2013 Suzuki Burgman 650 ABS — First Ride Rider Magazine

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2013 Suzuki Burgman 650 ABS – Ride

Photo Credit: Pavia

Greg Drevenstedt

29, 2013

Introduced to the world in and brought to the U.S. for 2003, the Burgman 650 maxi-scooter has been a bestseller, with over sold. The Burgman hasn’t much over the years, and its competition has been the long-in-the-tooth Silver Wing 600. the recent introduction of the BMW C 650 GT and Kymco 700i. the time had come for an

Rather than give it a overhaul, Suzuki focused on that Burgman owners asked for most: new styling, low-speed handling and less when pushing the scooter with the engine off. New is more sleek and compact, the has a different shape and angle, and are new taillights, LED position lights and wheels.

New bodywork, LED position lights, wheels and other updates the Suzuki Burgman 650 a fresh

The 638cc liquid-cooled, DOHC, parallel twin, good for a 54 horsepower and 45.7 lb-ft of at the crank, is largely the same. to the valve springs, piston final-drive gear bearings and settings have reduced losses, which Suzuki upped fuel economy by 15 Our real-world fuel economy were 43.9 mpg during our Burgman 650 test ( Rider . 2011 and HERE ) and 49.1 mpg on the new a 12-percent increase.

Refinements to the Electronically-controlled Continuously Variable (SECVT) have lowered rpm at low speeds in Drive mode for on/off throttle abruptness. And a new bracket has tightened up the steering and shortened the wheelbase for lighter handling. The twist-and-go Burgman briskly from a stop, has throttle response and is easy to around a parking lot.

New contact surfaces on the clutch make them easier to reducing drag friction by 35 and the difference is noticeable when the scooter around the garage.

handling has been improved revised SECVT settings and steering geometry.

Pulling from Suzuki’s U.S. in Brea, California, during the launch, the Burgman felt as and comfortable as ever. In 2011 we a Burgman 650 Executive, a higher-spec that included ABS, an windscreen, electrically retractable a passenger backrest and chrome on the bar and muffler cover.

The “Executive” has been dropped in the U.S. (it exists in Europe for models with heated grips and which are available as pre-wired here), but all of the additional features are now on the only U.S. model, the 650 ABS. Our dozen-strong congo of Pearl Bracing White (the only color split lanes through traffic on Interstate 10. Pushing a on the left switchgear folded the mirrors, which saves an inch of width on either and is an undeniably cool feature.

At the western terminus of I-10, the Coast Highway begins. some stop-and-go traffic, we onto Topanga Canyon and soon climbed a tight, road up into the Santa Mountains. With 15-inch and 14-inch rear wheels and a handlebar, the Burgman 650 steers through challenging curves and has cornering clearance, yet it also stable at high speeds.

The has two automatic modes, Drive and which optimize engine rpm for efficiency and acceleration, respectively, as as a manual mode with six gear ratios. Being to select and hold a lower is a plus in hilly terrain or for two-up touring.

Suzuki AN 650

New floating brake disc s and a lighter ABS are among the many changes to the Suzuki Burgman 650 ABS.

Triple-disc brakes, which now use rather than solid up front, provide good power with decent at the hand levers. To save the ABS unit is now smaller and lighter, and the brake lever was moved under the dash to under the left leg, making it to reach. The non-adjustable fork and dual rear shocks, 4.3/3.9 inches of front/rear provide a plush ride but can harsh over rough

Suzuki has replaced the previous instrument panel with a of analog gauges and a bright, central LCD display. A new angle for the cover reduces glare, a new Eco lights up when the throttle is judiciously, and a wiring harness the instrument panel makes it to install a GPS.

The cockpit clean and modern, and it has three compartments: two 1.3-liter, non-lockable compartments on each side of the and a lockable compartment under the that holds 5.2 liters 500ml water bottles fit). The inside has been so items stay put when the is open, and the 12V socket has been to fit more types of chargers.

All-new instrument panel has two gauges and an info-rich LCD display.

says no space has been in the 50-liter underseat compartment though the seat rail is and the steel subframe and brackets been replaced by lighter components. Under the seat find a light, a toolkit and a helmet lock, as well as a that unlocks the rider so it can be moved fore/aft by 2 inches.

The floorboards have been cut out for an reach to the ground, and the passenger have been raised for more comfort. Holes added to the lower edge of to reduce turbulence, but the screen at high speeds.

The Burgman 650’s smoothness, and ease of use have made it among tens of thousands of around the world. Like middleweight motorcycles, it strikes a between power and fuel yet it offers wind protection and capacity that are usually only on large, expensive tourers. The 2013 model has of minor improvements that add up to a better Burgman.


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