2009 Suzuki Burgman 650 from United States of America
The Suzuki Burgman falls short of reviews I've seen and hype I've heard
I traveled 200+ miles yesterday to purchase this used Suzuki Burgman 650. So having had it only 1 day I cannot give a well-informed review. But having rode it home for 200+ miles I can say the fuel economy is not what it's hyped up to be. I've seen factory fuel economy ratings and those posted by people who have purchased one of these. The previous owner had just tuned this up by a professional dealership and put new tires on it. I got a meager 45mpg on the highway coming home as opposed to the claimed 55-60 I've seen in reviews. And having spent 3 hours on this machine I feel qualified to testify to its comfort (or lack thereof) on rides greater than a quick jaunt to the supermarket. This thing is awful as far as bum comfort goes. The seat is flat and (trust me) your bum will be too after 3 hours in the saddle!! I found myself stopping every 50 to 75 miles to squirt $6-$8 gas in the tank and just enjoy standing up for a few minutes! But I purchased it for commuting back and forth to work and I think that I can live with riding it 50 miles (round trip) to work each day. As a commuter I would rank it as "okay". Definitely not something I will ever take out of town ever again. I'm 62 and have ridden motorcycles since the age of 17. Compared to other motorcycles I've owned through the years I'm going to give this one a (precarious) thumbs up. It seems to make more noise out of the front of the bike than out the tail pipe. But it's still very quiet overall in terms of "2-wheelers". Would I buy it again today? No. But I'm stuck with it now so I will try to "learn to love it".
It's an okay mode of transportation if you're just looking for something to get you back and forth to work more economically than the family sedan. But if I had it to do over I would opt for a mid-size cruiser like the Suzuki Boulevard C-50 or the Kawaski Vulcan 900. They cost about the same with comparable fuel economy and power... but they are miles ahead in terms of comfort!
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th July, 2022