My AN650L3 is barely a month old; I love it. Biggest bike I've had and the best scooter around. I use it for a 90km commute to and from Bunbury, WA each day of the week, spinning around 4-4,500rpm ... read more »
Tiny Tim posted on Apr 03, 2014
+ Very clean straight forward lines - so easy to ride.
I highly recommend the Laminar Lip for superb wind protection , the backrest [ I rode without it a while back- was very unpleasant ], and a simple plastic 'cruise' controller for $10.00.
Gazza posted on Sep 08, 2014
+ Comfortable, reliable, easy to ride, economical, good looking: ticks all the boxes
- Sidestand cut-out switch, a little heavy at low speed or stopped, time consuming to home service
+ Seating, storage, trip meters, electric mirrors and windshield.
- Left hand mirror is badly positioned.
19 litres per 100? What is it a mack truck???
johno posted on Mar 22, 2014
Sorry Johno. I wrote it wrong. I meant 19 k's to a litre. I have since worked it out manually and it has been 22 k's per litre on average. That was averaged on a 3000+k ride around Tasmania.
Rix.56 posted on May 25, 2014
+ Improved front storage area. New placement of 12 charging socket. Possibly more durable petrol flap.
- The shrunken under seat storage. The mirrors. The parking brake placement. Colour choice. Screen size.
- That stupid plastic cover over the electrics under the left glovebox always comes off.
+ performance, reliability, low centre of gravity, excellent low speed charactorists, high speed stability. quiet, even without ear plugs
- seat not as comfy as it looks. Ride is a bit harsh.
+ Storage, weather protection, ease of use
- has a large body so isn't the best for lane splitting but I do it anyway by pulling the mirrors in
+ Too much to mention. But... reliable, powerful. Great dash and compartment. A gentle cruise at 100 kms. Overtakes a dream. Versatile in city, and country. Intelligent beyond belief. Very secure braking. Great cornering. Perfect for pillions. Centre of gravity.
- Expensive as far as scooters... but what you get for it....well!!!
Wait for the 30,000 mile transmission failure which will cost more to fix than the scoot is worth. Love will turn to hate, stay close to home !
Ron13 posted on Jun 27, 2012
It is scary to think that it is not a serviceable item but I've done 75,000miles (120,000km) & touch wood, the transmission works like the day I bought it.
Robin93 posted on Jan 01, 2014
+ road presence
- Grips too small & seat is better with a backrest
+ Comfortable ride, can do my shopping and carry under the seat, lots of space!!!
- Heated grib and seats should come standard in Victoria as its in the UK
Hi there-thinking of buying a new 2012 model, have never owned a scooter before & wondering how it handles compared to a cruiser (my curent bike is a Suzi M50). Also, your thoughts please after long-term ownership? Cheers
Galahguy posted on Jun 20, 2012
- std screen to short and im 5 foot 6"
Depends where you want your screen to be. If you want to look through it - After the screen gets all scratched up, you won't be able to see when it rains or at night.
snookies posted on Dec 07, 2012
+ Just had my first bike 3 weeks now a suzuki burgman 650 executive.2900k on speedo love shape, colour & features .Power is plenty I have just got my L s one week after buying bike glove boxes under seat storage power windows are all very good so so smooth its a dream to ride.Love it
- would love power wind screen to be just a tad higher,iam a big bloke
I swapped my stock screen for a Clerview XL I had shipped from the States. Fully up, I see through. Fully down, I see over. It's 2.5 inches taller than stock and works very well.
RustyB posted on Jun 21, 2012
musicman asked on Dec 29, 2013
I've got the 650 which is a completely different in terms of balance but I've ridden a 400 and I've done 65000km on a yamaha majesty. I've found them both surprisingly stable in wind. The difficulty is that there's no tank to grip with your knees but if you sit feet forward, you can 'hold' the bike by pressing against the backrest. The 'instability' comes from the wind hitting you. When your shoulders move they move the handlebars - which gets worse when you're tense & a bit nervous in the wind. Lean forward. Relax your elbows and wrists allowing your body to move independently of the handlebars. A bigger windscreen will help to keep the wind off your shoulders & therefore seem to help but in fact it will make the bike a bigger target in the wind.
Robin93 replied on Jan 01, 2014
Thank you for your information, will be doing as you suggest, get back too you on that and see how I go... thanks again.....musicman
musicman replied on Jan 02, 2014
I have done what you suggested Robin93 and have found you were absolutely correct about the seating position and relaxed arms and hands works for me every time. Thanks to you I now feel more confident with the handling and enjoying the experience of riding my Burgman 400...musicman
musicman replied on Jan 05, 2014
rixnrex asked on Oct 22, 2013
Mine has now done 115,000km. The only failure I've had is a front wheel bearing fail (because it wasn't assembled correctly). Because their style hasn't changed it doesn't look out of date next to a brand new one. It is the most spectacular piece of engineering I've ever owned. I have a little scooter too which I also love - for different reasons, but when I get back on the Burgman it's like going from a crop duster to an F15 jet. It's graceful, stable, quiet, quick, comfortable and practical with storage, weather protection and economical compared to similar size bikes. To answer your question, it's basically a good machine. The only negative is finding a mechanic to service them. Most dealers are equipped to sell them. I've had some unpleasant experiences with dealers in Australia. I'm lucky in that I've since found a retired aircraft engineer who's had a Burgman of his own.
Robin93 replied on Oct 24, 2013
Thanks for that, but it doesn't explain the high price. I currently have a Piaggion X9 500 with over 53.000 k's on it. When in the NT, I can comfortably sit on 120-130 kph. It has more storage than a Burgman and the mirrors are better positioned. I have had no mechanical problems with it at all, but it's still only valued at around $4000/
rixnrex replied on Oct 25, 2013
The biggest difference between the Burgman and the Piaggios is that the Burgman is a twin cylinder. The piaggio is only a single. Most small bore scooters are single cylinder. A single cylinder will always vibrate more and be somewhat unpleasant. Larger the bore, in general, the rougher the ride with a single cylinder.
This isn't a reason for the higher cost but definitely a consideration for the end user who doesn't like numb bum. Anyway, second hand cost is only relative to what someone is willing to pay and how desperate the seller is to offload. Same goes for any second hand item. The Burgman is only warming up at 120.
snookies replied on Oct 28, 2013
|Models||AN400AL1, AN650AL1, AN650AL2|
|Release date||May 2004|