Malaguti Spidermax - Personal Log

Live is full of tough choices. We are leaving hopefully soon this, very unpleasant to live on, island and go to Spain. My Spidermax is now over 7 years with over 70.000 km. Technically she is OK, but the sun and abrasive wind here were not kind to the exterior. To bring her to Spain will be around 500 € including tax. The value of the Spidermax should be around or a bit below 2000 € if I make her pretty again.
So I was thinking about trying to sell her here and always wanted to try out a Burgman 650 and there is a good selection below 4000 € in Spain.

If you want, I share with you my findings and my conclusion.
But if you are a Suzuki fan-boy you should skip this post.
...and I really was looking forward to get a Burgman 650 in red.

I did a lot of research the last weeks in English, Spanish and German forums, there I was introduced to the primary spline failure, the infamous bolt stopper issue, failing locks, premature worn out bearings among other failures. 
The consensus in buying a used 650 was, that you should avoid any Burgman 650 below 2005 to 2006. The year is not so important as is the model number since you can find a K5 with 2006 registration. So to be on the safe side I was looking for a nice 2007 or younger Burgman 650 Executive.

Then I found some complaints about the Suzuki (claimed lifetime lasting) belt failure.
Working my way again through a lot of several languages forum posts I found a shocking pattern.
From America through Europe and the rest of the world the belt from the Suzuki Burgman 650, no matter what time they are build and including the new Burgman 650 L3 are prone to failing with often repair costs between 2000 and 3000 € or $.

broken belt from a Burgman 650 ( when I look how thin the the 2 belts are I wonder why it even lasts 50.000 km)

Getting most of the stories available in several languages, this CVT failure is sometimes the end of the bike since often the repair cost is near the value of the bike (2006 and older).
A new belt is in the 400 to 470 € range and the labor to change it is way over 1000 € (often double).
Since Suzuki even in the new styled 2013 model has the same belt with no possibility to check without several hours of work the Suzuki 650 made the top of the list of bikes I do not want to own.
Also it looks like the quality what was "made in Japan" is deteriorating. (see my test ride of an AN400 further down)
OK, there are a lot of people who are happy with their 650 and a bunch of them never had a problem.
I wish them well and hope it stays that way.

Since Murphy´s Law has a fixed contract with me and if there are Gremlins they sure will stop by my electric, electronic or mechanical contrivance. So I rather save myself the trouble and stick with what I know.

In conclusion, I like my Spidermax where I can check the belt by just using my finger tip in a second, or need to open a few screws and see the belt within one minute, or in 15 minutes have the belt changed and my rollers replaced.
With my new setup, the Dr. Colt Conversion, that will be all 30.000 km or so and will cost me below 100 €.

I will still try to sell my Spidermax here and if I do, she will be replaced by another Malguti Spidermax from Spain. If nobody wants her, then you can watch her here reaching the 100.000 km before 2016 is over.

So this blog will be in use for some time to come and tell you:
"All about the Malaguti Spidermax"

Burgman 650 vs Malaguti Spidermax front view

Malaguti Spidermax vs Burgman 650 rear view


2 Years with the Malaguti Spidermax 500GT

I got her used with 18 months and 4000 km for 3000 Euro, that was a marvelous deal.
Let´s see what happen to my Spidermax in the last 2 years.