So my girlfriend and I took a 430 mile overnighter trip this past weekend on my 94 Helix and 03 Burgman 400. We rode from Grass Valley, CA to Mount Lassen, elevation 8000+ feet and home again, spending the night at Lake Almanor, CA.
We didn't fight but did wrestle over one of the scooters, who got to ride it. One might think that would be the Burgman with its clearly superior power and sure-footed handling. Well, no. We both wanted to ride my Helix all of the time. It is hard to describe how it is more appealing, but it is. I know of a couple of Burgman owners that had Helixes (and miss them) and a couple of people that have Helixes and want Burgmans, so let me just help all of you out there that THINK you will really be happier with a Burgman. You won't be unhappy, but you WILL miss your Helix. So get both if you can. And as I have said in another post, the Burgman speedometer is way optimistic and the Helix's is not. So an honest Helix top speed of 70 mph is about 80 indicated for a Burgman. Acceleration on hills will show a big difference. But with some pre-planning, there won't be as much difference as you might expect unless you really ride the Burgman aggressively, with the throttle pinned. And it is my opinion that the Burgman is much less happy with its throttle pinned than the Helix. We had the Helix's throttle pinned a LOT, but it never went over three bars on the coolant temp gauge.
This is just my attempt to cure the "more is better, never happy" mindset.
93 Helix, white, 42K mi