If labeling the Burgman like a motorcycle, how would you classify it? A tourer (I often hear the 650 being a mini Goldwing)? Would the 400 be different than the 650? Interested in people's opinions....
I've often referred to the 650 and the 400 as the GW Mini and Nano, respectively. And that really fits the 650.
But It's hard to classify any 400 as a touring bike. If I had to put a MC designation on it, I might give it a "Standard", like the Nighthawk. Just your basic bike, capable of fulfilling most every MC pursuit, albeit not as well as a dedicated designed bike. The do-all-rounder as it were. But the b400 does so much more than a Standard though. More cargo, protection, comfort, economy, etc.
I think if we look back into the earlier years of Motorcycles ala 1920-1980's etc, a 400cc was not considered tiny and neither was a top speed of 85 mph considered slow. You were a tough guy if you had an 800cc and it might peg 90mph.
Only since the growth of 1500-2100cc bikes became (cool) that we have become sneer lipped about our smaller capacity engines.
Our bikes are Touring bikes because of their design, ala storage and fairing etc, that's what touring are, it's not about top speed, it's about the ability to move a human from one location to the other with luggage, and great mpg's and with comfort seating.
Years ago people toured all over the world on Vespa's 50-250cc...Are those not able to tour you around.
If i had to do a world tour at a steady pace of 65mph, the burgman 400 would be my choice...I would carry an extra belt for the 24,000 mile trip.
The 650 Burgman is a highly ergonomic, open road touring machine which is equally at home on city streets.
You may or may not be surprised at a comparison of the 2014 650 Burgman and the 2014 Harley electra Glide,....very little difference in the wheelbase or the seat height.
As for performance,..well,...you've had to have ridden a 650 Burgman to understand,...but the big touring rigs have to get involved with uncomfortable speeds before they can get away from a 650 Burg.
Suffice it to say that the Burgman has enough performance credentials and then some.
Bore & Stroke
Rake and Trail
Burgman 650 ABS
Four-stroke, two cylinder, DOHC
75.5mm x 71.3mm
Suzuki Fuel Injection
Electronic ignition (Transistorized)
Automatic - SECVT
Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Swingarm type, coil spring, oil damped
Disc brake, twin
120/70R15M/C 56H, tubeless
160/60R14M/C 65H, tubeless
613 lbs. (Wet)
Bore & Stroke
Rake and Trail
Electra Glide Ultra Limited - FLHTK
High Output Twin Cam 103
98.4 mm x 111.1 mm
Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Six-speed Cruise Drive
Belt, 32/68 ratio
26° / 6.7 in.
Mild steel; two-piece drawn and welded section; forged junctions; MIG welded
Air-Adjustable full travel air ride
32 mm 4-Piston fixed, dual floating rotors
32 mm 4-Piston fixed, fixed rotor
D408F 130/80B17 65H
D407T BW 180/65B16 81H
896 lbs. (Wet)
I call mine a scooter since it's a step through and the rear brake is controlled by the left hand. Honda scooters all have left hand lever brakes while the automatic motorcycles have right foot brake pedals.
When I pulled into the parking lot of my brother's body shop with my new to me Burgman in the back of my truck, his immediate response was "That's not a scooter, it's a girl's motorcycle" (remembering the low stepover of the girl's bicycles of our youth).
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