SUZUKI BURGMAN 400 (AN400) - OWNER REVIEWS



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2004 SUZUKI BURGMAN AN400
Milage: +30,000 Miles
Likes: Reliability, ease of maintenance, Comfort , 85mpg. IMP.
Dislikes:
Small wheels, High oil consumption

Review:
I have owned this scoot from new and have now clocked just over 154,000kms. It has cost me over 8 years, $6500 in maintenance costs, mostly spent on tyres. My 4th drive belt has now done 36,000kms - nearly twice that recommended by the OEM but shows very little signs of wear It can be an expensive bike to maintain, but if you can do the basics like belt, valve checks, oil changes etc. then the running cost can be no different to that of a similar sized bike. In the 8 years of ownership it has broken down 3 times, through all of my own doing!! Variator nut working loose, destroying both housing and drive cone, 2 times and the ignition switch burning out due to using bigger wattage head light bulbs than recommended.

Yes, the windscreen is too small but by adding a 120mm hi laminar lip, and side handle grip deflectors, problem solved. Right from the day I purchased the bike, it consumed oil. Doesn't burn it, just expels it through the PAR valve. Many K3-K6 bikes have been "lost" due to loss of oil, seizures, but if one checks the oil before any long trip and not let it drop below the indicator, no problem. 1 cup of oil every 400kms is "lost ". The K7+ model doesn’t have this problem, but they have noisy clutches.

I have replaced both clutch and brake pads at 96,000kms, not because of noise. Can't complain. As far as comfort goes, I have ridden 760 kms in one day, suffering mild rear end numbness and a sore wrist. I have made a permanent seat pad of 3 inch foam which has solved the problem, but without the foam the standard seat is not up to it.

I have had numerous "real" bikes, in the past, with their odd quirks and thrills, but at my age I'm quite content to cruise at 5400rpm. If you want the bike to last don't hammer it, get a bigger bike. That's the secret to their longevity. For reliability, no other scoot can beat them. Words I will vouch for. - JD



2005 SUZUKI BURGMAN 400 AN
Milage: 10,000 - 20,000 Miles
Likes: Ergonomics, storage, seating position, wind protection, quality
Dislikes:
Rough power delivery

Review:
I have limited experience with maxi scooters. I own a 1999 Helix with 5100 miles in addition to this 2005 Burgman 400 with 15,000 miles. I like the Helix much more, easier to handle less top heavy, idles very smooth in comparison to the Burgman 400 engine. The Helix is much more practical to get it off the center stand and go. On the other hand, the Burgman looks much better and classier, in comparison to the ant eater nose on my Helix. Also, it can handle 2 riders much better than the Helix. I just wish it had a smoother drivetrain. I thought it was the belt causing this vibration up to 3500 RPM. Put new Mitsubishi belt on it and rollers, it improved a bit.”


2006 SUZUKI BURGMAN 400 S
Milage: +30,000 Miles
Likes: Comfort, speed, huge, storage. Durability!!!
Dislikes:
Gas gauge. Old style so I have to drive 2 miles to know how much I have.

Review:
I drove it across country 4 times from VA to California. It is all beat up but runs great, as good as when I got it 10 years ago. Still has original brakes. I am female. My feet barely reached ground with Majestic. Height is perfect. Had to add bigger windshield to tour. Storage is awesome. Huge underseat. Added a Givi box. Only 2 minor repairs. Slight hesitation at start. 95 mph when fully loaded. 60 mpg.”


2007 SUZUKI BURGMAN 400 AN
Milage: 10,000 - 20,000 Miles
Likes: Reliability, Quickness, Comfort
Dislikes:
Windscreen, Seat

Review:
“Having moved from the city to the country and effectively doubled my commute, I knew I was going to need something bigger than my little 125cc scoot. While the Burgman 400 was not my first choice, I have not been disappointed in it.

