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Back on 6/20 in another thread I posted:
Want to hear a little good news?? I just came home from talking to dealer in San Jose about the new 650's and when I might expect to take a look at one. He went into his computer and did a double take...His two that he ordered showed in the "0 weeks until delivery" column. Showed it to me. He said that means they could be here tomorrow but no later than next week. As I went through this thread I have to admit I got a little nervous about putting up so much money and looking at the possibility of a major failure. I had an 09 but only for a year and 11,000 wonderful miles. Missed it the day I sold it and I still do. I am retiring next month and I have great plans for me and the Burgman.....You know, after some thought I am going to get the new girl asap and just enjoy the ride as long as it lasts....

That post was amid a bunch of back and forth about CVT stuff:pain10:. Have to say it made me pause but yesterday I went down and wrote the check...
My first impressions of this bike vs what I remember of my '09..
Engine braking...Less severe, as a matter of fact it seems perfect for me.
8mph "release" surprised me the first couple of times but it is all coming back to me..
Suspension..This is what I am most impressed with after the first 80 miles. Trying to think of the right words to describe and I came up with two.
1. Compliant--Much more so than the 09. Seems to absorb the small bumps much better.
2. Taut--Firm, solid feel. Might sound like this contradicts #1 but it feels tight but does send any "jolts" when going over most bumps and rough spots. In my opinion Suzuki has done a great job with this....
Dash--I really like, no, I really LOVE the new dash....Don't want to start a war, this is just my personal preference...
Windshield--Seems to have a minor tweak in the shape. Can't put my finger on it but works fine for my 6 ft.
Most of the other stuff that I am impressed with you can all see in the pictures. Styling changes seem small but put together they make nice looking package. Really didn't think I would like white but when the sun hits it that subtle blue metalflake pops and I must say I am liking it more and more.
I am glad to be back and am looking forward to seeing how others like the new girl.

Len
 

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Congrats on the new scoot and you will like the improved gas mileage. 679 miles on mine and averaging 59.7 MPG.

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Back on 6/20 in another thread I posted:
Want to hear a little good news?? I just came home from talking to dealer in San Jose about the new 650's and when I might expect to take a look at one. He went into his computer and did a double take...His two that he ordered showed in the "0 weeks until delivery" column. Showed it to me. He said that means they could be here tomorrow but no later than next week. As I went through this thread I have to admit I got a little nervous about putting up so much money and looking at the possibility of a major failure. I had an 09 but only for a year and 11,000 wonderful miles. Missed it the day I sold it and I still do. I am retiring next month and I have great plans for me and the Burgman.....You know, after some thought I am going to get the new girl asap and just enjoy the ride as long as it lasts....

That post was amid a bunch of back and forth about CVT stuff:pain10:. Have to say it made me pause but yesterday I went down and wrote the check...
My first impressions of this bike vs what I remember of my '09..
Engine braking...Less severe, as a matter of fact it seems perfect for me.
8mph "release" surprised me the first couple of times but it is all coming back to me..
Suspension..This is what I am most impressed with after the first 80 miles. Trying to think of the right words to describe and I came up with two.
1. Compliant--Much more so than the 09. Seems to absorb the small bumps much better.
2. Taut--Firm, solid feel. Might sound like this contradicts #1 but it feels tight but does send any "jolts" when going over most bumps and rough spots. In my opinion Suzuki has done a great job with this....
Dash--I really like, no, I really LOVE the new dash....Don't want to start a war, this is just my personal preference...
Windshield--Seems to have a minor tweak in the shape. Can't put my finger on it but works fine for my 6 ft.
Most of the other stuff that I am impressed with you can all see in the pictures. Styling changes seem small but put together they make nice looking package. Really didn't think I would like white but when the sun hits it that subtle blue metalflake pops and I must say I am liking it more and more.
I am glad to be back and am looking forward to seeing how others like the new girl.

Len

Congratulation on fantastic new bike Len, you confirm all good stuff and improvement I read during winter on many European site, Suzuki do good work to improve seat and suspension, they also much work on clutch, CVT and on engine.

As song go '' Don't worry be happy '' and ride, ride, ride. :D
 

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Congrats, enjoy it.
 

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Heated Seats & Grips for USA Model?

Does it have the heated seats and grips? If not, does anybody have any good aftermarket products that could be retrofitted? I'm getting closer to being able to buy my first Burgman 650 (exec; if not in name, at least in Actuality.)

Looking forward to getting this new ride. Probably next year at this rate, but at least I'll have one, and it'll probably be out a bit more then.

Thanks In Advance, --Stephen
 

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''Winter pack'' not available in USA, it available in Canada and Europe.
 

