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2007 Suzuki Burgman 400 Road Test


by Amyot Bachand ,

An all-around bike

Redesigned for 2007, the Suzuki Burgman 400 is more spacious and more pleasant to ride in the city than the previous model.

The Burgman 400 has been redesigned for 2007.

Since 1999
Introduced in Asia and Europe in 1999, this large scooter finally landed on Canadian shores in 2004. Suzuki had started the trend in 2003 by launching the Burgman 650 in North America and, motivated by the surprising success of this mega scooter, the company struck again with the 400. In my mind, the latter's only true competitors are the Yamaha Majesty 400 and the Piaggio BV500.

2 hp and a bit more flexibility
For 2007, the engine displacement increased from 385 to 400 cc. Thanks to a revised bore and the addition of a double overhead camshaft, the output gained two more horsepower for a total of 34. The single-cylinder engine meets Euro III emission standards without making too much compromises. Accelerations are solid while the V-belt transmission with automatic clutch never hesitates. What impressed me was the flexibility of the engine, regardless of the revs. Moreover, takeoffs are sudden and quick: I reached 60 km/h in 4.8 seconds, 80 km/h in 6.7 seconds and 100 km/h in 10.5 seconds. Meanwhile, my average fuel economy rated at 5.2 L/100 km. One could achieve a better result once the breaking-in period is completed.

Sporty styling
The new Burgman 400 displays a sportier-looking front fascia that is similar to Suzuki motorcycles with its streamlined headlights and two air intakes spaced wider apart. The new taillights are nicely integrated to the fairing. What's more, the size of the new exhaust system is impressive and features a chrome-trimmed thermal shield.

Plenty of storage
The 2007 Burgman 400 is a king when it comes to storage. The new 62L under-seat storage compartment is the largest in its class and can conveniently hold two full-face helmets. Under the handlebars are two small asymetrical compartments (non lockable), perfect for your cell phone, pocket change or keys. Beneath them, you'll find a useful glovebox compartment with DC-electrical accessory outlet and ideal size to stow a 500-mL water bottle, roadmaps, etc.

The multiple storage compartments came in quite handy.
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