I have, unwillingly as it might have been, ridden on gravel, dirt, sand, and truly ugly roads on scooters. The Suzuki Burgman is in a class far beyond the Silverwing, mostly because the final drive is gear not belt, but also the transmission set up is better, suspension is better. We ride the 650cc in the states, and it is like sitting in an easy chair that moves at highway speeds. The bad thing about scooters is as stated above, the small tires really hate potholes, and per cc, the weight is more than a cycle. Comfort levels, quickness for turning, and carrying capacity, the scooters have it all over a cycle. I can put 56 liters under the seat, 70 in the top box, a monster humpbag, and if needed, two panniers front and two back. Never have used the front set up and likely never will. I put an extra fuel tank (4.5 gallons) under the seat with an extra battery, leaving only enough room for the tools and one helmet. Scooters are designed for sealed highways, but will do a LITTLE offroad, and zero uphill dirt, snow, ice. If you are still in korea, give a call. You can ask Dankook U. Cheonan Campus for my phone number since we are not supposed to put them on the forum.
Take care and glad to see you are back on the roads
Last edited by Hindu1936; 26 Apr 2007 at 02:37.