She is more of a cruising scooter than anything else. The Burgman seems to run best at highway speeds. Open her up and let her go - it's easy to creep up to 80 mph and not hear any whine in the engine. My average mpg is in the low 60's even at those speeds. It's also a comfortable bike, in that you’re sitting in a very relaxed position. With a comfortable seat you can put 100+ miles on the bike without thinking about it.

Storage is ample, with enough room for my full face helmet, gloves, sweater and armored jacket when I am at work. Basic maintenance (oil changes for example) is simple and easy to do.

Now the bad news: The Burgman's stock windshield is crap. At 6 feet tall, the air blows right over it and into your face. Not that much of an issue but it will create a weird buffeting effect and create a lot of wind noise. Best to get a Clearview or Givi windscreen and replace it. The seat is not the most comfortable thing in the world, but it's easily fixed with some sort of additional padding.”



2007 SUZUKI 400 BURGMAN
Milage: 20,000 - 30,000 Miles
Likes: Comfy and easy to ride, storage
Dislikes:
Noisy drive belt

Review:
Have had no problems at all. Changed tires once. I'm wondering how long this will continue. This bike is so easy to drive and maneuver. Reliable. My front fender cracked and fell off at highway speed, scaring me.


2008 SUZUKI BURGMAN 400
Milage: 1000 - 5000 Miles
Likes: Styling, Engineering, Ergonomics
Dislikes:
Saddle, Dashboard appearance

Review:
”I love my Burgman. It's my second one. It's extremely well thought out and the ergonomics are simply perfect. As a single cylinder it could be considered noisy, but it's far from being an annoyance. It's got plenty of pick up and is very well balanced. So well that you can balance it with the throttle if you lean too much.

Saddle is tiring over long distances and with sunglasses, you can't see the speedo. It should have white dials! I've installed a GIVI which is a bit taller and I have no wind whatsoever on my face. I recommend that.

I love the styling. People always comment on that. I can put 5 plastic grocery bags under my saddle. I've effortlessly run it at 95mph on the highway. But Shhhhh….”



2008 SUZUKI BURGMAN 400

Milage: 1000 - 5000 Miles
Likes: Not one issue with this baby. Fast great ride, Lots of leg room, MPG is great, Lots of storage under seat
Dislikes:
Hard to see gauges with sunglasses is my only complaint

Review:
”I had 9 bikes since spring of 2012. Two 750 Shadows, Two Honda Reflex, One Honda Helix, an Aspencad 1200, a 250 Q Link, a 2004 Aprilia Atlantic 500, 2004 Silver Wing and finally a keeper: my 2008 Burgman 400 S model. I wish I had rode one 9 bikes ago. The Givi Windscreen is ok but not in windy condition. I will not change the Burgman windscreen.

I ride with SOS ( Seniors on Scooters) in Richmond, In. Most members have a Silver Wings and Helix’s, which are all great bikes but my choice is my Burg 400. I am 6’4” and it has great leg room, I did add a top box which looks like the high dollar Givi box but costs a lot less money. It holds two helmets, rain suit and more things. The under seat storage is huge too. So this is my keeper for sure. Honda makes excellent bikes too. :-)”



2008 SUZUKI BURGMAN AN400

Milage: 10,000 - 20,000 Miles
Likes: About everything on this scoot
Dislikes:
Should have a passenger backrest

Review:
I have now put on about 7000 miles on this mini beast and I am still loving it. I cannot fault the performance. The OEM VBelt had the "normal/occasional" whine and a stutter to it until I replaced it with a Malossi belt at 14500 miles and now it rides very very smoothly. Love this scoot!!”


2011 SUZUKI BURGMAN 400
Milage: 0 - 1000 Miles
Likes: Ergonomics, Handling, Performance, Braking, Fun
Dislikes:
None yet, but could be an inch or two more legroom for taller riders. It fits me well at 5’10”

Review:
”OK, I just got it yesterday and have 50 miles on it so far, but I am an experienced MC rider and LOVE the feel and handling. My last bike was a 2000 BMW R1100RT, which I loved riding too. I always considered scooters "small" until I test drove the Burgman’s this weekend. The 650 was very impressive for ride, features and performance, but the 400 had much of the same with a more practical side and still plenty of performance for my needs. It honks down the freeway at 75 or 80 with passenger and feels good. I would not want to do a 1000 miles with a passenger, but the Burgman would not complain except on a very steep hill perhaps.”


