Suzuki Burgman 650 — The Scooter Review

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This be a dream…but it feels so real, the of sawdust on the floor, the crowds, and the blowing through the big top. I in the mirror and see myself… resplendent in a white one-piece zip up suit… with cape, and a helmet with 5 large red stars from forehead to neck.

very strange is going on, I think I am going to like it one bit… a gentleman dressed in red wearing a top hat…”are you ready for the big “Big what?” I asked Why the world record distance for a human being fired a cannon of course! The blood from my face, I was as white as my “but, but…” I mumble “ I WANT to be shot out of a cannon!”

Too now he told me… and you should see the new it is a monster!… You should beat the by miles… I have money on you two hundred kilometres!

I didn’t get it, how anyone be propelled 200kms, a cannon. without being to shreds? I began my slow to the stage, I could barely put one in front of the other. Attendants me into the dark maw of an enormous tube… the crowd stilled and I a match being struck…a “fizzing” sound… BOOOM!

I up screaming, in a cold sweat, knotted around me… I realised… today was the day… I was to ride the “big boy” the Burgman 650… the cannon to look appealing.

The plan was simple, use this for what is was designed for (bearing in as tools go the Burgman is more than Hammer)… a nice jaunt into the country, a trip each way with gentle suburban riding at ends… perhaps a nice and a steak. This is sounding daunting by the minute. First first, does it work?

Any capacity Maxi Scooter is a touring motorcycle and to this end the has it’s pros and cons. is, as would be expected, good, is plenty of space to wedge a worth of clothes and supplies too much hassle. There are of aftermarket panniers, top boxes etc as well if you need to bring the sink.

Unfortunately access is a issue, the seat does not up far enough, making getting the storage area difficult, is where something like X8 takes storage space due to the dual opening system a rear opening (boot?) and hinged seat.

On the road is the big Burgman comes into own with good, confidence handling and reasonable power it chews highway miles effort and more importantly tiring the rider. Good suspension components and tyres an aggressive rider to “have a at a few sport bikes through the if that is your bent.

speed however, around the (160kph) mark, on less perfect roads, the chassis a somewhat disturbing “shimmy” pushed. As I mentioned, touring is achieved although there is a bit of buffeting from wind over the top of the screen onto the of even “average” sized This could be repaired a slightly redesigned or taller or potentially with one of the aftermarket devices available that airflow at the top of the screen.

Performance is something you probably high on your priority when looking for a two wheeled machine. Does it accelerate and well enough for safe and emergency braking? Well is where it gets a little I will cover the last one

The brakes on the Burgman 650 really are good with sturdy gripping twin discs up and a single in the rear, the brakes are much up to the task of slowing Suzuki’s behemoth 650. is a bit of a subjective topic, now the Suzuki is quick for a scooter, and with mode” on, as quick or quicker to than Honda’s Silver Both bikes are however in horsepower to make overtaking

Roll on acceleration is OK. But when you are up a hill at 80kph and want to the stock truck in front of you need to be able to just the throttle to pass safely. On a that runs at over and only makes 55 odd hp this is going to be the case… a bit more is needed… it will make the it just takes longer I would consider ideal for a that is clearly designed for up long highway miles.

This is the equivalent of a GT or Gran in the car world, just to remind you a GT car tends to be a big, comfortable with big horsepower… this makes touring comfortable and the Burgman is half way there… it is a big comfortable vehicle which makes less than power. All the major manufacturers are to have to watch out, the new GP800 from Piaggio on the now the power numbers will be upward to compete, I say bring it on!

Now I “power mode” in the last this is one of the many gadgets Suzuki have included in the reasonably large repertoire First; power mode, is controlled by one of about 318 thousand on the left handle bar.

The CVT on the is electronically controlled (rather by weights etc) the power basically changes the way the transmission “gears” effectively it just higher engine revs to This button does acceleration, however it also a “jerky” quality to the ride, it very similar to “chain on a conventional motorbike, the sensation is constantly moving the throttle on and which can be pretty unsettling, in slippery conditions.

The next on the list is the “manual shift” you hit the Drive/Manual button, which is on the left handle bar area, the then allows you to control the transmission “changes gear” is effectively a user controlled of the “power button” It works as well as you would expect of an version of a gear change. To me seems to be virtually pointless.

Suzuki AN 650

The entire point of a CVT is so you don’t to mess around with etc. This is not an “on the racing machine. The Burgman is a comfortable mile muncher, so why on would you want to change

Even with the gizmos, changes and gadgetry the Burgman never really felt, in what we began calling mode” (full auto, no mode) it was OK but a bit slow. In both and “power” modes the transmission was a bit of a Personally I would have happier if Suzuki had just away all the toys and built a efficient gearbox as Honda did the Silver Wing… That transmission made good use of the power, was always smooth and predictable… how it should be.

You may be wondering to how on earth Mr Suzuki managed to so many buttons onto one area near the left grip? Wonder no more, was no science involved… they crammed them in! What means in the real world is if you try to use the turn signal, at night… gloves you will, first of all into power mode….

manual mode, then you blind oncoming traffic the high beam then you put it into 2nd gear, and, as front wheel slides under you and you fly from the bike, you hit the turn signal switch your left knee…unfortunately by point it doesn’t really to be on any more. Is it really all that Yes, there are no fewer 9 possible button position on that one control surface.

The one you need most often, the signal, is recessed and the same as it’s mounting. This is a One suspects that nobody the Burgman before it left the or at least not at night… wearing

So what do you get really? From a field of competitors the Burgman 650 is in the middle, it is not the worst of the big maxis, and in areas, power for example… or it ranks quite high. All in all is a reasonably priced touring that will get you to your in comfort.

It will also you some entertainment on the way with performance when cornering. You loose too many limbs fuel every time you it, as it is “reasonably” frugal. It is however awkward to manoeuvre at low speed due to its seat and weight.

This with the set-up of the controls and the than perfect nature of the set-up would lead me, in a different direction. However it is worth a ride as these can now be up for reasonable outlay second If I understand correctly the new ’08 both the 650 and the 400 have addressed of the failings of this “05 if this is the case (and we test them soon) the will come back the picture.

However as we are also about to the new GP800 which appears to be the new for this category… If it is as good as it on paper, Suzuki, Honda and are going to have to go away and a very long think what a Maxi scooter be. 50 horsepower is going to be a figure with the “also rans” figures are now closing on one hundred and no doubt heading toward that will be a happy

With regard to fuel for this bike, on our test we to get 45mpg on the open road. The owners at the Burgman USA forums that an average of between 42 and 48 mpg is right over a longer of time with the worse end of the achieved around town and the to squeeze 50mpg with freeway riding.

Suzuki AN 650
Suzuki AN 650


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