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« on: November 10, 2017, 02:39:40 AM »

In the 'ol shed for a couple years, hasn't been licenced since 2012, salvage title.

It's not a 2006 Executive like the owner originally thought, but a 2003 standard Burgman 650.

Actually for $300 lousy bucks, I don't really care. I'll bring it home by the weekend after this one, clean it up, and see what needs to be done to get it rolling again...if possible.

The Sturgis Suzuki dealer has offered his services at a reduced winter rate to tinker on it and get it's problems diagnosed and after that, I'll make a decision to either put it back on the road in one piece or on eBay in a hundred pieces. If it has promise, I might be willing to throw a grand into it beyond the initial $300.

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« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2017, 04:51:24 AM »

Ooo, that looks rough, but... it’s a Burgman. No doubt it can be brought back to like with some TLC. If not, part her out.  Good deal either way.
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« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2017, 01:29:17 AM »

I had a cousin who was a really cheap penny pincher. He found a 2004 Silver Wing that was about that same condition. He asked me if I could restore it. I said "I'll try".
One month later, the original owner offered him 3 grand to buy it back. Of course he said NO....hahahaha.
Now I'm waiting to see some progress pictures on this work of art.
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« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2017, 06:31:36 PM »

I've arranged to trailer it home on Saturday morning. I'll immediatey clean it up a bit and see what I've got. Just for yuks, I'll toss in a new battery and push a few buttons in a search for any life in this old derelict. You never know, it might pop right off like it was parked last week... wouldn't that be great!

Or, it might just catch fire and burn my garage down.
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« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2017, 07:58:58 PM »

I know that loyal Burgman owners will want me tared and feathered, but 2003 was Suzuki's worst year for Burgman 650s.  Make sure that there aren't any bad shorts that could burn down the garage before you leave i in the garage with a new battery in it as they have a habit of electrical harness failure,  It just might be a good idea to leave it parked outside the garage the first night it has a new battery in it.  Also make sure that you examine the Stopper bolt before you ride it so the transmission doesn't fail for a $3.00 part.
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« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2017, 02:09:32 AM »

I look forward to the resurrection!
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« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2017, 03:32:17 AM »

Biggest thing I would worry about with one that has been sitting in a shed would be critters that have made a home in places they shouldn't have.  Two to check out are inside the air filter and inside the CVT.  A number of folks have found mice nest inside the air box.  They crawl in through the air intake.  On the CVT they crawl in through the cooling exhaust port in front of the rear wheel.  They then build a nest in the area around the primary pulley. 

Inside the air filter box just cuts off the air flow and cleaning the nest out clears up the problem.  Inside the CVT can ruin it if you try the drive it.
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« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2017, 02:26:04 PM »

How much do I have to pull apart to check the CVT? Sounds complicated.
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« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2017, 02:45:56 PM »

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rZE-bacaYw
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« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2017, 04:43:27 PM »

How much do I have to pull apart to check the CVT? Sounds complicated.

If you have access to a bore scope just run it in through the cooling exhaust vent.  If not then use a flashlight to look up inside the port as best you can.  Then take out the two bolts that hold the electric motor in and pull it out.  Look inside through the opening behind it.  Finally take out the two screws holding the pulley position sensor in and look behind it.  Won't get you as good a look as a bore scope but you should be able to detect if stuff is up inside there.  If there is getting it out without pulling the CVT could be a problem.
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« Reply #10 on: November 19, 2017, 11:43:17 PM »

Brought the 650 home yesterday, just had time to unload it and give it a 30 minute cleanup before dark. I'm hoping to try to start it tomorrow.









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« Reply #11 on: November 20, 2017, 01:08:22 AM »

Fingers crossed!!
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« Reply #12 on: November 20, 2017, 03:13:10 AM »

She looks a whole lot better! Step one, done. 
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« Reply #13 on: November 20, 2017, 03:17:04 AM »

Brought the 650 home yesterday, just had time to unload it and give it a 30 minute cleanup before dark. I'm hoping to try to start it tomorrow.

I know you're excited with anticipation. As stated above, critters inside can destroy something that is otherwise ok if you make sure they are clear.
This looks like it will become a work of love if/when you get her restored.
hmmmmm, now I'm anticipating......we need a nail biting icon.....
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« Reply #14 on: November 22, 2017, 05:43:41 PM »

JB,

Good luck with the Burgman.  I truly hope it works out for you.  I agree with gurock1 though ... 2003 not the best year to rehab.  I see you over at BUSA.  Much help/advice to be had there:-)

Cleaned up nice.  Has potential.  At $300 it could be a great deal when up and running, or a $300 headache!

How many miles on it?

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« Reply #15 on: November 22, 2017, 07:30:17 PM »

JB,

Good luck with the Burgman.  I truly hope it works out for you.  I agree with gurock1 though ... 2003 not the best year to rehab.  I see you over at BUSA.  Much help/advice to be had there:-)

Cleaned up nice.  Has potential.  At $300 it could be a great deal when up and running, or a $300 headache!

How many miles on it?

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« Reply #16 on: November 26, 2017, 05:35:35 AM »

6700 something ... cool. Did you see Ledude's video section over at BUSA?

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« Reply #17 on: February 12, 2018, 08:51:33 AM »

The 650 was put back on the road about a month ago, it runs just fine, and starts up like it was parked yesterday. I've ridden it about 500 miles since it was repaired, which was done by Sturgis Suzuki, and involved getting a new fuel pump in it, flushing and cleaning the gas tank, replacing all the driveline fluids and coolant, as well as several other minor repairs. The right front brake rotor I'd warped and needs to be replaced, and it's running along on fifteen year old tires.

As for the cosmetics, it's just butt-ugly, but it runs well, and has seen 100 mph on its speedometer, yes, on those old tires.

Yesterday, I sold the Burgman to a man in Kansas. He will be coming up here to retrieve it in about two and a half weeks.

So that's the end of my story about this old 650, but I'm pleased that it was dug out of that shed and put back on the road where it belongs.


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« Reply #18 on: February 12, 2018, 03:22:49 PM »

So tell us. In the short time you rode it, what were your impressions. Might there be an updated model in future to the Crabbypants stable?
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« Reply #19 on: February 12, 2018, 05:27:02 PM »

So tell us. In the short time you rode it, what were your impressions. Might there be an updated model in future to the Crabbypants stable?

When I originally joined this forum, we owned two 650 Burgman scooters, a 2006, and a 2007, both bought new. So before this latest little adventure into scooterville, I had already put around 22,000+ miles on Burgman 650's.

I'm quite interested in possibly buying a 2013+ 650 later this year, but as always, I could be easily tempted away by all sorts of nice machines, and lately, that now includes vintage cars.
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