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post #1 of 10 Old Jun 24th, 2006, 5:26 pm Thread Starter
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Question Suzuki Burgman 650 Executive

Can anyone help a brother out?

My wife and I are looking at the Burgman 650 Executive for her to ride. Says she is tired of looking at the back of my helmet.(hehe) Performed a search on the site for any comments on it. Noticed there were a couple of riders out there that had one. Can anyone give us any kind of scoring, in your opinion, thumbs up or thumbs down on the Suzuki Burgman 650 Exec.?

I have to strike while the iron is hot. She finally said she wanted her own to ride. Any words of wisdom is greatly appreciated.

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Can anyone help a brother out?

My wife and I are looking at the Burgman 650 Executive for her to ride. Says she is tired of looking at the back of my helmet.(hehe) Performed a search on the site for any comments on it. Noticed there were a couple of riders out there that had one. Can anyone give us any kind of scoring, in your opinion, thumbs up or thumbs down on the Suzuki Burgman 650 Exec.?

I have to strike while the iron is hot. She finally said she wanted her own to ride. Any words of wisdom is greatly appreciated.
My wife Sweetpea has a 2003 AN650. While not the Exec model, she loves to ride it. It handles very well, has good brakes and good power. She stays up with me quite well. It's a techno marvel really, with it's electric clutch and variable belt tranny. The clutch stays engaged while slowing, then disengages at very slow speed. You have to learn to give it a little gas when slowing as you cannot pull in the clutch and let it coast. It works best when you make sure, quick stops. With the motor in front of the rider, the bike is better balanced than most other scooters. The drawback is the maintenance, as the valve clearance check at 14.5k miles involves all plastic coming off. I mean all of it, and the radiator as well, as the head is right behind it. But for someone who does not have the ability, or the will, to handle the normal shifting drill, it's a great solution. Andy P. has one, too, and let me test ride it once. He has had his for a while and knows more than I do. I'm sure he will jump in soon.

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I recommend you find one and ride it first - you will be pleasantly surprised how well it handles and how made it is. I have an 05' LT and love it for the longer distances but in all honesty, I haven't done more that a couple hundred on the Burgman yet but at that distance, I felt like I could go any bunch of miles no sweat. The COG is very low making low speed handling a breeze. It is basically a very fun ride! Here is a web site for Burgman's just like this LT site. There you will find the experts and long time/distance riders.
http://www.burgmanusa.com/
I have an 05' because the deal was too good to pass up. The adjustable shield and ABS on the 06' Executive are definately worth having. Good luck with the demo.
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I am doing a little digging into the maintenance woes. It looks like a very neat machine. The Mrs. still has to take the motorcycle safety course. If all goes well she might get an early Christmas present. By the way, the guy at the dealership wasn't sure on the mpg it would get (dude was in training).

I read a post from About.com and the auther stated 4.0 gal fuel tank but still had to stop every 130 (+ or -) miles to refill. So that would be 32.5 mpg? That doesn't seem very good for a "scooter" (a BIG scooter). The thing looked like it would be a blast at Deal's Gap.

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I've generally see 45 to 52 depending on the driving. Back rodes of NH, VT, MA generally see 48 to 52. 70+ on the slab brings it back to 44/45. See the site I mentioned above. I've never heard of any maintanence woes and the tupperware is easier to dissasemble than the LT when required. Problems are rare as I hear it.
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Let me tell you, as an LT owner, and I love my LT. The Burgman is an incredible "Automatic Motorcycle" I don't even like to call it a scooter, it handles long distances and highway speeds with ease. It shifts beatifully. I was gettting 45 to 48 around town going to work or running to the store. I was getting very very close to 52 on a highway at constant speeds. I hardly used the button shifter nor the "Power" mode but they are both fun to use. Maintenance is a breeze as far as normal "fluids" are concerned. Valve Check I am not sure since "well I sold mine with 7500 on the clock. One more thing, it is "INCREDIBLE" the amount of stuff you can stuff under the seat, and a MUST if you get one ARE:

1- Givi makes a taller windscreen for it, BUY IT!!!!, I am 6.1 and had terrible bubble head effect with the original screen the Taller Givi screen fixed the problem, the screen is also wider, much wider. And it looks good on the machine. Look at the Photos.

2- If you end up riding two up with the wife, "and trust me YOU WILL" get the Suzuki OEM backrest as it does wonders to make the pillion fell more secure. Two holes must be drilled on the body work, but the result is wonderfull. Look at the photos.

munson is right on the slow speed cluth disengagement, but you will get used to it soon. So bottom line is from someone that loves his LT. If I had to give it up tomorrow but could end up buying something else I would get another burgie..........

Now comes the bad part, WHY I sold it?. Bought it for the wife and.......

Well make sure your wife can flat foot it, because they are pretty tall off the ground machines, and the Corbin seat for it makes it even higher, also make sure she is confortable with the weight, although distributed well(as also mentioned by munson), its a heavy machine, as a matter of fact as heavy as my R11500RT used to be so that was the issue with my wife, she had a couple of close calls on inclines because she was not flat footing it and she got scared. So she end up wanting to two up with me most of the time and we ended up on the R1150RT, which the LT replaced later last year.

Otherwise if your other half is good with those two things, my advice is

BUY IT.
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Hey Bob,

Had a '03 that I bought new in '04. Just sold it! Overall, it was a great machine. I put 10,000 miles on it with no problems at all.

A couple of points of interest: It is heavy--550 pounds! Make sure your wife is comfortable with the weight.

The gas tank holds only 4 gallons. You only get about 150 miles per tank.

It has an CV automatic transmission. The tranny makes it extremely easy to ride, but, you give up MPG. If you keep your speed between 60-65 MPH, you can expect 45-50 MPG.

Improvements: I would add cruise control, a taller and wider windshield, heated grips and a leather seating surface.

Hope this is helpful!

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Very helpful! The link leckhart provided, http://www.burgmanusa.com/, was a big help. Via this link I have sent a PM to a guy that lives within 15 miles that has a Burgy and is active on their forums. I have invited him over for a brain picking session while we throw down some food. Hopefully we can get the Mrs. on his and insure the weight will not be a problem.

Thanks everyone for the replies.

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I bought a 650 last Oct, since it was a much lighter bike when compared to the LT and after my surgeries it was just what the Dr. ordered, but I digress....

Our Blue Burger has now 6800 miles on the clock, and the obly drawback I can see is the somewhat complicated valve check as others have already pointed out, and on top of that it eats tires. At least for me... Now at 6800 miles I am REALLY at the end of the rear tire. Will be doing an experiment, but that is a different story.

Do I like it? Hell yes, fun to ride, and especially when it's really hot here in H-town it is even better than the LT, since you have more air flow, and at the same time your feet are better protected in case we have one of those nasty hydro events (which are quite frequently here in Houston)
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If the 650 seems like a bit too much for the missus, you may want to consider the Burgman 400. While it doesn't have all the amenities of it's big brother, it's still a very capable machine with a lot of the positive attributes.

Our daughter got hers out of state, so she couldn't ride it home (no out of state riding on a permit). I got the duty, and have to admit, I purposely got "lost" just to have more time to ride around on it. What a blast!
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