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I'm a long time lurker of this forum but never owned a Burgman. I purchased a 2005 AN650 with less than 9K miles for less than $2.5k. I was expecting to pay more but the deal seemed too good to pass (for what I was looking for). I took it to get fluids changed and the Suzuki shop guy says that he can not see any major problem. Based on what I've searched on this forum, it seems there are known transmission issues with some 650's. I may get the transmission bolt changed but of course you can't tell the wear of the belts and transmission without taking off a lot of plastic?????
I'm wondering if I should just wait to see if I'm having issue with transmission before paying the price to get that bolt changed?? I"m searching for other preventive maintenance here, but it seems that these machines are solid (except for some transmission problems).
The scooter only came with one key and I've saw on this forum that there is a way to get an extra key without all the dealership charges for switching out pieces on scooter.
I saw this key for sale http://www.wholesalecarkeys.net/black-magnetic-key-blank-with-3-magnets-for-suzuki-burgman-an400-an650.html and also wondered if I could make this work as a replacement/extra key. I really don't want to get caught in a bad situation with just just one key.

 

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Rowdyc, you got a really, REALLY good deal. Please do not let the few transmission failures cause you to lose any sleep. Out of the 10's of 1000's Burgmans out there, the amount of failures are small. But with the internet, you post a report and everyone knows.

At 9,000 miles I am sure that the CVT stopper bolt is fine. If you look on one of the posting, I pulled mine at 35,000 miles and it had scuff marks but not any real damage so I put it back in.

Welcome to the Burg.
 

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Thanks for the info and welcomes. Ironically I was on a out of state group ride when someone's 650 broke down due to transmission issues. unfortunately that will always be on my mine. I also was hearing the diesel sound while idling in the garage and had some concerns. The mechanic thought he was hearing an air leak and wanted me to bring back for diagnostic?? I don't know as I've had several scooters and did not know you could hear an air leak under the front of seat. I did not notice anything. he did not think it was a major issue. I'll prob just watch the temp and mpg.
 

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Those keys DO work if you make sure you follow the procedure for inserting the magnets in the new key. You may have to get a locksmith to cut it for you, though. I tried to get mine cut at the local chain indoor lumber yard and they wouldn't do it. They said that since they didn't sell it, there was no way to come up with a price code to be able to charge me for the service. Also, my first Burgman was an '05. I never had a minutes trouble from it and traded it in with over 26000 miles on an '11. I've since got over 9500 miles on the '11 with no trouble at all. These are great machines that are very dependable with proper maintenance.
 

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Maybe overkill, but I have several CVT stopper bolts and replace it at every other oil change @ 5,000 miles each. They are cheap insurance compared to the cost of a failure that results in rebuilding the CVT.

I bought 2 extra keys on eBay. Got a locksmith to cut them. The challenge was getting the magnets correct -- actually easy but those magnets are tiny and easily get away. Take your key that works the shutter and the new key beside it in a vise, and place the magnets on top of the cover for them. There are four holes but only three magnets. Since they are magnets, they will only stay in place if you get the N-S orientation correct. When you figure out which holes have magnets and their orientation, keep them in the same orientation and drop them into the corresponding holes in the new key. Test the shutter with the new key (if you messed up you still have the original key). My 2 worked perfectly. Now I have my regular key, a spare under the seat, and one hidden on the bike, plus one hanging on the key rack in the house.
 

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Welcome & great price. I'm looking for a 650 & can't find anything with that good of a price. Fact saw a 03 on craigslist around me the person is asking $6,500 :shock: I guess he doesn't really want to sell it. :roll:
 

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Welcome & great price. I'm looking for a 650 & can't find anything with that good of a price. Fact saw a 03 on craigslist around me the person is asking $6,500 :shock: I guess he doesn't really want to sell it. :roll:
For that price it should be THREE 03's. :twisted:
 

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Hey Rowdy,

Glad you took the leap into Burgman. You're in a great forum here with lots of experts. Nice to hear you got a great deal on it. :D

Make sure you add your location to your profile. There are a few 650 riders in the DFW area.
 

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rowdyc said:
I'm a long time lurker of this forum but never owned a Burgman. I purchased a 2005 AN650 with less than 9K miles for less than $2.5k. I was expecting to pay more but the deal seemed too good to pass (for what I was looking for). I took it to get fluids changed and the Suzuki shop guy says that he can not see any major problem. Based on what I've searched on this forum, it seems there are known transmission issues with some 650's. I may get the transmission bolt changed but of course you can't tell the wear of the belts and transmission without taking off a lot of plastic?????
I'm wondering if I should just wait to see if I'm having issue with transmission before paying the price to get that bolt changed?? I"m searching for other preventive maintenance here, but it seems that these machines are solid (except for some transmission problems).
The scooter only came with one key and I've saw on this forum that there is a way to get an extra key without all the dealership charges for switching out pieces on scooter.
I saw this key for sale http://www.wholesalecarkeys.net/black-magnetic-key-blank-with-3-magnets-for-suzuki-burgman-an400-an650.html and also wondered if I could make this work as a replacement/extra key. I really don't want to get caught in a bad situation with just just one key.

That was a great deal. Just bought a 2006 with 13K miles for $3000 and I thought that was really good. Very easy to change the bolt yourself. Most suzuki shops will probably kill you on replacing a bolt that takes 5 minutes. I would get a quote up front first before just giving it to them.
 
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