2011 SUZUKI BURGMAN 400
Milage: 0 - 1000 Miles
Likes: Stable, quick, practical, economical, copious storage, fun
Dislikes:
Seat could be more comfortable for long rides, and the windshield could provide more protection

Review:
”I own a 2004 Honda Helix; though I like and enjoy the machine, I have longed for something faster, heavier, and more stable when subject to winds or cross drafts, like when an 18 wheeler passes you. I considered the Kymco Downtown 300i, the Yamaha Majesty, and the Suzuki Burgman 400. When I saw a brand new, leftover 2011 Burgman 400 ABS for $6,500, I HAD to get it!

My Burgman has about 750 miles on the clock, which means I just did the first oil change. Though I haven't had a lot of miles on the machine yet, I've had enough to form a good, initial impression. Here's what I think so far...

The mileage for a machine of this size and power was a pleasant surprise! I've seen 50 mpg when riding mostly in the city, while I can pull high 50s to low 60s on a trip. Considering that my Helix gets high 60s to low 70s on a similar ride (i.e. on a trip), that's great! Having the extra power and speed is nice to have; it means that freeway riding is now a VIABLE option for me. Though back roads are more fun, sometimes freeway use is necessary. Though the Helix and other 250cc scooters are freeway legal, they're not freeway viable, in my opinion; in other words, if one uses a Helix on the freeway, it should only be for short distances, like from one exit to the next. Conversely, the Burgman 400 will handle freeways with aplomb. For the added power, stability and speed that the Burgman 400 offers, the 10 mpg reduction was well worth it.

The stability of the machine is a welcome surprise also. The Helix, though a fun, little machine, is also a light machine. Though its light weight make it ideally suited for operating on city streets, its light weight make it scary when operating on windy days or around 18 wheelers. While you feel wind gusts on the Burgman, you just feel them enough to know that they're there; you don't get the crap scared out of you when you hit a nasty gust of wind. The Burgman 400 will go where you want to, and will continue to go there until you change direction.

Because the Burgman 400 is bigger and heavier, it simply isn't as quick and nimble in the city as a 250cc scooter like my Helix. One cannot expect the Burgman 400 to be as agile in the city though. One, it has bigger wheels (14" front with a 13" rear vs. a 12" front and a 10" rear for the Helix), which generate more gyroscopic force, which means it's harder to initiate a turn. Secondly, the Burgman 400 outweighs the Helix by some 150 pounds. That said, the Burgman 400, with its low center of gravity, is fairly easy to maneuver in the city.

How are speed and acceleration? In a word, both are excellent. Unless going against a high performance bike or car, you will handily pull away when the light turns green. Top speed is good too. Whereas my Helix will barely hit 70-72 mph, the Burgman 400 will do that all day long and have something left over. Top speed so far was 93, which I hit for a few seconds a couple of weeks after I got it. Once the engine loosens up, I expect the top speed to be in the neighborhood of 95-100 mph-more than fast enough on two wheels these days!

Finally, the the Burgman is PRACTICAL. It has a huge storage compartment beneath the seat! I dare say you could easily put 2-4 bags of groceries in it, depending on what's in the bags. Did I mention that the underseat storage compartment is lit? It is! That's a nice, thoughtful touch. The glove box is a good size, and it has a 12V outlet so you can charge your mobile device. In the dash, there are two openings, one on either side of the handle bars; these compartments are big enough to hold your garage door opener, change or money for tolls, and other incidentals. You push a button, the doors pop up, and you swing them to the side.

However, with all that the Burgman 400 has going for it, it's not a perfect bike; it has issues, like any two wheeler does. My main gripes with the Burgman 400 are the seat and the windshield.

