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Hi, I'm now thinking of getting a used 650. The 650 has 30K miles and a complete service history. Just wondered whether this
would still have plenty of life left (I do around 4-5K miles per year). I'm worried about the CVT/belt going bang, but am confused
on this because the the life expectancy is so completely vague: 50 - 100K miles? Any thoughts / experiences very welcome. Thanks.
 

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Hang in there ,some answers will be along shortly. This is a VERY hot subject. Kind of like the "can of worms" you've heard about.
 

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Squasher said:
Hi, I'm now thinking of getting a used 650. The 650 has 30K miles and a complete service history. Just wondered whether this
would still have plenty of life left (I do around 4-5K miles per year). I'm worried about the CVT/belt going bang, but am confused
on this because the the life expectancy is so completely vague: 50 - 100K miles? Any thoughts / experiences very welcome. Thanks.
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What year is it?
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How much are they asking?
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Are you familier with the the stopper bolt issue?
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Things that play a role in the answer to your questions. :D
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If there are no other problems inside the CVT, the belt should last 80,000-100,000 miles minimum. If you are only riding 4,000 to 5,000 a year that would give you 10+ years of riding on a bike with 30,000 miles on it.

The belt is not really the issue with the CVT in these bikes. The problems have mostly been because of bearing failures or stopper bolt failures. How likely are these to occur? We really don't know because we just don't have enough statistical data to do a proper analysis.
 

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I agree with Buffalo, but would add that while we can't say for statistical certainty, we do know that a few issues have occured, and while ther has been some at lower mileage, the largest "bulge" of occurences seem to be in the 47,000 - 60,000 mile range.
Which would still allow 4-5 years of use before you'd be in the "danger Zone". But please bear in mind we have many reports of higher mileage bikes with zero issues.

bear in mind that it may still be less than 1% of bikes which have the issue, and from such evidence as has been gathered, it would appear that riding style, and maintenance seem to be the major factors in whether the machine is likely to suffer.
But it doesn't matter how low the numbers are, if it happens to your bike, that's all that matters!

Having said all that, if I were riding 4-5K miles p.a., would the risk of CVT issues put me off purchasing a used bike with 30K and an unceratin history? Not if the price was right, and the machine appeared in a cared for condition. If possible I'd pull the stopper bolt as part of pre-purchase inspection, or try to negotiate a 24 hr no-questions money-back guarantee, to allow an inspection.......but sometimes you have to take a chance. This is one I think I'd be willing to take.

I hope this helps.
 
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