Suzuki Burgman 400 Review
|The Burgman 400 is one of the finest B road bashers in its class, the original maxi scooter and still one of the best. It’s like sitting in your favourite armchair watching the world go by, but it’s by no means sporty and doesn’t try to be.||
|✓||Great weather protection, brakes, road presence, handling|
|×||Better at lower speeds, lights, quite heavy, range|
Suzuki Burgman 400 ZA 2014
It all started way back in 2007. I passed my bike test and was looking to upgrade my little Piaggio X7 125.
I popped along to my local dealer and there I met the Suzuki Burgman 400 for the first time, and I was hooked. I’m no stranger to the Burgman, IV had 3 now and the latest is my L4 ZA model. It was love at first sight, the perfect colour and fitted with the right accessories from the factory. The ZA is the flagship 400 model so come with factory fitted heated grips, handguards and a pillion back rest; slightly more pricey than the standard but well worth it.
Fast forward 12 months and 20,000 miles she’s still a cracking little ride and has proven herself throughout the crappy British winter with only 2 days that snow and ice kept us grounded. She handles the weather superbly with plenty of front end too keep the worst of the wind and general filth off of you.
Pros and Cons
She is heavy at over 200kg but that helps keep her planted when the wind is up and she's big enough to give you some proper road presence, helping you to own you little bit of road. Power comes from a fuel injected highly efficient 399cc single cylinder engine developing around 35 HP however this is where the first but comes in. It's great around town with ample punch to get you off the lights but always feels like it’s struggling at higher speeds, an indicated speed of 70 mph will have the revs up at around 7,500 rpm and it and with a red line of 9000 rpm this is a little high for my tastes but at around 60mph it will happily cruise all day returning around 65mpg.
Range is another of my issues. The tank is tiny, even on a long run will only give you 160 miles between fuel stops and this limits its ability to do any serious touring. The ride is stable and confidence inspiring mostly down to the low centre of gravity and the low stand over height.
Handling is OK and I find it holds well in the twisties although it’s far from sporty, but it still brings the occasional smile too your face. Brakes on this model are the Nissin ABS system with twin discs up front and a single on the rear they work it stops you with the minimal amount of fuss and drama.
The seat is big and comfortable with an adjustable back support for the rider and plenty of foot space on the running boards give you multiple options for foot placement. Another area the Burgman looses points is the woeful headlights. I've added a set of spot lamps the front fender to give more light on the road on bad weather nights.
In conclusion the Burgman 400 ZA 2014 is one of the finest B road bashers in its class the original maxi scooter and still one of the best. It’s like sitting in your favourite armchair watching the world go by but it’s by no means sporty and doesn’t try to be.
- Alex A, 2018
Capacity: 399 cc
Power: 33 bhp
Top Speed: 95 mph
Seat Height: 710 mm
Wet Weight: 222 kg
Range: 180 miles