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« on: April 14, 2016, 04:38:39 AM »

So I have the chance to purchase a excellent condition adult driven 1 owner 2003 650 burgman with 19,000 miles on it for 2600 dollars.i know this was the 1st year of the burgman in the usa.What were the good & bad of this year?? The bike looks brand new still. I currently own a helix& always have....I am 6 foot 4 & love the length & leg room the helix provides me.Any input would be appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2016, 07:10:22 AM »

My brother has one. Pretty primitive ECU and engine controls as there is no O2 sensor that year. I'd look for a later model...
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« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2016, 02:25:44 PM »

You are talking about a bike that is now 14 years old, 2003 was its second year of existence, they sold brand new for $6000.00 back then, in good condition it's a $2000.00 bike at the most, not a very big expense or decision to take is it.

However even if you do the work yourself this bike like any other 2003 bike of any brand will require spending $$$ to keep it on the road safely and dependably at this stage of its life, if you plan on having a dealer do it then really forget about it, it will be cheaper then to purchase 2009 & up.
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« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2016, 03:49:15 PM »

The 2003 has one weakness that makes it less desirable.  That is the adapter that connects the engine to the ECVT.  The original design Suzuki used on the 2003 and 2004 models was weak.  That caused the splines on the primary pulley of the CVT to  strip resulting in a major repair issue that easily could exceed the value of the bike.  

In 2005 Suzuki redesigned this adapter and made it stronger.  Unfortunately the new part is not compatible with the older models unless you replace a number of other expensive parts.  A fellow in Poland came up with a fix in the form of a stronger adapter that would fit into the early model bikes.  It is not that expensive and can be installed by anyone with a few tools and a minimum of mechanical ability.  

If you want to read more than you will every want to know about the issue then read this thread in the BurgmanUSA forum http://burgmanusa.com/forums/15-burgman-650/33629-primary-spline-failures.html

Other than that if the bike has been well maintained then it can give you a lot of miles service.  You will want to give it a good inspection to ensure things like water and brake hoses are still in good condition.  
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« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2016, 04:11:31 PM »

In addition to buffalo's comment above, I'd point out that there is a transmission belt that's cost prohibitive to replace (unless you're a really good mechanic). This belt will break eventually, best estimate is between 50k-100k miles on the odo. Being this one is an older bike and one of the first models, I'd say it's on the lower end of that range.

$2600 isn't that great of a deal. I'd opt for at least a 2005+ when the spline was fixed or preferably, a 2007+ when it got an O2 sensor. My buddy bought two low-milage (3,500 mi) 07s, with upgrades, for $3,500 each a couple years ago. I got mine for $3300 three years ago with less milage. I think you'd be able to pick up a better bike than the one you're contemplating for $3k.

Good luck.
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« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2016, 03:46:03 AM »

Just to nit pick a bit, The 03 & 4's didn't have overdrive nor an ambient temp gauge. I also have to agree with the price being a bit high & would look for an 05 & up.

Two years ago I found an 06 with 15.000 miles with $700.00 worth of accessories on it for $3.400.

Having a Helix & a 650 Burgman is a nice pair. I know.....
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« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2016, 04:18:20 AM »

Just to nit pick a bit more.  While the 03-04 ECVT did not have an overdrive setting in manual mode, the highest gear ratio possible on the pulleys was exactly the same as it is on the later models.  In auto mode it could go up to that ratio but in manual mode you could not access it.  So yes it did have overdrive, just not in manual mode. 
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« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2016, 09:24:30 AM »

I'll go with the majority on this one.
I'd spend a few more shekels or the same shekels on an 06+, preferably an 07+.  (07 does get the O2 sensor and more advanced adaptive mapping)

If you do go with that one, preferably for far less $$, then get the adapter Buffalo noted and install it.  At that point you have a cheap entry into the big maxi world, but of very limited resale if you tend to go through bikes.

Whatever you go with check out the forum Buffalo linked.  Lots of good 650 stuff there.

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« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2016, 04:00:40 PM »

I decided to hold off on his 2003 burgman.I am going to wait & see what the season brings for offer.There are a lot of cycles here in Minnesota,,& a decent amount of burgmans.I really actually want 1 in a white color& money is not an issue for me so im not going to let that be a  determining factor,,,you get what you pay for!!!! Ok now to be honest.After having back to back days here in Minneapolis of 80 degrees & getting out on my helix,,,i think I am going to be hard pressed to LIKING the burgman better?? The helix was in production for damn near 30 plus years for a reason.They are super dependable,comfortable as hell,& rarely break down.I drive mine on the highway all the time& while it might not handle the best in wind,,,,on the backroads,country roads, & city streets its a gem!!!! There is a guy on you tube in georgia who owned a 400 burgman& ended up buying a helix because he thought he was putting too many miles on his burgman.....long story short,,he shoots lots of helmet cam video while riding& he now mostly drives his helix excluselively!!!!!!! His name is Acworthpatrick....he does lots of riding in the Georgia mountains,nice breathtaking scenery in HD.I am really only wanting a burgman to do roadtrips of 100 miles or more that consist of a lot of interstate driving
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