Product Type: Suzuki motorcycles
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Suzuki Burgman 400
Member Name: sbar
Suzuki Burgman 400
Advantages: Luggage space, fuel economy, handling, comfort
Disadvantages: Lacks excitement on the open road, home servicing tedious
I've owned a Burgman 400 for a year and a half now, during which time I've covered about 6000 miles. The longest I've ridden in one stint is 200 miles and I've ridden it all year round. I do all my own servicing and maintenance work. I bought it as an economical commuting bike: the fuel economy, storage space and lack of chain all appealed. Fuel economy has been 55-60mpg.
It is good to ride, with the handling being a particular plus point for me. The performance is more than adequate but not exciting. It is quite happy cruising at 80mph (where legal to do so). Automatic transmission is useful in city traffic, but on the open road I'd prefer manual any day. Brakes are very good: the right hand lever does the front brake and the left does the rear brake and some front. There is a parking brake for when parking on a slope. Seat comfort, mirrors and riding position are excellent. There is plenty of space for a pillion too. The fairing offers good protection from wind and rain. Storage space is fantastic, with a decent size glovebox under the handlebars and a huge underseat storage area. I also have a topbox, which means I can store a full set of riding gear on/in the bike. If you do your own servicing work, you will spend a lot of time removing and replacing fairing. It is simple to work on once over this hurdle. Running costs are reasonable, although not much cheaper than many motorcycles I've owned.
Summary: Good practical choice for commuting
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