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My wife and I are wanting to get scooters that we can use for daily commute but also weekend trips and maybe eventually some longer hauls. We live in Texas and would love to go up to Oregon on the scooters (taking our time) and spend a month or so. We are trying to decide between the Majesty and the Burgman 400. The main things that I would like to compare is storage, top speed(keep in mind that I rarely go more than 75-80mph in our car when we are travelling, just want to make sure that if we are on the highway doing 75mph and we need to get around a truck or another car we would be capable of passing), handling, and reliability. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!
 

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I spent months doing research on the Burgman and the Majesty. If you are going to get a Burgman wait until the 2007 model arrives. The 06 and older Burgmans require a lot of maintenance (valves every 3500 miles and the valves and filters are very hard to get to-a lot of the tuperware has to be removed to get to these items). The Majesty does not require a valve check until 15,000 miles and the filters are easy to reach and service. I have had my Majesty since January and have 1300 miles on it. It is a joy to ride and handles great on the highway. You can cruise all day at 70-75 MPH or more if you like. I have been getting 58 MPG with a mix of city and highway driving. I am not saying the Burgman would be a bad choice, but I feel the Majesty is a better buy. Also, the Burgman has a small rear tire and the mud flap looks like a shovel.
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I have a Majesty, too -- the bikes are very similar.

Where they differ: Burgie requires more maintenance, comes with pillion backrest, probably differs in SEAT HEIGHT (this is always critical), Majesty has adjustable handlebars, the Burgie has more Pointy styling... Suzuki has two models and a big following, which is cool.
 

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Are you are going to get two scooters?
If so let wife decide on what she feels better with and same for you. We have a Majesty with givi top case and separate back rest. We took it to Florida for a week of two up riding. It was great and bike did great. (Husband is writing up trip) but we plan on purchasing a 650 Burgman for the husband in th near future and the Majesty will be mine. He ride it to work very day, all year long so my time on it is limited.
 

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Thanks to everyone for your feedback! It is a tuff decision and I will have to do more research to come to a decision. Yes, we will be buying 2 scooters, My wife prefers to drive her own rather than riding on the back. I do like the way the Majesty looks (seems a little sportier), the burg seems a little more tour-bike looking. Thanks for the info on maintenance. That is very important. You mentioned waiting for the 07 on any burg...are they correcting the maintenance issues? Thanks again everyone and I will be spending a lot of time on both this site and burgmanusa.com before making a final decision. We have already ruled out the Honda Reflex, and as far as the Silver Wing and the Burg 650 go, I think I would prefer to stay with the 400 for the size and manueverability. I am trying to keep an open mind and not let emotion get involved. I would like to get all (most of the facts, you never really account for EVERYTHING, seems there is always something that is not even thought about) and then make a decision based on pro's and cons of each.
 

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As for performance and handling the two are pretty much equal.
The Burgman has linked brakes, the Majesty does not.
The Burgman does have a lower seat hieght.
The Majesty has longer service intervals.
Styling - well, that one is up to you.
Storage capacity is close on both Burgman and Majesty. I prefer the Majesty set up as only the front half of the seat opens for access. You can strap a tail bag of some sort down and still have access to your under-seat storage area.
Some will say the Burgman storage area is more convenient to use than the Majesty's.

It's a tough call on which one to buy, they are both good in thier own right. That being said, if I was buying with the thought og longer distance travel/touring I would go for the Majesty because of the service intervals.

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If you are of the boomer demographic, that every dealer recognizes as a hot scooter prospect [ Oh, the embarrasment...!! ], then a dealer will let you test drive a bike, as mine did.

Especially if you leave the Megadeth t-shirts at home... :wink:
 

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Here is a review for you. Follow the links through the article for much more info. http://www.cmgonline.com/bikes/articles ... /test.html

I think the Burg and Majesty are similar except for the above mentioned differences, but no one has yet mentioned that the Yamaha is the quicker, more powerful of the bikes. Initial acceleration goes to the Yamaha, roll on mid throttle is pretty much the same, and top end goes to the Yamaha. There is another article by these folks... here http://www.cmgonline.com/bikes/articles ... index.html
 

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Just do yourself a favor and pick the Majesty ... it is that simple. The Burgman is a great bike in its own right but just simply cannot compare with the updates Yamaha put into the Majesty. In particular, the maintenance alone can be a very costly choice on the Burgman ... that was my main reason, but once looking into other details, I knew the Yamaha was the new benchmark. Maybe next year we will have another benchmark, but for now, if you want a 400cc Japanese scooter, this is the one to have.
 

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dbqfan said:
I spent months doing research on the Burgman and the Majesty. If you are going to get a Burgman wait until the 2007 model arrives. The 06 and older Burgmans require a lot of maintenance (valves every 3500 miles and the valves and filters are very hard to get to-a lot of the tuperware has to be removed to get to these items). The Majesty does not require a valve check until 15,000 miles and the filters are easy to reach and service. I have had my Majesty since January and have 1300 miles on it. It is a joy to ride and handles great on the highway. You can cruise all day at 70-75 MPH or more if you like. I have been getting 58 MPG with a mix of city and highway driving. I am not saying the Burgman would be a bad choice, but I feel the Majesty is a better buy. Also, the Burgman has a small rear tire and the mud flap looks like a shovel.
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I would like to point out a correction to the above quote:

The recommended valve inspection interval for the Majesty 400 is every 26,600 miles, rather than 15,000 miles. (Page 3-1, YP400T Service Manual. Also stated in Owners Handbook)
 

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tried them both, went with the majesty. the only benefit to the burgman 400 is the lower seat height, so it is easier to flat foot both feet at a stop if you are under 5'9".
 

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They are definately both great bikes. I had my Horsey ('05 Burgman 400) for less than a year, put over 10,000 miles on it, including a 1700+ trip from Indiana to Florida. It was a great bike, I wished I was able to keep it when I bought the 650, but couldn't afford both. They are very similar, but I think I would still go with the Horsey. Tough decision!!!!
 

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When I got mine the Majesty was the clear choise. With the 2007 updates for the Bergman this is no longer the case. I would now consider them to be very equal with a slight nod to the Bergman for the electrical outlet & lower seat height. All things considered I should think that the final choise
might come down to which you can get the best deal on.
 

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Having only ridden a Majesty just briefly, I know it's a great bike, lots of spunk like a Horsey (AN400). I think other than the service costs, I would get a nother AN400 just because I had owned one before...

I really like the Majesty's, I think Yamaha is trying really hard to please folks....

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