Suzuki is working on a two wheel drive scooter for which the company has filed a patent with US Patent and Trademark Office. The sketches can be seen to bear strong resemblance to the Suzuki Burgman with a new front end.
The electric motor is positioned on the front hub offering propulsion to the gas powered rear wheel making this a hybrid powered two wheeler. Front wheel is mounted to a swing arm with a non conventional front end suspension design. The rear engine is mounted on the body or integrated into the swimgarm.
Suzuki could apply this patent to a number of its motorcycle and scooter designs slated to be produced besides those already in the company lineup. Power and weight distribution would have to be taken into consideration if the electric motor is positioned in the front. As on date, the Suzuki Burgman 200 receives a 200cc liquid cooled, fuel injected, single cylinder engine offering 18 PS peak power at 8,000 rpm and 17 Nm torque at 6,000 rpm mated to a CVT. It has a price tag of £4,199.
Suzuki Burgman has been showcased in India, at the 2016 Auto Expo. But the which was showcased, was a 650 cc variant. This one is powered by a 638cc liquid cooled, twin cylinder engine with DOHC and Suzuki Fuel Injection mated to a Suzuki Electronically-controlled Continuously Variable Transmission. This transmission offers two fully automatic drive modes of Drive and Power and also includes a Manual Shift model operated via a rocker button on the handlebar.
Also Spied at Buddh International Circuit sporting a Indian red number plate by a reader, it is noted that the new Burgman 650 sported telescopic form with oil damper and coil springs. It also receives twin disc brakes in front and single disk brakes at the rear along with 120/70-R15 M/C 56H tubeless front tyre and 160/60-R14 M/C 65H tubeless rear tyre.
New Suzuki Burgman measures 2,265 mm in length, 810 mm in width and sits on a 1,585 mm long wheelbase. It possesses 125 mm of ground clearance and 755 mm of seat height while kerb weight stands at 278 kg. Fuel tank capacity stands at 15 litres.
On board features include an electronically adjustable windscreen, power folding rear mirrors and heated handle-bar grips along with heated seats. Special lumbar support for rider and back-rest for pillion rider were also evident on the model on test while an under seat storage with 50-liter capacity was ample to fit in two full-sized helmets.
If launched in India, competition to the Burgman 650 will be from upcoming Peugeot moto-scooters, which Mahindra plans to introduce next year.