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Review of the 2004 Suzuki Burgman 650:
Author: Craig Harlamoff, 2004-09-09|
I knew the bike would be supremely practical. Later I discovered that the bike handles very nicely during spirited riding. The smooth engine and comfort makes for a good day touring bike.
The wife and I rode the 650 down to Moss Landing Harbor and had |
lunch at Phil´s Fish Market. Delightful fresh fish cooked in various
Italian ways. Very good.
From there, we rode down the Coast highway to Big Sur. This coast
can be very windy and sometimes foggy. We were blessed with
a good off shore breeze that made for warm riding. We rode 75 miles
of winding road along the cliffs and down by the sea. Very pretty. Plan
on stopping at the little road side pull offs to take in the hues of blue
Ocean hitting the green Redwood shoreline.
Pashnit has a good photo display of these roads if you´re interested:
Vivi and I stopped at the biker bar in Big Sur to get a Hamburger. The place was surrounded with Harley’s and their leather clad warriors. Despite Their fierce some appearances, all were genuinely happy to be out of the road. The bar served up a decent hamburger. The gas
is the highest in the nation at Dollars 3.75 a gallon. (YIKES)
One of the pleasant things to do in Big Sur is to get a day pass at
the park and ride to the upper Camp Ground. The river flows down
a rocky canyon, making various pools and water falls. This is a
nice place to get off the bike and take a dip. Watch your feet, those
rocks are a little sharp.
Below Big Sur 20 miles or so is the Nacimento Ferguson road. This
road leaves Hwy 1 and heads up over the mountain range towards
King City. This is a nice way to see miles of wide open California country.
You can go for 50 or so miles without seeing a sole. You definitely
want a full tank of gas and some water before heading this far into
the wilderness. The mountain range runs from Redwoods on the
Ocean side to Oak trees on the Eastern side of the mountain. As
you drop down into the valley, miles of grassland with scatter
Oaks and rock formations.
Nacimento road goes into the back of Fort Hunter Liggett. We were
stopped by the Federal Police who checked every piece of ID we had.
Despite the shakedown, he was good enough to direct us to the
base gas station to let us fill up. Watch out on these bases. 25 means
25 mph. Despite the base being deserted, the two lonely police were shooting radar . It would have been easy to pick up a ticket after miles of high speed riding.
We rode back up the Salinas valley, past miles of green crops. The
bike is really beginning to break in now. The bike was purring along effortlessly along the straight 70 mph run.
The trip was 230miles round trip. Most of the roads we took at
35 mph as they were small, windy two lane roads. We had two different
couples stop and ask questions about the Burgman. They really seem to like it.
Vivi and I live in the city. With work and errands, sometimes we forget
how much country is out there to escape to.
On this trip we found the Burgman to be a delightful mid weight bike for day trips. It was smooth, economical, comfortable and has good storage. On
the negative, the only thing I can say
is that the ride is a touch firm. This can be a benifit though, if you want to
sport the Burgman around.
Santa Cruz CA
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