Suzuki Burgman 650 Overview
It’s one of the big mysteries of British biking – why are super scooters not more popular? Across continental Europe, big-bore scooters like the Suzuki Burgman 650 and Yamaha T-Max are common: they make great long-distance commuters, are fast and fun to ride on a weekend, and are super practical.
But they are much rarer in the UK, where most bike riders seem to class all scooters as dull, slow beasts, little better than taking the bus. And that’s a real shame.
The Burgman 650 is a luxury, large-capacity super-scoot, with a strong, reliable 638cc parallel twin engine, putting out 54bhp. It has an automatic gearbox with manual override and sports mode, and can touch 120mph where permitted.
The chassis is well up to the power, and handling is very good for a small-wheeled machine. The brakes feature a good ABS system, suspension has preloads adjustment on the rear, and there’s better ground clearance than on many smaller scooters.
It’s the bodywork and equipment that clinches the usability deal though. The Burgman 650 is bigger than the Yamaha T-Max, and has both better weather protection and more storage space under the seat. The top-spec Executive version has an electric windscreen and powered folding mirrors (which makes traffic-splitting easier), plus heated grips and even a heated seat. The pillion accommodation is also expansive, especially with the optional top box back rest.
The 650 Burgman is a little on the large side for really hardcore city traffic-jam duties, but the good steering lock helps get through many gaps. Add hard luggage to the underseat space and you have the luggage capacity of a small sports car. As a middleweight luxury tourer or extended commuter, it makes a lot of sense.
Check out the Suzuki Burgman 650 in action…
Suzuki Burgman 650 Spec
- Top speed110mph
- Average fuel consumption43mpg
- Seat height750mm
- EngineFour stroke, twin cylinder, liquid cooled, DOHC
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It's a maxi scooter so doesn't handle like a sports bike but handles UK A roads suprisingly well and goes round corners/roundabouts with no dramas
Engine performs well round town and on motorways reaching 70mph easily especially when power button pressed but a pathetic 3,500 miles between services is poor in my opinion
Lowest 44mpg round town/fast A roads and surprised me with 68mpg two up motorway trip riding gently with my wife pillion. I average 59mpg riding round town and A roads most of the time
Usual Suzuki build quality i.e. not as good as Honda, I replaced most accessible bolts with stainless, pins holding front brake pads needed drilling out as seized, the discs needed replacing on warranty.
ABS all round I find the brakes great considering the weight of the Burgman