2005 Suzuki Burgman 400 Consumer Reviews Suzuki Burgman 400 — A rare…

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User Rating: Excellent


Handling And Control:

and Craftsmanship:

Pros: A rare and motor bike that is fun but everything but typical

Cons: A bit in the rough

The Bottom Line: If performance, luxurious but practical, no motorized two-wheeling is in your and you’re a true individual, Burgman 400.

I#146ve a new love. She#146s classy yet She#146s got curves in all the right She#146s ready to go out for a night on the while she#146s equally to take you into work you#146re running late. I to take her on vacation to places far and I want to take her for ice cream the block.

And did I mention my wife her too? My new love and I are no adulterers. my new Burgman and I#146m her rider.

doubtful you#146ve ever one of these on the streets. This is one of the rarest vehicle types on the and highways in America. Not quite a but definitely not a Vespa, the Burgman 400 a class of motor vehicles as super- or maxi-scooters. Powered by with displacements from 250 to 650 centimeters, those who ride large motor bikes from college students to men and women to retirees.

Their is all over the map and they live on continent. For Burgman riders, one they all share, however, is the and the famous Burgman grin on face. Indeed, the word often used by riders to their scooter is #147fun.#148

The 400 is created and built by the same who make some of the fastest, powerful two-wheelers on the road Suzuki. Large scooters are and sell in greater number Known as the Sky Wave in Japan and the family ranges in engine from 125 cc#146s and upwards.

The 400 is one of two maxi-scooters it offers in the U.S. The is the Burgman 650, the world#146s most powerful scooter as its name suggests, 650 sized

While the term #147scooter#148 conjure up images of a couple riding two-up on a 50 cc mini-bike a la Jim and Jeff Daniels in the movie and Dumber, maxi-scooters are typically than full-sized motorcycles, between 350 and 550 pounds, and can post 0 60 MPH times faster than motorcycles. They still the scooter nomenclature for a number of including a step-through frame, transmission, hand controls for front and rear brakes, a board, built-in storage, and a swing-arm mounted engine.

Those features make especially appealing for those who to hit the road without the hassle of to shift. Owners especially the storage and other conveniences and a scooter might offer.

In the few of bikes in the maxi-scooter class, have tended to be experienced riders and with that the bias of passing judgment on a different type of vehicle. as if a dragster racer were put in the of reviewing luxury sedans. the obvious similarities between a and scooter are apparent, the motivations to each may be wildly separated.

a brand new motor bike the Burgman being my first bike, I#146m probably as as any other to offer my thoughts on scooter. Although surprisingly motorcycle riders switch to most of the Burgman owners be first-time riders such as and they won#146t have the nor the bias of past rides. So begin in earnest.

Why Buy A Burgman?

Oh you could use logic and reason to try to a resistant spouse why you need to a few thousand dollars on a vehicle. It work. Face it, she#146s than you are.

Even gas pushing over $3 per gallon and car and maintenance costs have you a second mortgage, it#146s a hard to impossible sell. you just have to call in Karma, blackmail or whatever tactics you might have up sleeve.

Besides you did paint the house yourself when the came in over $5000 and thing you call a truck driving should have replaced years ago but you#146ve your wife, #147she#146s got another year or two in her#148 she#146s driving the late luxury car. Fair is and, what the heck, she more on shoes in a month you do on your dumb hobbies in a But, still, why buy the Burgman?

OK, if you practicality, you#146ll find it around 55 miles per gallon, regular gas, can use the diamond pool) lane and, at in California, can #147lane split#148 all the way to You didn#146t hear it from me but riders have reported on a flat straight-away on the #147super as my motorized gear heads are to say, they#146ve attained approaching triple digits something Carrey and Daniels dream of in the movie.

Your 45 commute instantly becomes 25 That should be compelling

But let#146s get back to that thing I mentioned. There#146s electric about twisting a and feeling yourself gaining fairly quickly without left hand and foot in the choreography that is the ritual of riding. Granted, shifting brainless on a motorcycle in time and motorcyclists ENJOY the tactile and sensations they get by running up and the gears.

