The Burgman series of scooters has always been a steady seller for Suzuki. If you combine the sales of the 125, 200, 400 and 650cc models, the Japanese manufacturer has shifted over 440,000 Burgmans (or is it Burgmen?) to date, with the Burgman 400 accounting for 170,000 of those. Now Suzuki is hoping to entice even more riders to join the Burgman party with the launch of the updated 400, the model that spearheaded the development of big sporty scooters back in 1998 and started the Burgman dynasty.
WORDS: Mikko Nieminen, Motorcycle Sport & Leisure editor
The new 2017 Burgman 400 is more evolution than revolution, with the same 399cc single-cylinder engine, although modified, still providing the power, while most of the chassis updates are designed to bring the middleweight scoot up to date rather than completely reimagining it.
Visually, the Burgman 400 has taken a big step forward, with the new look decidedly more slim and sharp. Suzuki’s design brief was to make a coupe rather than a sedan, and the updated scooter certainly seems more streamlined. New LED lights at the front and rear add to the modern look, and the candy red wheels on the matt black model (it also comes in white) look stunning.