Friday, 31 May 2013

Suzuki Burgman UH200

In June 2009 I bought myself a brand new Sym Symply 125cc scooter for about £1500 to get myself to and from University. 15000 miles later I sold the Symply back to the agent for £200 because it would just cost too much to keep it on the road. However, I still needed something to get to uni and back. So I put the £200 towards buying a second hand Suzuki Burgman. I have been riding the Burgman that last two weeks and it really is such a delight. Despite the horrible weather we have had up here in the north of England I find myself  enjoying every minute of the trip.

One of the major advantages of the Burgman is that it has a massive luggage space under the seat. Unlike the Symply my helmet actually fits in there. Apparently it can take two helmets. I haven't tried two helmets but I'm pretty sure it will do it easily. I'm one of those people that are forever carrying myself to death with my backpack that I cart along with me wherever I go. The backpack fits under the seat with all my other goods and gadgets with ease.

The second thing that makes the actual ride such a joy is the seat. It is really comfortable. The seat is nice and wide and it has a little bit of a support behind your back. With more leg space you can stretch your legs out a bit making it much more relaxing. The Burgman is also much lower and I can put both my feet down flat when I stop, again making for a much more relaxed ride (or stop if you please).

The Symply had a little hook onto which one could hang a bag by your feet. When you hung a bag in the footwell though you had to swing your leg over the seat to get onto the scooter. Although, I guess, this kept me supple it was a bit of a drag and a couple of times the hooks on my boot nipped a tear in the seat which was  very annoying. With the big luggage compartment on the Burgman this problem does not arise.

I have only filled up the tank twice so I haven't worked out the fuel consumption yet, but the fuel tank on the Burgman is at least double the size of the Symply's. I did at least 120 miles after the first fill-up and the tank wasn't empty yet.

So both thumbs up for the Burgman!

The Suzuki Burgman UH200

The Sym Symply 125 when it was new.