Small Enough To Be Economical, Big Enough To Be A Worthy Commuter

Mature, modern looks greet the eye as Suzuki rolls its business-tastic Burgman 200 over into MY2020. In spite of its diminutive powerplant, the Burgman 200 carries itself with a definite maxi-scoot appeal. Motorcycle-like suspension components and safety equipment boost its commuter capabilities with an increase in overall ride quality over your typical scooter-type vehicle, so yeah, this ain’t your typical 200.

  • 2014 - 2020 Suzuki Burgman 200
  • Year:
    2014- 2020
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    single cylinder
  • Displacement:
    200 cc
  • Top Speed:
    60 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    4999
  • Price:

Suzuki Burgman 200 Design

2014 - 2020 Suzuki Burgman 200
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2014 - 2020 Suzuki Burgman 200
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2014 - 2020 Suzuki Burgman 200
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Shorter inseams should be plenty comfortable, but if you shop in the Big-and-Tall section, you may find it a trifle cramped.

The overall panache of the Burgman 200 is very much like its larger-displacement brethren in the lineup with a wide front fairing that houses dual headlights below a generous windscreen that punches a hole in the wind to form the protective pocket for the rider and comes vented to help reduce turbulence. Recessed turn signals ride below the twin beams to help keep the front end relatively clean as it flares to form a sportbike-style cowl that funnels cooling air over the radiator and forms the front of the legguards.

Dual analog dials and an LED screen make up the instrumentation that sits tucked deep under the screen and displays the critical metrics with the addition of an Eco Drive feature that essentially notifies you when you’re getting a little too twisty with it for maximum fuel economy; just think of it as a shift light, but for the throttle instead of the gearbox. The inner fairing comes equipped with two small storage compartments and a 12-Volt power point so you can plug in your mobile device, GPS receiver or whatever. A slight tunnel breaks up the step-through just a skosh, but doesn’t really interfere with mounting/dismounting actions though it definitely messes with the ’tween-feet storage possibilities.

The bench seat puts the rider’s butt at a comfortable 28.9 inches off the ground, plus it carries a heavily-sculpted shape that’s nice and narrow up front so as to not bite into your inner thighs and force your legs uncomfortably wide, at least when they’re on the long footboards. Shorter inseams should be plenty comfortable, but if you shop in the Big-and-Tall section, you may find it a trifle cramped.

There’s a dramatic rise to the p-pad that forms a nice scoop for the rider and an elevated platform for your passenger with extensions to the rider’s footboards that give your riding partner a nice, secure place for his or her feet. As usual, the seat flips up to reveal a storage compartment that, on paper, has enough room for two full-face buckets, but you’ll do well to keep in mind that larger buckets and modular units may not squeeze in there. Grab rails finish out the passenger’s gear on the wide rear end that sports dual, recessed tail/turn lights and a plateholder/mudguard unit to knock down the rear-wheel fling.

Suzuki Burgman 200 Chassis

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2014 - 2020 Suzuki Burgman 200
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In a move to improve safety and stability, the factory blessed the Burgman with ABS protection so you can get the most out of the system.

A proper underframe supports the Burgman 200 rather than relying on the popular stressed-skin, or monocoque structure. The 33 mm front forks are clamped by a single clamp. Yeah, that’s probably okay enough given the light 359-pound wet weight, and it’s certainly not without precedent, but I think I’d prefer the dual triple-clamp arrangement if they could find room to stuff one in there.

A proper swingarm finishes out the standing structure with a pair of coil-over shocks to tame the motion and a variable preload feature so you can dial in for changes in cargo/passenger loads. It’s a smaller machine than its larger-displacement familia, so in order to make the wheels look proportional to the design they necessarily had to be reduced in size. A 13-inch cast rim leads the way with a 12 incher bringing up the rear that mount a 110/90 and 130/70 hoop, respectively. All-around, 240 mm hydraulic discs provide the brakeage, and in a move to improve safety and stability, the factory blessed the Burgman with ABS protection so you can get the most out of the system.

Suspension, Front: Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension, Rear: Swingarm type, single shock, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes, Front/Rear: Disc, single/Disc, single
Tire, Front: 110/90-13 M/C 56P, tubeless
Tire, Rear: 130/70-12 (62P), tubeless

Suzuki Burgman 200 Drivetrain

2014 - 2020 Suzuki Burgman 200
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2014 - 2020 Suzuki Burgman 200
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2014 - 2020 Suzuki Burgman 200
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The Burgman manages a 60-plus mph top speed with a decent roll-on to help you pass and get out of your own way, even on the highway

The littlest Burgman relies on a 200 cc plant to generate the fun, er, I mean power. Said power measures a claimed 18.1-horsepower at 8,000 rpm with 12.5 pound-feet of torque that comes on fully by six grand. That gives the Burgman a 60-plus mph top speed (individual results may vary) with a decent roll-on to help you pass and get out of your own way, even on the highway, though I think I’d stay off the interstate with this scoot, personally. On paper, this mill would seem a little small for many areas within the American infrastructure, but the performance profile is such that it challenges that preconception.

The liquid-cooled thumper runs a SOHC to time the four-poppet valvetrain with an electronic fuel-injection system to sip the fuel and contribute to the 65 mpg approximate mileage rating as well help with emissions compliance. Suzuki’s Idle Speed Control helps to start the slightly cold-natured engine and stabilize the idle so you don’t die out at a light, and that’s great ’cause let’s face it; that can be both dangerous and embarrassing.

A thermostat-controlled cooling fan kicks on and off as needed to help deal with the waste heat, even in slow-moving nightmares, er, I mean traffic jams. Yeah, that’s the ticket. Unlike it’s 650 sibling, the 200 rocks a standard CVT that uses variable pulleys and a special belt to keep the engine within its useful powerband with no power modes or push-button shifter options. Yeah, it still provides the expected twist-and-go operation, but is plain vanilla by comparison.

