Frankie Garcia, the Suzuki’s media rep, AMA Superbike young gun and former MotoUSA-scribe said that you can ride this bike on the highway very fast, when Jeff Walters, parts and accessories man, drag down the cover of the new-for-USA 200cc Burgman. 200cc will not attract the attention of anyone in a First-World economy. The scooter’s styling is great, but won’t wind up in the Guggenheim.
The tech brief that was held in El Cajon in California, at an understated Indian-tribe-owned golf resort and Casino, was pretty modest. Garcia said that the Burgman 200 was last updated in 2007 and that has been available in Europe for several years. In Europe, it is called ‘maxi’ or ‘super’ scooter, where heavier scooters with more power, wind protection and stowage are prized by intercity commuters.
The Burgman 200 has a standard tube-steel frame withheld by new narrower bodywork, with 57.7 inches between 12 inch rear and 13 inch front hoop. The rear is suspended by adjustable twin shocks, and a 33mm front fork is held in place by one triple clamp. The ABS-equipped disc brakes that are single on the front slowing the things down. The fuel tank is placed low under the floorboards for mass centralization, and the weight is 359 pounds gassed up.
The Suzuki Burgman 200 is rated at 18 HP, and that is an impressive for a small scooter engine. All that is thanks to the liquid cooling and a sophisticated fuel-injection system. There is a trick-looking aluminum radiator placed right behind the front wheel. According to Suzuki, the CVT has a fixed-spring design in order to cut down the amount of imbalances while in operation and to minimize vibration. Garcia said that the scooter buzzes and thumps at idle, but smoothes out when you twist the fun-tube. He said also that you have to give some to get some. Jeff presented the accessories, including luggage rack and locking top case, a custom cover that have sufficient adjustment to accommodate a top case, a taller windscreen, and more.
If you ride the Burgman, you will change your opinion if you was thinking something bad about it. Starting the Burgman up is not as smooth an experience as the other gas-burning products can offer, it was a cold-blooded and a bit bulky, and Garcia said that it did share at idle, but the warm up is quick. The seat of the bike is low and it’s easy to manage the bike at low speeds. The floorboard cutouts can help you to get your feet down and to make the scooter feel narrower than you can expect.
What will surprise you, is opening the throttle up a bit on the open roads, and then you can really think that this is something different. To pass the traffic at speeds under 60 is no problem, and for this application the fuel injection is just right.
But when the going got a bit twisted, the Burgman transformed into a Countryman. The shocks work same as the heavy back end would let them. Suzuki did a great job selecting spring rate, and the front fork absorbed bumps and ripples are good. At the pace the chassis felt rigid, but what is really impressive is the cornering ability of these little fellers. Frankie G could doubtless drag an elbow on the street, but luckily you won’t see a spark fly from any part of the bike. If you want to see sparks than watch the first few minutes of Flashdance, because it is not easy to drag anything on this scooter except you are crashing. Maybe you are worried about small wheels, but the scooter is very stable at speed and didn’t suffer over bumps.
Freeway performance is also impressive. The bike is stable, smooth at speed and it is not difficult keeping up when you are going fast enough to piss off the cops. The top speed of this beast is around 85 mph. The wind protection is also great. Maybe you can only complain about the seat of the scooter, because it is low and comfortable enough, but puts you in a strange position with your knees above the line of your hips. For the taller riders, there is enough legroom.
While riding the Burgman, for sure you will think of fuel consumption and range. A bright-green ECO lamp lights to give you a little green pat on the back, if you are mellow on the throttle, and your instant-read fuel-consumption meter goes up.
The Burgman is easy to manage and light around the town. The weight of the bike is low and nice, and it has a lot of steering lock, so low-speed around-town maneuvers are pretty easy. The suspension is also compliant over a variety of surfaces. The brakes are excellent, though the front lacks power. But use both firmly and you get a reward with quick stops, and the ABS adds a little confidence. It won’t reduce the stopping distance, but it will keep you safe from sliding in the wet and from locking up your tires. If you spent a lot of time in heavy traffic or if you ride in all weather conditions, this thing you must consider.
The Burgman can show you some luxury touches when you will reach your destination. In addition to the cell-phone charger, illuminated storage, comprehensive instrumentation, remote seat opener and multiple glove boxes, the Burgman can offer a great space under the seat. Under the seat you can place two full0face helmets and you will have room left for some other stuffs, or a few bags of groceries if you are going home. Sportbike guys get excited by Ohlins suspension and torque curves. It is really great to see so much room under the seat.
We can claim for sure that the Burgman is an amazing general-purpose scooter with a $4999 MSRP. The Honda PCX150 costs $500 less, but it doesn’t have the giant storage capacity, ABS and it tops out at 70 mph. The better comparison is scooters like Honda Forza priced at $6099 with ABS or Kymco People GT300i priced at $5399 or the Vespa GTS300. They offer bigger motors, but not more power or top speed and they cost more money.
So better get this Burgman because it comes standard with ABS and it is a good value. You can tour, commute, haul a sack of cat litter home or ride the twisties, and to enjoy in all that. If you buy this 2014 Suzuki Burgman 200, share your opinion and your first ride with us.
Specifications of Suzuki Burgman 200
Engine 200cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, OHC
Bore x Stroke 63.0 mm x 53.4 mm (2.717 in x 2.102 in)
Compression Ratio 11.0 : 1
Fuel System Suzuki Fuel Injection
Lubrication Wet sump
Clutch Dry shoe, automatic, centrifugal type
Final Drive V-belt Drive
Suspension Front Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension Rear Swingarm type, coil spring, oil damped
Front Brake Disc brake
Rear Brake Disc brake
Tires Front 110/90-13 M/C 56P, tubeless
Tires Rear 130/70-12 62P, tubeless
Fuel Tank Capacity 2.8 US – Including Reserve
Color Cool Silver
Ignition Electronic ignition (Transistorized)
Overall Length 2055 mm (80.9 in)
Overall Width 740 mm (29.1 in)
Wheelbase 1465 mm (57.7 in)
Ground Clearance 130 mm (5.1 in)
Seat Height 735 mm (28.9 in)
Curb Weight 163 kg (359 lbs.) / 164 kg (362 lbs.) California
Warranty 12 month unlimited mileage limited warranty
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