I was going to use "customizing" in the title of this post, but I like "tricking out" better. When a guy is riding a white Japanese scooter, he needs all the hip street vibe he can muster up.Clearview replacement shield that I wrote about last month with a taller untinted model.
I've now got the XL Clearview shield for my Burgman 650 Executive, instead of a medium. That adds three inches in height. I decided that I was happy to trade being able to look over the shield for less wind buffeting, which was still noticeable with the medium shield.
When I lower the shield (the Executive adjusts the height by 2.5 inches with a button touch), I can just see over the top of the XL shield if I get my six foot body sitting up straight.
So if I ever encounter a cloud of locusts, sort of unlikely here in Oregon, I'll be able to keep scootering along.
The tint on my first Clearview was appealing on bright sunny days. But when I rode on an overcast day -- which come along now and then in the Northwest, if you didn't know that -- it seemed unduly darkening. Ditto with an evening ride.
Live and learn. I'll probably see if I can sell the medium tinted vented shield on Ebay (I stuck with the vent option, which works great to get more airflow onto me on hot days).
I'm up to about 1300 miles on my Burgman 650, which I got in June. I ride it every chance I can. Which has been a lot, given how nice the weather has been in western Oregon this summer. Major grocery shopping, getting bales of hay, and such can't be done on a scooter, but just about everything else is more fun on two wheels.
Except for crashing, of course. I haven't had a single problem so far in that regard, not even close.
A few days ago, though, we drove our car to Portland and came back a few hours after a bunch of Brother Speed motorcycle club members had gotten into an accident in the northbound lanes just before Wilsonville. The southbound traffic we were in was backed up for miles, purely due to gawkers.
Best wishes to the injured for a full and complete recovery.
On the KGW news last night they had an interview with the leader of another motorcycle club. He said that he knew the Brother Speed riders would want to get back on their bikes as soon as possible, because riding gets in your blood.
For sure. Whether you're riding a high-tech white Suzuki Burgman scooter like me, or a bad-ass tricked out Harley like many of the Brother Speeder's do.
When I checked out their web site to get a URL link for this post, I noticed a video section. Pretty cool. There's something powerful and primal about dozens of motorcycles coming down the road.
I've joined the Oregon Scooter Club, but haven't gone on any group rides yet. Probably one day I'll be able to experience the (considerably quieter) scootering version of the Brother Speed videos.