2007 Suzuki Burgman 400

Summary:

The Lexus of scooters, and you'll be paying for it as such

Faults:

Rear wheel nut for some reason would not lock on my bike. Came off completely one time before a mechanic friend of mine noticed it and realized it was an accident waiting to happen. Later, the rear axle splines stripped, effectively preventing the tranny from engaging the wheel. Clutch was also stripped, and needed replacing.

Due to outrageous depreciation of scooters, and the outrageous cost of parts/labor, the overall cost to repair was more than what the bike was worth. Had to get rid of it.

General Comments:

First, it's a good ride. Don't take any of this as me totally bashing the Suzi Burger. Leg room can be a bit tight for taller folks, accessing tranny oil for changes can be a hassle, and sometimes it handles like a pregnant cow. But, you're riding a scooter, not a sport bike.

It gets off the line, loafs down the road, and hauls tons of stuff. With a large top-case, I was easily able to carry tons of groceries in the under-storage and top case. This bike handled 90mph down the highway with ease. There was little left to pass anyone, but at 90mph, you're probably not looking to race around other drivers on the road.

I found the braking to be a bit lacking. The ABS brakes keep it from skidding, but even when slamming on the brakes, you sometimes wish there was a bit more braking power going on. It's a heavy bike, and with a 250lb rider (me) on it, it takes a bit to come to a quick stop. However, this type of ride is meant to be ridden gently, not aggressively.

2-upping on the bike can be tricky. I would only recommend 2-ups for very short trips (taking your girlfriend/wife to a movie or what-not). I'm sure someone has road-tripped with it, but I wouldn't recommend it. The bike has enough power to haul one fat person around as it is, but you get 2 fat people on it, and it will be struggling.

Overall, the bike performs and runs great.

Unfortunately, the cost of repairs and maintenance are ridiculously cost-prohibitive. Maintenance check-ups at a dealer are ~$300. I would change my own oil, and a mechanic friend changed my brakes, v-belt and other things that would need periodic maintenance and repair. The hardware alone is crazy-expensive. For OEM parts, you're looking at $250+ for a new back tire. Brakes were like $200+. New v-belt... $150, but the labor cost to replace it bumps it up to a $300+ repair. Seemed like every 5000 miles I was popping another $500 on the bike. I put ~10k on my rides (car or bike) each year, and spending $1000 to upkeep a bike that had <20k on it when I got it seemed ridiculous. You can do some maintenance yourself, but due to the way the Tupperware is put on the bike, you have to bend over backwards to take it off just to access certain things (e.g.: the rear tranny oil). I loved riding it, but hated maintaining it.

Likewise, if you take it to a dealer for maintenance, they will charge you through the nose. A lot of dealers consider Burgers to be Lexus-like scooters, only ridden by rich people that can get taken advantage of. They will try to charge you through the nose for things.

Another depressing aspect is the depreciation on the Burger. New, these things cost like $8k. I got mine at ~17k miles for $3k. After I rode it to 30k and had major issues with it, it was only worth $2k if in working condition. Mine was not. The cost of parts and labor to fix the issues I had with it were going to be more than $2k. I guess I could have paid that and been running it still, but apparently after 30k miles the clutch burns up, the rear wheel is prone to stress fractures on the splines and stripping out, and that adds up to some serious cash. It upset me, because I just got done popping money on brakes, tires, v-belt, etc to cover all the maintenance... then it craps out on me.

I decided to sell it to a salvage yard rather than fix it. Probably a bad thing to do, but the cost to fix it wasn't worth it if I couldn't recoup that by selling it.

I bought a cruiser style motorcycle, and by comparison I do really appreciate the Burger in retrospect. Full, digital gauges, full fairing for weather protection (especially from water on the road in light rain), storage capacity, full automatic... the Suzi Burger was a far superior ride to a regular motorcycle. I loved it by comparison. Just did not love the high maintenance costs.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 14th August, 2012

18th Jan 2013, 01:05

I'm not sure where you get your sample parts prices for the Burgman. What you list is way higher than what is factual. You can buy a top Michelin rear tire for $60, including shipping, from Motorcycle Superstore.

2006 Suzuki Burgman 400

Summary:

Fun for the rider and the pocketbook

Faults:

Previous owner wrecked it on the right side, and broke the piece of trim under the floor board. Easy to replace.

General Comments:

I have been impressed with the nimbleness the Burgman shows on the road. It corners better than my H-D Sportster 883 Low did.

With the fuel injection, I have been able to ride at 26f this winter, and the scooter cranked without any trouble.

I'm very pleased to say that I'm getting an average of 62.9 MPG between city, highway and back roads.

If you are at least a little mechanically inclined, you should be able to do most services yourself, as all most any part and a service manual is available on-line at many different sites, most the time cheaper than at the dealer.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th January, 2011