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    Newbie from San Diego

    A couple weeks back bought a 2015 C650GT with 700 miles on it and I'm loving this scooter. So my story goes like this been riding some form of bikes for years but due to my navy career and always moving around I got rid of my last sport bike in the late 90's. Moved to San Diego 7 years ago and about a year ago started to realize that it would be a lot easier to park a scooter when I surf so I bought a Yamaha Zuma 125 and put a surf rack on it and been using it ever since. Then I started to think about my girlfriend living 35 miles away from me and how easy it would be if I had a bigger bike again so I decided to buy a mint condition 2004 Yamaha Road Star 1700 to commute back and forth to her house. I quickly figured out that this bike was to big and bulky for everyday riding and since I loved the ease of riding the Zuma I would start looking at maxi-scooters. In comes BMW of San Diego and the C650GT. As soon as I test drove it I knew it was the bike for me and traded in the Road Star. Comfortable, tons of storage, plenty of power, great gas mileage and no up/down shifting makes this scooter the best for me. BMW products are pricey but with a 5 year warranty ride it and let BMW fix it when the time comes! I will ride this scooter for a long time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by San Diego Surfer View Post
    a 5 year warranty
    Welcome! You just listed all the reasons I got one except it was a Vespa for the small (actually I had a Honda Ruckus for a while too) and a Harley for the "big bike." My 2013 GT only had a 3 year warranty but I got a 5 year extended. My enjoyment of the bike has only increased over time. I can't imagine going back to manual shifting. I rented a BMW 1600 on vacation and my wife hated the shifting. Although perhaps I might have been a little rusty....
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    Its so easy I find myself sometimes taking the long way home just to ride it longer! I looked at the 2017 but couldn't bring myself to pay that price tag. The only thing I was disappointed about was because I have a short inseam I bought the low seat scooter so no heated seat but in Southern California I'm not to worried about that option otherwise I've never been more satisfied with a purchase in my life like I am with this scooter.

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    Hey, where in San Diego? I lived and surfed there for 40+ years before moving up here near Yosemite!

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    Point Loma area
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    Quote Originally Posted by San Diego Surfer View Post
    Its so easy I find myself sometimes taking the long way home just to ride it longer! I looked at the 2017 but couldn't bring myself to pay that price tag. The only thing I was disappointed about was because I have a short inseam I bought the low seat scooter so no heated seat but in Southern California I'm not to worried about that option otherwise I've never been more satisfied with a purchase in my life like I am with this scooter.
    I had a custom seat made at Russell. They moved it forward for me for the same reason. I think any of the custom seat folks could do that for you. It made the rides much more enjoyable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by San Diego Surfer View Post
    Point Loma area
    Oh, yes. Surfing the Cliffs at Rockslide, Luscombs and Sub Left. Love that place!

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    Can you lane split easily on it?

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    Sfrider I don't really need to lane split because I don't travel on the freeway during rush hour. I'm only about 10 minutes from work on side streets. Most of the time if I ride any distance the freeway traffic is usually flowing.
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