Put simply, in manual mode, it's like a tiptronic-style manual gearbox for a two wheeler, and the gears can be changed by thumb. Almost the whole time we had the machine, we used the automatic mode, because it offered continuously smooth automatic operation, the utmost convenience and almost no downside. And we found that the manual mode offered almost no advantage and was devoid somehow of that satisfying snick, so seamless is the Burgman power delivery. You push the button and it changes gear.
It's a scooter to look at, but the 650cc, fuel-injected motor and electronically-controlled continuously variable transmission of the Suzuki Burgman offer far more than the styling would suggest. When one thinks scooters, the first thought is immediately one of a small capacity machine designed for inner city commuting applications - the Burgman is very different machine, although it visually shares the same form factor.