2012 Suzuki Burgman 400 ABS Review — The Scooter Review

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There are a lot of to describe the niche that Burgman aims to fill: scooter. Maxi-scoot. Super But there’s one brand that the 400 ABS should wear with car replacement.

Bigger scoots the Burgman always defy – especially stateside – because not a motorcycle and they’re not a scooter, but offer a heaping helping of to like about both categories.

Scooters are always a sell in America. We only to really want them we’re either sporting fat and are desperate for the next recreational or when we’re broke and to save gas money by any and all means It’s the plague of every existence: you pull up at a gas station and Joe either strikes up a conversation whether you need a motorcycle because “man that like a hoot,” or he grills you on gas as the read-out on his pump relentlessly upward faster than the debt. (And when Joe doesn’t say anything, then you can much assume the economy is sitting in the balance between and bust cycles — call it the economic indicator.)

The bottom is that Americans usually to see the value proposition of a two-wheeler seems to be some sort of compromise between big bike and scooter. Chalk it to car culture. it up to the stigma scooters have in a where nearly every TV about motorcycles involves building a billet-laden V-Twin a jaw-dropping paint job and an unconquerable

Whatever the reason, Suzuki’s 400 ABS is a scooter that can change perception. Why? Because it — a lot.

The scooter appeals to the sense of fun that many riders seek from a while simultaneously dealing out a dose of practicality.

And that’s not a new for larger scooters. In fact, it back to 1950s and 1960s While Southern Europeans buzzing through tight traffic on smaller Vespas and German manufacturers such as Maico and Zündapp were larger scooters with displacements and bigger wheels to a different set of needs.

Riders in spread out, more Northern European areas something that could get longer distances to work, as as let them hit the road on for some traveling. If anything what the sought to accomplish with a half-century ago, is exactly today’s max-scooters deliver: two transportation that is a true to a car.

Spend a day on the Burgman 400 ABS and come to see exactly what German manufacturers had in mind. The provides an ample amount of handling, mileage and, enough, storage space to you forget four-wheel transportation

Starting with the ride, the offers a mixed, but overall package of riding characteristics. The DOHC thumper offers up of power. In fact, a surprising of power given the scooter’s 490

Paired with the CVT transmission the has surprisingly quick take off the line — even uphill — and has power at any position in the throttle to get you from traffic or trouble. The twist-n-go definitely applies.

And important to note the ride is smooth as well. Even being remorselessly flogged, the serves up a steady ride minimal vibration or noise. The is that, the combined smoothness and the CVT in the scooter riding fine at any speed. Faster travel on the to standard city speeds, the always seems to be comfortably

It’s not until you approach that you really loose sense of comfortable cruising.

In of handling the scooter carves graceful curves and is a joy in sweepers. not until you start hitting corners and declining radius that the Burgman’s handling a little more ponderous. most likely attributable to the weight combined with a that is longer than everyday city scooter. it to say that the Burgman just flickable like other, scooters.

You’re not going to throw it as much, but that’s not necessarily a I’d rather call it a limitation in most maxi-scoots.

Also, it be noted that because of the size, I found myself off on much filtering in lane-splitting California. The Burgman is just enough that the prospect of between rearview mirrors more like a chore a short cut. That can also be a downside in the wind.

A romps in some fairly cross winds made me why I was feeling the buffeting like I and the only conclusion I could was there’s a whole lot of plastic panels there to get pushed by gusts.

But of course the braking is special about the 2011 of the Burgman 400, and the anti-lock is exactly what this needs. Because of a heavier being carried by smaller grabbing handfuls of brake those smaller diameter risk getting overwhelmed and traction. Anti-lock braking plain makes sense for the In application, the Burgman’s ABS proved very handy on a couple of during this review.

the ABS, the stopping power of the front and 210mm rear was instantaneous with no juddering or loss in a hard, short Rather, the ABS delivers a very yet smooth stop that leave the rider frazzled.

The front forks’ 110 mm of travel accepts any hard braking zero dive, and paired the rear monoshock, the suspension out the road nicely, but still a rigid enough ride cruising on the Burgman never disconnected from the road.

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In of styling, I actually prefer the 400 ABS to the Burgman 650 Executive. Because it offer the power mirrors, powered windscreen, or the seat of the 650 the 400 looks more sporty and The fact that the 400’s lights are incorporated into the light clusters, as opposed to the mirrors adds to that streamlined and motorcycle-like appearance.

the 2011 Burgman 400 ABS comes in a gray and a metallic white. is an odd vehicle color. Some looks perfect in it and some do and when they do not, can look pretty darn In this case, the white truly complements the Burgman’s

The gray looks great, but the has a slight metal flake to it actually winds up looking indeed.

But you can’t talk the Burgman’s ride without about its utility, and it’s in its capacity where the Burgman stands out. All in all, the offers roughly 16 gallons of space. Up front, the scooter a decent-sized glove box and two smaller compartments near the instrument

Under the seat is where the storage is.

In fact, that storage space is somewhat of a Starting out the day, the storage accepts a cover, a laptop bag and a bag while offering plenty of for more stuff. Get to work, and you can those items, and replace with your helmet, suit and gloves. (In fact, you can stow two full-face helmets if you to.) The result is that no where you go, you don’t have to around dressed like a Ranger, and you don’t have to looking like a high student by having to constantly a backpack or messenger bag.

And you want to hit the road and go for a trip, the storage capacity really its worth. For years, I used to camp on old Vespas and Lambrettas all my gear bungied to front and racks. The resulting visual was of a two-… gypsy.

By comparison, never know whether a was packed to go camping or not. The trunk happily gobbled up a summer sleeping bag, an tent, an air mattress, an overnight a backpacking stove and small food and some other camping essentials. A small and some other odds and went in the front glove box room to spare.

Packing the scooter took time and trouble than up camp.

Maybe the compromise motorcycle and scooter offered by scooters such the Suzuki 400 ABS is a tough concept for some to grasp. Then again, if had even a few days of saddle on the Burgman 400 ABS, they’d pretty quick that can be pretty eye-opening — and a hell of a lot of

AUTHOR BIO: A career editor and journalist, David has been an avid scooterist the age of 16, and continues to ride, repair and scooters. He is the founder of one of the oldest running scooter clubs in the States, and has served as the program for the Motorcycle Industry Council’s Committee. If it has a step-through frame and wheels, there’s a good that he wants to ride it.


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