Euro 5 regulations have inspired a multitude of updates in 2022, and Suzuki has not been left behind. The 2022 Suzuki Burgman 400 comes with a worked-over motor, a more powerful engine, and new rider aids and tech features. Are you thinking of adding this multi-purpose scooter to your lineup? You are not alone. Burgman scooters and maxi-scooters have been dominating the streets for over 25 years. Let's review the 2022 Suzuki Burgman 400 and its most recent updates.
- 400cc, liquid-cooled 4v DOHC single engine
- Steel tube frame
- 13.5 liters' fuel capacity
- 755mm seat height
- 218kg weight
- Non-adjustable telescopic fork front suspension
- Preload-adjustable mono-shock rear suspension
- 2 x 260mm discs, two-piston calipers, ABS front brake
- 210mm disc, two-piston caliper rear brake
- 120/70 x 15 front and 150/70 x 13 rear tire size
- 58 mpg average fuel consumption
- 29 hp maximum power
- 26 ft-lb maximum torque
- 85 mph top speed
The Burgman range was initially only offered in AN400 and AN250 forms but has grown over the years to include more models. This includes the 650, 200, and 125 models, which have made the Burgman name synonymous with 'giant scooter.' Keeping in line with this reputation, Suzuki has gone above and beyond to upgrade the Burgman 400 – its most recent and modern model. The Burgman 400 now comes with a more refined engine – perfect for beginner riders – and improved tech features. Overall, most of the upgrades to the Burgman 400 can be seen in the top-end of the scooter. Suzuki has replaced the 16-hole fuel injectors with 10-hole injectors, which according to a company spokesman, produces "more minuscule fuel droplets and increased air agitation." This improves fuel consumption. Amidst all the changes to the Burgman 400, Suzuki was very intentional about not switching up what fans love most about its bikes. The Burgman stays true to the maxi-scooter design and will feel familiar to previous riders. It also remains highly practical thanks to its small wheel large body combo.
Suzuki has remained loyal to the 400cc twin-cam, 4-stroke single-engine over the years but has made significant updates to the Suzuki Burgman 400. The scooter has been fitted with a new piston, improved injectors, revised timing, new camshafts, and a twin-plug cylinder head. Essentially, these changes were made to meet the new Euro5 regulations and not to improve output. This means that, while impressive, the new engine will not offer more horsepower than the previous model. The unit produces 2hp less than its predecessor, with a peak capacity of 28.6bhp at 6300rpm. Nonetheless, the changes are almost imperceptible even to the keenest rider. The 218kg Burgman 400 will whir when standing and produce a smooth ride when you are on the move. The soft purr it produces on motorways is more than sufficient to keep riders happy.
Braking System, Suspension, and Ride Quality
Riding the 2022 Suzuki Burgman 400 is one of the easiest things you will do this year. The scooter's low chasing is long enough to make the 218kg easily manageable. Even better, the Burgman 400 has a variable transmission and impeccable low-speed balance, which means you do not have to fumble nervously with the gears or clutch during your ride. It is very easy to ride for both seasoned and new riders. Sadly, the suspension is not much to write home about, although it is decent. It will serve you well on smooth city streets but will otherwise disappoint you on bumpy roads and sharp corners. The ride in these terrains will be unsophisticated with some ripples and jerky bumps. In crosswinds, the Burgman 400 offers a tad more stability thanks to its larger front wheel – at 15 inches. The brakes are excellent, offering an amazing sense of grip and power. The ABS, while updated for the Burgman 400, remains quite basic.
Suzuki has modernized the anti-lock brake system for the 2022 Burgman 400. The system now comes with new traction control that you can turn on and off through a starter button. Although it is not a top-of-the-line ABS, the automaker claims it 'reduces wheel slip taking off from stationary...' and also 'lowers wheel spin on slippery or uneven surfaces.' The Burgman rides on Dunlop ScootSmart rear tires, which are adapted for smooth riding on cold, wet, and icy roads. This means you can take your scooter out in winter and even accelerate without fear of losing your grip or going off-road. Additionally, the transmission setup allows you to enjoy this stability on dry, smooth roads. Suzuki has also adapted the display so that you can easily read fuel information, including range and consumption, during your ride. A green light on the screen tells you when you are riding too slowly.
Tech Features and Equipment
At a base price of $8,499, you expect an impressive lineup of tech features, rider aids, and fancy design perks. Unfortunately, the Burgman 400 falls short in this category, with Suzuki failing to incorporate cruise control, heated grips, phone connectivity, or self-canceling indicators in its latest model. The automaker does make up for this with two fairing glove boxes and a 42-liter compartment under the hydraulic strut – enough for two helmets. While you cannot adjust the controls or screens, the scooter has a back and forth adjustable seat stop. It also comes fitted with running boards to ensure your feet stay dry even in the wettest driving conditions. Additionally, the Burgman 400 has a chain gate that allows you to surround the entire frame of your scooter with a security chain rather than just the wheel. Overall, the tech features in the Burgman 400 are not very impressive, but they will get the job done. You can be assured of a smooth, refined ride on many terrains.
The 2022 Suzuki Burgman 400 retails at a base MSRP of $8,499, which can be a little on the steep side. Fortunately, the scooter comes with a 3-year warranty and the assurance that comes from investing in a tested and proven vehicle.
Written by Benjamin Smith
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