There has been no model so far in the scooter segment that has been able to outsell the popular Honda Activa; however, that’s in the 110cc segment. In the 125cc segment, it is Suzuki’s Access 125 that has ruled the roost for a long time now. To go with the flow, Suzuki had introduced India’s first maxi-scooter in the 125 segement, called the Burgman Street. This is a model that been designed specifically for our market.
Unique Maxi styling
The Suzuki Burgman Street sports a very unconventional styling. It looks like a maxi-scooter alright but with very small wheels. The Suzuki Burgman Street was first showcased at the Auto Expo in 2018. On the streets, it has good presence because of its size, making it rather attractive to an extent. Up-ahead, it features a huge apron with a fly-screen; a feature unique to the Suzuki Burgman Street; Suzuki Bikes have also integrated the LED headlamps nicely along with the turn signals. The scooter also gets stepped seats that are very accommodating, a beefy-looking exhaust and shapely rear section panels that seem to gel with the scooter’s overall design language. At the back, it gets grab handles that feel nice to hold while the LED tail lamp is big and clear. The tyres don’t fit the proportions of the scooter, ruining a major part of its appeal. We found that the LED headlight installed by Suzuki Bikes is perhaps one of the best in the segment. We also like the LED light bordering the headlight. Back in 2018, it was the first scooter to feature a fully digital instrument cluster; it looks clear and includes two trip meters, a speedometer, an odometer, fuel gauge and a clock. You get a good amount of features as well. Even in terms of storage, this scooter comes loaded and features a multi-function key slot and a glove box beneath the handlebar that features a 12V socket and an optional USB-charging port. Beneath the seat, you get 21.5-litres of storage capacity, which is said to be the best in the segment so far. There is even an aluminium foot peg and the overall finish is quite good. There’s no denying this is a good-looking scooter; it’s just that the wheel should’ve been bigger.
Get on to the saddle and it immediately feels unlike anything else. It gets a high-set handlebar, a towering windscreen and a big footboard, giving it a premium look. We love the upright riding position and there’s ample space on the footboard. The seat is comfortable making it great for the rider and pillion.
Power for the city
The Suzuki Burgman is powered by a the same 124cc engine that also does work on the Access 125. It develops 8bhp and 10.2Nm of torque. Acceleration is quite sprightly and the mid-range is strong, making overtaking a hoot. Refinement levels are decent but once you start closing in on higher speeds, it becomes coarse. The scooter can manage a fuel economy figure of 53kpl, while fuel tank capacity is 5.6 litres. The Burgman Street feels surprisingly agile and despite its size, you can ride it through traffic without a hassle. The brakes do a decent job in bringing the scooter to a halt; ride quality is on the soft side as the suspension soaks in the ruts well. We still think the handlebar should’ve been set a little further up because the current ones come in the way of your knees, especially if you’re tall.
For the street
It was about time our market received a scooter sporting the maxi look, and Suzuki was the first to have introduced this segment in India. It’s not as sporty or as desirable as the Aprilia SXR 125, but the Italian rival is far too expensive, so the Burgman makes sense for its price, keeping in mind the comfort, space and decent features list too. The Access 125 is still cheaper to buy and is better suited for families.
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