Suzuki Burgman Street Launched In India
- Jul 19, 2018
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The 125cc scooter segment is booming in the country with various new entrants like the Honda Grazia, TVS NTorq and Aprilia SR 125. Though Suzuki’s Access 125 is doing well in the segment, its comfortable perch on the 125cc scooter throne seem to be under jeopardy lately because of the new rivals. Suzuki has now decided to play its European-style scooter card in the form of the Burgman Street. Here are some facts about its latest launch:
The Burgman Street looks unmistakably European. Drawing inspiration from Suzuki’s Burgman range in the international market, the design is bulbous yet smart-looking, with the potential to appeal to both mature and young buyers. The apron features a fixed windscreen which should help deflect wind blast at higher speeds.
The wide single-piece seat (780mm high) ends with generously large grab rails, and the tail light as well as the apron-mounted headlamp are LED. However, the indicators are of bulb type. Suzuki has employed a sleek dual-tone exhaust which goes well with the rear of the bodywork. At 108kg kerb, the Burgman is surprisingly light and is only 7kg more than the Access 125.
The instrumentation is fully digital, displaying speed, fuel level, dual trip distances, odometer readings and time. It also gets an oil change indicator apart from the tell-tale lights. The electric start comes with Suzuki Easy Start System which enables convenient starting of the motor with just a single touch of the button. There are two apron-mounted pockets with a capacity of 1 litre each. The left covered pocket gets provision for the optional DC socket, while the right pocket is open (ideal for keeping water bottle and the likes).
The 21.5 litre underseat storage is good for a half face helmet. A full face helmet, however, may not fit in properly, and the underseat storage is not lit either. Also, the fuel filler cap is under the seat and not on the external bodywork. The pillion footrests are of aluminium and sits flush with the bodywork. For the rider, there are footboards on the apron as well, which enables one to outstretch one’s legs for a slightly laid-back riding stance. Optional equipment include an additional footboard for the pillion, USB charger and chrome rear view mirrors.
The Suzuki Burgman shares its powerplant with the Access 125. The 124cc single-cylinder SOHC 2-valve motor generates 8.7PS at 7000rpm and 10.2Nm at 5000rpm. The carburetted engine works in combination with a CVT unit. As per World Motorcycle Test Cycle (WMTC), the fuel efficiency stands at 53.5kmpl. This technically translates into an approximate range of almost 300km thanks to the 5.6-litre fuel tank. However, we’ll get a better idea of the real-world efficiency once we test it. Regular service interval is the same as the Access 125, at every 3,000km.
The Burgman rides on telescopic front forks and a single shock absorber at the rear. Up front you get a 12-inch front alloy and a 10-inch unit at the rear, both wrapped with 90-section MRF Nylogrip Zapper tubeless tyres.
Suzuki offers Combined Brake System (CBS) as standard for the front disc and the rear drum. With this feature, pulling the rear brake lever enables the operation of both front and rear brakes, thus maintaining an optimum balance of the brake force distribution. It is a supplementary system and it is always recommended to use both the brakes simultaneously.
Pricing & Rivals
The Burgman Street is priced at Rs 68,000 ex-showroom. This makes it Rs 8,882 more expensive than the CBS variant of the Access 125. Rivals for the scooter include the Honda Grazia (Rs.63,994), Honda Activa 125 (Rs 64,007), Aprilia SR 125 (Rs 66,764), TVS NTorq (Rs 59,687) and Vespa LX 125 (Rs 72,787), all ex-showroom Delhi). Suzuki offers the Burgman Street in three colours: Pearl Mirage White, Metallic Matt Fibroin Gray and Glass Sparkle Black.
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