Burgman 650 with 178,933 miles

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by TheReaper!, Jun 22, 2013.

  1. TheReaper!

    TheReaper! Been here awhile

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    There have been numerous stories , about the CVT failures that are so expensive to fix the scooter becomes an instant parts bike . I too have always been reluctant to buy one , in fact when did buy a NEW larger scooter there was no question in my mind , I bought the Tmax . For some reason I don't know why , I still wanted a 650 Burg . Then came the best buyer's market in my life time , and I was able to grab a nice one for 3K . So if it blows , it blows .

    Now here is the flip side of the story , a gentleman who has done very little in the way of preventive maintenance got to 99,000 miles before even needing a belt . You can see / read some of his story here on BUSA .

    I'm not saying yea or nay on buying a 650 , I'm just sharing this gentleman's experience for those who have an interest . I will say this at least for me , if you can buy one right it's worth the gamble , if you want a big ride like the 650 . By best description of the bike so far is "VERY comfortable" .

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    http://www.burgmanusa.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=58976&p=548583&hilit=Dave+willett#p548583
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  2. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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    The percentage of Burgmans that have any problems at all is extremely low. When a problem does arise, it gets a lot of play which in turn makes it seem as if it is a bigger deal than it really is.
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  3. DougFromKentucky

    DougFromKentucky Just a good 'ole boy

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    Yep, it looks to me that the problems with Burgmans are way over-reported too. After deciding that, I went and sold my '01 Helix (I really miss it a lot) and bought a Burgman 650 Exec. Looking forward to many miles from it.
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  4. gumshoe4

    gumshoe4 Been here awhile

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    That's pretty impressive. I agree that the transmission failure issue is probably over-reported. However, if I happen to be one of the unlucky ones, I still wouldn't want to face a $2000 repair bill, whether or not the problem was rare...
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  5. DougFromKentucky

    DougFromKentucky Just a good 'ole boy

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    As long as you check the Primary Pully Stopper bolt every 10,000 miles you will drop into the reliability area of other motorcycles. That bolt takes 5 minutes to check, cost is about 6 dollars to replace if you see chips out of the end on it. The bike has a belt on it inside the transmission that Suzuki calls a lifetime belt. That translates to a replacement belt every 50 to 60 thousand miles. Pretty expensive to change if you have a motorcycle shop do it, less than 500 dollars if you do it yourself.

    Look at that cost vs other motorcycles and it is well within my limits as I do my own wrenching with the help of my friends. Yes, the bike will be down a couple of weeks when that belt needs changed but it is not a problem to change it as long as you have a shop manual and tools. Or you could sell the bike at about 30-40 thousand miles and buy a newer one. Either way, no big deal.
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