Suzuki Burgman 200

2014 Middleweight Sport-Touring Shootout Specs
Aprilia Caponord 1200 ABS Travel Pack Ducati Multistrada S Touring Kawasaki Ninja 1000
MSRP $15,499 ($16,098.90 as tested) $19,995.00 $13,268 ($14,538 as tested)
Engine Capacity 1197cc 1198.4cc 1043cc
Engine Type Liquid-cooled 60-degree DOHC V-Twin, four valves per cylinder, chain driven cams Liquid-cooled DOHC L-Twin, four valves per cylinder, desmodromic valve actuation Liquid-cooled DOHC inline-four, four valves per cylinder, chain driven cams
Bore x Stroke 106.0 x 67.8mm 106.0 x 67.9mm 77.0 x 56.0 mm
Compression Ratio 12.0:1 11.5:1 11.8:1
Fuel System Injection with two injectors per cylinder and Ride by Wire throttle control with three maps: Sport (S), Touring (T), Rain (R) Electronic fuel injection, elliptical throttle bodies DFI with four 38mm Keihin throttle bodies, oval sub-throttles
Ignition Integrated engine management system Digital TCBI with digital advance
Valve Train DOHC, 8 valves DOHC, 8 valves DOHC, 16 valves
Transmission 6-speed, helical gears 6-speed 6-speed
Final Drive Chain Chain Chain
Front Suspension Fully adjustable Sachs 43 mm inverted fork. Rebound and compression electronically managed with ADD (Aprilia Dynamic Damping) 48mm fully adjustable usd forks. Electronic compression & rebound damping adjustment with Ducati Skyhook Suspension 41 mm inverted cartridge fork with stepless compression and rebound damping, adjustable spring preload / 4.7 in.
Rear Suspension Aluminium alloy swingarm, Sachs dynamic rear monoshock absorber. Adjustable or automatic setting for spring preload coupled with electronically controlled rebound and compression damping via ADD (Aprilia Dynamic Damping) Electronic compression & rebound damping adjustment. Electronic spring pre-load adjustment with DSS Aluminium single-sided swingarm. Horizontal monoshock with stepless rebound damping, remotely adjustable spring preload / 5.4 in.
Front Brake Dual 320mm discs, Brembo M432 4-piston calipers, ABS Dual 320mm discs, radial-mount Brembo 4-piston calipers, ABS Dual 300mm petal-type rotors with radial-mount four-piston monobloc calipers and ABS
Rear Brake 240mm disc, Brembo 1-piston caliper, ABS 245mm petal disc with ABS, 2-piston caliper Single 250mm petal-type rotor with single-piston caliper, with ABS
Front Tire 120/70 ZR17 120/70 ZR17 120/70 ZR17
Rear Tire 180/55 ZR 17 190/55 ZR17 190/50 ZR17
Seat Height 33.0 in. 33.5 in. 32.3 in.
Wheelbase 61.7 in. 60.2 in. 56.9 in.
Rake/Trail 26.1º/5.0 in. 25°/4.3 in. 24.5 deg / 4.0 in.
Curb Weight 599 lb. 543 lb. 532 lbs.
Fuel Capacity 6.3 gal. 5.3 gal. 5.0 gal.
Observed fuel mileage 33.2 40.6 38.2
Storage Capacity 29L each 58 liter 28L each
Accessories ABS, aprilia Traction Control (aTC), Aprilia Dynamic Damping (aDD), aprilia Cruise Control (aCC), central stand, painted side bags (29 + 29 lt), Full LCD instrument pannel, Adjustable windshield, Hand Guards. 40L Top Box ($399.95), Heated grips ($199.95) (Standard equipment) DSS Ducati Skyhook Suspension,DSP Ducati Safety Pack ( ABS 9ME + DTC),Riding modes, Power modes, RbW, 58 litre side luggage, heated grips and centre stand. None
Available Colors White, Red Red Candy Lime Green, Candy Cascade Blue
Warranty 24 months, unlimited mileage 24 months, unlimited mileage 12 months

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  • Jim Lagnese

    Middleweights? Since when is a 1200 or even a 1000 a middleweight?

    With the Duc, in for dime, in for a dollar. Might as well get the GT. That said, it’s a shame about the Kawasaki’s limited ergos. It would be great if team green put that engine in the Versys 1000 and imported it here. I’d sell my RT and buy one.

