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2003 model Burgman 650cc ?

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by ishmac, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. ishmac

    ishmac Been here awhile

    Sep 6, 2011
    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!
  2. Dansk

    Dansk Adventurer

    Feb 17, 2007
    Solviet Socialist Repunlic of Boston Mass.
    I personally traded in my 650 for the lighter smaller and better mpg 400. No regrets.
  3. John Bentall

    John Bentall Been here awhile

    Jan 11, 2011
    London UK
    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.
  4. GeeGusKahn

    GeeGusKahn Adventurer

    Nov 7, 2011
    GA - Hartwell - best city by a DAM site
    You need to visit BurgmanUSA.com

    more information than you could ever hope to digest.

  5. Wolfgang55

    Wolfgang55 Long timer

    Dec 24, 2006
    Next to Rio Bravo
    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.
  6. gregbenner

    gregbenner Long timer

    Nov 15, 2004
    Oceanside, Ca
    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.
  7. ArtCuisin

    ArtCuisin Adventurer

    Sep 20, 2011
    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.