2013 Suzuki Burgman 650 ABS Motorcycle / Scooter Test
Updating a legendary machine with a cult following is always a tricky job. However, with a certain German company breathing down their throat, Suzuki took on the job of improving and updating the 2013 Suzuki Burgman 650 ABS maxi-scooter without alienating its core constituency (and reining in some new riders at the same time).
There is no doubt about the dedication of Suzuki Burgman 650 owners. Over a third of them go on group rides or attend rallies, over two-thirds use them for touring (a full quarter take them on trips over 500 miles) and the one thing all the owners have in common – they like casual pleasure riding on their Burgman scooters.
Introduced 11 years ago, the 2013 Suzuki Burgman 650 is not a completely new motorcycle. Rather, it’s an update of the Burgman Executive, with some welcome modernization.
All-new plastic is the most obvious change. The bike looks more sleek now (the seat rail is narrower), and the lighten looks fully up-to-date. A few pounds have been shed (some of it due to a new ABS unit), a round muffler has been replaced by a triangular unit, the fuel economy has been improved by a notable 15-percent, the instrument cluster has been redesigned, and, to answer a common complaint from Burgman owners, the big scooter is easier to push with the motor off (credit a new clutch pack for a 40-percent reduction in pushing effort).
Smaller changes include a stickier footrest area with cutouts to make it easier to reach the ground, pillion footrests move upward about a half-inch, floating discs up front, and a relocated parking brake.
The nearly horizontal parallel twin powerplant and transmission has some updates. The valve spring rate has been reduced, the piston rings redesigned, less oil pump pressure, updated counterbalancer, and new final gear oil all work together to provide for that 15-percent improvement in mpg.
Maxi Kick Scooter - Navy Blue with T-BAR Steering
Sports (Kickboard USA)
You might also like:
BMW / C600 SPORT MAXI-SCOOTER Recall2012-12-10 08:36:30 by TheRepeater
Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
BMW / C600 SPORT MAXI-SCOOTER 2013
Manufacturer: BMW of North America, LLC Report Receipt Date: DEC 03, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V556000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected: 266
BMW is recalling certain model year 2013 C600 Sport Maxi-Scooters manufactured August 7, 2012, through November 20, 2012. The fasteners on the front side trim panels may have insufficient strength to retain the panels at high speeds.
If the panel separates it could interfere with riding and handling of the scooter and increase the risk of a crash
Any Maxi-Scooter Riders ever go on rides?2006-12-30 19:23:55 by HwnScooterBill
Any one with a maxi-scooter (150-650cc's) like Honda Helixes, Reflexes, Silverwings, Suzuki Burgmans, Yamaha Majesties, Vespa & Aprilias ever go out on organized rides around the island? Don't get me wrong, I'm not AT ALL averse to riding with motorcycles, it's just that well.. many times they don't wish to ride with the likes of us. To me any two wheeled vehicle is cool but you know how it goes. Anyone out there ride?
Giveaway: Kickboard USA Prize Package (Value: $610) — Celebrity Baby Scoop
Micro Black and White – Once parents see their children enjoying the Mini and Maxi, scooter envy sets in. It looks like fun, and keeping up with the kids can be a challenge and a matching scooter can be the a perfect solution.
The Suzuki is a comfy ride and plenty of fun to take for a spin — This is Scunthorpe
If you thought that the Suzuki Burgman 650 was just another naff Maxi-scooter then think again. Yes it is a Maxi-Scooter, but naff – no way.
maxi kick Scooter - Lime Green with T-bar
Sports (Micro-Mobility® Systems, Switzerland)