Engine: 200 cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, single cylinder, OHC
Bore x Stroke: 69.0 x 53.4 mm (2.717 x 2.102 in.)
Compression Ratio: 11.0: 1
Fuel System: Suzuki Fuel Injection
Ignition: Electronic ignition (Transistorized)
Starter: Electric
Lubrication: Wet sump
Transmission: Automatic Constant Velocity Transmission (CVT)
Clutch: Dry shoe, automatic, centrifugal type
Final Drive: V-belt Drive

Suzuki Burgman 200 Price

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2014 - 2020 Suzuki Burgman 200
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MSRP is holding steady at $5k.

You get all this for $4,999 MSRP in a tasteful Titanium Silver finish. The Burgman 200 ABS also comes with a 12-month limited warranty, and if Suzuki follows its usual practices, an extended warranty program should be available as an option.

Warranty: 12 month unlimited mileage limited warranty.
Color:
└ 2016: Brilliant White
└ 2017, 2018: Metallic Matte Titanium Silver
└ 2019: Metallic Matte Black No. 2
└ 2020: Pearl Brilliant White
Price: $4,999

Suzuki Burgman 200 Competitor

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2016 - 2019 Yamaha SMAX
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If your commute includes highway travel, the extra cash may be worth it for the bigger engine in the Burgman 200.

The 200 cc bracket is a bit of an odd fish in the U.S. market since it kind of falls between the logical breaks at 150- and 300 cc. With that in mind, I wanted another business-class urban commuter, preferably one from the Big Four, and Yamaha’s SMAX scooter seemed like a good-enough fit to go up against the Burgman 200.

Right out of the gate, the SMAX embodies much of the same “urban professional” vibe we get from the Burgman. A fairly large windshield punches a hole in the weather with standoffs that create ample ventilation to combat the wearisome head-buffet effect that occurs where the rider’s pocket meets the upper slipstream.

To Yamaha’s credit, the SMAX rocks a full step-through that makes for easy mounting/dismounting and creates the ’tween feet storage area that the Burgman lacks. This combines with the 32-liter underseat storage area that will hold not one but two full-face brain buckets to give the SMAX enough storage for a generous bookbag or a worthwhile amount of groceries.

Yammy falls behind a bit in the safety-electronics department as it doesn’t reciprocate the ABS protection that the Burgman brings to the table. Yamaha’s engine marks another deviation from the Suzuki’s build as it only displaces 155 cc, but as I said in the beginning, there’s no direct competitor in this category from the Big Four, and it was either the 155 cc Burgman or something with a 300 cc-ish displacement, so here we are.

However, having said that, it’s the smaller engine size that gives the SMAX its biggest win at the checkout with a $3,799 sticker against $4,999 for the Burgman 200, but if your commute includes highway travel, the extra cash may be worth it for the extra cubes.

He Said

“Looks like a good commuter as long as you don’t have extended, high-speed areas to traverse. The price is a little high compared to lesser machines, but you gets what you pay for, and the fit-and-finish is top notch as you’d expect from Suzuki.”

She Said

My wife and fellow motorcycle writer, Allyn Hinton, says, “It’s a snazzy little scooter, very light and agile. It’s small enough to be an economical commuter, but big enough to actually take on the highway. Center of gravity is lowlow, so it’s very maneuverable at low speeds. Where I might be a bit hesitant on a 150 cc ride, I feel a bit more confident with this bigger engine.”

Suzuki Burgman 200 Specifications

Engine & Drivetrain:
Engine: 200 cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, single cylinder, OHC
Bore x Stroke: 69.0 x 53.4 mm (2.717 x 2.102 in.)
Compression Ratio: 11.0: 1
Fuel System: Suzuki Fuel Injection
Ignition: Electronic ignition (Transistorized)
Starter: Electric
Lubrication: Wet sump
Transmission: Automatic Constant Velocity Transmission (CVT)
Clutch: Dry shoe, automatic, centrifugal type
Final Drive: V-belt Drive
Chassis:
Suspension Front: Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension Rear: Swingarm type, single shock, coil spring, oil damped
Front Brake: Disc, single
Rear Brake: Disc, single
Tires Front: 110/90-13 M/C 56P, tubeless
Tires Rear: 130/70-12 (62P), tubeless
Dimensions & Capacities:
Overall Length: 2,055 mm (80.9 in)
Overall Width: 740 mm (29.1 in)
Wheelbase: 1,465 mm (57.7 in)
Ground Clearance: 130 mm (5.1 in)
Seat Height: 735 mm (28.9 in)
Curb Weight: 163 kg (359 lbs), 164 kg (362 lbs) CA model
Fuel Tank Capacity: 10.5 L (2.8 US gallons)
Electric:
Spark Plugs: NGK CR7EK or DENSO U22ETR
Headlight: 12V 55W (H7) x 2
Tail light: 12V 21/5W x 2
Details:
Warranty: 12 month unlimited mileage limited warranty.
Color:
└ 2016: Brilliant White
└ 2017, 2018: Metallic Matte Titanium Silver
└ 2019: Metallic Matte Black No. 2
└ 2020: Pearl Brilliant White
Price: $4,999

Further Reading

Yamaha SMAX

2016 - 2019 Yamaha SMAX
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See our review of the Yamaha SMAX.

Suzuki Burgman 650 Executive

2016 - 2018 Suzuki Burgman 650 Executive
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See our review of the Suzuki Burgman 650 Executive.

Suzuki Burgman 400

2018 - 2019 Suzuki Burgman 400
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See our review of the Suzuki Burgman 400.

Suzuki

2020 BMW R 1250 R
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Read more Suzuki news.

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