Comparo – Suzuki Burgman 650 vs Suzuki DL 650 vs Suzuki SV 650 – Canada…

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Suzuki AN 250 Burgman

Comparo – Suzuki Burgman 650 vs Suzuki DL 650 vs Suzuki SV 650

Three Suzukis and a Blackfly.

I wake up at 7 a.m. I’m in a motel room with a freshly showered Mr. Seck doing the wakey-wakey chant. Then comes the realization that I’m about to embark on a 12-hour endurance ride around the back-end of northern Ontario in search of obscure clues in obscure places for some kind of obscure pleasure.

Welcome to the Blackfly Rally – 12 or 24 hours of non-stop riding to test man and machine with no plausible reason other than to ride … a lot.

At least I was here with the CMG crew for another purpose – to see how three very different machines could cope with 12 hours of continuous riding. Oh, and maybe not come in last either.

The machines in question were all from the Suzuki stable, all twins and all of 650 cc displacement. But that’s where the similarity ends, as we had one sporty(ish) bike (SV650), one dual-sport (DL 650 V-Strom) and one maxi-scooter (650 Burgman).

Three bikes to test, a minimum of 800 km to cover and all within 12 hours … this would be somewhat of a challenge.

If you read last week’s feature article then you’ll know all about how the Rally part of the ride worked out. This week it’s time to look at how the testing bit worked out, with part 2 of three Suzukis and a Blackfly …

650, 650, 650

SV and DL are both powered by essentially the same v-twins.

Bar a few cc’s difference, all three motors of our Suzuki trio are pretty much the same size, the difference being in their state of tune and configuration.

Suzuki AN 250 Burgman

The SV and DL use essentially the same 90 degree v-twin unit, with the SV having an extra 7 hp up top (thanks to different cams), along with a lighter crank (for quicker revving, but less plodability) and taller overall gearing (more speed, but less pull).

In contrast, the Burgman has a parallel twin motor tuned for … er, scootering? I don’t know, there’s not much to compare it to here, but since it never really seemed to rev much above 7,500 rpm, I’d assume that it’s not an overly tuned unit.

Out on the roads of the Blackfly Rally it was really as you’d expect – the SV being notable for its quick revving and higher surges of power, the DL being not far behind, but also happy to plod along, and the Burgman whirring along all day at a steady rpm (thanks to the CVT transmission).

Workhorse (left) and stallion (right)

Character-wise, the SV is like an eager stallion, chomping at the bit, with a real galloping feel to the way it lays down its power under acceleration. The DL takes more of a workhorse attitude, but still with a good turn of speed hidden behind its relaxed and friendly nature. They’re typical v-twin by nature, even down to the slight primary vibration, which only serves to emphasize that v-twin character and make the rider feel intimately connected to the motor below.

Although all very clever, this ultimately means that the rider is a bit disconnected from the motor’s base character. Combine the CVT effect with a fitted balance shaft, and the whole thing feels a bit like a blender/electric motor, it’s that smooth. Not a bad thing by any means, but a very different experience from the other two bikes.

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