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i don't own a burgman yet, just started looking at them. yesterday went and rode two owned by the same man, both 400's. a 2003 that was pretty clean for the year other than some small scrapes from being dropped in the drive. it had 14,700 miles. it was showing some surface rust on the frame and undercarriage. fairly fresh cheap tires on it. the guy wanted $1800. i took it for a short ride and seemed (my first time on a burgman so ignorant) to run well. i didn't hear any chirps or knocking, no valves ticking. the only thing was a carb pop once as i had slowed to make my turn around to go back.
the other bike was a 2007 that had been in an slight crash (?) with pieces of the lower plastic faring cracked on both lower sides. also the plastic handle bar cover was missing and the plastic just below that was not fitting tight as it should. on the road test it just didn't run clean and acted if it suffered from a dirty air filter. seemed lacking in power and a bit rough.
needless to say when i got back my only attention was towards the 2003.
two things stood out between the years right off the bat. much better front braking on the 2007 and a more spacious seat. i felt like i would like at least another inch or two with the 2003.
i have called on a couple other burgmans and what i seem to find with those scooter owners is that they tend to ignor good maintenance. when you ask about what service has been done they say none other than maybe change the oil and don't feel they did that as often as they should have.
i've spent a few hours here and on another forum reading the differences between pre and post 2007 bikes. it seems to me that each have their merit and downfall. i'm almost leaning to pre 2007 just for the ease of valve adjustment that i can do. also to escape added emission controls which in the long run means diagnosing and maybe replacement. i don't like staying back in years in part because plastic ages and gets more brittle. also used parts if needed are older as well.
i know this has been well discussed but tell me what i've missed. just like everybody else i'm looking for that cherry scoot that some old guy is just giving away. never been that lucky ......
 

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I would keep looking and get a nicer and well maintained one regardless of which year model you choose. I have a 08 and I would choose the later model because of the multitude of improvements.
 

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I would keep looking and get a nicer and well maintained one regardless of which year model you choose. I have a 08 and I would choose the later model because of the multitude of improvements.
I agree and don't worry about the valve adjustment or smog stuff of the 07's or newer. I put 46k+ miles on my 07 400 with no valve adjustment or emission problems.:D
 

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I agree and don't worry about the valve adjustment or smog stuff of the 07's or newer. I put 46k+ miles on my 07 400 with no valve adjustment or emission problems.:D
And I know it means more money, btu if you are looking for something to put a ton of miles on, look for an 07 or newer. There are a couple of improvements made between the 06 model year and the 07s that make it a bit better bike.
With that said, my 03 is doing rather well (at @25K) as long as I keep the oil topped off.
 

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thanks for the replies, as i said just getting started. probably will look to the +07 bike. after riding older bikes for years i don't really require the abs of the newer ones. also not in a hurry (have a 1985 650 nighthawk) to buy so can take my time and pick and choose years and prices. i also have a 1987 honda spree to get to the store and some short 15 mile trips.
this is a great forum with loads of good information and helpful members. a pleasure to come to. thanks to all ...... john ....
 

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In the end it doesn't really make a lot of difference whether you buy the pre or post 07 model. As you noted earlier, each has their plus and minus points. I would not let the year model sway me if I found one that was in good shape.
 

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"i have called on a couple other burgmans and what i seem to find with those scooter owners is that they tend to ignor good maintenance. when you ask about what service has been done they say none other than maybe change the oil and don't feel they did that as often as they should have."

I find that my 2009 400 needs next to no maintenance. I figure if it is not broke don't try and fix it.
 

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I think Chet has a good point. Most of the time unless it is very high mileage all that is required is oil, filters, both oil and air and tires.
 
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