2009 Suzuki Burgman 400 - White
Overseas, Suzuki’s Burgman family includes 125cc, 250cc, 400cc and 650cc models, but in North America Suzuki has only offered the larger two varieties. The first of these two models to be introduced was the Burgman 400, which was added to the American and Canadian markets for the 2003 model year. In much of Asia Suzuki is using the name Skywave 400 instead, and the same body style is also available in a 250cc version in recent years.

The Burgman 400 was introduced in the USA for 2003 and continues to be sold as of 2013. The Burgman 400 was largely unchanged for 2003 to 2006 (shown bottom left) aside from a sporty “Type S” model offered in 2005 & 2006. The Type S Burgman 400 added chrome bars, chrome mirrors, blacked out rims, white gauges and a body colored rear spoiler.

For 2007 the Burgman 400 entered its second generation with an all new model (shown above). The 2007 Burgman 400 used a new 400cc engine that featured DOHC, liquid cooling, fuel injection and 4-valves. Also new was the styling which took on an edgier look. The 2007 Burgman 400 also got a larger windscreen, more underseat storage (62 liter), a larger front wheel and a
nice new instrument panel. For several years Suzuki sold an ABS equipped version of this scooter alongside the regular model, but starting with 2011 Suzuki began only selling the ABS version.

The both generations of Burgman 400 have used a single cylinder, 4-stroke, 4-valve, liquid cooled engine, while the second generation adds fuel injection and dual cams to that list. Both motors are capable of propelling a single rider to about 95mph, but the second generation motor boasts improved efficiency. The 2003-2006 Burgman 400 normally records about 50-55mpg, while the second generation sips fuel at 55-60 mph which is pretty good for a 489 lbs (dry) machine.

This kind of performance is pretty comparable to its chief competitor, Yamaha’s Majesty. Both scooters are big machines that provide adequate power for interstate touring while bettering the 40-50mpg that the bigger 500-650cc maxi-scooters typically achieve.

If you’re looking at the Burgman 400, you should also take a look at Yamaha’s 400cc Majesty and perhaps keep an eye on the used market for Piaggio’s 460cc X9. There aren’t a lot of scooters in this category but all of them are
2007 Suzuki Burgman 400 - Grey
excellent bikes and worth looking at. If you’re not sure if 400-500cc is enough for you, check out Honda’s 600cc Silverwing and of course, the Burgman 650.

On the other end of the maxi-spectrum, a smaller 300cc machine like Honda’s
Forza and Kymco Downtown 300 ofter adequate touring power for the solo tourers, while posting up to 70mpg. A smaller 300 machine is fine for a single rider, while a 400cc scoot is better for use with a passenger and the 600cc maxi’s offer enough power for even spirited riding while 2-up.

Overall, the 400cc Burgman is a great scooter for practical maxi-scooterists who aren’t addicted to power. One could spend $2000 more to get the larger 650cc Burgman, but 400cc offers ample amenities and plenty of power for highway cruising along with better milage than it’s larger sibling. If you’re used to a lot of power or you plan on doing a lot of fast 2-up riding, you might want to look at a 500-650cc machine, but otherwise the Burgman 400 will be a great choice.

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* Proven reliability
* Huge fan base
* Stylish

* Expensive to maintain

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* 2007 - Grey, Blue
* 2008 - Black, Red
* 2009 - Metallic Thunder Gray, Pearl Mirage White
* 2011 - Metallic Thunder Gray, Pearl Mirage White
* 2012 - Metallic Thunder Gray, Pearl Mirage White
* 2013 - Metallic Thunder Gray, Glass Sparkle Black

2007 - 2013 Burgman 400 Key Specs:
* Engine Type: 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, DOHC, 4-valve
* Displacement: 400cc
* Bore/Stroke: 81.0 x 77.6 mm
* Compression Ratio: 12.5:1
* Fuel System: Fuel Injection
* Lubrication: Wet sump
* Ignition: Digital/Transistorized
* Starter: Electric
* Transmission: V-belt, CVT-automatic
* Final Drive: Shaft
* Overall LxWxH (mm): 2,270 x 760 x 1,385
* LxWxH (in): 89.4 x 29.9 x 54.5
* Seat Height: 710 mm (28 in)
* Wheelbase: 1585 mm (62.4 in)
* Ground Clearance: 125 mm (4.9 in)
* Dry Weight: 489 lbs.
* Front Suspension: Telescopic, oil damped
* Rear Suspension: Link-type, adjustable preload
* Front Brakes: Dual hydraulic disc
* Rear Brake: Single hydraulic disc
* Front Tire: 120/80-14
* Rear Tire: 150/70-13
* Fuel Tank Capacity: 13.5 L (2.97 imp gal.)
* Fuel Milage: 50-60mpg
* USA MSRP: $7899 (2013)
* Canada MSRP: $7899 (2013)