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Well today was my first day on my new BV400 .
I have a BV350 I bought new that I rode 9500 miles.
The new bike is better because it is new and some improvements were made tastefully.
Better quicker engine top speed 97mph gets there quicker.
Suspension fresh and better but a better rear shocks would be nice.
Brakes are much better.
I have a 34 inch inseam so it is still cramped a bit but the seat seems better. Little stuff helps make a nice bike.
I really like this bike !
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Looks very nice. Good luck with the BV.
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Definitely a beauty...the only scooter that might tempt me away from my GTS 300 HPE.

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Jayhawk wrote:
Definitely a beauty...the only scooter that might tempt me away from my GTS 300 HPE.

Eric
Ha! Or do both. I've taken that route for some years and I still can't pick a favorite!

I call the BV my "tourer" as it's better on highways, and with my own 34" inseam, the bit more legroom is welcome. The GTS is still great all around however....
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Having only a 30" inseam, would the BV be troublesome?
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Jayhawk wrote:
Having only a 30" inseam, would the BV be troublesome?
Good question...I have a surplus of leg length, so not the best to answer, but I think I feel about the same whether on my GTS or BV. My seat was modified to take the hump out before I acquired it which gives me a bit of extra height as well. Overall I don't think so, but best is to hop on one to check.
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Jayhawk wrote:
Having only a 30" inseam, would the BV be troublesome?
I have a 30" inseam and comfortably rode a BV350 for a number of years. I don't believe there is any difference in the size of the frame or the seat height of the 350 and the 400.
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Dooglas wrote:
I have a 30" inseam and comfortably rode a BV350 for a number of years. I don't believe there is any difference in the size of the frame or the seat height of the 350 and the 400.
Thanks! Very helpful.
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fledermaus wrote:
Ha! Or do both. I've taken that route for some years and I still can't pick a favorite!

I call the BV my "tourer" as it's better on highways, and with my own 34" inseam, the bit more legroom is welcome. The GTS is still great all around however....
So I plan on making some highway pegs to help with the legroom issue for sure and mount some driving lights on the peg set up .
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Having only a 30" inseam, would the BV be troublesome?
I'm 5'6" and have a 30" inseam. I can tippy-toe the BV400 at stops, which is perfectly fine. My only actual complaint is that on long rides ( i.e. 300+ miles ) I feel cramped. On my old PCX 160 I could stretch out very comfortably, whereas on the BV the massive seat hump prevents that. I'm thinking of opening the seat up this winter and having an upholsterer cut things down and make a new seat cover.
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Mulveyr wrote:
I'm 5'6" and have a 30" inseam. I can tippy-toe the BV400 at stops, which is perfectly fine. My only actual complaint is that on long rides ( i.e. 300+ miles ) I feel cramped. On my old PCX 160 I could stretch out very comfortably, whereas on the BV the massive seat hump prevents that. I'm thinking of opening the seat up this winter and having an upholsterer cut things down and make a new seat cover.
I had the hump removed on my SMax and it was nice to be able to stretch out a bit. On my GTS, I use a combo of an AirHawk (or other inflatable cushion) under a Cheeky Seats cover to create a flat bench style seat that is very comfortable.
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