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Suzuki Burgman 650 (2003-current)



Detail Value
New price £8,799
Used price range View Suzuki BURGMAN 650 bikes for sale to see current asking prices
Engine size 638 cc
Power 54 bhp
Top speed 110 mph
Insurance group 10 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 4
Engine rating is 3 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4
Value rating is 3 rating is 4

MCN overall verdict rating is 3

The biggest scooter in the two wheeled world is really a mid sized touring motorcycle under its plastic panels, with a punchy 638cc twin cylinder motor makes a claimed 54bhp which is enough to send the 650 Burgervan to about 110mph. Too heavy, too wallowy in the corners and short on luggage capacity for serious touring riders.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Burgman 650 has normal and `Power' auto modes on its auto gearbox, which allows the rider to selct how much acceleration they require - plus a manual mode, so there are five push button gears to choose from. Trick, but about 50bhp in a scoot weighing 238kgs dry is never going to win any drag races against proper bikes.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

The 650 is simply too heavy to handle really well at high speed, but below 80mph it's fine. There's a feeling of real luxury in the suspension set-up and the saddle is so soft you'll feel like your in your fave TV armchair as you glide down the A38.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Underseat storage is vast, easily enough for commuters and solo touring riders. The  2004 onwards 650 models had an ABS equipped option, which is worth having. Excellent lighting, dashboard - plus electric folding mirrors. 

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Suzuki excelled themselves when they created the 650 Burgman, as if they wanted to out-Honda the Silver Wing. It almost comes off, but the underside of all the Burgman models - from 125 to 650 - need careful attention to prevent corrosion setting in rapidly.

Value

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

The 650 Burgman Executive (with ABS) costs a whopping seven grand. Ridiculous for a scooter and the Deauville 700 does the job of touring just as well for nearly a grand less. The smaller 250/400 Burgman models make better everyday commuters, with almost as much luggage space under their seats. Find a Suzuki Burgman 650 for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 10 of 17

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Model History

1999: Suzuki Burgman AN250 and AN400 models launched.
2002: Burgman 250 dropped, Burgman AN125 replaces it.
2003: Burgman AN650 launched.
2004: Burgman 650 Executive appears.

Other Versions

Burgman AN125; Burgman AN250; Burgman AN400.

Specifications

Top speed 110 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 16 secs
Max power 54 bhp
Max torque 45.7 ft-lb
Weight 238 kg
Seat height 750 mm
Fuel capacity 15 litres
Average fuel consumption 43 mpg
Tank range 130 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 10 of 17
Engine size 638 cc
Engine specification 4 stroke, parallel twin, auto
Frame Steel tubular type
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes 2 x 260mm discs
Rear brake 250mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 15 in
Rear tyre size 150/70 x 14 in

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(4 reviews)

  • AN400 anyone?

    blockbuster1

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Recently acquired a 400 Burgman after riding sportsbikes for 12 years. Toured W of Scotland last week and did over 1000mls. 72mpg keeping up with bigger tourers. Surprised a few cars along the way. Top whack on this model is 90mph. comfort, handling and storage are superb

    11 June 2013

  • 2007 Burgman 650 for Touring

    BIGFOOT650

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Having owned my 2007, 650 Executive for 2 1/2 years now I think it is a very capable One-Up cross country tourer. I am retired and use my scoot for pleasure only and have over 28,000 trouble free miles on it. I often take rides of 200-350 miles into Ohio Amish country or southeastern Ohio just to ride the twisties of the county roads. It handles them and higher speed sweepers quite well. I've had mine up to 107-108 MPH(GPS)many times and it never exibited any wobble or other negative handling characteristics. I have taken 2 long trips this summer, one of 3,000 miles and the other of 6,400 miles. During those trips I have beaten my scoot mercilessly, asking it to do 3, one thousand mile plus single day rides, and overall averaging 700 miles per day. It will cruise all day, day after day, at a true 75-80 MPH. The last trip (6400 miles in 9 days) my scoot carried over 350 pounds of rider/tools/luggage weight and I still got 49 miles to the USA gallon. My wife will ride anywhere with me as long as it is within 350 miles. Over that and she won't come due to the comfort level of the seat. My Scoot is 100% stock. I would encourage anyone considering this scooter to opt for the ABS. Now for the negatives; A little rough over elevated road seams and pot-holes due to smaller tires. Rear tire tends to wear out around 8,000 miles and the front tire 16,000 miles. It would be almost perfect if it had cruise control and a tire pressure monitoring system.

    08 August 2009

  • Suzuki Burgman AN650

    Blake1

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    The Suzuki Burgman AN650 is about the best bike/scoot that you could possibly ever want, I've had in my lifetime about 100 motorcycles, and this easily is the most neutral, the smoothest, the most economical and comfortable for rider and passenger that money can buy, how you can say this is wallowy I'll never know. Travelling through Germany never went under 100mph through to Poland and back again, so much so my passenger was falling asleep with the comfort. This bike/scoot needs seatbelts fitted to restrain passenger from falling off. It's true it's like your fav armchair on wheels, a bit like driving a Range Rover on two wheels, how the police do not use these as their bikes I'll never know. However, there is a glitch, the sidestand and the cutout control switch should be sorted as it picks up debris and interferes with the running of the machine causing the scoot to either cut out completely whilst running or has a mind of it's own to go manual or automatic and in which gear.

    21 November 2008

  • THINK!

