Buying used: 2005 Suzuki AN650 Burgman
It may seem a little ridiculous to give such a grand headline to a review of a ‘mere’ scooter, but go and ride a Suzuki AN650 Burgman and then tell me I’m wrong. This is a genuine 100mph (160-km/h) motorcycle, even two-up.
Suzuki introduced this model locally in 2002 at a retail price of $13,000. That was bumped up a few hundred dollars when an upgraded Executive variant was rolled out in 2008.
The basis is a big, strong chassis powered by a 638cc, fuel-injected, four-stroke parallel-twin claiming 55 horses. It was matched to what was then the most sophisticated constant velocity transmission (CVT) on the market.
Among its features are standard and power modes in auto, plus a push-button six-speed ‘manual’ option.
The package includes a lot of weather coverage from the fairing and tall windscreen, plus storage that includes a massive under-seat bin and a couple of sidepockets up front.
Performance is gripping. It slingshots away from the lights at a very respectable rate, while freeway and highway travel is utterly effortless. So long as you were mindful of the 15lt fuel capacity (it delivers mid to high teens per litre), you’d have an easy time using it as interstate transport.
The transmission is fuss free, though it tends to hold in a low ratio all the way down to very low speeds, which means the throttle needs to be treated with a little respect in slow turns.
Handling is very stable, while the suspension is adequate. Braking is strong.
Burgman owners tend to love their ability to use the scoot to get to an appointment in a decent set of clothes and then hide the helmet under the seat. There’s also ample room for an overnight bag.
The overall design may have been around for a decade or more, but it still works very well. My only proviso on that is this is a large and weighty motorcycle and it needs to be given a bit of room.
This example had just 15,000km on the clock and presented well with only a couple of minor scuff marks and a small crack in the windscreen.
For the money you’d get a fast and reliable maxi scooter that could easily handle a trip into the countryside.
– Loads of machine for the money
– Good performance
– Excellent comfort
– It’s big and heavy
2005 SUZUKI AN650 BURGMAN
Type: Liquid-cooled, fourvalves-per-cylinder, four-stroke parallel-twin
Bore x stroke: 75.5mm x 71.3mm
Compression ratio: 11.2:1
Fuel system: Electronic fuel injection
Type: CVT with six selectable ratios
Final drive: Gear
CHASSIS AND RUNNING GEAR
Frame type: Steel
Front suspension: Conventional 41mm fork, nonadjustable
Rear suspension: Twin shocks, adjustable for preload
Front brakes: Twin 260mm discs with twin-piston calipers
Rear brake: 250mm disc
DIMENSIONS AND CAPACITIES
Dry weight: 238kg
Seat height: 740mm
Fuel capacity: 15lt
Max power: 40.5 kW (55hp) at 7000rpm
Max torque: 62Nm (45.7ft-lb) at 5000rpm
Price: $7500 (plus ORC)
Test bike supplied by: Stafford Motorcycles
*Manufacturer’s list price excluding dealer and statutory costs