Suzuki Burgman 650 Review from Canada

2006 Suzuki Burgman 650

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired19000 kilometres
Most recent distance27000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleBMW K 100 LT

Summary:

Forget the comments and looks, enjoy the bike :)

Faults:

The Burgman 650 could be a little bit more economical. At high speed, it will burn 5 liters per 100km.

General Comments:

Excellent motorcycle (or scooter, whatever you want to call it).

Performs very well in town or on the highway.

The brakes are very good, in fact I was almost rear ended by a pickup truck that could not brake as hard as I did at a light.

You can run in hot weather without engine heat.

The storage is not only plentiful, but your stuff stays dry... which any motorcyclist can appreciate.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th November, 2008

25th Mar 2009, 21:11

I am very interested in purchasing this bike. My three friends have 600cc super sports, but I live in the city (Toronto) and really don't see the practical side of this.

I want to commute downtown from Scarborough. And on weekends just take it out the back roads up to Barrie, or where ever. My mind says the Burgman is the right choice, my ego is saying I'm going to get an earful from my buddies. Would you consider this a good bike to start out with that will last for a beginners attention? I don't wanna start on a 250 cc. Does this go into a different bracket for insurance because it is a scooter?? Where do you live in Canada??

26th May 2009, 21:55

Our Burgman is staying in first and not shifting gears... any suggestions as to what might be causing this problem?? Less than 5000 kms on it. 2008.

3rd Mar 2010, 15:38

The 650 Burgman is a 600 lb motorcycle. It would not be ideal for a first bike. The 400 Burgman would be a better choice.

In a regular bike, the GS 500 Suzuki would be an ideal choice. I rode a similar bike when I was a new rider, and found it easy to ride once I got the hang of the clutch. Don't even think about a 600 sport bike to start.

People who try to ride bikes like that with no experience have a habit of winding up badly hurt or dead. 100 HP motorcycles give beginner hands no margin for error.

A 40 HP bike like the GS 500 can do 160 kph. That is plenty fast, but they are a much more friendly bike to ride. This is 40 years of experience speaking.

29th Dec 2010, 22:14

What is it that makes a 650 cc bike weigh 600 lbs?

I thought that may have been a figure with rider, but apparently not.

Is it a huge fuel tank, frame, bodywork, or something else that accounts for the weight?

Average review marks: 9.0 / 10, based on 1 review