When people ask me why Suzuki called their semi-maxi scooter the Burgman, I really didn’t know what to answer. So I asked our friends from Suzuki Philippines the same question, and surprisingly they too didn’t know the answer. So left without a choice, I finally consulted the all-knowing Google internet search portal and finally found an answer.
Apparently, it was called the Skywave in Japan and in the US. But in Europe, they ran into problems registering the name Skywave because another manufacturer had already registered the name. This was only a few days before the European launch of the scooter, but instead of rescheduling the press launch, they decided to come up a new name. They tapped a German Advertising Agency to develop a name that would somehow give a feeling or subliminal connection to aristocracy or people of achievement but something below King or Monarch.
They suggested names relating to Bergers, Burgerman, and medieval structures that were constructed on high elevations, and somehow they all fell into the name they would eventually use. While the name Burgman has no real accurate association to anything or anyone whatsoever, they felt it was a good sounding name because the combinations of the words Burg, which in German means medieval fortress or walled town, and man, would somehow give the bike an aristocratic link so it felt as if it was a bike to be looked up to or a bike that was elevated above others; hence the name Burgman.
I can’t be certain about the accuracy of the Burgman name origin I found on the burgmanusa.com forum, but the Suzuki Burgman 200 we tested here certainly looks aristocratic, stately even, and would surely appeal to young people of achievement, or yuppies, working in the central business districts of Makati or Taguig BGC. The first thing you will notice about the Burgman 200 is the imposing twin headlights and curvaceous fairings. In fact, if you look at the Burgman 200 closely, it looks like a scaled down version of its 400cc and 650cc siblings, which is actually a good thing. Like them, it has a large windscreen, although un-adjustable, which provides effective wind protection for both the rider and passenger.
For convenience, there’s a very large storage compartment under the seat for up to two full-face helmets, plus two smaller compartments behind the legshield with a 12V power outlet where you can store and charge your mobile devices. The contoured seats are wide and spacious for a 200cc scooter and we have no doubt they will be supremely comfortable for long distance touring. Thoughtful cutouts on the floorboard allow you to reach the ground easily with both feet.
Under all the plastics, the Burgman uses a newly designed tubular chassis that’s light and rigid enough to handle its 161 Kilograms curb weight. The fuel tank is located under the floorboard to lower the center of gravity for better low-speed handling. Providing a supple yet sporty ride is a finely tuned 33mm telescopic fork up front and a dual shock absorber set up in the rear with spring preload adjustments to accommodate a wide variety of loads. Progressive stopping power is provided by an ABS controlled 240mm disc brakes up front with two-piston caliper and a 240mm disc in the rear with a single piston caliper.
Its liquid-cooled and fuel injected 200cc single-cylinder motor may not sound impressive on paper, but in actual use its 18 bhp rating is enough to catapult the Burgman 200 to a speedometer-indicated 130 Km/h top speed in a hurry. Interestingly, the Burgman is equipped with a large tachometer when it has a fully automatic CVT transmission. Perhaps it’s there to help remind you to keep your revs low when using the Eco-Drive function, which doesn’t make any changes to the engine, mind. The green eco light is simply there to remind you to adopt a more economical riding style. The automotive-like instrument cluster is composed of a large LCD display flanked by an equally sized speedometer and the aforementioned tachometer. The LCD screen displays an odometer, clock, oil-change indicator, fuel gauge and average fuel consumption.
Priced at PhP238,000, the Burgman 200 abs is more expensive than the Yamaha Nmax abs, Aerox S, Honda PCX and the ADV 150. At that price, it’s almost in Yamaha Xmax 300 territory. But you have to consider that the Suzuki Burgman 200 abs is slightly bigger and has a bigger engine than its 150-155cc competition. . But the more important question is, would you consider it if Suzuki Philippines somehow managed to reduce the price to, let’s say, PhP170,000? I know I would.
ENGINE TYPE: Liquid-cooled, single cylinder, 4 stroke, SOHC
MAX. POWER: 18.1 bhp @ 8000 rpm
MAX. TORQUE: 12.5 lb ft @ 6000 rpm
SEAT HEIGHT: 735 mm
REAR WHEEL: 130 /70 -12
FRONT WHEEL: 110/90-13
BRAKES (FRONT/REAR): DISC / DISC ABS
FUEL CAPACITY: 10.5 liters
CURB WEIGHT: 141 kg.
TOP SPEED: 130 km/h
PRICE: PhP 238,000
+: Comfortable, fast and spacious
-: Windscreen not adjustable, a bit pricey
C! RATING: 9.8 /10