Still, the effort take time, even if a moment, and in that brief when that big V-twin next to you is enjoying that as his transmission falls into gear when the light green, you#146re already the far side of the intersection with and seamless acceleration. I find I#146m far and away the first off the line at traffic lights and the silky transmission of power, constant engine speed, and quiet of all the works, I find also busting through the speed limit when I at the speedometer.

And that#146s thanks to the scooter#146s Continuously Variable CVT. The technology involves a but clever design that a V belt to span the crankshaft and train between two pulleys of width. The geometry is controlled by speed and load and allows the to work at its best power to accelerate and maintain speed.

A CVT can be 98% and with greater reliability in design, is being considered in larger application. Honda, and other motorcycle makers are CVT for more powerful motorcycle In a much more powerful the CVTs already provide gearing in some small

On the power side of the CVT is a electronically single overhead cam, valve, water cooled 385 cc It#146s got plenty of power is apparent at take off and at city However, it#146s no demon and trucks at highway speeds on an will take some and skills while using and gap judgment to your fullest.

watch that speedo you#146ll find yourself quicker than you think you

The ride

Being a long bicycle rider and having with riding a tandem I found the transition from a loaded tandem to handling the nearly transparent. In fact, I that handling the tandem more skill than the heavier Burgman. Its lightweight five-spoked, 13-inch wheels it highly maneuverable at slow typical of urban riding but stable at highway speeds.

its smallish wheels, horizontally engine mounted low, on the arm, gas tank and most all mounted as far down on the frame as the low center of gravity provides inspiring stability. With no on motorcycles but with years on a I felt the handling was natural. speed maneuvering felt with the bike having no to fall into the turn or the turn by wanting to stand up.

A bit of appropriate counter-steering put the bike on a line at speed. Sweeping turns come easy as as swerves to avoid potholes and debris.

And you#146ll want to those potholes as the Burgman#146s one come into play. the engine is mounted on the swing that unsprung weight and the travel in the front and rear about 100 mm#146s a piece, for a harsh ride over pavement. You#146ll feel expansion joint and suffer asphalt work.

Suzuki a nicely accessible and easily no tools needed, hydraulic suspension pre-tensioner but I found no completely mitigates the bumpiness. But as the feeling isn#146t Body By Buick soft, the bike on line and tracks nicely in without wallowing.

With 440 pounds plus a no-longer-svelte and the bike#146s inclination to get to speed prudence and good sense you#146d like to reign in velocity when needed. And you do so on the With a single hydraulic brake for both front and slowing and stopping is done much adventure or excitement the best way to stop.

The brakes are linked set up with the right lever controlling two pistons of the 260 mm disc and the left hand controlling the rear 210 mm disc and a second later, applying to a another set of pistons on the front It#146s not ABS but the brakes stop with good modulation and no feeling of premature lock up. ridden in steady rain, I no diminished braking capacity.

The windshield is nicely formed and at an height to deflect nearly all the around this 5 foot, 8 rider. Only the top of my helmet to encounter any wind and it was well without buffeting. With the of generous fairings I stayed dry in an unexpected thunder shower and my remained bone dry while I my knees inboard.

Even there probably is an optimal of placing my feet on the floorboard, I that just about any I placed my feet wasn#146t to rain or splash. The benefit of a on a scooter as opposed to a peg on a bike is the number of foot rest #150 something to consider you want to be in the saddle for hours.

If I didn#146t live in California I consider buying a larger such as that offered by or optional hand guards to my hands dry in the rain. And speaking of the I found the seat on the Burgman the most comfortable and well-placed. The 400 comes standard with a saddle including a pillion rest (sissy bar).

The position has a backrest that is formed and supportive and is adjustable and aft without needing tools.


Where minimalism is a design feature for motorcycle with, perhaps, a speedometer and indicator the only important for some riders, it#146s the contrary for maxi-scooters and the Burgman 400 may the one of the most comprehensive, luxurious and considered panel of all. The is more reminiscent of that on Lexus than that of any seen on any motorcycle.

Included are analog tachometer, speedometer, temperature gauge and very fuel gauge. There#146s a odometer and two tripometers and digital That#146s styling. There are a number of indicator lights as high beam indicator and signal reminder, parking reminder plus a set of … All are well placed and easy to see day and

A nice feature is a oil change light that can be reset to between 300 to 3600 miles in increments.

