What a beautiful summer day it was to go on a long back roads ride from Wake Forest, NC to South Boston, VA with some new riding friends, and one on a Burgman 400.

At 10 AM, at a local gas station I had the pleasure of meeting Blake, Robin (ScooterGirl on the forum) and Ed. Blake rides a silver Suzuki Burgman 650 Executive and puts about 1,100 miles a week on his scooter, riding it everywhere for work. Blake didn’t have the time to go on the long adventure today so he had to jump on his scooter and scoot. Maybe next time Blake. Thanks for making the trip to meet us and say hello.

Robin and Ed, a husband and wife riding team see to really enjoy their time on two wheels. Ed has the big BMW 1200 off road bike and Robin was cruising along on her Burgman 400.

For this trip I had the pleasure of just going along for the ride on my Burgman 650 Executive. As the middle rider in this team of three for today’s ride, my responsibilities were only to enjoy the day and make sure that Robin behind me didn’t get left behind at any stop signs.

Ed had spent some time planning a real back road route to Ernie’s restaurant in South Boston, VA. He had the “no highway” route plugged into his GPS so he knew where he was going and all I had to do was play follow the leader.

The route up to Earnie’s was about 115 miles, just a puddle jump on a great bike like the Burgman 650. I think the trip was about 2:30 but to be honest, I lost track of time on the sweeping big turns and long twisty country roads.

Kerr lake and dam

Kerr Lake and Dam on Burgman Ride

The ride around Kerr Lake and across the dam was spectacular. The only thing I knew for certain at the end of that little segment was that riding the Burgman 650 is better than therapy, and that I was hungry for a great lunch.

Earnie’s restaurant had a great lunch buffet spread out for us when we arrived. It looked so good I wish I had room for a second pass, but after drinking down an iced tea and a diet coke to rehydrate, I didn’t have that much available room. But if you go there for lunch, you won’t be disappointed. The food was great, the service attentive and the atmosphere open and airy.

After waddling out of Earnie’s we found a group congregating around the bike and scooters, okay they were a family of geese. But even they were impressed with the Burgmans.

After we left Earnie’s, just a short trip away was the strange sight of Bob Cage’s sculpture farm. If you ever ride near South Boston, VA and you enjoy art, you’ll have to make a brief detour to see the large field full of goats and art.

My Burgman 650 Executive ran like a top. Not a sputter or missed beat, as if I expected one. It chewed the miles up easily as we cruised back towards Wake Forest, averaging more than 50 mpg for the trip. I was so thrilled with the way the Burgman ran that I even treated her to a tank of 93 octane gas for the ride back. I’m a big spender when it takes just a little over two gallons to fill the tank.

The route back was only 70 miles, more direct, but welcomed in the hot North Carolina sun. Thank goodness I was riding in my BurgmanRiders.com shirt, otherwise even at 75 mph I would have been sweating.

We all pulled in to the gas station we met at in the morning. Robin and Ed went inside to fill themselves up with a lot of cold liquid before making their last jaunt home. Luckily I was only a couple of miles for home so I opted to say goodbye and head for home, a bit sunburn, a lot hot, and glad that I had the chance to make some new riding friends.

Maybe next time you can join us for a North Carolina Burgman ride.

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6 Responses to “Sunday Burgman Scooter Ride With New Friends. Wake Forest to South Boston.”

  1. i would love to talk to you guys to find out if i would be able to take a weekend ride with you soon please contact me asap.

    thank you,charles

  2. Hi Charles-

    I’d be up for another group ride and imagine that Steve would be as well. I believe we also have a couple of other “local” folks who may want to come along too. I’m going to be booked w/other motorcycle events for the next two weekends but could do something in October. Start thinking about destination ideas and we’ll can toss some plans around.

    ScooterGirl

  3. Charles,

    Contact me through the contact page on the site and I’ll get you connected with our little Raleigh maxiscooter group and introduce you to Robin and Cynthia. A ride together is definitely in our future.

    Steve

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