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Suzuki Burgman 650 Executive

any preconceived ideas you might have had about the Suzuki 650 Executive being an ‘old bike’ the new 2013 machine is the of the maxi scooter and will even the most hardened

Launched in 2002 the Burgman was the capacity maxi scooter and defined this new category. then over 83,000 have been exported Japan…although not many of those found their way to the UK. Over we’re quite set in our ways, we like change and scooters are slightly effeminate.

They’ve got a dating back to the 1960’s and bikers won’t swing a leg one, just in case get spotted by a friend and ridiculed. our nation is missing out on what the love, they’re missing one of the useful classes ever to our roads, the maxi scooter

So what’s all the fuss about What you’re getting the Burgman 650 Executive is premium machine with all the toys and an executive or savvy rider appreciate, it’s all wrapped up in an to use package with a stylish shell. You’ve got a 638cc injected, twin cylinder cooled DOHC engine produces 54bhp and around of torque.

That engine an SECVT system, or Suzuki Continuously Variable Transmission, gives riders the chance to the scooter in three different using toggles on the left You can swap between two fully modes (Drive and Power), mode lets the scooter on to the revs for longer and increases braking, whilst drive is more relaxed, gives fuel economy and isn’t as in town.

The thing with the Burgman system is that rather giving linear power at a of the wrist, you actually feel the scooter is changing down a when you give it a handful. results in a more rewarding and gives the engine a bit of character, as the engines sound which is bike like than large capacity maxi

If you can’t cope with the of never changing gear you have the option to flick it manual mode, which you to go up and down the six-speed box at the flick of a albeit without a clutch, like a quick shift on a bike. In reality not many will bother with mode, that’s because is just so easy and gives power.

So what’s new for 2013?

On the of it the changes are quite subtle but of the changes are customer led and help to the Burgman look sleeker and it easier to use. It’s got a silhouette, uses more plastics to give the impression it’s smaller, has a larger new taillight and LED front running to help give it an instant on the road, there’s an improved a colour coded glovebox, wheels and an upswept silencer.

improvements mean the handbrake has moved to the left hand next to your leg, integrated into the bodywork as The old Burgman was a pain when you to check the coolant/oil level so an panel has been incorporated the floor.

You’re also getting the Burgman owners have used to for years, heated and rear seats, heated (although we had a problem with on the day, it will be sorted by the they reach the shops this month), electrically screen to keep wind and the rain at bay, it’s got mirrors that fold in at the of a switch (great for filtering). also getting plenty of in storage, 50 litres under the which is roomy enough for two faced helmets but is actually six less space than on the old

There’s also a decent lockable glovebox (5.2 and a couple of 1.3 litre cubbyholes. a 12v socket inside the glovebox, has been recessed further on the machine to make it easier to in your accessory plug. a welcome revamp without too much from what was a fairly well sorted

Although the engine hasn’t in power, not that it really to, it has been fettled to increase efficiency by a claimed 15%, done by changing the ECM and ignition the piston rings and valve have also been to reduce tension force. The has been refined to make it in traffic, the exhaust has also replaced, has a reduced pipe and more efficient catalytic

The clutch has been improved to transmission drag, Burgman complained that the old machine was to move around, there’s 35% clutch drag on this one and it wasn’t hard to wheel The instruments are new, they now two stylish analogue clocks and a central digital dash all the useful info you’d including an ‘Eco’ light illuminates when you’re in an eco friendly fashion, there’s temp, ice warning, two trips, time, fuel etc.

Other changes include a on the floorboards to stop the mat from under braking (a complaint the old model), those floorboards retain the sculptured rear cut out means even the shortest can put their feet flat to the very easily, a great which makes a huge with a heavy machine, weighs in at 277kg which a lot on paper but in reality the Burgman it’s weight very The chassis has also been to save weight by removing the subframe and its steel bracket and the seat rail 25mm The pillion footboards have moved 10mm higher to them easier to reach and passenger comfort, to be honest not a lot for a passenger to whinge about, seat, backrest, comfortable and good weather protection, more do they need?

On the

If you’ve never ridden a scooter before then you need to give one a go, they will surprise you. fast, agile, practical, great weather protection and of all they’re enjoyable. Our test covered 220 miles of the finest I’ve ever had the pleasure to on, it was wet for most of them but the scenery was out of world…and literally on our doorstep. The Highlands are absolutely stunning, I you to buy yourself a Suzuki Burgman 650 and head north, you won’t be and I found myself thinking to ‘What could possibly be to ride around here this.’

The Burgman surprises you from the you swing a leg over it, in auto you simply twist and go, just any auto scooter. The weight of the quickly becomes irrelevant, low seat height and scooped out footboards means you can paddle it easily, obviously you still to think where you’re it so that you’re not trying to it around uphill when you get on it but once you’re moving it along effortlessly.

The engine plenty of power, in drive the power is progressive but give it a and it accelerates very quickly, is no old mans bike. It’s a in sheep’s clothing and it may not look as as a T-Max for instance but it can hustle the twisties like the best of Our ride was pretty wet but the Bridgestone tyres gripped enough to us the confidence to press on quite

Obviously the scooter has ABS (it’ s a system on the new scooter and weighs 55% than the old one) and I did feel the pulsing through the lever on a few during the day, which surprising really. It’s not the advanced system out there but it does the job.

The brakes are fantastic (new discs on the 2013 model) and plenty of bite when you it, they’re not linked either is a good point as far as I’m concerned and a sporty ride even To be honest the Burgman feels a sports scooter when on it, it’ll change direction quickly, it’s agile, fantastically well and the engine is

You can start to feel like getting slightly out of shape you’re pressing on a bit, if it’s windy but in reality not until you’re hitting figure speeds that have any concerns at all. of speed, you can expect to see a top speed of 110mph, which is more enough for you to enjoy yourself. of my ride was spent in Power and the MPG figure dropped from down to 42mpg by the end of the day.

at a more sedate pace in and that could easily be the 50’s but when you’re this much fun saving doesn’t really figure the equation. Power mode is when you’re blasting the countryside, you want the extra braking to help you when you off the throttle but if you come into and want to go steady it is a bit snatchy so better to flick it into

I had a bit of a play with manual but not really of much benefit you want to hold a gear as as possible when you’re in a or if you simply want to feel you’re in control. In reality owners will just use the two modes, which give a more relaxed riding but don’t detract from enjoyment whatsoever.

The 2013 Burgman is a fantastic it does everything a premium or executive scooter should do. I had one of the days riding I’ve had, the stunning scenery and roads helped immensely but it have been half as without such a well exciting scooter beneath me.

Get to your nearest Suzuki and ask for a demo ride, many have got a Burgman demonstrator. may seem like a lot of money to pay for a scooter’ but they are just so You’ll find yourself a decent capacity scooter than you ever would a Forget any misguided illusions you may have had about scooters get out there and enjoy one.

by Jason Critchell

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