So you take that car out for a test drive and learn these things. It helps you decide if you want to buy that car or not.
So this is a first for me in a lot of ways. Not only is it a new bike, but its also my first ride on something bigger and more powerful than I had ever ridden before. Not only would I be driving in the stop and go traffic of a city, but traveling on highways and along some twisty country roads. I had not really planned on this route but it just sort of happened that way.
To say I was a bit nervous is a bit of an understatement. I could just see myself getting onto the bike, pulling away into traffic and going down in a heap. I didn't thank God. I did however learn some things about the Burgi right off the bat.
I had a brief ride through the city of St Petersburg and then had to cross the Gandy bridge. The speed limit was 65 mph and I quickly got the bike up to speed. Up until then I was traveling at about 35 - 45 mph.
I had expected some buffeting but was surprised by how much. I felt like I was getting punched as the wind rolled over the windscreen and straight up into my chest and head. I'm 6 foot tall and had traveled less than 20 miles. I already knew I was getting a taller windshield as soon as possible.
Bending over a bit and looking just over or through the windshield helped immensely, but created an awkward position for me. I read some reviews where the writers complained of a weird magnification of the windshield, which I did not experience at all.
I also noticed how the bigger bike caught the wind a lot more than my smaller previous Zuma 125 did. Which came as a bit of a surprise and I had to work out how to cut the wind on the bridge. Luckily traffic was light and although I was not blown into another lane, I felt that I could have easily have been. The weight and size of the bike would also be an issue on the twisty back country roads I drove on. Where I was used to the much lighter and smaller Yamaha, so it would take a few more days and miles to adjust to the bigger Burgman.
Once I hit the city traffic things got a little easier, although I still had to get used to the weight of the bike. As my lovely girlfriend pulled into a market I nearly tipped the machine over pulling into a parking space...all because my weight was not placed right much to her amusement!
My little Zuma 125 could easily keep up with city traffic, I felt a bit more visible on the larger Burgman. Just when I'm feeling a bit more cocky some idiot pulls out and crosses two lanes of traffic right in front of me. A quick light touch of the brakes slowed me quickly enough to avoid a problem however and I enjoyed the quickness of the stop. It was not a panic stop but if I were traveling about 10 miles an hour faster it could have been.
Luckily the front glove box does a deep pocket that will hold a bottle of water, although opening and closing this box while traveling seems a bit dangerous. I guess I could do that at stop lights.
Under the seat I was able to store a jacket as well as a small toolkit that came with the bike and a odds and ends. I was slightly surprised to find there were not one, but two, compartments for holding documents on the sides of the storage compartment.
As I approached the first 100 mile mark on my new bike I thought to myself "I made the right choice." I was a bit concerned about the 400cc engine because I wanted something bigger...afraid that six months from now I would be wanting more power. After my first 100 miles on all types of roads and traffic conditions I felt the 400cc would be just fine.