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Suzuki Burgman 650 Executive: Review – PistonHeads

24 Feb 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Suzuki Burgman 650 Executive: Review – PistonHeads


UK riders just don’t seem to get big scooters. Our European neighbours (especially those Italians) go bonkers for the likes of the Yamaha T-Max, Suzuki Burgman and Aprilia SRV850. But here in the UK Suzuki reckons on selling about 100 Burgmans a year, while BMW is also struggling to convince any riders to try its C650/600 models. What is the stumbling block?

Perception, reckons Suzuki UK.

A scooter out in the wilds – a rare sight indeed!

The UK bike market remains highly compartmentalised. A sports bike is a weekend toy, a tourer goes touring, a big scooter is a city tool and an adventure bike is for doing it all. In Europe, however, they are far more open minded when it comes to two wheels and are keener on looking at bikes as vehicles that do everything. Why can’t you commute on a sports bike? And what’s wrong with taking a big scooter touring?

Step up the updated Burgman 650 Executive and a hope that, UKIP or not, British riders can adopt a more broad-minded European attitude.

What’s a Burgman and what’s new?

More boot space than an F-Type, possibly

Suzuki AN 250 Burgman

New for 2013 the Burgman gets ECU tweaks claimed to boost economy by 15 per cent, alterations to the valve springs and CVT system to reduce drag, a sharper look, new lights and clocks and a new chassis with sportier geometry and a bit of its weight repositioned. Although the bike still tips the scales at 277kg, the weight distribution is better to improve handling.

With so many Burgman owners (83,000 and counting since the bike was launched) Suzuki has basically asked them what needed updating and responded to criticisms, which is why the pillion footboards are also 10mm higher and the parking brake’s lever relocated. Quite why they didn’t also ask for a slightly less daft name is a mystery.

Who rides a scooter in the Highlands? PH2 does!

Scotland in April provided plenty of opportunity to test the Burgman’s weather protection, the fairing doing a great job of protecting feet and body but the screen a little low for your six-two correspondent. Shorter riders seemingly suffered less, er, helmet-related turbulence.

Manual override for a CVT gearbox seems a little nonsensical but others who’ve spent more time on big scooters say it’s helpful for overtaking. Sticking it in the Power mode seems to do the trick though, which is worse for economy but the more responsive acceleration and greater engine braking make the Burgman feel more like a ‘normal’ bike as a result. Even in power mode we saw an easy 50mpg.

Suzuki AN 250 Burgman
Suzuki AN 250 Burgman
Suzuki AN 250 Burgman
Suzuki AN 250 Burgman
Suzuki AN 250 Burgman

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