2018 Suzuki Burgman 200

Scooter tech has advanced right along with motorcycles

2018 Suzuki Burgman 200
2018 Suzuki Burgman 200CRS

It’s true the Burgman 200 looks small, thanks to its kiddie-sized wheels (13-inch front, 12-inch rear). But don’t let this fool you, because Suzuki’s entry-level scooter actually has some capabilities that put it in motorcycle territory. For one, its electric-start single has both fuel injection and liquid-cooling, enabling quick startups and clean, efficient running regardless of altitude or weather. And the 200cc displacement makes the Burgman 200 freeway legal (technically, at least; freeway flying isn’t its best skill), while its dual saddle adds versatility, and front and rear disc brakes are ABS-equipped.

The Burgman then layers on such “scooter” features as a large underseat storage area (at 41 liters, capacity enough for a helmet and satchel or groceries), an automatic transmission that requires no clutch work and no shifting, and even a 12-volt charging port for your cellphone. Naturally, all of these features add mass, and so the littlest Burgman weighs in at a claimed 359 pounds—lightweight bike territory.

Likes: Lots of useful features packed into an affordable scooter.

Dislikes: The small wheels, long 57.7-inch wheelbase, and curb weight.

Verdict: For little scratch, the Burgman provides ease of use and versatility.

2018 Suzuki Burgman 200 Specs and Pricing

MSRP $4,999