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Suzuki AN 400 S

SUZUKI SCOOTERS

Suzuki’s first North American foray into the world of scooters and mopeds was in 1979, when they brought the Rascal moped (FZ50) to North America. Next year, Suzuki added the FA50 Shuttle moped which it would sell from 1980 right through to 1991. Perhaps more importantly, in 1980 Suzuki also released the FS50 which was based on the Rascal moped but it was half moped / half scooter (no pedals, had body panels, but still chain drive).

The FS50 lived a short life and was discontinued after 1981. Suzuki stayed away from scooters and stuck to mopeds for a while after this unsuccessful venture.

It wasn’t until about 1990 that Suzuki returned the Canadian market with a proper scooter, the Hyper 50 aka AE50. Unfortunately Suzuki did not release this model in the USA market. Stylistically very similar to Yamaha’s Jog and Honda’s Dio / Elite 50, the AE50 attempted to capitalize on that market segment and was sold until roughly 1999.

Suzuki carried over some of the 650 Executive technology to the Burgman 400 for 2009 and began offering an ABS model. The ABS model was sold at a $500 premium ($6700 vs. $6200) in 2009.

Standard ABS was the big news from Suzuki for 2010, when they stopped offering their Burgman scooters in non-ABS versions. The 650 model was only offered in the Executive trim and the 400 ABS was the only version of the AN400 available. This raised the minimum price of admission to around $7500 for the Burgman 400.

For 2012, the Burgman 650 Executive is hovering just under 10K as $9,899 MSRP. That’s a lot for a scooter, but it’s also one capable scooter. Fans of the open road will find much to like the Burgman 650 Exec.

For 2011 and 2012 Suzuki hasn’t made any changes to their Burgman line aside from shuffling the color options and tweaking the MSRP’s upward.

The end appeared to be nigh in fall 2012 when Burgman 650 was absent from Suzuki’s main announcement of 2013 models. However the Japanese maker had exciting


things in store, and 2 months later announced a heavily updated 2013 Burgman 650 for North America.

This new Burgman shares the same motor and frame as the outgoing variant, but there’s a host of reworked areas from the styling and instrument panel, to the new ABS system and clutch. The result is a crisp new Burgman with a slimmer rear end and a 15% increase in gas pump frugality.

With the update comes a naming shuffle as well. The previously “Executive” only features have migrated to the regular model, which is currently the only offering. No changes were made to the Burgman 400.

Suzuki is expanding the Burgman line for 2014 with the addition of their smaller 200cc model. Previously the smaller Burgman’s (125cc and 200cc) have been reserved for overseas markets but Suzuki is finally allowing North American enthusiasts to get their hands on these neat rides. While not likely to go sale until fall, the new Burgman 200 will bring touring comfort to a more affordable segment of the market.

Suzuki is bringing over the updated 2014 version of this scooter, which means a fresh style update and standard ABS. The MSRP is a lower than expected $4999 including ABS, which means the mini-Burg is going to provide stiff competition for scooters like Honda’s Forza 300 and Kymco’s Downtown 200/300. Despite it’s chunky look, the Burgman 200 is surprisingly svelte at 359 lbs.

Suzuki AN 400 S
Suzuki AN 400 S
Suzuki AN 400 S
Suzuki AN 400 S

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