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Does it have the heated seats and grips? If not, does anybody have any good aftermarket products that could be retrofitted? I'm getting closer to being able to buy my first Burgman 650 (exec; if not in name, at least in Actuality.)

Looking forward to getting this new ride. Probably next year at this rate, but at least I'll have one, and it'll probably be out a bit more then.

Thanks In Advance, --Stephen
When I went to the motorcycle show in Nov I had a chat with the factory rep about the heated seat and even though I've never seen it he was adamant that Suzuki offered a kit for it but that it was too expensive so they didn't sell any. I know I've seen a heated grip kit from Suzuki but not sure if they have these for the 2013. I'd suggest contacting Suzuki directly, the information for contacting is on their site.
 

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Good luck on the new bike. The motorcycle industry still does not make what I really want. A 850 or 1000cc step through with about 3 more inches of wheel base than the burg 650, wider ,taller windshield and all the gadgets a Goldwing has. Why not buy a Goldwing you might ask. I have a bad hip and bad knees, I need a step through and you cant stretch your legs out on a Goldwing like you can a Burg.
 

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Thanks everyone, I will enjoy the ride! Oh, I almost forgot another really good thing. I also have a bad hip,knee, etc. and I can duck walk this bike with no problem. Not so with the "09...Improved gas mileage will be the cherry on the sundae!!!
 

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Does it have the heated seats and grips? If not, does anybody have any good aftermarket products that could be retrofitted? I'm getting closer to being able to buy my first Burgman 650 (exec; if not in name, at least in Actuality.)

Looking forward to getting this new ride. Probably next year at this rate, but at least I'll have one, and it'll probably be out a bit more then.

Thanks In Advance, --Stephen
The bottom line here is that it is much easier to buy the bike fairly local to you from a reputable dealer. Importing a bike from Canada is going to involve a burden of paperwork and the speedo will be KM/hr and you will be unable to toggle to MPH. Implementing heated grips and heated seats (if you really want) is straight forward and the only Suzuki OEM part that you may wish to use is the heated seat switch.

However you may wish to think carefully about the heated seat options - do you ride a lot in the cold? It may well be that you want to go down the custom seat route - some folks do - to implement/incorporate the heating pads in a custom would be a very marginal extra cost.

I have heated seats and they are nice but in no way essential even in the UK, whereas I would not be without my heated grips.
 

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I have a question....Back when I had my '09 the way to go when it came to cleaning was to use Lemon Pledge. I used that stuff on everything and it looked brand new when I sold it....Is that still the way to go?

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I don't think paint formulas have changed so if it worked for you before why not keep doing it.

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Thanks NormanB!

The bottom line here is that it is much easier to buy the bike fairly local to you from a reputable dealer. Importing a bike from Canada is going to involve a burden of paperwork and the speedo will be KM/hr and you will be unable to toggle to MPH. Implementing heated grips and heated seats (if you really want) is straight forward and the only Suzuki OEM part that you may wish to use is the heated seat switch.

However you may wish to think carefully about the heated seat options - do you ride a lot in the cold? It may well be that you want to go down the custom seat route - some folks do - to implement/incorporate the heating pads in a custom would be a very marginal extra cost.

I have heated seats and they are nice but in no way essential even in the UK, whereas I would not be without my heated grips.
Thanks, NormanB! I appreciate the information. :notworthy:

That said, I think I've found what I've been looking for, after some diligent searching.

Below, I share with the community-at-large, two possible sources for the OEM Heated Seat (#2) and a parts supplier who has various parts for the 2013 Burgman 650, including the heated grips and the switches and wiring harnesses for them.

1. Multiple Parts for 2013 Burgman -- http://www.mrcycles.com/fiche_select...4#.Ue3roG1t53U

2. OEM Seat Component -- http://www.oneidasuzuki.com/store/pa...man-2013.html#

The factory heated seats and grips are all I wanted. So I will, probably go this route after purchasing my 2013 Burgie.

Sincerely,
Stephen A. Brown
Jefferson City, Missouri

Note: This response will be cross-posted in this thread with additional material relative to its content:

Bring It Over Across The Water! Euro Burgman 650 Exec in USA?
 

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I have four days with my 650. I am not wide open throttle but not all under 4k rpm all the time either. I do modulate the rpm. How would you run in the engine? Do you feel it is text book to perform this or my modified way OK. I have never followed all the rules
 

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TBall I have heard it all ways...I broke my Triumph in by just riding as I always do, just no redline runs for 1000 miles. Bike ran perfectly when I sold it. I broke in my '09 Burgman by the book. Never had to add a drop of oil and never had an issue with it. I broke my '13 in pretty much by the book with a couple of spurts over 4000 rpm and I expect the same reliable performance. I think the new machines are so good that you would probably have to really trash one to cause major issues... I think the important thing is that you are not running at a steady rpm.....
 
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