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Old 01-03-2013, 10:58 AM   #1
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2003 model Burgman 650cc ?

My local bike dealer has a 2003 model Suzuki 650cc Burgman executive, not sure about the price or mileage as yet. Anything to look out for on these big scooters?
I had a test ride a few months ago on a second hand Burgman 400cc and loved it, would the 650cc possibly be better I wonder?

I also ride a V-Strom DL1000 GT, I'd be using the scooter as a second bike/commuter etc.

Any advice welcome, thanks!
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Old 01-03-2013, 12:58 PM   #2
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I personally traded in my 650 for the lighter smaller and better mpg 400. No regrets.
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Old 01-03-2013, 02:02 PM   #3
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How long is your commute and how bumpy are the roads?

The 650 Exec is as big and heavy as the V-Strom, but has the huge advantage of the automatic transmission. It also has a proper separate swing-arm instead of the engine being integral with the swing arm.

Any problems with the CVT tend to be expensive to fix on that model, so get a warranty on it. Make sure all the electrics work.

My commuter scooter is a 300cc machine. A major criterion for buying was that it had to be at least 100kg lighter than my main bike.
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Old 01-03-2013, 03:47 PM   #4
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You need to visit

more information than you could ever hope to digest.

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Old 01-03-2013, 05:19 PM   #5
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Are you kidding, big advantage CVT.
You'll get bout the same MPG.

Go get the 400 for much better mpg & save the big V for the real fun, if you're afraid of riding it in traffic.
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Old 01-04-2013, 11:01 AM   #6
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I currently have a DL1000' as well as a Burgy 650. Had a Burgy 400 before the 650.

I loved the 400' untill I rode the 650. The difference in throttle response is beyond belief.

Definitely go to the Burgman forum, as suggested.
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Old 01-05-2013, 01:59 PM   #7
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I would buy a Burgman 650 in a second were it not for the suspicious transmission/drive
reliability issues.

I believe there are two. One involves the lifetime belt breaking. One involves
something more vague. Ha, ha.

So when you follow the other advice about reading the forum, read not only why
they love them, but also about serious reliability issues. As I understand it, some
bikes have never had a problem. Other bikes have had HUGE problems. I've
seen craigslist ads for 650s that run fine but don't move for fire-sale prices.
One of the forum threads said the cost of repairs, if you do it yourself and
don't mind making a couple or three special tools, is not expensive in $$$$,
just in your time and expertise.

But the 400 gets much better gas mileage if you don't need the freeway speed.

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