2023 Suzuki Burgman 400 First Look Preview

Keeping dress shoes unscuffed since 1998.

Keeping dress shoes unscuffed since 1998. (Suzuki/)

Button up the tailored suit and polish those dress shoes: Suzuki’s luxury scooter, the Burgman 400, has returned to serve the commuter community.

The “Elegant Athlete” features a recently updated 400cc liquid-cooled DOHC single-cylinder engine that’s both efficient and compliant to emissions standards, yet responsive and powerful enough to realistically carry two riders. Freeway jaunts do not have to be entirely written off either.

With an automatic centrifugal clutch and fully automatic CVT, around-town riding is a hand-fatigue-free experience with the Burgman’s simple twist-and-go throttle application.

The long 62.2-inch wheelbase and large 15-inch front wheel help this scooter maintain stability when passing shiny black sedans with dark-tinted windows. The 481-pound claimed curb weight may sound somewhat hefty, but in traditional scooter fashion its weight is carried low in the chassis. To come to a stop the Burgman makes use of two 260mm front discs and a single 210mm rear disc, all ABS equipped. Traction control is also standard.

Its practicality isn’t limited to two-up-ready power and a fully automatic transmission; the Burgman can also hold a significant amount of cargo. The 42 liters (11 gallons) of illuminated storage space under the seat can accommodate two helmets. An additional 2.8 liters (0.7 gallon) and 3.5 liters (0.9 gallon) in two front compartments provide plenty of room for personal items for both pilot and riding companion. The larger front compartment features a DC outlet for charging electronics on the go.

Luxury is inseparable from great comfort. With that in mind, the Burgman has 3.1-inch-thick padding on the stepped seat with an adjustable backrest that can be adjusted by half an inch to a full inch fore and aft via a lever. The rider is protected from the wind by a large, upswept windscreen. The passenger has their own portion of the sculpted seat, with fold-down footrests and ergonomic grab bars.

Last year the Burgman received a revised camshaft, new dual-spark technology ignition system and starter button, traction control, a more compact ABS system, and a new color. This year Suzuki has sheathed the Metallic Matte Sword Silver and replaced it with Solid Iron Gray. Price has gone up, but only by $100, bringing the 2023 MSRP to $8,599.

LED lighting at both ends is nicely integrated into the Burgman’s Solid Iron Gray bodywork.

LED lighting at both ends is nicely integrated into the Burgman’s Solid Iron Gray bodywork. (Suzuki/)

2023 Suzuki Burgman 400 Technical Specifications And Price

PRICE: $8,599
ENGINE: 400cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled single-cylinder
BORE x STROKE: 81.0 x 77.6mm
FUEL DELIVERY: Fuel injection
CLUTCH: Automatic, centrifugal clutch
FRONT SUSPENSION: 41mm telescopic fork, coil spring, oil damped; 4.3 in. travel
REAR SUSPENSION: Link-type single shock, coil spring, oil damped
FRONT BRAKE: Dual 260mm discs w/ ABS
REAR BRAKE: 210mm disc w/ ABS
WHEELS, FRONT/REAR: Cast; 15 in. / 13 in.
TIRES, FRONT/REAR: 120/70-15 / 150/70-13
RAKE/TRAIL: 25.0°/4.0 in.
WHEELBASE: 62.2 in.
SEAT HEIGHT: 29.7 in.
WARRANTY: 1 year, limited
CONTACT: suzukicycles.com
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