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MD Ride Review: 2007 Burgman 400

Just a few years the line that marked the between scooters and motorcycles was and clear. Of course, you straddle a like a horse, while you sit in a scooter like a chair, but it just have to do with position. It had to do with performance. scooters that handled enough (mainly due to their weight), but they were

Most had small-displacement motors or less), and while they great for getting around in traffic, with few exceptions were much too slow to be for a long trip, and you certainly take them on the freeway!

In years, that once-crisp has become more and more The seating position is still but many of the other distinguishing have dissapeared. The Burgman 400 the first scooter I’ve but I still feel a tad silly through the step-through bodywork wearing a racer-replica helmet, with gauntleted racing and a race-styled leather jacket.

that feeling only until the first chance I get to a big, heavy cruiser from a red light, or until I a sportbike while buzzing the freeway. Who do you think feels then?

When Suzuki set out to the younger brother to their (and much more Burgman 650 (see MD’s review here ), their were clear – improve style, and economy, while maintaining adequate performance and comfort. The Burgman 400 was intended to be a (and cheaper) alternative to the 650 for commuting, and while not quite as as its bigger brother, it also comfort and plenty of power for riding.

Hidden under all that is a new 400cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC powerplant. The motor’s output is by means of a V-Belt driven CVT variable transmission) clutchless and from there reaches the wheel via a shaft drive Although slightly less than most motorcycle (81mm bore x 77.6mm the Burgman’s powerplant is in all other quite similar to many motorcycle powerplants – featuring compression and electronic fuel

Up front, a larger 14-inch carrying a 120/80 series is damped by telescopic forks and by dual hydraulic disc A 13-inch wheel out back a 150/70, rides on a link-type setup (the shock is horizontally, under the bike and to the ground), and is clamped by a single disc.

Hop on the 2007 Burgman 400 for the time, and you’ll notice the seating position right The seat is flat and comfortable, and the backrest provides excellent for the rider’s lower back I’ve appreciated since I 3 vertebrae in an MX accident a few years

When we first received the the backrest was set in its rearmost position, put me a tad bit too far from the bars – a problem solved by moving the backrest two positions. For those riders even shorter arms, was still one more forward available in the adjustment range.

The offers excellent protection for the head and upper body, and none of the head buffeting we on the Burgman 650. The lower protects the rider’s legs as which is helpful on a cold night – especially when got a warm riding jacket on up but nothing but jeans keeping legs warm! Another of a scooter is the large amount of space, which again can in handy on a cold night – is, if you’re sharp enough to to throw some warmer in the underseat trunk before your home in the midst of the heat.

The aforementioned underseat trunk is with plenty of room for two riding helmets, or several a notepad, and pretty much else you can thing to cram in At one point, headed back to the from a quick lunch, the locker of our tester swallowed two of sundries from Target (I was for a press intro in North along with an 18 pack of soda, and topping it off, and face up, was a large pepperoni from Little Caesars!

I know, it sounds impossible, but the Little Caesars people let me the idea with an empty I was one happy, hungry journalist to that it fit! There are two small compartments in the front one under each handlebar, are perfect for cell phones, etc. Not to mention the cavernous box’, which is wide and enough to hold a baseball cap crumpling, and is useful for gloves as

The long floorboards give the plenty of room to move and he can choose to set his feet either on the area just in front of the (putting the knees at a 90 degree or to stretch his legs out and rest his on the upward-sloping section at the front of the (giving a “lazy boy”-style leg On long freeway trips, I appreciated the ability to switch positions, and would frequently my feet forward and back to my legs from stiffening up.

freeway trips on a 400cc you ask? It surprised me too, the relatively small displacement. possibly due to the effect of the CVT (which, in can use any gear ratio necessary to the bike in its power curve), the 400 packs extremely respectable

Around town, a bit more opening than expected is to get the bike moving, but the motor up fast and has plenty of pull. onto the freeway aggressively is no (I often hit 80 before the bottom of an and even at freeway speeds still some pulling available – acceleration from to 80mph is crisp and authoritative.

Of I don’t want to over-exaggerate the of the Burgman 400 – you’re certainly not to be beating any 600cc sportbikes at the drags! However, Suzuki’s scooter has plenty of power for its purpose, which is commuting and work. Combined with the of the CVT, the Burgman is quick and enough for daily use.

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Besides adequate power, riders prefer that daily mount (whether or scooter) have quick, handling, letting the bike through traffic or carve corners with equal When we first picked up the 400, the handling was ok, but nothing and the bike had a tendency to feel at high speeds (85mph+) or braking heavily. This manifested itself in a slight (made worse on heavily roads) and a tendency to wander in the (under said conditions).

The adjustability in the Burgman’s suspension is preload, and I was considering reducing it. before I got the chance, Dirck it out with a passenger on the back, and he a few extra turns of preload the rear for this ride. He was finally able to check the pressure (we had to buy a new tire gauge, as the tiny rims put the air nipples to to the hub for our existing gauge(s) to fit), and it a few psi low both front and rear.

The time I rode the Burgman, it was a whole different bike The combination of increased preload and tire inflation made a of difference. With the rear slightly higher (and, more weight on the front the front end was more stable at speeds and under braking, some slight instability crops up occasionally, particularly on or rain-grooved roads.

Not only was the stability improved, but it turned more crisply, and with a natural cornering feel gave the rider greatly front-end confidence. Where I had been reluctant to test the limits in the corners, I was now confident to … corners much Happily, I found that at very aggressive cornering (and lean angles), the 400 doesn’t have any serious clearance problems.

So, we have a good handling, powerful scooter, with of comfort and storage space for trips. What about the economy? Well, according to the account of average fuel kept on the Burgman’s digital it maintained an average of between 50 and mpg for our entire testing period, with heavy-handed testers to probe the bike’s top speed via periods of wide-open throttle 103mph, in case you’re

We have heard of Burgman 400 achieving 60mpg, and more. We to confirm the digital readout’s by making our own calculations over tanks of fuel, and found if anything, the dash is being – my figures averaged out between 51 and 54 Quite a useful talent for a machine to have in this day of $3/gallon gasoline, the Burgman’s appetite for fuel also a theoretical range in excess of 180 from its 3.6 gallon tank, in reality you’ll find filling up much sooner to be safe, since the fuel reads empty while the should still have a left (I never got more 2.75 gallons into the at a fuel stop).

Suzuki has a fine job of creating a scooter to nearly every role an daily bike would be on to perform, and in maintaining more adequate performance while miserly mileage figures. The 400 is certainly much faster say, a Toyota Prius or a Honda Insight, while a fraction of what you’d pay for of those vehicles, and achieving or better fuel economy. All and fun to ride to?

The Burgman 400 may just be the ultimate for the sensible motorcyclist, anyone who the environment, or the student on a tight who needs a go everywhere, do everything – especially if that student in a city like San Francisco or New where owning a car is impractical and A scooter that I could as easily (and comfortably) to lunch or ride to Las Vegas, and gets 50+mpg on the way to either, is an accomplishment in my book.

The 2007 400 carries a US MSRP of $5,899, is in blue or silver, and should be in Suzuki dealers by the time you this. For more information, out Suzuki’s official site .

Suzuki AN 400
Suzuki AN 400
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