Suzuki Burgman UH 200/G (2007-current): Luxurious agility

Engine: The single cylinder liquid cooled 200 c.c. engine delivers 18 bhp/ 8000 rpm and 1.73 Kgm/ 6000 rpm torque, claimed values.
       As a matter of fact, the engine feels more than adequate for commuting. Under full throttle acceleration the increase of speed is linear up to the top speed of the scooter, that is 125 Km/h, indicated figure. Top speed is marginally affected by tiny inclines of the road.
     The engine capacity and the power provided will impose restrictions only on highway use. When refueling rider does not need to disembark from the scooter, since the fuel cap is located on the floor, just behind the leg shield.
     Riding position: The seat height is very low, 735 mm, it will be adequate for quite short riders also. The support for the back creates a stop at the riderĘs place on the seat, the room for the pillion is also large.
     The length of the Burgman is increased, the same applies to the width of the scooter, just at the area of the leg shield. BurgmanĘs bulk is close to that of the large scooters, which is counteracted by the low weight as it will be described later on. Rider feels being placed rather in than over the scooter.
     Due to the handlebar being extended backwards, riderĘs arms form a right angle. RiderĘs feet also form an acute angle due to the high floor, even when riderĘs legs are placed at the very front of the floor. Thus riding like this will be rather inconvenient to tall riders. If riderĘs legs are stretched at the space provided on the leg shield, riding position is comfortable for travelling, its not convenient though for commuting.

     The weight of the scooter is low, 160 Kgs nominal curb, which is indicative for the small engine displacement. Due to the low saddle, the weight will not result in an issue, even for quite short riders. Compared with scooters featuring about the same bulk and a larger engine, the difference in weight is remarkable.
    On the road: The fork and the two shock absorbers at the rear, feel relatively soft. The spring preload at the shocks is the only adjustment for the rider.
     Factory fitted tyres are Michelin Pilot Sport SC with dimensions 110/90-13 at the front and 130/70-12 at the rear. This rubber is good for the specific scooter, its not the best choice though.
    In town the little Burgman is a really adequate scooter for ordinary rides. Stability is great, which suits more to the bulk of the scooter, than to the wheel dimensions or engine capacity. Thus stability feels superior to agility when riding. The comparatively low weight to what someone would expect from a bulky scooter, will be helpful when commuting.
     Comfort over street imperfections is good, better than average due to the small wheel dimensions, up to a certain degree of course. Naturally, Burgman will not absorb any pothole on the streets! Additionally if rider wishes to apply some weight at his feet in order to alleviate the vibration prior to a large bump, due to the riding position, it will be almost …impossible.
     At the process of filtering the height of the handlebar and mirrors is the same with that of carĘs and SUVĘs mirrors. This is not a problem though, due to the small width of the scooter.
     Steering lock is relatively good concerning an urban scooter. In case of traffic jams, combined with the increased scooterĘs length, it will ask for compromises if the scooter has to be maneuvered around cars.
     Ground clearance will be adequate for small pavements, only.
     On B-roads, stability is the key element. Agility will be helpful, although itĘs still inferior. Rider will be confident at a higher riding pace, the scooter will provide relatively good feedback, despite the small wheel dimensions.
     On the highway the scooter will be adequate for short trips, since the engine barely provides the confidence and the safety e.g. for an overtake at normal highway speed. Cruising at a speed of 110 Km/h or higher, air resistance will be felt mostly at the shoulders.
     Brakes are combined. A 220 mm disc brake and a three piston caliper is equipped at the front, a 220 mm and a single piston caliper is equipped at the rear. Both brakes provide adequate initial bite. The front provides average stopping power and feedback. On low friction factor streets on emergency braking, the front wheel may be locked, often tending to slide at either side.
     On the contrary the rear brake provides good stopping power and feedback, diving the front and rear of the scooter. This is the result of the combined brakes: Applying the rear, one out of the three pistons at the front brake caliper is also activated. Rider will soon adapt applying the rear brake mostly, especially on low friction factor roads.
     Model history/reliability/quality build: It was introduced in 2002. In 2007 it was equipped with combined brakes.
     Quality build is really good. Its obviously a luxurious scooter. North countries need some extra caution concerning corrosion.
     Comments: The floor isnĘt flat. Two full face helmets may be stored under the seat, there is also some free space left around. An internal light is also provided.
     The gloves compartment at the leg shield is spacious and deep, it is divided into two parts, a 12V socket is also provided. At the top right side of the leg shield, a deep compartment is provided, which will be adequate for a mobile phone and coins. The plethora of storage spaces is established with a 37 l top case, adequate for an extra full face helmet.
     Ń centre and a kick stand are provided. In order to lift the scooter on the centre stand, some considerable effort is required by the rider initially. If the fuel level is low, the oil change light will be turned on. The fuel level indicator still drops. As soon as the bottom of the scale is reached, the scooter will run out of breath after about 1 Km.
     The finish at the top of the screen is thin, it will not distort riderĘs view. The design of the headlamp is unique. Looking at the front of the scooter from either side, one can see through the headlamp lens. The indicators are rather protruding, they seem to be vulnerable in case of a crash. Lights are powerful, the dash light is white, which makes the dials look even more conventional at night.
     The attraction of car owners to the scootersĘ field is enhanced by optional polished bumpers at the front and rear of the scooter. Riders with this kind of fresh background are the only ones who may feel safety and familiarity with equipment like that. Strictly in terms of design, they donĘt look bad. Additionally the huge rear lights, derive from the auto industry design.
     A smaller 125 c.c. version is also produced, weighting 159 nominal Kgs curb, that is just 1 Kg less than the 200 c.c. Burgman. In Japan the Burgman series is sold as Skywave, a much more fascinating name. Despite the Burgman name for the whole range of SuzukiĘs large scooters, the smaller 125-200 c.c. members of the family are provided with a different model code (UH) instead of the bigger brothers, (ZA).
     Two versions for the small Burgmans are available, a plain one and the Executive. The differences are located to the screen, ExecutiveĘs smarter dash, black wheels, a white stitch at the saddle and a faint blue headlamp glass.
     Conclusively Burgman 200 is a stable, agile and luxurious scooter which targets riders deriving from the car sector. Due to the engine displacement its much lighter than the bigger brothers of the family.
Price UH 200G BURGMAN TOP CASE: 4395 Ňuros


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