAdmin,

Scott may buy you some new gear, you may need to hint once or twice but I'm sure he will come good - maybe if you can find a pair of boots - with a thicker sole could assist with the height - not sure how much can be done to reduce the ride height.

Sticky side down :)

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getting used to no tank to straddle
I bought a Burgman 650 (essentially the same as a 450 in size) in 2017. My first impressions was really positive but I just couldn't get used to having nothing between my legs. You simply sit on a Burgman - in fact all scooters but you sit in a motorcycle and become part of it. As well as this, despite the heated seat and heated grips I found I got cold because of the draught under my legs where normally an engine would sit. Unlike Mrs WingAdmin, I am 6'2" and I suspect a just a tad heavier than her, I don't think the designers of the Burgman had riders like me in mind when they built the Burgman.
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Congratulations on the new bike Mr. and Mrs. WingAdmin! Ride safe and as you know the more miles you put on it in different traffic conditions builds your confidence.

I'm haven't looked at scooters for years but I'm kind of a die hard Goldwing guy. I've enjoyed the 4 I have had (all used) and especially the GL1800. Does Honda have any scooters you would consider or is the field pretty narrow? I talked to an old guy (of which I'm now one of them) a few years ago and he had a Goldwing but went to some sort of scooter and he loved it, I don't remember the brand. It was powerful enough for him, light, and kept up in occasional highway speeds.

Ride safe!

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Congratulations on the new bike! Looks great!
Mrs. WingAdmin wrote:
Sun Mar 31, 2019 10:05 pm
Obviously I prefer the weight of the 250 Virago I originally had, but it did not have an engine large enough to make highway riding very comfortable.
Are there any cruisers you would recommend, on the lighter end of the scale (for a young lady with similar height and build), but still powerful enough to make highway riding comfortable?

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This is great news and so good to see Mrs. WingAdmin on the website! As others have mentioned, the more you ride your new machine the more quickly you will become intimately familiar with how Ingrid responds in any situation.

So looking forward to meeting you at the gathering!

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intimately familiar with how Ingrid responds in any situation.
Wish I had an Ingrid in my life!
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So, it looks like Suzuki has removed the pillion seat back - we had a 2003 Burgman 400 and it had a nice backrest for the passenger, while the 650 did not. My wife felt a lot more comfortable on the back of the 400. Does the 400 still have the engine mounted to the swingarm? Makes for a really low center of gravity...
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NoblePilgrim wrote:
Mon Apr 01, 2019 7:31 am

Are there any cruisers you would recommend, on the lighter end of the scale (for a young lady with similar height and build), but still powerful enough to make highway riding comfortable?
I used to have an 09 VStar 950 Tourer (traded it for my 95 wing 2 years ago). Weighed in at about 650 pounds. Wasn't a bad bike, but since I'm a tremendous slouch, it didn't help my back when I took a couple of long trips. I did manage to put about 23k miles in the 8 years I had it. Would have had a LOT more if I'd had the time to ride the last few years with it. Liked the 650 they had, but I was wanting something just a little bigger. My arms aren't extremely long, and the VStar fit me better than the other, similar sized bike brands.
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Forget about all the tip-toe stuff.........get a Can-Am Spyder..!! My friend's wife LOVES to ride, but she's got a bum knee. She rode her Harley 883 for a while, but just kept having trouble with the knee. Along comes a neighbor (with a Spyder).......she tries it.......and GUESS WHAT...?? hahahaha New Spyder. Now she's happy as can be. It's all about doing something that we love as long as we can do it........sooooo......maybe that might be your next adventure...?
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Congrats on the new Burgman! I expect to have a scooter in my life very soon. (Well, another one, anyway.) My current ride, an '83 wing, is just getting too heavy for me. I'll be 70 this year, and pushing that 750-800 lbs in and out of the garage, parking spaces etc., is just getting to be too difficult. And, like Mrs. Wing Admin, I'm not as comfortable as I was a few years ago, riding around town on her. On the open road, it's great, but, stop and go wears me out. Maybe a Burgman, or a Yamaha Majesty. Might even go smaller and lighter with a Honda Reflex or one of Kymco's 250 offerings. I picked up a little 49cc 2 stroker last fall, and, it is a blast to ride.



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