The big news from Suzuki this past weekend was preview and release of specs for the new 2014 V-Strom 1000 in France at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. Slightly overshadowed however was the official unveiling of two new Burgman scooters with 125cc and 200cc engines. European consumers have had the Burgman 200 and Burgman 125 (perennially one of the top selling scoots in Europe) for more than a decade now while here in North America, we’ve only have the larger Burgman 650 and 400 models. (UPDATED with video.)
For 2014, the two smaller Burgmans received an update and, more importantly, will be available around the world including the U.S. where the Burgman 200 has already received the an executive order from the California Air Resource Board, though we still await official confirmation from Suzuki Motor of America. To increase production for a worldwide release, Suzuki moved production of the new Burgmans to Thailand from Spain where the previous-generation scooters were manufactured.
Both models are powered by the liquid-cooled fuel-injected single-cylinder engines and continuously variable transmissions equipped on the previous models. The chassis however is new, as is the preload-adjustable rear suspension.
Visually, the new versions gets new sleeker dual headlights replacing the previous versions’ single wide light. The new headlight more closely resembles the Burgman 650’s lamp. The windscreen is 4.3 inches taller than the previous screen, while the seat height remains the same at 28.9 inches, helping reduce turbulence.
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The instrument cluster has also been revised, with a new LCD showing a clock, fuel capacity and fuel economy. Speaking of fuel economy, Suzuki claims the Burgman 125 gets 80.9 mpg while claiming the Burgman 200 gets 70.8 mpg. A full 2.77 gallon fuel tank should in theory provide a range of 221 miles for the Burgman 125 while the Burgman 200 can go about 196 miles.
Suzuki also updated the Burgmans’ brakes, replacing the previous 220 mm front disc with a larger 240mm disc. Both the 125 and 200 models will be available with anti-lock brakes (European models will likely get them as standard equipment), using the same Nissin module as the Hayabusa.
Under the seat hides a storage compartment Suzuki claims can hold two full-faced helmets. A handy light comes on when the seat is opened, useful at night or in a dark park structure. Additional storage is provided by three closed compartments in the front shield including one which hides a 12V socket.
We’ll have more information about the 2014 Suzuki Burgman 200 when it is officially confirmed by Suzuki Motor of America.