I am the satisfied owner of a Burgman 400, but I just gotta ask ...... where did Suzuki get the name 'Burgman' from??? I know the scooter is called a Skywave in Japan, but I'd be interested in knowing why the bike is called Burgman in N.A.
In Japan itself, the Burgman is called the Skywave. Everywhere else it gets the name that puzzles us so.
The theory you most often hear is that 'burgman' is German for 'urban man'. That may be the literal translation, but I have never heard any of our German-speaking forum members confirm that burgman is a real word.
I assume that the name Burgman is just a bit of (lame) creative license by Suzuki's international marketing team. Consider that GM staple of the 1980s and '90s, the Cutlass Ciera. Everybody knows what a cutlass is, but the heck is a ciera? Answer: A made-up word that Oldsmobile decided sounded cool. Sadly, it did not make the car cool; nor did the Cutlass part make the vehicle sharp. (For the record, yes, my father drove one.) :roll:
This is from SFGate.com, where there is a writup on the Burgman:
"Burgman seemed to me a rather unlikely moniker for a Japanese-produced two-wheeler, so I felt compelled to ask where the name came from. I was told that it originated from the German term "Burg" for town or village which was governed by a leading man. Guess that makes sense, but I'm not sure my information source wasn't just pulling my leg."
Funny thing happened when I registered my Burg.
When I went for the insurance, of course they asked me what type of ride. I told them it was a Suzuki Burgman 400, scooter.
The women picks up the phone, I guess to call Allstate HQ, a 400cc scooter (???) didn't sit well with her.
Then she asks me (while on the phone with HQ), is it the Burgman or the Skywave.
I responded it that it was the same, just different names for other countries. She relays my statement to HQ.
She responded that it does make a difference in the premium and that the Skywave was more $$. That statement always stayed in the back of my feeble mind.
I just assumed it had to do with repair cost and part availability.
Hey Redbird, my designation is "Backuprise" and real name is Fred from Denver. I have not been on this site for many months but have been a registered member for a while. But, I know the answer to your question. The way I heard a couple of years ago that the Burgmann scooter was named after the German engineer that designed the Scoot for Suzuki. The engineer is a female who actually designed the engine and transmission more specifically a CVT type which, because of the design, was a new unique innovation for two wheelers. So,
Suzuki named it after her. Hope that helps.....Backuprise
And here in South Africa we seem to only get the Skywave somewhere I read another small difference between the Burgman and Skywave is the seat is a little lower and the handlebars are a bit closer together (I suppose for the Japanese stature)
Will have to physically measure so someone can compare with a Burgman.
Thank goodness it's not called a Burgman here as the term (a Bergie) refers to a down and out person here in Cape Town.
Just some useless info
Bergie - pronounced either BERG EEE or BEAR"a gutteral G" EEE a person who lives on the mountain (direct translation)
After owing a 2009 and 2011, I'm sad Suzuki has stopped making the 650. SO!!! I will buy a 2018 and probably paint it, cause white is just not my color. Anybody ever repaint a Burgman? Any idea of cost? Thanks.
I have owned 4 Burgman Exec. and have noticed a piece of black, what appears to be either rubber or plastic, that is screwed to the lower left had side foot board cover. I was just curious as to the purpose of this piece.
Is anyone using a RAM X-grip with a Garmin Nuvi65? This is a large screen GPS and it's quite thick. I can't find enough info to know if this combo will work. I would rather do this than the RAM GPS mount.
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