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am 60, been riding since 17. Just sold my 04 silverwing last night and bought 08 650 burgman with givi windshield and back box 3900 miles. out the door with a tag good for 17 months was 3900 cash. My question is, for those of you that have rode long distances...... i would like to go 46 hours to n ca from jacksonville fl to visit sister before i die. any suggestions and do you believe it will make it no problem? what about this cvt issue i hear about. don't want to break down. any info is appreciated, thanks Gary
 

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The bike will make if you can.
Many have rode cross country on the 650's. :thumbup:
 

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:shock: uh, are you bleeding anywhere? breathing ok? brown coming out back and yellow out front? not vice versa? you should make it. :cheers: as an experienced rider you know what to check before an extended ride the 650 is definitely up to the task :thumbup:
 

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Yes, the bike can do it if you can. Several have. However, you're talking about riding at the pace and almost the distance required for an Iron Butt Association "50cc" certification (coast-to-coast in under 50 hours). This is not trivial! Unless you already know how to ride at that pace for that long, I would suggest allowing a lot more time -- Google Maps assumes about 70 MPH across the whole route (I guessed at San Francisco for the destination) which does NOT account for the time you'll spend sleeping, eating, or getting gas. If you're spending 8 hours a day actually moving down the highway (out of about 10 hours from start to stop, which is about 500 miles per day), it will take you six days, not two.

Worst-case fuel range at highway speeds is approximately 160 miles; expect to stop for gas every two hours. The stock rear tire usually lasts about 8,000 miles, fronts twice that, and the transmission belt at least 50,000. (See your owners' manual for other service intervals.)

So, replace the rear tire (but save it to put back on when you get back -- you'll have worn out the new one on the trip), change the oil and final drive fluids, and get the valve clearances checked if they'll come due while you're on the road. Check the transmission servomotor stopper bolt for wear and replace it if needed. Get the oil changed again when you get to your destination in California, and one more time when you get back home. That's about it for what the bike needs.
 

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I rode my 2007 Executive 6,400 miles in 8 days, 7 nights.
 

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I love long distance touring on my 650. But I only ride the Interstates to get to more interesting/beautiful/challenging 'motorcycle' roads and highways. The Burgman is definitely up to the task, but the thought of riding cross-country on multi-lane concrete slabs is most unappealing (to me); this is not the Burgman's sweet spot. If your primary goal is to be with your sister, I recommend flying (seriously). Now, if you're planning on spending time in No. Cal., some of the best motorcycle roads and most beautiful scenery on this or any other planet are right there for you. It would be a shame not to explore these gems, especially after a punishing ride to get there.
 
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