After 10 years in Germany, I learned enough German as how to order good beer and ask for the "Toiletten" in German. Seriously, the word "Burg" means Mountain in a litteral translation of German. The word "man" would have been spelled with 2 n's, "mann". So it would be "Burgmann". Probably is an adaption of German though and I like to think it really does mean "Mountain Man". Seems appropriate to me.
I am picking up my 04-400 Scoot this Saturday. Having a hard time waiting.
As a member of the german AN650-forum I can tell you: we were discussing the same question a while ago.
We found the following answer:
The first part of the name >Burg< means a building from the middleage, 1300 - 1600 a.d. A >Burg< ist a old castle, mostly standing on the top of hills. You will find still some, when you travel along the german rivers Mosel or Rhein.
The second part is like the german >Mann< which means in english man.
So the name ist addicted to a man, who lives in a castle.
I hope you can understand my english and I made only a few mistakes.
We also had a lively discussion ref "Burg" and the translation. I was right saying I thought it meant castle, but overpowered by those near and dear to me. So, Burg means old castle, like Heidelburg, Rothenburg, Wurzburg, etc. Thanks for keeping us straight!!!
I am in Stafford, VA just about 60 miles up I95 from Richmond! This spring weather is driving me crazy too! Best of luck with your 650 on Saturday !
New Models: Burgman 400/650
Suzuki also rolled out two new scooters to their lineup—the Burgman 400 and 650. Suzuki reps say the name "Burgman" came from a combination of the German word for city or town, "burg," and man. The name, therefore, is supposed to evoke feelings of some kind of urbanite transporter
We all know that in Japan it is called the Skywave. In North America, a top Suzuki exec. who was in charge of naming the scooters was enamored with the Popeye cartoon and especially the Character Wimpy. The exec also was throwback 50s type and was a former beatnik.
Eddie, that sounds like one of those urban legends to me. Better burger man then Sweetpea. Since I use my Burgman 400 mainly to commute to work I will just tell people who ask that Burgman is German for City man.
If the original question is "Where did the name Burgman come from?" , then the answer is probably "From a hat." I suspect they had narrowed down to 5 or 6 names. They were all crappy, so no one could/would decide which of those was best. They threw them all in a hat and let the company president pick one.
Now... What do you all think the 4 or 5 finalist names that DIDN'T get picked were?
When I purchased my Burgman, I inquired about the name, & the salesman told me that Suzuki was really popular in Germany, & that he wouldn't be surprized if it wasn't a German design, and that the V Strom is also a German name. Notice I said V Strom not V Storm. So Suzuki is obviously being influenced by the Germans some where along the line, either in styling, name, or design. Of course that is just my opinion, I have even had folks ask me if the Burg was a BMW. So I think that it sounds a lot better than Sky Wave, especially if the concept orginated in Germany
Burgman from German to French means " Homme de Bourgade" that translate to English "Man of the village". Having friend in Moselle, France, little region sitting next to the German, French border. Got directly from the horse mouth. SALUT. Jaype.
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