2006 Suzuki Burgman 400
Hard to beat on every level
Whilst I've only travelled approximately 1000 kms on my 400 Burgman, I couldn't imagine a more comfortable machine for daily commutes or a cruise into the country.
It has practically everything you could want for convenience - especially the massive storage under the seat and the lockable glovebox.
The power, acceleration, economy, wind protection and sheer fun makes a second car purchase out of the question.
Check the features list and you'll see why it's arguably the best buy on the market. The car-like dash has both analogue and digital read outs with large easy to read info. The hand brake is great, and enables you to rest your hands and feet at traffic lights etc.
What gives me a real buzz is when you get the eye of a cruiser or sports biker at lights. The smug, semi-friendly nod of acknowledgment is followed by a look of amazement as soon as the Burgman accelerates.
The engine has a throaty, raspy sort of growl. It is a unique sound and grows on you after time. Highway cruising is quiet, super comfortable and winding roads are handled with ease provided you keep reminding yourself you're not on a super high performance sports bike.
I'm 59 and recently got back into riding after 35 years off the saddle. The Burgman 400 is a great way to re-start. It is just an easy to ride machine, and encourages the rider to concentrate on the traffic and road conditions without having to worry about gear changes or foot brake pedal.
I bought mine from a dealer for $6000. It was a one owner with 6500kms on the clock. I've already had a couple of guys saying they'll give me $6000 for it if I was to sell. No chance. I may get another bike one day, but I'll keep the Burgman in the garage too. It will be interesting to see the rate of acceleration of the odometers between the leg through and the leg over species.
Forget all other lower capacity scooters. This is the way to go.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th July, 2010