Burgman 650 Updated for 2013

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by cbolling, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. gregbenner

    gregbenner Long timer

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    I currently have a Burgy 650, had a Burgy 400 before. The 400 was nice, untill I rode the 650!

    I plan to get a 2013 Maxi, have ridden the new BMW C650GT a few times and like it a lot, but will wait until the new Burgy 650 is here to compare.

    The Suzuki guy at the Long Beach show said the 2013 will NOT come with heated seat or grips (not offered in the US). Assuming the new Burgy is the same MSRP at the older one ($9900) is would actually be more expensive the the BMW by the time I did the upgrades for heat:huh

    We shall see.
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  2. damasovi

    damasovi Long timer

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    Well I think honda has your answer (some what) with the Silver wing, something similar but different. The GW cost $24 K the Burgman around $10 K (for 2012 model) Also you have a 6 cylinder bike vs 2? some people like it on automatic and don't need an air bag.

    I like that both models are available and would like to have either (more in favor of the 650 than the huge GW, maybe my wife would choose different)

    About this new model, I think I need to take a big look that way, maybe a bit out of my price range but will like to read on the long term reviews on these machines!

    Damasovi
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  3. paulcbrowne

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    I had 2008 until a gal on a cell phone hit me after ignoring a stop sign. The B650 is big and heavy. The stock suspension is lousy but Recetec and Ikon have the parts that remedy that. The seat is not comfortable but Corbin has a nice fix for that. Every time I get the urge for something else, the trade offs and cost get in the way. The running boards are great on long trips to move your feet and legs around. Most of the time I leave the panniers off and have lots of room under the seat. I added heated seats and grip plus wind deflectors for hands and legs. Some don't like the stock windshield but for me it's just right esp. Since it's electrically adjustable. On the highway, it holds its own even with a passenger. Slow speeds takes some getting used to esp. in tight places -- the Motorman handling videos are a great help, not unlike with a big Harley.

    On twisty roads on-up it's a great handler. My previous BMS K1200LT was very similar, but 300 pounds heavier and quite a handful. The 2013 looks a little nicer, but not enough different to trade. The transmission is the same, just reworked shift points. Cost and functionality make it a winner. It's not going to win in any shoot out, but it does so much well that it's not something I'm going to part with. That is, unless the 2013 BMW R1200GS price is ridiculously low, but little chance of that!
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  4. Bama Gringo

    Bama Gringo Been here awhile

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    i hear ya! iv had a lot of bikes. cruisers, dual sports, standards, u name it. I keep going back to the burgman 650, iv got a 2012 now. executive model. so smooth and nice. its the ultimate mid sized touring bike.

    iv had 3 vstroms, 2006 burgman 650, c50 cruiser, cb1000, gs550, majesty 400 and the burgman 650 is the most enjoyment in riding iv had. I go everywhere on it. went to 10 states on my 07 burgman 650. hope to do the same on this 2012. im not sure I like the looks of the 2013 though.
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  5. ucwinters

    ucwinters n00b

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    Had a Burgman 400 ('06) - great scooter. Bought a 2012 Burgman 650 Exec back in Oct. Have added a Clearview large windscreen (wish that I had got an XL) and just bought a (used) Russell Daylong saddle w/ backrest which is outstanding. The engine is so smooooooooth in the 650 at highway speeds - I think that it is smoother than my ST1300. I've read a lot of the posts on BurgmanUSA and BurgmanRiders re the tranny problems. I'll be checking the stopper bolt on a regular basis for irregular wear.
    Put a Denray hitch on this past week and plan on pulling a Harbor Freight Tagalong trailer for some camping trips.
    Love the Burgie 650 so far.
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  6. Bama Gringo

    Bama Gringo Been here awhile

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    yes theres been several reports of early trans failure on the burgman 650. that's what scared me away, so I sold my 2007. then I realized I was worried about something that rarely happens. I know of folks with over 50k and no issues whatsoever. those trans are complex. so 'IF' it breaks , its expensive to fix. but Iv never kept a bike over 40k miles anyway. so im sure ill be traded on to something else by then anyway, LOL. oh I forgot, Suzuki did make a change to the cvt cylinder where the stopper bolt intrudes. supposed to be stronger and more recessed. that was in 2011. iv heard of 0 failures since then.
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  7. DandM

    DandM Been here awhile

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    I just bought a 2012 650 Burg to join the wifester who has a 2008 400 Burg. Got a great deal on the 2012. It's a known product, familiar to many riders, Some have offered to show me how to service it. I'm not concerned about the transmission. This will be traded in well before the 50,000 mile expected implosion date. No price quote or even arrival date for the 2013 650 could be given to me by the dealer. Easy decision: get me a white 2012. Great ride! :D:clap:D
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  8. DarthJ

    DarthJ Been here awhile

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    To get ABS, MSRP of the GW is $28,100. Yeesh, a bit steep, I'd go with a Victory Cross Country Tour, MSRP $22,499 ABS, heated seat and grips, better storage and lower seat.

    As far as a scoot, the new Burgman looks nice but doesn't the top box shown look like a Givi with a Suzuki logo on it?
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  9. merc16

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    :ear
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