Suzuki Burgman AN400 (1998 - present)

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£5399
Available from
1998

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Overall Review

One of if not the best purchase I've ever made.. I spend more time on the burger than i'm allowed...!!!

Strengths

I've fitted a Givi rack, Givi ( large box ) heated grips multi point DC expander unit to the one fitted. Powers the Sat Nav and other bits. What can I say? do all my shopping, thats a full trolley load with 3 bags under the seat, 3 bags in the box and even some in the footwell. Just bought for winter a Tucano Urbano scud cover for my legs. I use it all the year round. I've been to St Malo, France on it, fully kitted up with camping gear and all over the north of England. It's quiet, eats up the miles with comfort. Did nearly 500 miles in one go, in France. Even has a hand break...!

Weaknesses

Nothing to put here. Just hope when it bites the dust I can get another scooter of this quality and comfort.

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Submitted by Jan_B (not verified) on Thu, 21/02/2013 - 22:06

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I've had two of these (K2 and K4). The models keep improving, but the price tag goes up as well - meaning that there is more competition to look at as well!

Strengths

The low seat height makes it comfortable for those of average height (or shorter), with added control in town commuting situations. The engine size makes it both reasonably punchy and economical - I changed the variator for better performance, though. Plus the legendary storage - but I still added a 52L box and 2 Givi panniers! Brilliant for weekly shopping...

Weaknesses

I've never liked the original screens on earlier models - replaced them with Givi's (cut down for better visibility in cold season). Never used the hand brake, either. And I wasn't imnpressed with the longevity of the exhausts (considering the price of replacing them).

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Submitted by richard elderfield on Wed, 29/05/2013 - 20:34

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As said before this Suzuki Burgman 400 is a great scooter for the money,apart for the money exchange rate which does make it a bit pricey

Strengths

This Suzuki Burgman 400 L1 model is a great ride with plenty of storage space.Good weather protection not too much wind buffeting,the screen ok for me at 5ft6ins,and can touch the road at a stop.Cruises at 60-70 all day if going on a longer tour which i often do.

Weaknesses

If the overall weight could be slimmed down,it would help as when or if you need to do a U turn you have to be careful not to turn too sharp or else you will lose it.

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Submitted by mjf65 on Mon, 05/08/2013 - 22:32

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Great for commuting just don't take it on a track day

Strengths

Very easy to ride once you suss out where to put your legs! Runs on fresh air compared to my previous bikes (Hornet 6, Fazer1000 & 1250 Bandit) 70mph easily achievable Tons of storage Don't get wet unless you stop. Comfy for about 100 miles

Weaknesses

Handling is interesting compared to a bike Finish not great but it is a Suzuki after all Doesn't like poor road surfaces especially at speed Suspension bit bouncy Brakes a bit wooden probably decent pads would make a big difference

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Submitted by David Charles (not verified) on Tue, 29/10/2013 - 17:38

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At five AM one morning in April 2012 I discovered the front tyre on my Multistrada was flat, so I put the suit I was delivering to my son Freddie at his university in Aberystwyth under the seat of the Burgman. From south east London I took the M25, M3 and A322 via Bracknel and Wokingham then on to the M4 to Newport in Wales. Then it was A roads though the Brecon Beacons to Builth, Rhayder and on to Aberystwyth having covered 285 miles in five and a half hours including a fuel stop. Having spent two hours having lunch with Freddie I did the same route in reverse arriving home just before seven. The trip home required three stops because I was tired and my back ached a little. But that was only after more than eight hours in the saddle! This is the most comfortable bike I've had since my first motorbike in 1973, despite the slightly poor ride caused mainly by the small wheels. If you rock the bike back and forth while refuelling you can fill the tank to the brim, allowing more than 200 miles per tankful. On that trip without odometer correction the Burgman averaged 78 mpg. When commuting the 10 miles to work in central London I average 68-70 mpg. The body work keeps all but the worst rain off as long as you keep moving. I seem to get cold legs on this bike on longer journeys, possibly because I have my legs in an elevated position at the front of the footboards. The bike has been faultless in the three and a half years I've owned it, recommended.

Strengths

Comfortable, economical, weather protection, luggage space, no need to where specialist clothing.

Weaknesses

Poor ride, cold legs (don't know why), rear biased weight distribution causes lack on confidence in front tyre grip, only one headlight used for dipped beam, poor initial acceleration from a standstill.

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Submitted by Rogerborg on Wed, 30/10/2013 - 21:10

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I've added Tucano Urbano muffs and a Termoscud apron to make my Burgman a very cosy ped for winter use. With a big two helmet top box on the back and a tail pack on the pillion seat complementing the generous built in storage, it's a very practical way of moving myself and a big load of shopping around. Performance is perfectly adequate for UK road use and it's surprisingly good on faster carriageways, with very little fuss or noise. Stability is fine up to motorway speeds. But my Lord it's snooze inducing to ride. Twist and go, the exact same every time, no kicking it down and wringing its neck, no joy, no passion, no grins. And it's not too clever at the slower stuff. The low height reduces visibility, the ickle wheels make potholes a pain and roundabouts hair raising if you go in too fast, and the centrifugal clutch takes a bit of getting used to in stop-start traffic. The turning circle is nothing special either. It's certainly a competent enough vehicle and a comfortable and practical way of commuting or even touring on two wheels, but it's making me wonder if I'd be better off just using four wheels for that purpose instead.

Strengths

Practical, roomy, comfy, great built-in storage with the potential to add more. Decent weather protection as standard. A nice torquey engine giving 70mpg+ or sustained 80mph+, and it covers the miles quicker than it feels. Very predictable performance: a given throttle input at a given speed will always produce the same acceleration.

Weaknesses

Very predictable performance means it's mind numbingly dull to ride. Comically inept on roundabouts, tight bends and potholes, which we're not short of in the UK. Hellish to work on, taking hours to strip off the tupperware in order to shear the bolt you were trying to get at. The finish isn't brilliant, keep an eye on the forks and exhaust in particular. Pre K7 bikes burn a significant amount of oil via the crankcase breather. Suzuki's position was "check oil before every ride". The service interval isn't great and it'll be expensive to have work done.

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