2013 Suzuki Burgman 650 ABS – Long Term Test: Month One


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The Burgman is far more at home on the freeway than any scooter should ever be. My girlfriend was shocked when she asked what I’d ridden up to her house (a 25 mile commute) and I told her it was a scooter. She called me a liar and went to the window to see what I’d really ridden, and then asked, “Isn’t that dangerous?” Nope, not at all (unless you consider a ride so easy it leaves you a bit unengaged, dangerous.) Seriously, it’s like sitting in a recliner.

Suzuki Burgman 650 ABS
Not many touring bikes fit in my garage this well.

It isn’t perfect for city life.
My biggest issue with the Burgman was with its slow speed handling. At 32 inches wide, it’s a lot of scooter. While narrower at the middle section than the mirrors and bars, the floorboards are still fairly wide which make putting your feet down a little unsettling. The width, in addition to the extremely quick slow steering, make filtering stressful and it’s a far reach to throw a stabilizing leg down.

Suzuki Burgman 650 ABS
2013 Suzuki Burgman 650 ABS

The Burgman isn’t for everyone.
The Burgman is a wonderful reminder about all of the things that are great about scooters. The added range brought about by the larger engine and the increased footprint is a nice exercise in engineering, but both are really only useful in times we’d rather be on a regular motorcycle, especially when you factor in the Burgman’s 2014 model price of $10,999. While it’s great that you technically can tour on a scooter, we aren’t sure we want to exclusively and would rather have our scooters the way God intended them: compact and useful for riding around town. If a maxi-scooter fits your life, the Burgman is one of the best; we just have a hard time seeing it being your best option unless you have very specific criteria.

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