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Take the ease-of-use of a step-through scooter, then add a powerful enough and rider and accommodation comfortable enough to it as fast and practical as a large Voila, you have the Suzuki 650, the most expensive on-sale in America.

What’s New

than a ground-up redesign, new Burgman is more of an optimization of the old originally introduced in 2002.

polled its customers for feedback, did their best to adapt the new to their wants and needs.

Due to its CVT/conventional clutch drivetrain, the needed to push the big Burgman with the engine off was widely to be excessive. To fix that, clutch was reduced by 35 percent. That combined with minor changes to improve fuel by 15 percent.

A smaller exhaust and more efficient catalyst emission levels to conform to the new 3 standards.

Owners also of difficult operation at very low due to a “shock” when rolling the on and off. To address that, reduced engine rpms at walking pace.

The old model’s instruments were found to be difficult to read at a or in direct sunlight, so out went the speedo and tach, replaced by analog gauges framing a central LCD screen for secondary The angle of the bezel has also changed to create less

In addition to ambient temperature, and instantaneous fuel economy and all the goodies, those instruments gain an “Eco Indicator” which monitors riding illuminating to inform the rider they’re riding in an economical

Minor things like the and position of the power outlet in the were also altered on customer feedback, all in an effort to existing customers real in upgrading to the new bike.

Under the the frame is slightly altered to the overall width without storage volume; space 50 liters and two full-face helmets in a unit that’s now 25mm

Styling has also been refreshed. Perhaps unsurprisingly, buy the same guy who did the new V-Strom 650. influence came from the tunnel too, with the being reduced buffeting for rider and passenger.

So all in, what was the largest, most luxurious on the market has been refined in the of making it even more so.

Departing Suzuki’s American HQ in we headed down the 10, through LA traffic, then headed up the Coast Highway to Topanga There, departing from launch procedure, we took in of the low speed neighborhood roads wind through the Malibu

That the Burgman is a competent splitter comes as no surprise. a large bike, but at just inches wide (at the electrically mirrors), it squeezes through with the best. The very 62.8-inch wheelbase takes the getting used to, steering take some time to through to the rear tire.

The low center of gravity also a bit of a learning curve, your and your movements have a impact on steering than would on a taller, larger traditional motorcycle.

But how confident and footed the 613lbs (wet) is around the 5-15mph, super super steep Topanga roads is very surprising. The holding onto first long enough and the engine more than enough to climb even the steepest at a walking pace, smoothly and drama. Steeing is easy and allowing you to alter lines and the ABS brakes sure footed through the gravel and sand all over these roads.

Out into the more traditional canyon roads and things much the same. While the certainly isn’t a sport it is confident, planted and easy to Perhaps the nicest thing I can say it is that I didn’t manage to anything down, not the floorboards or the center stand lever, at

That was with the hand-adjustable on stock settings. Giving of the rear shocks a couple — as easy as grasping them your hand and turning — the front end a little more but did have an impact on the Burgman’s plush ride. We’d add two clicks for single-person riding, max preload for carrying passengers.

it was up the rest of Malibu’s PCH and onto the 101 to to Santa Barbara. It’s how at home on the highway the Burgman is. The configuration, large floorboards, seat, tall screen and motor make this as flying down the fast as any touring bike could be, Honda’s Gold Wing and

It’s a shame there’s no

What’s Good

The styling is and futuristic. Particularly from the where the passenger back adds something very

The Burgman is now easy to push, no perceptible clutch drag to get you and trying to move a 613lbs

The frame-mounted motor (as opposed to the mounted configuration that’s for scooters) lends the Burgman a plush ride and stable

The electronically adjustable screen up and down quickly and precisely, you to instantly tailor it to your and conditions. It holds that even after switching off the and removing the key.

Underseat is huge. It fit my packed-to-the-gills Kriega R35 with ease, leaving for a few water bottles and empty to spare.

The instrumentation is clear and

Suzuki AN 650

ABS brakes complete with calipers bring the Burgman to a confident halt even in conditions.

Manual and Power allow you to dial in precise while passing traffic, hills or just riding

You can cross your legs cruising down the highway.


Even though it’s the little back pad for the rider goes far back enough to the very tall.

The Burgman has a myriad of convenience but also seemingly a handlebar-mounted for each of them. Discerning the form the signals from the mode from the gears the mirrors takes some

The Fuel cap is mounted on the downward when parked on the side and too far to the rear to reach while on the So, to refuel, you need to dismount, put the on its center stand, open the remove the filler cap, put it then repeat all that in when you’re done. It annoying real fast.

The folding mirrors seem a bit only removing negligible I think they’re mostly to entertain bored journalists.

We averaged fuel economy in the mid 40s over the course of this trip.

What Others Say

“At the mighty Burg runs a thousand dollars more BMW’s comparable C 650 GT, $1,700 than Honda’s slightly Silver Wing ABS, and – get – $3K more than Honda’s new CTX700 motorcycle. That point, in fact, sits than any other scooter we find…For that kind of disparity it’s not unreasonable to opulence that floors the How about an audio system iPod connectivity?

Perhaps the aforementioned cruise Navigation? Any or all of the above? Sorry, — Motorcycle.com

The Price

And this is the big Burgman runs into At $10,999, you’d better want a Burgman because, as suggests, it is hugely more than the arguable more competition. That BMW is a top performer, has a badge and is very sleekly

For much less money. A NC700X, even with the DCT goes for $8,499. Suzuki’s own 400 can go anywhere the 650 can go (albeit with two-up comfort and power) for

Suzuki AN 650

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