  • Ser Samsquamsh

    Great video thanks! Too bad you didn’t get that VFR in time, I’ll be interested to hear your judgment on the subject.

    I rode the Ninja 1000 and VFR at our local track and would like to say:

    way more engine but not better engine. The VFR is smooth and sounds awesome. The Ninja reaches up and tickles your fundament everytime you rev it but it is quick.

    VFR- much nicer design. This bike is classy and will look classy in 10 years. I love the Ninja Green but there are some ugly design elements I couldn’t deal with.

    VFR – steers faster. Both bikes were good on the track but the VFR steers faster. I had no problem passing squibs on their S1000RRs in the corner.

    VFR – better equipment: heated grips, centerstand, brighter lights.

    Ninja – better electronics, rider and TC modes.

    Ducati – dealer is a cock so wouldn’t by it even if it wasn’t ugly and a rip off.

    I bought the VFR in case you missed my editorial bias!

  • NJ Bears Fan

    Why in the world would you choose the Multistrada Touring model instead of the “S” model which costs thousands less (much closer to the Ninja) yet still has the upgraded suspension and sidecases? That makes no sense at all. It feels like you manipulated the results to favor the Ninja, using $$ as the differentiator.

    And before you say “that’s the only bike we were given, we can only evaluate what we have.” My response is that you should at leas make mention of the “S” model in the article, but you didn’t. You did make reference to “if the Aprilia…”. So why didn’t you do that for Ducati?

    Just poor comparison analysis.

    • NJ Bears Fan

      My apologies, I misread the model designation. You guys are good…my bad.

      Carry on.

  • sliphorn

    Nice review guys, thanks. When riding the Ninja and you’re on the balls of your feet, did your heel make contact with the exhaust can?

    That was my experience when I rode one and I didn’t care for that at all.

    Nice Bell RS-1. Is that yours Sean?

    • Sean Alexander

      Yep, that’s my Bell, I’ve had it for about two years and it is pretty good. I can wear it for about five hours before my forehead starts to hurt. The only helmet I can truly wear all-day in full-comfort is the Arai “Signet” series, thanks to their long-oval headforms.

  • Keith lowry

    1000, 1200 cc Middleweights? I opened this article fully expecting a shootout between the Kawi Versys, Suzuki VStrom 650 and the Honda NC 700. My Triumph Sprint ST 1050 now has a ” Im so small” complex, so I guess I will have to replace her with the new Trophy.

  • Interesting on two levels. First the idea that 1000-1200cc machines have become middleweight. When I was a wee lad a 550 was a middleweight and a 1000 was for the older, bigger guys…. but time marches on.
    Interesting to me part two. I just spent time on the Aprilla and have ridden the Kawasaki a bunch of times. My biggest concerns on the Aprils had to do with the center stand tabs hitting the ground before anything else, lifting the back wheel off the ground. And the seat. Hated the seat. The Kawasaki just makes me wish Corporate K would import the Versus 1000 and fit it with a 19inch front wheel…… a man can dream, right?

  • warprints

    Center stand is an extra cost for the Ninja 1000? News to me. I’d like to know where you came up with ANY center stand for the Ninja.

  • Sean Alexander

    I’ve edited it read “no center stand” I think what Tom was going for there was that buyers would have to turn to the aftermarket for a solution on the Ninja.

  • David

    Amazing that these bikes are considered middlewights

  • So, the Ducati won in the engine, brakes, suspension, ergonomics, gas mileage, and grin factor areas, but lost because it was more expensive? Even after the editor was “fretting” at the thought of having to ride it again?? I’d rather spend the extra money to have a bike I can sit on all day without fretting because of discomfort.

  • Holy Kaw!

    Informative test Guys, thanks.

    I too came from the days of 500cc “Middleweights”, I was surprised to see 1200’s tested. What is commonly called “Heavyweight” Tourers nowadays I consider “Half a car weight, boats”. I know that today’s Bikes can be responsive without being “light”.

    Chain driven “Sport/Tourers” without a good (stays pretty clear) centerstand? 1000 mile max round trip, “Touring”??? Chains Can/have been lubed without a centerstand “on the road” but it’s a P.I.T.A. It’s Not something a Rider looks forward to when trying to cover Miles on multi-day trips.

    The Aprilia! What a shame. I have ridden several, Fine, Aprilia’s.
    I know, they know, how to do it. It sounds like it could be So much
    more with some fine tuning/attention to detail. I expect they’ll do
    that. I think without the top case it would have seemed, relatively,
    “better”, Apples to Apples where possible.