My main gripe with the bike is the seat; it's just a tad too firm for long rides. I was out on an all day ride this past Sunday, and I was feeling it when I got home. Consider getting a seat pad from Aerostitch, or getting a Corbin seat if one is available.

My second gripe with the Burgman 400 is that the stock wind screen simply does NOT provide the protection I would like. Though it protects my upper body from wind blast, it directs the slipstream directly at my helmet; ear plugs are a MUST on this machine! I've read about this shortcoming elsewhere, so this was no surprise. I am definitely going to change the wind screen in the near future though. The stock one simply is not up to scratch.

Overall, I am very pleased with my purchase; the Burgman 400 ABS is everything I thought it would be. It's quick, stable, practical, economical, and fun. It's a machine that's big enough to some touring, yet it's light enough for in town use too. It's not too big, not too small; it's not too fast, not too slow; it's not too heavy, not too light. To put it another way, it's like Goldilocks; it's "just right"! I do wish that the stock seat and wind screen were better though. The big question is this: would I buy this bike again? Absolutely! If you're looking for a bike that is practical and can do a lot of things well, you cannot go wrong purchasing the Burgman 400. My only regret is that I didn't get one sooner... :)”



2011 SUZUKI BURGMAN 400
Milage: 1000 - 5000 Miles
Likes: Comfort, 75 mpg, easy to ride
Dislikes:
Windscreen too small

Review:
I have had 6 Burgmans’ over the years and I have never had any problems with any of them. I have had all sorts of motorcycles in between the Burgmans but always seem to go back to the Burgman. I have had this one 4 years next month and I still love it.”


2011 SUZUKI BURGMAN 400 ABS
Milage: 1000 - 5000 Miles
Likes: Just the right amount of power to weight ratio, sporty looks and so far very low maintenance.
Dislikes:
Seat's too high and windshield's too low. (they must think Americans are freakishly disproportioned)

Review:
I bought this 2011 as a zero mile leftover in 2016 and saved a bundle! Until my Burgman 400, I'd been a staunch Honda Silverwing rider, but having two artificial legs and getting on in years, I decided to lighten the load that my lower limbs had to bear. (Cutting out desserts might have worked also....but hey).

I've just broken in the motor and started to put it through the paces on the highway and so far love this bike's ability to handle whatever I need/want it to do. As I stated, the seat was too high for me (ankles are rigid) and the windscreen is too low. I pulled the staples and cut down the seat myself with an electric kitchen knife and my new 2" higher Cee Bailey windscreen is in the mail as I type this. So far, I love this bike.............I'll get back to you all in 10,000 miles !



2012 SUZUKI BURGMAN AN400
Milage: 1000 - 5000 Miles
Likes: Color (Gray)
Dislikes:
Most everything

Review:
”This is my third Burgman 400. Previously I had 2003 & 2005 models and both were excellent machines. The 2012….eehh not so much. The clutch tends to be more chattery, the engine a little more raspy (industrial sounding) & the ride a little more choppy. Also, the engine surges (more so when cold).

Three times I’ve had it back to the dealer and they keep telling me it's normal. I don't think Suzuki improved it much and I’m really disappointed with it. Thank God they gave me zero percent financing on it. If as my dealer says this is normal, I’ll be looking to get rid of it.”


2012 SUZUKI BURGMAN AN400
Milage: 1000 - 5000 Miles
Likes: Build Quality, Design, Features(instruments), ABS and full discs, Low stand over (27in), Comfort, Highway use, MPG
Dislikes:
Standard size windscreen, Lack of standard passenger backrest.

Review:
I searched for several scooters in this power range, and bigger, but the Burgman 400 always came out ahead of the competition. It seemed more well thought out than the others, not too big or too small (just right)for a variety of driving conditions. The features and quality seems to have most people and dealers sold on this scooter compared to the others, and I have not been disappointed in the least with my choice


2012 SUZUKI BURGMAN 400 ABS
Milage: 20,000 - 30,000 Miles
Likes: Power, stability, comfort.
Dislikes:
Huge oil consumption (4+ ounces per 100 miles. Really.)

