I'm considering buying either a used Burgman 650. To keep my costs down, I'm trying to find an older model. Do the first-generation models have any teething problems/glitches that I should be aware of?
There's been a very few incidents (2 or 3) of transmission/clutch problems reported. These are isolated failures and not a common issue. The only common problem (still a small percentage of riders) I am aware of is the wheel bearings. See :
The Burgman 650's have the dieseling noise but is considered to be part of the 'character' of the bike and not a problem at all. On most bikes you'd never hear it but the Burgman is so quiet overall that it makes the noise apparent.
Thanks for the quick reply, Bill. I'm also considering a Silverwing -- its smaller proportions seem like it may fair better in Tokyo's heavy traffic. But I do like the Burgman's extra power, dual front rotors and fancy transmission. That said, I'm wondering how the Burgman's use of complex new technology -- especially the computerized gear-driven transmission -- is going to hold up over the years compared to the Silverwing's use of old but reliable technology.
I assume you mean wheel bearings. I have about 8,000 miles on my 03, about 1,000 of it in the rain. I have not had any wheel bearings fail. There was a batch that were bad, and it showed up sooner on the ones that were driven in the rain. I check the grease every time the wheel comes off, it's not that hard to do. If you plan on a fair amount of rain riding, regardless of what bike you own, keeping up on the lubicration is more critical. Rain riding is like power washing your bike, only for a longer period of time, and does wash away lubricants.
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