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BMW C650GT vs. Honda Silver vs. Kymco MyRoad 700i vs. Burgman 650 ABS

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By Troy Siahaan January 3, 29

Photos by: Evans Brasfield by: Sean Matic

Here at MO we scooters, especially big ones. if you want, but when it comes to versatile, comfortable, and fun two-wheeled scooters often get overlooked. we’re here to give their fair share.

other motorcycle will you to the grocery store, have for the box of cereal, gallon of milk and of beer you just bought, welcome the chance to take the road back home – all having your left free to sip a latte?

Here, gathered the biggest heavy in scooterdom currently available in the States capable of doing that. They are: the BMW . Honda Silver Wing . MyRoad 700i and Suzuki 650 ABS . The task, then, is to see where Uber Scooters shine and each falls short.

In most of the performance categories we the BMW C650GT dispatched the competition, but not all it takes to be an uber scooter.

in the engine department, these parallel-Twins are remarkably evenly and each can easily haul to 80 mph (or quicker than many on the road. The Kymco and its 699.5cc might be the biggest surprise. claims 59 hp and 46 ft.-lb. of torque, is one horse and three ft.-lb. than the 647cc BMW.

We it would flex its muscle in fashion. Instead, FNG Evans felt it was sluggish off the line, Head Cheese Kevin felt it to be excessively vibey. said, both Kevin and editor Tom Roderick praised the and passing power, with saying, “it feels almost a diesel, with buckets of torque.” We’re impressed at effort at a big-bore engine, but all of us for more refinement – a theme would be carried throughout test.

The Kymco MyRoad’s twisty performance was hampered by a deficiency of clearance. The chassis feels of much more.

At the other end of the Honda’s smallest-in-class 582cc tried its best to punch its weight. With a claimed hp and 39.8 ft.-lbs. “acceleration is likely quick enough for the of riders interested in such a says Duke, “but outgunned in this relatively group.” Still, it emits a exhaust growl that fool its rider into they are going faster they really are. it’s likely that if looking at the Silver Wing, and quarter-mile times aren’t a

The Silver Wing (seen in its environment) performed well at all of the we threw at it despite having the displacement of our foursome.

Scooter Power For Cars

The parallel-Twin in the C650GT can also be in one of the most advanced cars on the BMW’s new i3 automobile. Designed for electric use, with a battery providing as much as 125 of range, the i3 can be equipped with the engine to extend range battery-storage limitations.

In this the trunk-mounted engine is rated at 33 hp and is solely as a generator to inject into the batteries. The car’s AC motor boasts 170 hp and 184 ft-lb, should be enough to propel the chassis to 60 mph in about 7 seconds.

the C650’s engine to an i3 will add to the car’s $42,275 price If you ask us, you should just buy the C650GT.

the difference between the Honda and are the Suzuki and BMW at 638cc and 647cc, As one would expect from the C650GT with its class 60 hp and 49 ft.-lb. (claimed) is incredibly with its power delivered Under normal circumstances the CVT operates in harmony with the but Duke noticed some hesitation from a stop. engine revs at launch but the doesn’t fully bite, its initial pull,” he says. then the CVT clutch bites and revs fall just the snappy part of its powerband finally delivering its full But that was his only engine-related

At 638cc, the Suzuki Burgman 650 ABS feel like it has any disadvantage to the engines in the pack. Packing a 54 hp and 45 ft.-lb. this sensation is by the remarkably refined CVT transmission, benefits from a complete with new materials and electronic activation for more precise and operation – all part of the Burg’s revamp, covered here. It a couple of class-exclusive abilities: a to switch between Eco and Power and, most interesting, able to operate in a manual that mimics a six-speed “It ensures, when desired, the engine is placed in the fat part of its rather than waiting for the CVT to up to your demands,” says “It also removes some of the effect when entering

Suzuki’s Burgman handled well, but it labored under the of its MSRP in the objective scoring.

I know it’s just a trick, I liked the ‘thumb feature,” says Evans.

The many options are (from top to mirror fold switch thumb shifting (orange), mode switch (gray), and “shift” mode (yellow).

able to hold one gear a series of corners gave me the of more control of my entry through engine braking the others.” While a neat we wish the shift buttons operated with the index and thumb.

Eco and Power modes up to their billing, too. The understandably dulls power by the CVT in “high gear” to keep down and boost MPG (we averaged 46 mpg in a of riding conditions). It’s an feature during average but Power mode is the place to be you really want to pile on the It keeps the revs higher for reaction to throttle inputs. acceleration is the best of the bunch, beating the BMW away from a Kevin observed, “And the mode also adds a amount of engine braking.”

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