STILL GOING STRONG
20 years after its debut, Suzuki Burgman 400 is slimmer, lighter and sportier
It’s almost 20 years since Suzuki invented the maxi-scooter with the Burgman 400. To celebrate, Suzuki have brought the popular machine up to date – and we’re riding it in the bustling Italian city of Turin, on narrow cobbled streets and spectacular mountain roads. It’s a great location to put the Burgman 400 through its paces.
If you want more from your scooter than just commuting ability, the Burgman 400 is a great all-rounder. Around-town throttle response is smooth and instant, which is useful when you need gap-grabbing punch. An increase in low to mid-range torque over its predecessor makes it even quicker to get up to speed than before.
Suzuki have made the frame more rigid, slimmed down the bodywork and replaced the 14in front wheel with a 15in rim, making the 400 more stable at speed yet still manoeuvrable around town. The seven- step preloadadjustable rear shock – a rarity in this class – will suit any type and shape of rider, and is specifically designed to cope with a pillion.
The brakes are efficient without being grabby, and they now have a lighter ABS system, which contributes to the Burgman’s overall weight reduction. Like other maxi-scooters, it has a parking brake on the dash.
The Japanese firm have worked hard to improve the Burgman’s looks, useability and rider comfort. The seat height has been increased to 755mm (although its width has been reduced to compensate), while its comfortable padding is 20mm thicker and there’s now an adjustable lumber support. Newly-shaped foot boards make it easier to get your feet down.
These updates make the 400 feel low and roomy, and inspire confidence – particularly around town. Suzuki claim 70mpg, which gives a theoretical tank range of in excess of 200 miles.
‘The updates make the 400 feel low, roomy and inspire confidence in town’
The new 400’s slimmer rear end slightly compromises under-seat storage. That said, there is enough space for a full-face lid and riding jacket. The two gloveboxes are big enough to hold daily essentials, and one houses a 12v socket so you can keep your mobile charged.
With scooter theft currently worryingly on the rise, it’s good to see Suzuki have fitted an immobliser. There’s also an entry point in the bodywork through which you can thread a chain and lock the bike up.
The Burgman 400 will be in dealers later this year, and will compete with the likes of the updated Yamaha MAX 400, which is due to be launched in September costing around £6000.
Launch took place in Italy, the home of the scooter
Space-age bodywork gives a projectile feel
Twoboxes and a parking brake on dash Storage space for full-face lid and jacket
Brakes now have a lighter ABS system
Simple instruments give essential data