I had a 650cc motorscooter with an auto trans but there was no design or build quality in that bike.
So you had a Suzuki Burgman 650 that was 13 years old and very early in the development of the the best automatic there is out there ( the Aprilla uses the same ECVT ) and feel it's appropriate to diss both the design and build quality !!!???
Pardon me but you haven't clue what you are talking about.
Having 100,000 km on two Burgman 650s I do have a clue and they were extremely reliable bikes once you got past the early years birth pangs.
In that 100k I had to replace two batteries .....that's the sum total of my "repairs" aside from fluids and tires.
Out of the many bikes I've owned the Burgman 650 with a Russell Daylong seat was the most comfortable with lovely creature comforts. Power windscreen, power mirrors, heated grips, huge storage ...the second best brakes ( after the CBF1000 C-ABS ) and by far the best headlights.
If the rider was willing, it had no issue keeping pace in canyon carving with the likes of the VFR800. Combination of brakes and instant power made it a delight.
The B650 automatic was smooth and effortless against something like the Honda DCP which really has issues tho I'm sure they've improved it.
The BMW 650 scooter was never successful tho it came close to the Burgman in power and had better suspension.
They are not cheap machines...$11k US ....my 2009 Exec cost the first buyer $15k out the door in Canadian funds.
2018 Suzuki Burgman 650 Executive Reviews, Prices, and Specs
Now 15 years in production and very highly respected around the world by those who understand what a bit of engineering magic Suzuki created.
I bought mine when carpal tunnel made it hard to clutch and had 4 very enjoyable years on it and sold it for only $3k less than it cost me. I needed a machine that could carry more luggage and did not want a tire change for a cross continent trip with my son so picked up a 2010 Wee.
I just live with my sore hands now but there I times I miss the effortless riding and braking plus the weather protection.
If you want a reference on how an automatic should be behave, the 650 Exec is it tho the BMW 650 came close....it had no issue keeping up with larger BMWs on the rather spirited demo ride at Mosport.
Thousands of owners around the world have taken the Burgman 650 touring - even two up for weeks.
...eats rear tires, stiff suspension with little travel which is brilliant for twists but not so good on less than sterling pavement.
But it handled a 150 kph sweeper on the James Bay road that just about rattled my teeth out but never once strayed off line or felt unstable.
Buddy ahead of me of course floated over the same pressure heave on his Wee.
Did not have the top speed end of the Wee but got there plenty quick up to 80 mph.
Characterizing a Burgman 650 exec as "motorscooter" poorly designed and built based on your very limited experience of an early model does a disservice to a great bike and says more about your judgement and bias than the bike.
Cross over ownership between Burgman 650s and Vstrom 650s is fairly high.
Soon enough with electrics a clutch will be a thing of the past anyways