Suzuki Burgman 400 takes a step up in class for 2017

Paul Taylor
By Paul Taylor
platinum_paul Production editor. Worked in bike industry for 15 years, gets fatter and slower every year. Unhealthy obsession with Honda C90s, top boxes and small bikes.
Suzuki Burgman 400

Suzuki has taken advantage of the new Euro4 regulations to give a serious update to the venerable Burgman 400 maxi scooter. 

Originally launched in 1998, the Burgman was one of the world’s first maxi-scooters and with the new emissions regulations requiring an overhaul of the 399cc twin-cam engine, Suzuki has completely redesigned the popular scoot with refreshed styling, an updated chassis and a more efficient motor.

The single-cylinder motor has been made Euro4 compliant through a newly designed catalytic converter and the introduction of an iridium spark plug. Suzuki claims that other updates, including a larger airbox, make the latest generation Burgman more responsive and sharper away from the lights.

The 2017 Burgman 400’s chassis is clamed to be slimmer and lighter than the previous generation model, which should improve handling and make filtering through city traffic more manageable. Interestingly, the Burgman 400 moves to a larger 15” front wheel, which the manufacturer claims improves stability, while retaining a 13” at the rear. Rear suspension has seven preload settings, allowing the rider to fine tune the shocks for their own preferences and riding requirements.

A new seat has additional padding for improved comfort and the bodywork and screen has also been revised, giving a more upright riding position when compared to the outgoing model.

No prices have yet to be announced but the Burgman 400 has always been one of the best value big scooters out there, with the outgoing model retailing at £5999. Three conservative-but-classy colour options will be available at launch: Pearl Glacier White, Metallic Matt Black and Metallic Matt Gray.

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