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Just curious, is this something that can be done at home or does it require special tools and complete tear down? Haven’t found anything on the subject of actually changing the CVT belt.
 

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I suspect Most of the bikes on this forum are two new for belt changing, but it is getting close.
I just toped 16,000 on my "400" scooter and will be looking into it myself.
 

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There is a big difference between the 400 belt and the 650 belt too. Not sure which you are referring to. The 650 belt is a more rugged design and should last much longer (Suzuki UK gave an estimate of at least 60,000 miles). It will, however, be a more difficult replacement job when/if required. Honda Silverwing belts have sometimes required replacement in as little as 10,000 miles - I believe some of those owners have been able to do it themselves. The Burgman 400 should be a similar process. I'd probably let the dealer tackle a Burgman 650 belt replacement, but I doubt that I will still own my 650 by that time. I've only kept one bike for over 60,000 miles in all the years I've been riding. I usually want to upgrade or buy something different before that point.
 

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Yes the 650 is the model I was enquiring about. When you look at the belt drive location does it look like something’s that’s even possible?
 

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Your best bet is to look at the service manual. As I recall, there is a lot of disassembly required, and extreme care must be taken to keep the belt clean. Suzuki advises the mechanic to wear sterile gloves. Not a job for an amateur mechanic. But, as I mentioned before, if you but a new 650, or even a low mileage used one, it is unlikely that you'll even need a belt replacement before you trade or sell it. I don't see where it is a significant concern.

Suzuki UK stated that the belt should last at least 60,000 miles. Suzuki USA or Japan (I forget which) stated that it is good for the life of the scooter. Whatever... It should last a very long time.
 

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The CVT belt replacement is very extensive. It requires almost full disasembly of the bike. The engine and transmission must come out of the bike and looking at the manual pics theres not much left remaining. I believe there are a couple of special tools involved as well. I'm very mechanically inclined and after reading over whats involved to change this belt I am hesitant about tackling this one at home.
 

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I'm changing the secondary pulley sensor located under the CVT. Don't know what suzuki designers where thinking when they located that sensor... To replace the sensor you have to tear apart the whole bike, take the engine out and remove the cvt. Quite a job... took me almost 6 hours to get to the sensor. same job to replace the cvt belt. Doesn't take very much special tools, just a ratchet, couple of screwdrivers, allen keys and very much patience. you should have mechanical skills before attempting such a job.
 

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I live in Venezuela and imported the bike myself from Miami, the bike is not sold here therefore no warranty here. would have to send it back to the US to make a warranty claim. Think I made the best ( and cheapest) choice.
 

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The extended warranty should cover everything that the original 12 month warranty covers - so I would say yes, it would cover belt replacement. However, this belt is supposed to last a very long time, so chances are, any failure would happen beyond even the extended warranty for most folks.
 

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My original 12 month warranty is about to be over in 2 months and I did not get trhe extended as I did not know if and how long I would keep the bike.

Knowing that the Burgman is set for a major upgrade in the next two model years and knowing me I sure will get it is it has a bigger engine, the question is should I go ahead and buy the extended warranty or not. How many other owners has had need for the extended warranty and how many did get it at first time of buying or just before there original was going to end.
 

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Roger,

Chances are very good that the cost of the extended warranty will exceed the cost of any repair work you'll have done over the next couple of years.
There is always the occasional exception to the rule, but I went with not buying it on either of my Suzuki's.

One thing to consider, is that if you want sell your scoot with a year left to go on the extended warranty - it could be a selling point. If a guy is considering between two similarly priced used scoots, and one has a year of transferable warranty left, he's likely to buy that one.

It's pretty much like Casino gambling though - the odds are stacked in favor of the house. Occasionally you'll beat the odds - usually you won't.
 

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I notice that the normal warranty in USA is one year.Here in Spain the normal warranty are two years.Otherwise the price in Spain for 650/04 is about 13000 Dollars included taxes.A big diference.Why?
 

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Schlepp said:
I'm changing the secondary pulley sensor located under the CVT. Don't know what suzuki designers where thinking when they located that sensor... To replace the sensor you have to tear apart the whole bike, take the engine out and remove the cvt. Quite a job... took me almost 6 hours to get to the sensor. same job to replace the cvt belt. Doesn't take very much special tools, just a ratchet, couple of screwdrivers, allen keys and very much patience. you should have mechanical skills before attempting such a job.
Deep respect! :)

But did you document and take digital pictures?

If not - could you do it all over and take the pics. I have found it is possible to trim at least 30% off the original time second time around! :wink:
 

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I didn't but the bike is still teared apart, if you'd like I can take some pictures of the bike and the engine. Just let me know what parts, close-ups, etc. you'd like me to take.
 

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Thats a really kind offer, I do not have a 650 so hopefully an owner will now pipe up and give you a suitable list. :)

Thanks.

PS: The more pics and procedures we have on the forum, the better resource we have as a community.
 

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Thats a really kind offer, I do not have a 650 so hopefully an owner will now pipe up and give you a suitable list. :)

Thanks.

PS: The more pics and procedures we have on the forum, the better resource we have as a community.
I most heartly agree with Norm on this.

So ! How come Suzuki offers 2 year warranty on the exact same piece of equipment in Europe and only 1 year here. This tells me that they don't expect any major failures in at least the first 2 years and anytime they can sell an extended warranty its money in there pockets....(most of the time)
 
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