Design and Style: The design of new Suzuki Burgman Street 125 is inspired by the other Maxi scooters from Burgman series which are already available in the foreign markets. The front edgy apron of the scooter is the dominating element of the entire design of the scooter, it is so overwhelming that the otherwise elongated rear section looks small in front of it. The side scoops of the apron contain blinkers nicely, whereas the flowing curtains look like fairing of a motorcycle. If you look at the Burgman Street from the front the design actually resembles to the mighty Hayabusa. I know it sounds ridiculous but look at this picture your self Alongside the center located LED headlamp there are DRLs, Suzuki has introduced LED at both headlight and tail lamp. Coming to the rear section of the scooter, it is nicely designed, although as mentioned earlier as compared to the massive front it looks subdued. The rear blinkers come integrated with the LED taillight coupled with huge grab rail. From side profile also the Burgman looks immense, containing the signature Maxi scooter front paired with Jet-ski type handlebar and extra long seat. The seat and the under-seat storage space deserves special mention, the long and contoured seat of the Burgman Street comes featured with non slippery and textured seat cover stitched in Red color. The seat is made up of hard foam which gives ample of support to your spine especially for long journeys, it is neither too hard nor too spongy but it is just right. The extra long seat has obvious large space under it, the massive under seat storage space is one of the largest in its segment. Apart from this there is additional space upfront as concealed Bottle holder, here one can either put a small water bottle or can put some knick knacks while traveling.
Engine and Performance: The new Suzuki Burgman Street 125 comes equipped with same 125cc air cooled CVT engine which we have seen at Suzuki Access 125 but this time it seems to be differently tuned. You push the start button and the engine will start with extremely pleasant cranking sound. I must say it is one of the enjoyable things with which the Burgman will greet you as soon as you crank the engine. The 125cc motor is butter smooth and this thing differentiates the Burgman Street from the ongoing Access 125 (yes, it is smoother than Access) almost instantly. The motor is powerful enough to carry two adults with their baggage easily, if you ride the scooter alone it will please you to your core. The power delivery is topnotch and at no point you will feel it underpowered despite of its bulky body, twist the throttle and the motor will launch you. The Burgman Street 125 can not only clock 100 Kmph effortlessly but also can be ridden at higher Rpm which is a great trait for long journeys.
Brakes and Suspension: Coming to one of the most important aspects of any vehicle- Brakes, the Burgman Street comes equipped with front disc brake coupled with “Combined Brake” and rear drum brake. As far as braking is concerned the Burgman is one of the best experiences I have ever had with scooters in its class or even a class ahead (Aprilia SR 150 and Vespa 150). The brakes of Burgman actually give you confidence to take it to its limits. The tubeless MRF Zapper tyres play their role perfectly and together with brakes make the riding experience class apart. The scooter comes suspended with front telescopic suspension and hydraulic suspension at the rear. The front suspension doesn’t dive too much and it provides the adequate damping all the time. However, the rear suspension seems a little stiffer but paired with front telescopic fork the overall feel and experience was good. As far as comfort is concerned the new Suzuki Burgman Street is definitely one of the comfortable scooters available in our country.
Ergonomics and Ride Quality: The Burgman Street is definitely a scooter which you can ride on daily basis and would love to take on long hauls. Suzuki has intended to make the Burgman Street a comfortable cruiser like scooter. It has got very ergonomically designed massive footboard. The footboard is designed in such a way that while riding on long journey one can extend their legs to a comfortable cruising position. The elongated seat is also contoured in tandem with the comfortable ergonomics of the scooter. The Burgman is also featured with Jet-ski kind of handlebar which is tall and gives upright riding posture to the rider. Suzuki however seems to miss out small things like brake holder or the metal stopper which they have prominently given on their other scooters. It is in fact a very vital feature especially in case of parking the scooter at the incline, and this has become even more important when the Burgman is a pretty heavy and big scooter. One more thing that I’ve noticed while using the center stand of the scooter is the kick shaft comes in the way of the paddle of the center stand. However, this could have been easily avoided by reversing the kick shaft as in case of TVS scooters.
Instrument Console and Switchgear: The meter console has been taken from the Gixxer and it has all the information like Odometer, Speedometer, Clock, Double Trip Meters, Service indicator and many more. Of Course it has got no match with the arch rival TVS NTorq as far as the electronics and features are concerned but the all digital instrument cluster in itself stands tall when we compare the other competition in the segment except the NTorq. All the switchgear are made up of good quality plastic material and have been taken from the ongoing models like Access. Since the scooter comes with AHO there is no headlight on/off switch given neither there is provision for pass switch or engine kill switch given on board. The retractable aluminum rear foot pegs are of good quality and give adequate grip, notably these set of rear foot pegs can easily be engaged by the pillion while onboard as opposite to the Honda Activa 125 or Grazia where it is a bit difficult to engage them while you are onboard the scooter.
Verdict: The new Suzuki Burgman Street 125 has impressed us a lot, certainly it is going to be the favorite ride of those who were waiting for a manly scooter. Those who want to fulfill their dream to own a Maxi scooter can finally be come true, that too on budget as the mini Burgman is priced at Rs. 68,000/- (Ex, Showroom). The Burgman Street is a comfortable scooter for both city as well as long rides. Although there will be a tough completion between TVS NTorq and Burgman but leaving this exception behind the new Burgman Street is simply delight to ride scooter and can be considered as best option so far in its segment.
Ride Courtesy: Maa Suzuki, Bhopal (M.P)
Review By: Haroon Mohd. Khan
Text By: Farhan Kashif
Photographs By: Minhaj Ali