If you're looking for a large-displacement scooter with the heft and power of a traditional motorcycle, then the 2005 Suzuki Burgman just might be for you. This fun yet sophisticated bike delivers exceptional comfort and style for those looking for a smart, eco-friendly alternative to their daily transportation needs.
For the 2005 model line, Suzuki is offering their Burgman in three different sub-models – the 400, the 400 Type S, and the 650. The 400 and 400 Type S are essentially mechanically identical, with the Type S offering a slightly different body style and color option. The 650, however, is the line's top dog, both in terms of power and performance.
The Suzuki Burgman 400 and 400 Type S share the same liquid-cooled, single cylinder, fuel-injected, SOHC, 385cc engine. The 650, on the other hand, boasts a beefy, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, DOHC, 638cc parallel twin engine. Other primary differences between the 400s and the 650 can be found in fuel tank size (3.4 gallons vs. 4 gallons), and in the suspension and braking systems.
While Suzuki's two Burgman 400 scooters feature the same 41mm telescopic front fork suspension with 3.9 inches of travel, and single sided swing arm suspension with 3.9 inches of travel on the rear, the Burgman 650 sports a 41mm telescopic suspension with 4.1 inches of travel on the front, and a twin sided swing arm with 3.9 inches of travel on the rear. For braking, the two 400s rely on a fully capable 260mm hydraulic disc on the front, and a 210mm disc on the back. In comparison, the 2005 Burgman 650 has dual 260mm hydraulic discs on the front, and a 250mm disc on the back.
The 2005 Suzuki Burgman is an exceptional alternative to owning a motorcycle, however, one might be surprised that it really is unlike any other scooter on the market. The 650 weighs in at more than 520 lbs. (without fuel), and once its four-gallon tank is filled up, lifting that heft off of its stand could be troublesome for smaller-stature riders.
One of the things riders love most about large-displacement scooters is their uncompromised comfort and convenience. In these respects, the 2005 Suzuki Burgman does not disappoint. Rider ergonomics are superb, thanks to the bike's roomy floorboards, equidistant handlebars, and its plush, two-passenger seat with driver backrest, which provides a nice cushion to any ride. The under-seat storage compartment is as large as they come, and capable of storing two full-face helmets. Meanwhile, there's even more storage space available on the front console.
While the 2005 Suzuki Burgman may prove to be a little too heavy for some riders, those already used to riding standard-sized motorcycles or large-displacement scooters will truly appreciate the attention to detail that the Japanese manufacturer puts into the Burgman.