Review:
The important issue is the oil consumption from the very beginning. The more highway riding, the greater the oil loss. I ride a lot and recently put in 11 ounces of oil for 169 miles of highway riding in 95 degree heat.

But, you do not have to believe me. Use the internet to find the 2012, 2013 and 2014 factory brochure. Take special note of the description about riding around town and 'on the highway'. Easily seen in the 2012 and prior brochures. BUT, no mention of any highway riding in the 2013-2014 brochure! Why? Because of me and pending legal warranty claim issues? Maybe. Or perhaps so many people have complained about high oil loss on the highway that Suzuki decided to remove any reference to highway riding from the brochure.

To date, Suzuki refuses (yes, refuses) to honor any warranty claim. While being polite to me, they are 'blaming the oil loss' on MY decision to ride the highways. They said that I must use more than 1,000ml of oil in 1,000 miles of riding. Great! I surpass that by a good margin. But Suzuki refuses (yes, refuses) to conduct any tests to confirm or disprove after their 1st tests in 2012 supported my oil loss complaint.”



2012 SUZUKI BURGMAN 400Z ABS
Milage: 10,000 - 20,000 Miles
Likes: Comfort, power, handling, fuel economy, ease of use & ease of servicing, the fun factor!
Dislikes:
Can't think of any...and that's after 3.5 years of ownership

Review:
I bought my Burgman 400Z abs new. Had it 3.5 years now and had no problems with it at all. Mine is the 'limited' edition and comes with heated grips, rear passenger backrest, and ABS brakes all as standard. It's a big bike physically but that also makes it comfortable for big chaps like me. It has masses of storage under the seat and around the bike. I find the standard screen fine for any speed and the seat is also perfect for me. Those things are a very personal thing though, so I understand why some folks want to replace them with aftermarket items. No manufacturer ever gets it right for everyone. That's not possible.

The Burgman 400 performs very well in all respects, whether it's on the highway at 70+mph or poodling around town at 30mph. Acceleration is very good for a bike of this kind. It has a 0-62mph dash from standstill of 7.57 seconds (source:
visordown.com). Not fast for a bike but quite fast for a big scooter. Top speed is in the region of 92-93mph with easy cruising at 70-75mph all day. The engine may sound busy but in fact is only lightly stressed at these seemingly high revs. It's a short stroke motor so piston speed is actually quite low compared to a longer stroke motor. So no problem there, it's built to last. Fuel economy varies between everyday 75-77mpg to over 85mpg (UK gallon) if not in too much of a hurry on a run. The bike handles and holds the road very much like a motorcycle with bigger wheels. The suspension is fine but not state of the art, but is adjustable and allows you to throw it around much like any motorcycle without experiencing any frights. You can take a passenger in great comfort and with complete safety. Handling with a passenger is largely unaffected and you can make good progress on country roads or on the motorways at speed. The automatic transmission is a joyous thing, very smooth and responsive, adding to the overall experience of the ride.

My bike uses no oil at all. As per one or two previous post from others, if anyone has a 2007 onwards bike that uses oil, that's not the norm and may indicate something is wrong. Mine has been run in by the book although I did use slightly more engine revs during the first 500 miles as my dealer suggested this was better for the engine. It was. It's important NOT to use fully synthetic oil in the engine for the first 7,500 miles as the engine is still running in (conforming) up to around that time. Putting in fully synthetic oil too soon will cause the engine to use oil because the engine will fail to fully conform. I've found all maintenance is easy to do and costs very little. I have a workshop manual which has all the details laid out. Get one if you like DIY. I'm ex-motor tech so it holds no fear for me, but it's an easy bike to learn to tech on. Oh...those abs brakes!...in 45 years of motorcycling I've never thought or found I needed abs (even if it did exist on m/c's all those years ago. But 6 months after having my bike with abs, it saved my life! You may only need abs once in a lifetime, but at least you will still have a life afterwards. Go get a Burgman 400!”