And yes, I said brake. If the Earth were you wouldn#146t need or want But ask anyone who has tried to park a anything on an incline about irksome problem.

It can be a balancing act and than one rider of a bike a parking brake has returned to his bike sideways after because the bike rolled a With both a side-stand and along with the use of the parking you can always find a safe and way to park your Burgman. The is easily applied with a on the right side of the fairing.

also find the center-stand when parking on an unstable such as dirt or gravel a sidestand alone could and allow the bike to fall.

to detail is just about on the Burgman. Even the ignition key is protected against the elements and by a sliding cover that can be engaged and released by inserting and the keyed boss on the back end of the key. It#146s all easier it sounds and it makes sense and peace of mind.

The ignition switch serves a of functions other than the bike on and off. By turning the key one left of off, you lock the Turning the key one more position to the keeps the handlebars locked but on the rear lights #150 a feature if you have to leave bike on the side of the highway at

The key, when depressed and fully to the right opens the trunk.

And what a trunk it is. the seat tips up and is held in by a pneumatic piston, a light the seat illuminates 53 liters of designed storage space can fit two full helmets. Within the is a tool kit for maintenance and emergency

I normally store a safety and extra clothing layers in capacious space. My laptop, and briefcase are easily swallowed and bone dry. This area may be the single most reason to get a scooter #147for reasons.#148 But it doesn#146t end there. are three separate storage Not nearly as spacious but convenient

The first resembles a glove that is lockable. While the accommodates the battery, there#146s of room for gloves, paperwork, door opener, cell etc. And you can be charging that phone as your ride by it to the power socket inside. The two storage compartments are above and are large enough to hold or a PDA.

The compartments are secured an odd but interesting swinging lid that lockable.

Altogether, the flight looks clean, neat, with the handlebars nicely in a molded plastic sheathing, Except for the mirrors. They to be an after thought. I believe the final design review for the someone asked, #147Hey, bikes supposed to have #147Oops.#148 Anyway, the mirrors, as as they look, are fully placed well outboard and a full view out the back.

can be moved in for that lane you didn#146t hear me talk

I recommend buying a decent system that detects and movement as the bike is relatively and can targeted by really strong and thieves.

Eye of the beholder

A motorcycling will find a million not to consider a maxi-scooter, most of are unfounded. To many, a motorcycle look #147just so.#148 The is not intended for them in design and in effort. You either like the of a maxi-scooter or you don#146t. While all similar, the Burgman 400 has a sleek, sporty but functional look is, above all, friendly.

Its well finished, luxuriously metallic paint (in silver or is classy albeit subdued. plastic Tupperware paneling hides the mechanicals, smallish a low seat height (27.7 no protruding pegs and levers, and passenger compartment, many help but to be drawn.

But what my friends say?

As I have there are a lot of reasons to like and buy bike. But it#146s not for everyone. If you to ride what others are buy what others are riding.

there are a thousand ways to a Ducati Monster or Harley Fat Boy with the buckets of cash to do so, it#146ll still be a Ducati or Harley Fat Boy. Nothing Ducati or Harley. I love All ten thousand of them I see on the road. I need to go from 0-60 in 3.5 with my groinals bunched up a steel tank nor do I need the lifestyle and commitment of riding a big and chromy V-twin.

But if the benefits and of a Burgman tug at you AND you want to ride relatively novel AND you don#146t to spend a fortune and all your time changing your buy a stock Burgman, ride it, and it.

The first sport bike was ultra cool. The first rider was ultra individualistic. they#146re just one of thousands. invisible. A Burgman rider individualism without surrendering and convenience.

Kinda of a nice to be, eh?

Note: In all states the Burgman 400 is considered a motorcycle requires a motorcycle license endorsement. this reviewer, and about a motor bike operators taking a Motorcycle Safety MSF, beginner class if is your first motor Find a class in your here: http://www.msf-usa.org/

For more in an interactive forum inhabited by very friendly and smart visit www.burgmanusa.com.

Recommend product? Yes

Amount Paid 4500

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