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2003 Suzuki Burgman 650 from United States of America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.9 / 10
Distance when acquired10297 miles
Most recent distance37323 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda VF750C Magna

Summary:

This is the best 2 wheel motorbike made

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

This scooter transcends all two wheel riding. It is better than a motorcycle, because you don't have to shift, don't have to hike your leg over the seat, and it has lots of storage built in. It is also easy to clean, much easier than a motorcycle, i.e., they have millions of spokes and lots of chrome to shine.

It is faster than a lot of motorcycles off the line up to 60 mph. It also has great passing speed and three transmission options, which no motorcycle has. It has the regular automatic mode, the power mode - you can go higher RPM - 8500 red line, and the push button manual shift sans clutch mode.

All 650 Burgmans have 55 liters of storage under the seat, and I have a 52 liter capacity GIVI topbox on the back. That is 107 liters for normal riding around available for storage. Not to mention the three glove boxes too.

Burgmans are a blast to ride, I can't get enough, and I have put on 27,000 miles in the 3 years I've owned it, and been to 5 states. I go on the interstate a lot with no problems. It weighs over 600 lbs. with all fluids in it, so it has a little weight and it doesn't get blown around so easily.

The Burgman isn't perfect however. The two biggest problems that most people notice who ride it a lot are the windshield and the seat. I bought mine used, and it already had a larger GIVI windshield, which does a great job. I turned my butt rest into a backrest for more legroom, and added an Airhawk seat cushion.

The problem with the stock windshield is it is small and you get lots of wind buffeting; GIVI takes care of that. Some have gotten the Clearview replacement windshield also with good results.

The problem with the seat is that it is just hard and not comfortable for more than a 30-50 mile ride. I keep my Airhawk cushion on it at all times. Some people have purchased replacement seats by Corbin or other manufacturers, which cost 4-5x as much as my cushion without more comfort.

My Burgman has over 37,000 miles and still rides great. I get 46-52 MPG for most of my riding. If you need more information about the 400cc or the 650cc Burgman, go to BurgmanUSA.com. No site has more information than this site about the Burgman.

JC

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th June, 2008

7th Jul 2008, 19:05

Can you tell me what size air hawk cushion works?

21st Apr 2014, 14:46

Had 13 bikes in 2013. Goldwings, Shadows, 400 Burgy etc. Just got a 2003 650 Burgy, 1 owner, 12000 miles, like show room condition. I paid 3,200 for it, new tires, battery etc. Well so far this is my best bike ever; smooth, fast, blue color, like new; it may be a keeper.

Stay safe, the old one Bobby in Indiana.

2003 Suzuki Burgman 650 from United States of America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Acceleration marks 5 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 6 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired142 miles
Most recent distance13500 miles
Previous motorcycleKawasaki Vulcan 1500SE

Summary:

Great fun and comfortable too

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

I use this as a touring motorcycle, including two trips to Canada of 3,000 miles each. I pack all regular clothing, toiletries, books, and a fifth of vodka under the seat. I pack all foul weather clothing in a tail bag on the seat behind me.

Great comfortable (relatively) light weight touring bike. Great bike for the curvy roads. The CVT transmission keeps the motor always at the correct speed for entering and exiting turns. The bike can be leaned over far with nothing scraping.

Lots of good weather protection with a after-market Clearview windshield. I average 53 mpg on my long trips. No sex appeal, but the Swiss army knife of motorcycles.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th October, 2007

14th May 2009, 07:48

I love my 06 an650 Burgman. It's fun to ride, more power than most cruisers on the highway.

The only comment on the negative side, as constructive criticism is the stock seat is very uncomfortable, and as a person 6ft 3in, I need more room for my legs.

I upgraded to a Corbin seat, Corbin didn't tell me that I could have special ordered a seat for taller people, which would have helped. The point is Suzuki needs to put out a stock seat that is more comfortable, and adjusts for both the tall or shorter person. Suzuki, please listen.

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 4 reviews