First Look: 2014 Burgman 200 ABS

Andrea Wilson | October 21, 2013
Meet the Burgman 650 and 400s little sister: The 2014 Burgman 200 ABS.

Meet the Burgman 650 and 400’s little sister: The 2014 Burgman 200 ABS.

If you’re the goldilocks in the scooter-buying world and the Burgman 650 and 400 were too big, the new Burgman 200 ABS may be just right. Originally sold only in Europe, the Burgman 200 ABS is coming to America as a 2014 model.

It first hit Europe as the Burgman 150 in 2002 before receiving a makeover in 2007 with a displacement increase to bring it to 200cc as the Burgman 200. In preparation for its global debut, the 2014 version gets another makeover with some styling changes, a new cockpit design, complete with a new instrument panel, and it now comes standard with ABS.

The Burgman series mantra is “elegance, comfort, and luxury.” Suzuki engineers decided, why not add sporty to that mantra. So from head to tail, the new Burgman 200 received a sleeker, edgier, sportier design.

With its new more sharply designed nose, the Burgman has a dual headlight to match its bolder design. The turn signals are also new up front and are integrated into the body of the Burgman and feature a clear outer lens.

A sportier design up front with a new dual headlight to match.

A sportier design up front with a new dual headlight to match.

Also added to the front is an ergonomically designed windscreen that is 110mm taller than its predecessor. The new windscreen provides more wind protection and also reduces wind turbulence, Suzuki says.

The tail section is also sleeker and slimmer with a new dual rear combination light to match. It also gets a newly designed leather seat with a double stitch finish on the seat’s seam line.

The Burgman gets a 200cc liquid-cooled and fuel-injected engine is big and powerful enough to allow for highway use. The Burgman 200 also has a CVT transmission, designed to reduce vibration.

Suzuki claims that it has the longest riding range in its class at 70.7 mpg.

As mentioned before the bodywork was not just designed for looks as its narrow design – from handlebar to handlebar – is measured at 29.1 inches wide, making it easier to drive through traffic. It also gets a low seat height of 28.9 inches – and cut-away floorboard to make it easier to put your feet on the ground. The seat is also narrower in the front and wider in the back to not only help with reach, but helps accommodate a passenger on back. There are also grab bars on the back for that two-up ride.

An overhead view of the Burgman 200 ABS to show the cut-away floorboard.

An overhead view of the Burgman 200 ABS to show the cut-away floorboard.

As the model name suggests, the Burgman 200 ABS comes standard with a Nissin ABS system and has a 13-inch aluminum front wheel and 12-inch rear wheel.

Another upgrade for the new Burgman is its new LCD display with a newly and a bunch of new indicator lights. The one that stands out the most is the Eco drive indicator light, which comes on if the rider is riding at optimized fuel efficiency.

The Burgman’s under seat storage claims a capacity of 10.8 gallons – enough to hold two full-face helmets – and has a handy little light inside for nighttime rummaging. There are also two front storage compartments with 1.4 gallons of storage capacity, one of which is lockable with the ignition key and the other is push-open for quick access. A 12V DC power outlet also comes standard, so you can charge your gadgets while on the go.

It’s available in Cool Silver and is set to hit the U.S. in the spring. The MSRP has yet to be announced.

The Burgman 200 ABS is set to arrive Spring 2014.

2014 Burgman 200 ABS Specifications

Overall Length: 2055 mm

Overall Width: 740 mm

Overall Height: 1355 mm

Wheelbase: 1465 mm

Ground Clearance: 130 mm

Seat Height: 735 mm

Curb Mass: 161 kg/163 kg

Engine Type: 4-Stroke, 1-Cylinder, liquid-cooled, SOHC

Bore x Stroke: 69.0 mm x 53.4 mm

Engine Displacement: 200 cm3

Compression Ratio: 11.0:1

Fuel System: Fuel Injection

Starter System: Electronic

Lubrication System: Wet Sump

Transmission: CVT

Front Suspension: Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped

Rear Suspension: Swingarm type, coil spring, oil damped

Rake/Trail: 27 degrees/ 93 mm

Front Brake: Disc

Rear Brake: Disc

Front Tire: 110/90-13

Rear Tire: 130/70-12

Ignition System: Electronic ignition (Transistorized)

Fuel Tank Capacity: 10.5 L

Oil Capacity: 1.5 L (overhaul)

Andrea Wilson | Associate Editor / Website Coordinator

Andrea has been shooting everything from flat track to road racing in her job as a professional freelance photographer, but she's made the move to a full-time staff position at Cycle News where her love of all things motorcycling will translate well. Wilson has proven her worth as more than a photographer as she migrates to the written word with everything from race coverage to interviews.