    I thought the Ducati had much more power. I haven’t ridden a Multistrada yet but I strongly suspect I’d like it (with a “slick” tranny). Braking, shifting, fuel injection/carburetion and Handling are fundamental to Riding enjoyment for me.

    I remember thinking that the Ninja 1000 could be a good bike after riding the Z1000,
    nice (game) motor. It’s vibrations are mostly “invisible” to me, I
    didn’t Ride it long/far enough to know if it would cause the dreaded
    “numb hands!” or how it “worked” with the Ninja 1000. It Can’t have
    bags And a top case???

    I’m so “Mature” that talk of “Riders
    triangle” (comfort) commands more attention than possible lap
    times/speed/power. Heated grips and cruise control would add more to my
    normal riding enjoyment than “a 4.6 percent increase in peak
    horsepower!”. I really like good handling but I know you don’t have to
    choose, these days, between comfort OR handling because of the KTM 1290
    Super Duke. That bike could be made into a Stellar (my kind of) Sport
    Tourer/all-arounder IMO. I’d even consider it without a centerstand…
    Less can be more 😉

    My personal favorite (Solo, that I’ve ridden) Sport Tourer is the Triumph 955i Sprint ST. It’s been awhile since I rode one (10 years ish), I wouldn’t be too surprised at this point if thoughts of “Riders triangle!” didn’t jump out at me when next I ride one.

  • Sentinel

    Great job guys! Looks like the Japanese still have the Italians beat in the “real world”. And thank you Tom! For mentioning the buzziness of the engine on the Ninja that comes through the bike into the rider.
    This was my main complaint and issue with the bike when I had a chance
    to demo it, and it’s bad enough that it ruled it out as a serious
    purchase consideration for me. There’s no way I could live with it.

    • dan hylla

      I test rode the Aprilia and though it rode great. It felt much lighter than my 08 fjr I currently own. I did not experience the problems you did. It was smooth running and the ride great. The throttle was lighter than the fjr. true, the suspension was a bit soft for hard riding, but not as bad as you make it out. The motor was very smooth and would wheelie with ease. The Ninja is not in the same category as the other two bikes. Clearly you are sport bike guys.

      • Stuki

        Haven’t ridden the Aprilia. Nor even seen it. The Duc and Ninja are remarkably similar in practice, though. Duc is just bigger/taller. Both rewards being approached and ridden in a sportbike manner. Which is different from an Adv bike manner, even for fast Adv bikes like the KTM 1190.

    • You’re welcome 😉

  • DickRuble

    Yes, congratulations… Comparing the twins to the kawasaki makes total sense (in MO world). The Vstrom 1000 would have been dissonant here, being a twin, chain driven.

    • Stuki

      It makes great sense. For folks under 5’9″, the Ninja 1000 is THE SPORT Tourer. For those above 6’2″, the MS is. For those in between, either one.

      KTM/GS/VStrom may objectively perform close, but you end up riding them differently. As upright and wide bar’ed as the Duc is, it still puts you in a position where you naturally look under the inside mirror, similar to a sportbike, when going gets faster. On the Adv bikes, you’re encouraged to just hang off, like on a trapese. Riding the 1190 and Duc back to back, reinforces how different they feel, despite looking close on paper.

      • DickRuble

        Well, with the Vespa folks under 4′ can do sport touring, so it makes sense to include it in a comparo.

        • tomthebomb024

          behold, an angry man

          • BombTheTom026

            The only angry person around here is you, troll. Check out your posting history. The amount of cussing and cursing from you is unbelievable.

    • roma258

      Thing is, there are not a lot of traditional sport-tourers left, so this test makes the best of what’s available. Maybe coulda thrown in the Viffer and BMW F800GT, but those feel like a slightly different class. A lightweight ST maybe.

  • Ser Samsquamsh

    Very fun review:) A shame you didn’t have the VFR.

    I rode these bikes and it was a tough choice between the VFR and the Kawi:

    +way more power, better electronics, less expensive, green!
    -buzzy, high insurance, kind weird looking

    +much nicer finishing, more agile, better dealer, equipment (centerstand, heated grips etc)
    -no slipper clutch
    * not sure if I like the VTEC. sometimes it’s cool sometimes not.

    I chose the VFR cuz I like its personality: Sexy Librarian.

    I’ll be interested in what you have to say on the matter.