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Someone near me is selling a 2008 650 asking price of $4500. Wife thinks we should look at as an additional ride. What should a person be aware of on it? She has a 2007 400 but they seem to be very different as to possible problems and expensive repairs and I need a little heads up on what to look for.
 

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Jack, I have a 2008 650. I am at 37,000 miles and have had nothing but normal maintenance done. Others have had many problems across the years spread of production. The 03-04 were a problem of their own but most of those problems can be fixed now.... Its a Craps shoot. How many miles on it? If the seller can show some maintenance records It may be a good buy if the miles are low. Go to http://www.KBB.com and about half way down is the box that has Motorcycles. Put your zip code in when asked and the miles and it should give a rough idea what its worth in your area.

While the 650 does have some issues with the CVT inner bearings failing, most times its at higher miles.
 

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Thanks Dave. It turned out to be a 2006 with 45,000 miles on it. I passed on it as I don't want to get into the possibility of major expensive problems right away.
Mike, Cushing is on the west side on the border of Minn. just across the river.
 

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JackChris said:
Thanks Dave. It turned out to be a 2006 with 45,000 miles on it. I passed on it. <<<SNIP>>>
:shock:

I'd pass on that one for $1200. Sure it MAY go to 90,000 miles before the CVT bearings or belt fails but I would not want to pay much for it with 45K on it. Thats the gamble. Now if it has 45K on it and there was proof that the CVT had been repaired or replaced at 40K then I would spend a few more bucks but not $4500, more like around $2500. Just me. If it was a 2006 with 17,000 miles then Kelly Blue book says its worth $4000 from a dealer but a trade in of $2765. With that low mileage (17K) I'd go somewhere around $3000-$3500.
 

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Thanks for good advice. He had no records of anything he purchased it used 2 years ago from a private party. I guess I will just have to keep going with her on my GoldWing.
 

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JackChris said:
Thanks for good advice. He had no records of anything he purchased it used 2 years ago from a private party. I guess I will just have to keep going with her on my GoldWing.
And that's soooooo bad??? :D

And most 400 riders on here would disagree with the 2007 400 being expensive to work on. But most work on their own too.
 

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I feel comfortable working on the 400 but the 650 sounds much more complicated. If she talks me into another scooter just to have for riding around here with her I think I would think more towards the Honda or another 400 although I like the idea of a 650 for myself to play with. O well...
 

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Jack, I for one am not scared of the maintenance of a 650. Out of the 10,000's of them out there the failure rate is small. If I were looking for a new one I would try for a low mile 2007 and up. But if the price was low enough I would pick up a low mile 2003 or 2004 and do the Polish adapter mod and ride smiling the whole time. The 05 up Overdrive is not a big thing to me nor is the 07 up electronic controls for the fuel injection. I had 54,000 miles on my 2003 650 before I used the wrong oil in the (reduction) Transmission and it broke. Do not use 0W20 oil in the trans.

I have ridden so many BIG bikes and as I get older and with a few crashes behind me I may need to downsize in a few years. I still have my crashed 1981 Goldwing 1100i with the Hondaline bags, trunk, a Vetter Windjammer fairing and loads of chrome parts. It tips the scales at 910 Pounds wet, 1100 pounds with me on it when I crashed in Oct 2010. I have since crashed a 2008 Burgman 650, Dec 2011.

Someone else may chime in here. Like our resident 400 Guru saying "GET ANOTHER 400". :twisted:
 

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Dave_J said:
Jack, I for one am ... saying "GET ANOTHER 400".
Dave_J, as usual, makes a lot of sense.

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Dave_J said:
Jack, I for one am ... saying "GET ANOTHER 400".
Dave_J, as usual, makes a lot of sense.

Chris
I knew I could bait ya in. :D

When I was 3 week in recovery from my Dec 11 crash, Chris almost (on the low side of almost) talked me into looking for a 400. But I got a SCREAMING deal on a used but only 305 miles 2008 650 for $5100 and they delivered it from 150 miles away to my door. You already have a 400 to ride so you don't need prodding too much. The original owner of my 2003 sold it to buy 2 ea 2006 Burgman 400's, one for his wife and one for him so they could ride side by side. Didn't want to do TWO up anymore is what I was told.
 
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