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2013 Suzuki Burgman 650 ABS First Ride Photo Gallery

See photos of Suzuki's Burgman 650 ABS maxiscooter in action in the 2013 Suzuki Burgman 650 First Ride photo gallery and then read more in the 2013 Burgman 650 review article.

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The 2013 Burgman 650 makes for a terrific commuting platform.
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Operating the zesty Burgman’s twist-and-go throttle is idiot simple.
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The Burgman 650 can go 85 mph – a lot higher actually.
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Riders can lean the big scoot over a surprising amount before any hard parts touch down – and only on the tightest right handers did we scrape the centerstand tangs.
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The Burg proves more than game for superslab maneuvers, like high-speed passes.
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The base suspension is setup for commuting comfort, and rightly so. It smooths out the ride, but gets overwhelmed when the heavy Burg starts to hustle in the curves.
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While big and heavy for a scooter, the Burgman still makes for a fun ride in the curves - with a respectable amount of lean angle.
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The seat is comfortable and riding position relaxing. Tall riders may wince for a little more legroom, but it’s not uncomfortably cramped.
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Straddle the Burg and it’s an easy reach to the ground, with the 2013 model featuring cutout footboards for this exact reason.
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A relocated DC outlet is recessed on the 2013 Burgman to make room for the GPS and phone chargers – subtle refinements courtesy of Burgman customer feedback.
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Pricing is where the $10,999 Burgman 650 ABS faces some challenges. It has always been billed as a premium scooter offering, but the 2013 Burg is a thousand more than the model it replaces.
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The Burgman makes for an intriguing touring platform.
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The Burgman 650 comes with ABS standard, and the 2013 model sources a smaller, lighter unit. The dual disc front brakes also now source floating instead of solid rotors.
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The Burgman 650 left handlebar switchgear is cluttered with several buttons.
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The Burgman 650 shocks offer easy hand-turn adjustment, and ramping up pre-load two turns on Day 2 made a marked improvement in the handling, though at the expense of some of that commuting comfort.
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The Burgman has cultivated a loyal ridership in the America, which is closing in on Italy as the second-largest market for the model
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Small touches like the black wheels and LED position lights in the front cowling also improve the curb appeal. Same goes for the new triangular exhaust.
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The actual LCD screen on the new Burgman is a vast improvement, highly visible and beautifully backlit much like the new V-Strom 650. The flanking information displayed – including a fuel gauge and clock, as well as a frost-warning idiot light (a nice touch) – is well executed, but the info displayed on the LCD’s central display toggles between ambient air temp, fuel consumption and gear position, if in Manual mode.