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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-21-2016, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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New 650 Burgman/Yelvington owner

Found a 2102 Executive that was purchased & triked in 8/2013. Bought it for my wife, it seems we've both grown quite fond of it. Its different in a fun sort of way. It had 8.000 miles on it @ time of purchase & 9.000 when my friends rode it from PA to WI.

I've found its only shortcoming is its chain drive. Seems the first owner didn't care for it properly & at 10.000 miles its worn out. And as attractive as the rear skirting is. it makes for a pain to get at the chain & the chain tensioner.

I've talked with the folks @ Yelvington & it seems the newer models are belt drive. I asked them if there's a conversion yet to change mine over. Hopefully by next year. So for now its just going to be a new chain

Haven't had a chain dreve on a bike in 35 years. What a pain.

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A short update,
Bike is just shy of 13.000 miles. Like anything else, There has been a learning curve. The more you use this the easier it gets. The rear skirting came off much easier when we went to replace the chain. Like I've said its been a while since I've had a chain drive anything. With a new chain & keeping it lubed this thing is a dream. Quiet, responsive, Just like a 2 wheel Burgman.

Wife really loves this trike. She had a Yamaha Majesty/w Tow Pac before this. She loves the smoothness, comfort & power over her former bike.

Just got done spending some time on the "Back of the Dragon" with our Burgmans. She did well with her trike!

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I'm assuming the whole chain drive thing is part of the trike conversion kit, right?

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I have a Burgman 650 Trike with a Trinity Trike set on the back now Trinity is Yelvington. Yelvington is now out of the trike business only making reverse back ups for Harley's.

I can say one thing the trike set I have when I got it was junk. The entire back end had to be replaced. Thankfully I have a guy who is an engineer and took the back apart replaced almost everything with quality parts. The junk parts that were in there had issues. Now the trike set is perfect no issues at all.

My trike set is a chain drive. I have a silencer on the rear that keeps the chain drive noise down. I like the chain as a belt can slip after a few years of riding and needs to be replaced which is an expensive repair. I had this on my 06 Burgman trike that had a Danson trike set on it.

The burgman 650 or the 400 is a belt drive. So on the conversion you have a choice to keep it belt driven or change to a chain drive. I'm not much on the new Burgman's as the plastic is cheap the bike is not what is was back in the day. The parts on the new Burgman are not of the quality they were.
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The problem with belt drives is they use a small 4 inch pulley up front. If they were to use a bigger pulley the belt will last much longer.

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