2012 SUZUKI BURGMAN 400 ABS
Milage: 1000 - 5000 Miles
Likes: Nearly everything!
Dislikes:
I wish it had an oil dipstick and spin on oil filter.

Review:
A bit about me which will put my review in context. I’ve ridden everything from 80cc to 1300cc in the past 45 years. All motorcycles with a scooter exception a couple of years ago. I’m 5’6, 140 lbs. and my inseam is 28”. This will help if you’re interested in being flat footed at a stop. This is for a 2012 Burgman 400 with ABS and only 2,800 miles. Recently bought, I’ve only put around 150 miles on it.

Ergonomics: Sitting on the forward part of the seat, both feet are flat on the pavement at a stop. Slide back and probably half my foot. Works for me. The bars are in a comfortable position, the gauges are easy to read (even under a Florida sun) the brake levers only need a slight pull. It all feels and works just as it should. You can move around on the seat, stretch both legs out, one leg out, one in typical scooter fashion – whatever suits you. It’s hard NOT to get comfortable! Well, the seat is the stock seat and not much to say about that.

Handling: Fairly hefty at a little under 500 lbs. dry weight, the Burgie sure doesn’t feel it whether I’m stopped or moving. Only when making a sharp turn at speeds approaching stop do I notice the weight. Other than that whether you’re at 30mph or 70mph, curves or straight stretches it feels nearly perfect to me. The engine and all the running gear is quiet and silky smooth. So much so that it’s pretty easy to be exceeding the legal limit and not have a clue you’re going that fast.

Braking: Amazingly wonderful! Two discs up front, single in the back and it stops quickly and nice and straight. I’ve had to yellow light pull hard a couple of times and nose dive was minimal and the ABS never came into play.

Engine: It’s not a rocket but it doesn’t take much throttle roll to leave cars in your rearview mirror. Plenty quick enough to slide into open spots in traffic and a lot of fun dialing it on coming out of curves! Equally happy at 70MPH on the interstate as well.
At 50 MPH it’s turning 5000 RPM and at 70MPH it’s turning 6400 RPM and since redline is at 9000 RPM there’s room for more. I’ve read other reviews that have said that if you’re riding two up, the Burgie is likely happier at 60PMH or less. Probably true.

For its’ size/weight class and for its’ intended multi-purpose ride – I’d call it as near to perfect as you can get. Tons of storage, very good handling, quiet/smooth power, great braking. I personally think it looks great too.

Of course there are some quirks: Suzuki put straight valve stems on the rims and with double discs up front and all the running gear on the rear – checking air pressure is a pain. The windshield could be taller for me – just my preference. The hand grips could have a larger diameter for my hands (easy remedy) and it appears that to adjust the shock pre-load, I’ll be on my back under the scooter. Lastly, I wish it had a spin on oil filter and an oil dipstick rather than a sight glass. Given these – it’s still amazing. Call it a motorcycle or a scooter – and you’re right!”



2013 SUZUKI BURGMAN 400 ABS
Milage: 0 - 1000 Miles
Likes: The power, handling, balance, low gravity center, big carrying space, Great acceleration 0 to 30 Km/Hr in 2 seconds! Looks!!
Dislikes:
Difficult to ride at very very low speeds, it's an art, too big there fore losing agility.

Review:
I just got my Burgman 400 AN 2013 on April 2014. Happy and impressed, 3 years ago I lived in Spain Europe and bough myself a Burgman 250, so, I though it was going to be very much the same. No, it's a whole different machine, a lot heavier and much more power at my reach, feels good.

It took like forever to break in the motor. Not going over 4,000 RPM for the first 400Km. But at the end it helped me in getting used to stiff curves at low speeds. And yes you can do all types of driving on this machine, but my own personal view is that this machine is and feels his habitat is cruising. It was never designed to swim in heavy traffic downtown.

Girls find this machine irresistible!! Also my 22 years son is giving me a hard time to keep away of my bike. I want to buy accessories and this bike is not very common in the USA but in Europe is very very popular.”


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