The Gearbox section of Slate had a nice little mention of the Burgman today. Here is a summary of that article.

IF GAS PRICES ARE KILLING YOU, HERE’S A GUIDE TO THRIFTY MOTORCYCLES AND SCOOTERS.

There’s nothing like paying upward of $5 for a gallon of gas. It’s exhilarating, like being Tasered or getting clocked in the kisser.

Seriously, if filling up your four-wheeler doesn’t make you wince, you might as well stop reading this article now. For the rest of us, there’s the brutal reality that prices at the pump are higher than they’ve ever been in this country—up more than 38 percent in the last four months, according to data from the Energy Information Administration. What can be done to ease the pain? Ditch your cage, and get out and ride. That’s what.

Yes, motorcycles, those inherently dangerous beasts that you’ve either loved or loathed (or maybe both), are where it’s at when it comes to fuel efficiency. With gas prices through the roof, Consumer Reports recently conducted a nationwide survey of car drivers contemplating their next move. “More than one quarter of consumers have considered giving up two wheels,” the CR study reveals. “Among them 18 percent have contemplated a motorcycle and 14 percent were drawn to motor scooters.” Those are staggering numbers given such a historically marginalized, and even demonized, mode of transport.

Consumers hoping for maximum fuel efficiency had best settle on a scooter, currently the fastest-growing section of the motorcycle market. In most states, any scooter above 150cc requires a motorcycle license. Although some of these largely automatic, step-through machines boast impressive power plants, such as the Burgman 650 Executive, and are capable of triple-digit speeds, the majority aren’t that intimidating and are incredibly easy to ride. They’ve also been known to get up to 100 miles per gallon.

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