Suzuki’s first North American foray into the world of scooters and mopeds was in 1979, when they brought the Rascal moped (FZ50) to North America. Next year, Suzuki added the FA50 Shuttle moped which it would sell from 1980 right through to 1991. Perhaps more importantly, in 1980 Suzuki also released the FS50 which was based on the Rascal moped but it was half moped / half scooter (no pedals, had body panels, but still chain drive).
The FS50 lived a short life and was discontinued after 1981. Suzuki stayed away from scooters and stuck to mopeds for a while after this unsuccessful venture.
1990 – 1999
It wasn’t until 1990 that Suzuki returned the Canadian market with a proper scooter, the Hyper 50 aka AE50. Unfortunately Suzuki did not release this model in the USA market. Stylistically very similar to Yamaha’s Jog and Honda’s Dio, the AE50 attempted to capitalize on that market segment and was sold until 1999.
After the demise of the AE50, Suzuki stayed away from the scooter market for several years until they returned in 2003 with a completely different approach: the Burgman maxi-scooter. This new maxi was offered in a midsized version (Burgman 400) shown below right and the full size Burgman 650 (below left). Smaller Burgman’s exist overseas (125cc and 250cc) but Suzuki wouldn’t offer these in North America for another decade.
The Burgman 650 is the king of maxi-scooters with is huge power and touring amenities. As a competitor to Honda’s Silverwing, the Burgman 650 can top 100mph and achieve 40mpg, although it can’t do both at the same time.
Suzuki kept the new 650 Burgman unchanged for 2005, but they did add a ‘Type S’ or ‘Sport’ trim level option to the Burgman 400. This model is referred to as the 400S as was sold for 2005 and 2006 until a new generation of Burgman 400 replaced the current one. Opting for the Type S Burgman 400 added a tinted windscreen, chrome bits (bars, mirrors), a rear spoiler, blacked out wheels and white gauges.
Suzuki turned a few heads for 2006 when they added an ‘Executive’ trim level option to the Burgman 650 which included ABS. Available overseas since 2004, Suzuki waited a few years to bring this option to North America. This package took touring performance to the next level with an electronically adjustable windscreen, multi-mode transmission, chrome bits, retractable mirrors and a high output 500 watt alternator for powering goodies like a heated vest. Canadians also get heated grips and a heated seat as part of this package.
For 2007, the second generation Burgman 400 debuted with a new look and engine. This second generation of the 400 model was a complete re-working that made every area of the scooter better. There’s more underseat storage, a larger windscreen and better milage. The redesigned Burgman 400 sported a more sporty and modern look which has been well received. Check out the Burgman 400 page for a complete look at this important model.
Standard ABS was the big news from Suzuki for 2010. The 650 model was only offered in the Executive trim and the 400 ABS was the only version of the AN400 available. This raised the minimum price of admission to around $7500 for the Burgman 400. For 2012, the Burgman 650 Executive is hovering just under 10K as $9,899 MSRP. That’s a lot for a scooter, but it’s also one capable scooter. Fans of the open road will find much to like the Burgman 650 Exec.
For 2011 and 2012 Suzuki didn’t make any changes to their Burgman line aside from shuffling the color options and tweaking the MSRP’s upward.
The end appeared to be nigh in fall 2012 when Burgman 650 was absent from Suzuki’s main announcement of 2013 models. However the Japanese maker had exciting things in store, and 2 months later announced a heavily updated 2013 Burgman 650 for North America.
This new Burgman shares the same motor and frame as the outgoing variant, but there’s a host of reworked areas from the styling and instrument panel, to the new ABS system and clutch. The result is a crisp new Burgman with a slimmer rear end and a 15% increase in gas pump frugality.
With the update comes a naming shuffle as well. The previously “Executive” only features have migrated to the regular model, which is currently the only offering. No changes were made to the Burgman 400.
Suzuki expanded their Burgman line in North America for 2014 with a new 200cc model. Previously the smaller Burgman’s (125cc and 200cc) have been reserved for overseas markets but Suzuki is finally allowing North American enthusiasts to get their hands on these neat rides. The new Burgman 200 brings touring comfort at a more affordable price tag.
Suzuki is bringing over a revised mid-cycle version of this new for 2006 scooter, which means a fresh style update and standard ABS. The MSRP is a lower than expected $4999 including ABS, which means the mini-Burg is going to provide stiff competition for scooters like Honda’s Forza 300 and Kymco’s Downtown 200/300.
After substantial line up changes in 2013 and 2014, Suzuki carrying over the same lineup for 2015. This means all three sizes of Burgman (200, 400, 650) are back with only tiny changes. Most notably, the Burgman 400 gains a passenger backrest and hand shields. The rims are also switched over to a bronze color but lose the red edging.
Suzuki did mix up some of the color offerings with the smaller Burgman 200 now being offered in Brilliant White instead of Cool Silver. The Burgman 650 is again being offered in only grey (Metallic Mat Fibroin Gray), while the mid-sized Burgman 400 gets a new shade of black. Instead of Glass Sparkle Black, Suzuki is now offering the Burg 400 in Metallic Matte Black No 2 which looks the same to the untrained eye.
Price tags remain unchanged at a dollar under $5g, $8g and $10g for the three Burgman’s.
Suzuki rolled over their collection of three Burgman’s largely unchanged for 2016. The only tweak Suzuki made was switching the color options between their 400 and 650 models. Now the 650 gets Metallic Matte Black No 2 while the 400 gets the lighter Matte Metallic Fibroin Grey.
Suzuki reduced their Burgman line for 2017 by dropping the Burgman 400 model. By missing the cut for 2017, the reign of the Burgman 400 ends at 14 years (2003 – 2016) and two generations, although Suzuki might just be taking a year off before introducing a new generation. The current generation was introduced in 2007, so it was already at 10 years.
Suzuki also stopped offering the Burgman 200 in Canada, but it continues to be sold in the USA. Suzuki also switched from offering white as the only color option, with a new titanium shade for 2017.
Suzuki debuted all new generation of Burgman 400 for 2018. This third generation Burgman 400 features sportier styling, better milage and a shift away from a pure touring machine towards a sports-touring maxi scooter. The Burgman 200 and 650 carried over unchanged alongside the new Burgman 400.