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How Does The Honda Grazia 125 BS6 Fare Against Its Rivals?


Here’s how Honda’s newest 125cc sporty scooter stacks up against its popular competitors on paper

Grazia 125 spec comparo

Honda completed its 125cc scooter lineup with the launch of the Grazia 125 BS6. While the Activa 125 is more of a family-oriented scooter, the new Honda Grazia 125 BS6 is targeted at younger audiences. It is sleek, sporty and loaded with features. In a lot of ways, the Grazia is now well equipped to deal with formidable rivals such as the futuristic, feature-packed TVS NTorq 125 Race Edition and the European maxi-style scooter, the Suzuki Burgman Street. Here’s how it fares against them on paper: 

Engine:

Specifications

Honda Grazia 125 BS6

TVS NTorq 125 Race Edition

Suzuki Burgman Street

Engine

124cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled, fuel-injected engine

124.8cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled, 3-valve, fuel-injected engine

124cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled, 2-valve, fuel-injected engine

Power

8.25PS @ 6000rpm

9.3PS @ 7000rpm

8.70PS @ 6750rpm

Torque

10.30Nm @ 5000rpm

10.5Nm @ 5500rpm

10Nm @ 5500rpm

Gearbox

CVT

CVT

CVT

TVS’ racing genes are quite evident on the NTorq 125 Race Edition, which is the most powerful one of the lot. The company claims a top speed of 95kmph, which is pretty good for a 125cc scooter. On the other hand, the Suzuki Burgman Street is more or less on par with the Grazia but it is 2kg heavier.

The Honda Grazia 125 BS6 is the least powerful here. But it makes up for the lack of power with several refinement and efficiency-enhancing technologies such as offset cylinder, tumble flow, piston cooling jet, optimised crankshaft and piston weights. The other two scooters in this list have none of these features. It is also the lightest scooter among the three, so that should make it properly sprightly in the city.

Underpinnings:

Specifications

Honda Grazia 125 BS6

TVS NTorq 125 Race Edition

Suzuki Burgman Street

Frame

Underbone

High rigidity underbone, tubular type

Underbone

Front suspension

Telescopic fork

Telescopic fork

Telescopic fork

Rear suspension

3-step preload adjustable single shock absorber

Gas-charged single shock absorber

Single shock absorber

Front brake

190mm disc

220mm petal disc

Disc

Rear brake

130mm drum

130mm drum

Drum

Front tyre

90/90 - 12, alloy

100/80 - 12, alloy

90/90 - 12, alloy

Rear tyre

90/ 100 - 10, alloy

100/ 80 - 12, alloy

90/ 100 - 10, alloy

The TVS NTorq 125 Race Edition has a strong braking setup thanks to its larger petal disc. Compared to a conventional disc, petal discs offer a greater surface area and result in better heat dissipation. It also rolls on meatier rubber for better confidence while cornering.

More importantly, its large 12-inch wheels should offer better ride quality than the 12-inch front and 10-inch rear setup of the Honda Grazia 125 and the Suzuki Burgman Street. In terms of suspension, the preload adjustability (rear) in the Grazia should be versatile for riders of different statures whereas the gas-charged rear shock absorber in the NTorq, theoretically offers better damping characteristics than conventional shock absorbers.

Dimensions:

Specifications

Honda Grazia 125

TVS NTorq 125 Race Edition

Suzuki Burgman Street

Wheelbase

1260mm

1285mm

1265mm

Ground clearance

171mm

155mm

160mm

Fuel tank capacity

5.3 litres

5.8 litres

5.5 litres

Seat height

NA

NA

780mm

Kerb weight

108kg

118kg

110kg

The TVS NTorq 125 Race Edition’s larger wheelbase should theoretically ensure better stability on the straights. However, it is the heaviest of the lot, which means compared to the other two, it would require a little more effort to be manoeuvered at low speeds. As far as conquering bad roads go, the Honda Grazia 125 easily wins thanks to its generous ground clearance.   

Features:

The three scooters are packed with tonnes of features. The Honda Grazia offers practical bits like realtime and average mileage indicator and silent starter with Idling Stop System (to conserve fuel in traffic). On the other hand, the TVS NTorq 125 is popular for its geeky information-laden fully digital instrument cluster with smartphone connectivity and turn-by-turn navigation apart from call and messaging alerts, lap timer and acceleration timer.

The Suzuki Burgman Street also gets a fully digital instrument cluster but it shows only the regular set of information. That said, it is high on convenience thanks to its generous 21.8-litre underseat storage and 2-litre glove box and rack on the apron to keep small knick-knacks. Here’s a table highlighting the important features:

Features

Honda Grazia 125 BS6

TVS NTorq 125 Race Edition

Suzuki Burgman Street

Smartphone connectivity

No

Yes

No

Fully digital instrument cluster

Yes

Yes

Yes

Realtime, average mileage indicator

Yes

No, but it gets low-fuel trip meter

No

External fuel filler

Yes

Yes

No

LED lighting

Only headlamp

Headlamp and tail lamp

Headlamp and tail lamp

Silent Starter with Idling Stop System

Yes

No

No, but there’s a Suzuki Easy Start System which ensures a one-touch start

USB charging

Apron-mounted

Underseat

Apron mounted

Apron mounted glove box

Yes

Optional

Yes

Apron-mounted foot board

No

No

Yes

Engine kill switch

Yes

Yes

Yes

Price & Verdict:

Despite packing a more powerful engine and a healthy list of features, the TVS NTorq 125 Race Edition undercuts both the Honda Grazia 125 and the Suzuki Burgman Street. In fact, the NTorq’s pricing is close to the base variant of the Grazia, which costs Rs 73,912. But this variant does not get the Idling Stop System, front disc brake or even alloy wheels.

Also Read: Honda Grazia 125 BS6: Five Fast Facts

All in all, the TVS NTorq 125 is the ideal choice for those who prioritise performance. The Suzuki Burgman Street is perfect for those interested in a reasonably practical European maxi-style scooter whereas the Honda Grazia 125 is good for those who want a sporty, lightweight scooter packed with features.

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