Photos by Kit Pilla
The Suzuki Burgman is as “maxi” as you can get in terms of road presence and over all feel. First of all, the huge panels offer excellent protection from the elements. A large windscreen helps keep you comfortable by shielding you from wind, insects, and road debris. Caught in a drizzle? Just duck behind the screen and you’ll be fine. Vent duct located at bottom of windscreen reduces wind turbulence and increase comfort. The floor board design also allows you to place your feet forward cruiser-style. There are other creature comforts available to add more romance into your distance-riding.
Two front storage compartments provide 7.0-liter capacity; one is lockable with ignition key, while the other is push-open for easy access. The lower lockable storage bay has a 12V DC outlet for charging electronic devices. A capacious, 41-litre under seat storage compartment can fit two full-face helmets. It even has a lamp for extra convenience at night. Plus, the seat is spring-loaded so it stays open while you rummage through your things. Talking about the seat, it is plush, and contoured to make it more elegant and to get that 735 mm rider-friendly seat height. The double stitching adds a distinctively fashionable accent. To keep you fully informed, big analogue dials flank a digital display that shows a clock, an oil-change indicator, an Eco Drive indicator, and your average fuel consumption. The liquid-cooled, single cylinder mill is equipped with fuel injection system which achieves superb combustion efficiency, results in smooth engine start, improved fuel efficiency and smooth power delivery.
Worried about the rather low 200cc displacement? Well, don’t be. All it takes is a few moments on the saddle and you’ll know that there’s enough grunt to decently propel the Burgman even with two occupants. Also, in some countries, the Burgman is available only in 125cc. Talk about getting the short end of the stick.
The ride is quite forgiving, especially to my old joints. The telescopic front forks and pre-load adjustable dual shocks in the rear smooth out bumps nicely. The 13”-12” tire combination and a lightweight chassis offer easy to maneuverability in urban setting. If you find yourself in stop-and-go traffic, 240mm front disc with 2-piston caliper and 240mm rear disc with single piston caliper provide efficient braking performance.
At P 238, 000, pricing might be a bit steep for some. Yet, Suzuki Philippines (SPH) considers the Burgman as their flagship model, which means they put a high value in each unit sold. The actual supply versus demand may also be a factor. Currently, they only have a 10-unit monthly allocation and the first to arrive is already sold out.
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