Hello Brad, and welcome. I have a scooter too. That will be sold this spring. A Burgman 650 Executive. They call it a maxi scooter or superscooter or some such thing. I had in my mind that I was just going to love the thing. But I never fell in love with it. Don't get me wrong, it's a good bike and an interesting ride. But something in me just didn't jive with it. I've rode all types of bikes and even roadraced (knees dragging) a century ago. It's a combination of disadvantages with the scooter. In the end it came down to the fact that the absolute best mpg I could get with it was 47 mpg.
If you ask me, for what it is, that's dismal. I think the CVT and drive type on that bike has a lot of drag. I just happen to have a coworker show up one day on a Rebel, and it was love at 2nd sight again. When I was a kid, my dad brought home a Honda Rebel brochure (must have been like 1985). I looked that brochure over about 100 times reading every word and salivating. I fell in love with it then. He never bought one and eventually I moved on. Up until my coworker showed up with one at work in 2019. Shortly thereafter I bought a 2016 Rebel with 44 miles on it. Brought it home and found it so much more satisfying in nearly every way than the Burgman. And I'm in love with the Rebel. Don't ask my why, I can't explain it. The little sucker only does 72 mph, but I even love that about it. It gives me all it has. When I move the 2 bikes around in my garage, the Rebel feels like a fun little toy compared to the Burgman. I've hit 70+ mpg on the Rebel and didn't even try. With a bit of effort, I'm certain I could hit 80 mpg.
Anywho - I think you'll find shifting gears is nothing but 2nd nature after a couple/few rides. And it is very satisfying to have that much more control over a drivetrain.
2016 Honda Rebel 250 - The "Piglet."
AFR sensor equipped and downsized to a 0.105" main jet.
The only changes so far.
Bought on 6/29/19 with 44 miles.