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I do not know who did the original review (but probably a sports bike rider) or on what useage the review was based upon. This review is based on 2 years and 10,000 miles+. Overall: Yes a true motorcycle covered in tupperware with a suprisingly responsive engine/transmission and chassis. Always sure footed it is suprising nimble which belies the rather Lardy look and statistics. It is a versatile package and most definitely acquits itself well as a tourer. Engine/Transmission: This has to be covered as one system because that is how it is controlled. A very clever package that provides deceptive performance (no NOT SPORTS bike) which will put you at illegal speeds if you do not look at the instruments - key words - Deceptive, Fast! Few owners bother with the manual or 'tiptronic' option and most will leave in 'Drive' all the time - the more adventurous slipping it into 'Power'(Higher RPM threshold for ratio changes) for the twisties. Ride and Handling: I agree this is a Lardy machine! The stock screen is nearly always swapped out by owners (Givi or Clearview) and a number of owners have uprated the shocks. That said with the rear suspension adjusted for the load carried - the lardy does not wallow in high speed twisties (at all!)A common phrase by experienced owners and riders is that it always feels planted. The 'smaller' than 'conventional' wheels are perhaps the compromise in the design and there can be no arguing that it can be uncomfortable taking a pothole.The brakes are excellent but again deception rules with such a low centre of gravity there is very little front end dive even in the most severe application - this weight distribution also allows the rear brake to be much more effective than on a 'conventional' bike. Equipment: In addition to the 52 Litre (2 full face helmets worth) underseat storage area, there is a lockable glovebox (with accessory socket) and two dashboard compartments. More than sufficient for everyday use, those that undertake serious touring normally fit the Givi 52 - and the mentalists fit side panniers too! I won't metion the die hards who haul camping trailers with them (seriously). Do not underestimate the advantage of weather protection afforded by this body style - really comes into its own in the UK!! Quality and Reliability: The basic package is well designed and executed and is typically reliable. I must agree the material specification and preservation is typically Suzuki and lets the package down from a salt laden winter perspective. The alloy wheels are particularly susceptible to attack. Value: The ticket price is far too high (who pays that anyway)In terms of sheer practicality, versatility and grinnability - it has been worth every penny.

    12 April 2007

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amitava

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I just bought a Burgman 650 2002, which will need a bit of work. I would like to know how different it is from the 2003 model. I will post a few pics of it soon. BMW Parts

27 December 2010 10:23

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Luggage Space

I read the VALUE part of the review which said "The smaller 250/400 Burgman models make better everyday commuters, with almost as much luggage space under their seats" The Burgman 400 has more under seat luggage space than the 650!

19 August 2010 18:16

chrispy102

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Hate to Love

I question lycheed's 110mph cruise claim but lets say its more than capable of high speed Mway cruising. Anybody wishing for a all-season commuter but would never consider a scooter, think again. I was (still am) a die hard sports biker looking to escape the M62 queues for a daily 80 mile slog. Living in the Yorkshire Pennines means if its raining anywhere in the UK, its raining here. The Ford Cortina like bodywork of the "Burger-Van" offers levels of protection convential motorcycles simply cannot. Range - Ive pushed it 190miles but do 170 every 2 days. Under seat storage - massive, 2 full facers and jackets to boot (no pun). Reliability - sits outside in Yorkshire weather 12 months a year uncovered. Starts on the button. Maintenace - I've done 21,000 miles with bare minimum oils, tyres, filters, brakes (theres no chain/sprockets dont forget). For commuting this machine is nothing short of superb, for any other reason crap. Some journals claim it is a real alternative 2 a motorcycle but not in my book. It is what it is; 250kg and 55bhp. That said, it regularly embarasses poorly ridden sportsbikes, but not only that. This machine has the affect of infuriating motorcyclists caught dordling. Once passed, I've had people overtaking cars with right turn indicators on, in a vain attempt to leave me behind. Its a no loose situation. If somebody leaves you behind, so what, your on a scooter 4 f**ks sake. If you cling on to their coat tales, who's the daddy?

18 November 2007 20:35

lycheed

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Faster than Silverwing

Contrary to the reviewers comments, the AN650 is faster than the Silverwing and TMax in a straight line or through the bends. The seat, however, is famed within the AN650 community for being too HARD - in contrast the Silverwing's seat is extremely comfortable. Simply put, the design concept of the three twin cylinder scooters are totally different. The TMAX is the solo rider's city attack machine, and will also bring some great smiles on tight winding roads at the weekend - engine in the frame like a motorcycle, but only 500cc and no manual mode make it the slowest of the bunch. The SILVERWING 600 is a 250/400 scooter on steroids. Engine half way between the trad scooter engine on-swingarm design and engine in frame motorcycle design. Weight is more rear biased than other two, feels like a normal big scoot with almost as much go as the AN650 - which makes it the best around town/commuter. CBS/ABS brakes are excellent, but single front disk can feel lacking when two up and loaded. T-mode allows the variator to access the power of the motor, in a similar way to the Power-mode on the AN650. No manual mode. THE AN650 is a commuter-tourer. Faster 2-up than a Silverwing rider solo with a higher terminal speed. No high speed weave due to stiffer shocks, larger fairing, and engine in the frame like a motorcycle (basically right up near the front wheel). Happy to cruise at 110mph on the motorway all day without any discomfort and attackes bends at those speeds without problem. Concept is nearer to R1150 than Silverwing city commuter. A great weekday commuter and weekend longer tourer. Twin discs up front mean strong braking in the dry even when fully loaded two up from high speeds. ABS model recommended for all weather use. All three are great bikes and streets ahead of the Italian competiton. Enjoy.

27 July 2007 03:06

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