For '05, the 650 has a redesigned CVT with a higher final ratio, which Suzuki refers to as an overdrive. The manual mode has gone from a 5-speed to a 6-speed. Owners are reporting slightly higher fuel mileage on the '05s as a result.
The instruments have also changed a little. There is now an ambient air temperature gauge and a fuel mileage gauge, although the latter quits counting at 50MPG (in US Gallons) and as we all know even on '03 can do better than that.
The clutch force was reduced to lessen the jerkiness during engine braking a little bit.
Stuff like that. Nothing earth-shattering.
The biggest change was that 30 650 Executives (AN650A) made it to Canada in '05, and they have the electric folding mirrors and the electrically adjustable windshield.
According to this morning's exchange rates that works out to about $8,300 U.S. out the door.
That would be not too bad for an '05, but seems pretty steep for an '04. The parts are all a year older, even if it has just been sitting in a cool dry place. It doesn't have OD, which seems to add about 5+ mpg (about 2+ kpl) as well as some nice styling details...
We paid $7,700 each, $9,200 cn, o-t-d for 2 of them. I've heard of folks getting even better deals, though not good enough for us to travel or ship cross country.
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