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Probably some '04s left. Have your local Suzuki dealer call around if they don't have any. Good deals are to be had on new 04's right now.

The '05s should be arriving in a few months. I imagine black will be one color option, but haven't seen an official announcement yet.
 

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Just saw one (an '04) at Seymour's in Latham (near Albany) New York... Don't remember the "sale" price posted, as I'm still quite content with my 400 that I had in for its 4000 mile maintenance vist :)
 

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Hey Joe, so a test drive on my Black 04, on the highway, and now you've got that Burgman itch that needs to be scratched. The silver 03 you were thinking of is not good enough??? The black is IMHO the best looking.

Thanks for the ride on your Aprlia Atlantic. The Aprilia is very nice, but at highway speeds and for all around comfort and leg stretching the Burgy is the one.

Heck, you should be an expert by now, Vespa GT, Aprilia, have ridden a SilverWing, then my Burgy and now hooked (as I was) after the highway ride on a 650.

Good luck, thanks again for the ear plugs, let us know what you end up with. See you soon,
 

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Burgman mania

After riding all those bikes, I must say that I prefer the Burgy. Wrestling with picking up an end-of-year 2004 or waiting to see what the 2005s are all about. A killer price on a black 04 close to NJ would seal the deal. I'll call Albany this morning.

Thanks JohnnyDeath for the highway swap yesterday. Now I may be on my way to buying my third bike of the summer -- Vespa GT then Atlantic 500 and now possibly the Burgy 650. (Gotta sell some of these bikes first, I think.) At this rate I'll be on a Gold Wing by February or so . . .
 

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Found one!

Drove home my black 2004 Burgman 650 from the New York City dealership today. There are great year-end specials out there -- if anyone's looking for a black beauty, there's one in Brooklyn for 6600 and in upstate NY at 6500.

Just ordered the OEM passenger backrest, and I've looked over the Givi top case install pictures in the photo gallery. Wondering whether to try it myself or hand it over to a body shop? Certainly don't want to scratch the paint or buckle the surface.
 

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joezeff said:
Drove home my black 2004 Burgman 650 from the New York City dealership today.
Congratulations! Glad you found one.

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Just ordered the OEM passenger backrest, and I've looked over the Givi top case install pictures in the photo gallery. Wondering whether to try it myself or hand it over to a body shop? Certainly don't want to scratch the paint or buckle the surface.
You should be able to tackle the job yourself, with due care.

The mounting points for the OEM backrest are pre-marked on the underside of the panel, IIR.

One thing, though. I don't think you can use the OEM backrest and the Givi box at the same time. I think it's one or the other.
 

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Congratulations on your new 650 purchase. I'm sure you'll have a blast riding it.
 

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joezeff said:
Drove home my black 2004 Burgman 650 from the New York City dealership today. There are great year-end specials out there -- if anyone's looking for a black beauty, there's one in Brooklyn for 6600 and in upstate NY at 6500.

Just ordered the OEM passenger backrest, and I've looked over the Givi top case install pictures in the photo gallery. Wondering whether to try it myself or hand it over to a body shop? Certainly don't want to scratch the paint or buckle the surface.
Congrats Joezeff

Its a great feeling!
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Enjoy.

I think you can get backrest pads for fitting to the Givi Box, although I do not know how that affects bike handling having the passenger leaning so far back.
 

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Welcome to the Forum, the best around anywhere!

I ordered the Givi trunk the day I bought my 650. I installed it a week later following the instructions here. It took about one and a half hours, and looks great. I would suggest you buy a unibit (expensive, $45 or so) but cuts the proper size holes very cleanly. I also added the backrest and toprail.

I'm not the best when it comes to mechanical things ( I can change the oil, not much else), so you should be fine.
 

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It IS one or the other with either the OEM backrest or the topcase.

Sure would be nice to have both as I personally think that the pad on the GIVI case that is supposed to be a backrest, sucks.
 

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I think you can get backrest pads for fitting to the Givi Box, although I do not know how that affects bike handling having the passenger leaning so far back.
Actually, the Givi fits flush to the back of the seat. I don't have the optional pad, but it makes a good passenger backrest even without that. No problem with handling when carrying passengers - they aren't leaning back.
 

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Congrats on the purchase! I'll see you sometime this week for a ride!
 

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NormanB said:
I think you can get backrest pads for fitting to the Givi Box, although I do not know how that affects bike handling having the passenger leaning so far back.
Actually, the Givi fits flush to the back of the seat. I don't have the optional pad, but it makes a good passenger backrest even without that. No problem with handling when carrying passengers - they aren't leaning back.
Me no understand master! :?

How can you utilise backrest/ topbox/ or topbox & pad without leaning back? :?:
 

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How can you utilise backrest/ topbox/ or topbox & pad without leaning back? :?:
Norm, what I mean is that the passenger is sitting vertical when they slide back against the box. A properly fitted driver backrest should also have the driver sitting vertical. When I read "leaning back", I picture a person tilted somewhat backward - no longer vertical.
 

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Okey Dokey - understood.

I have not carried a pillion yet on the 400 Burger, not have I fitted a top box.

But on my 400 the pillion seat is ridiculously long (I bet they could get half a dozen on this in the third world).

I would not be happy with my passenger right back there as I feel sure my steering would be way too light. I would want them close up and personal. :wink:
 

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The 650 also has WAY too much passenger room - and not enough rider space for long legged critters like me. But I have not experienced any problem with handling at road speeds. What you WILL encounter, is the need for extra care when stopped, and when slowing to a stop. The passenger is elevated due to the step up in the seat, so their weight is up high. This is an issue whether they are all the way back on the seat, or up closer to the rider.

I think the Corbin seat addresses these issues by re-proportioning the rider and passenger areas.
 
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