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Yamaha NMax 125 vs Suzuki Burgman Street: Specification Comparison


Does Yamaha’s maxi-scooter have what it takes to threaten the Burgman’s dominance?

The 2021 Yamaha NMax 125 debuted in Japan last week. The scooter comes with a bunch of updates, which got us thinking if it would fare well if launched in India. If and when it comes here, the maxi-scooter will go up against the Suzuki Burgman Street, the maxi-styled scooter that revived the segment. Here’s how the two Japanese scooters would compare: 

 Engine

Specifications

Yamaha NMax 125

Suzuki Burgman Street

Engine

125cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-valve engine

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

Power

12.23PS @ 7,500rpm

8.7PS @ 6,750rpm

Torque

11.7Nm @ 7,250rpm

10Nm @ 5,500rpm

Gearbox

CVT

CVT

As evident from the table, the Yamaha NMax 125 certainly has the edge over the Suzuki in performance. The former derives its engine from the Yamaha MT-125, while the latter shares its unit with the Suzuki Access 125. The NMax125 even gets Variable Valve Actuation (VVA), ensuring that its top-end performance is not compromised for bottom-end grunt. That said, the simple 2-valve engine on the Burgman means cheaper maintenance and repair costs.

 Underpinning

Specifications

Yamaha NMax 125

Suzuki Burgman Street

Frame

Tubular Steel

Underbone

Front suspension

Telescopic fork, 100mm travel

Telescopic fork

Rear suspension

Dual shocks, 90mm travel

monoshock

Front brake

230mm disc

disc

Rear brake

230mm disc

drum

Front tyre

110/70-13

90/90-12

Rear tyre

130/70-13

90/100-12

Unlike a traditional maxi-scooter, the Suzuki Burgman Street gets an underbone chassis. The Yamaha’s tubular frame, on the other hand, allows the engine to be placed a bit forward, moving the centre of gravity towards the front. It also reduces the unsprung mass and improves handling to a great extent.

Suzuki has opted for the more economical setup when it comes to braking -- a disc at the front and a drum at the rear, aided by combined braking. Meanwhile, the Yamaha gets disc brakes at both ends along with ABS and traction control.

Both scooters come with telescopic suspension. But the setup at the rear is slightly different. While the Burgman gets a non-adjustable monoshock, Yamaha has equipped the NMax with 2-step adjustable dual shocks. The latter’s slightly wider and bigger tyres should also be advantageous to treading on bad roads.

Dimensions

Specifications

Yamaha NMax 125

Suzuki Burgman Street

Wheelbase

1350mm

1265mm

Ground clearance

135mm

165mm

Fuel tank capacity

6.6-litres

5.5-litres

Seat height

765mm

780mm

Kerb weight

127kg

110kg

The lesser kerb weight and shorter wheelbase of the Suzuki Burgman Street should make it more agile than the Yamaha. However, the 780mm seat height on the Burgman may be a problem for shorter riders, especially in bumper-to-bumper traffic. That said, its ground clearance is excellent for Indian riding conditions. The Yamaha, on the other hand, may end up scraping its underbelly at every speed bump.

The fuel tank capacity of both scooters is pretty decent. However, the 17kg less weight than the Yamaha coupled with the simpler engine means the Burgman will likely return better fuel efficiency figures. In fact, here’s how the Burgman fared in fuel efficiency against other 125cc scooters in the country.

In terms of underseat storage, the Suzuki Burgman Street occupied the top spot in our mega 125cc scooter comparo. However, with the external fueling for the Yamaha, it will likely have more underseat space.

Features

 

Yamaha NMax 125

Suzuki Burgman Street

Navigation

No

Yes

Traction Control

Yes

No

Keyless Ignition

Yes

No

Idle Stop

Yes

No

Yamaha has equipped the new NMax 125 with multiple features. However, some are a little gimmicky, the traction control, for instance. Even the Bluetooth connectivity on the NMax only allows the rider to see if there’s a new call or message. There’s no option to answer the call or control the music. Heck, there are no navigation alerts as well. Another premium feature on the Yamaha 125cc scooter is the keyless ignition, allowing the rider to simply turn the knob (with the key fob in the pocket) and lock or start the scooter. There’s also the idle stop technology that shuts the ignition when the scooter is idling for a certain time, saving fuel at traffic signals.

On the other hand, the Suzuki Burgman Street offers Bluetooth connectivity with navigation. Suzuki has even equipped the Burgman with an integrated start and kill switch. Unlike the NMax 125, the Suzuki Burgman Street doesn’t come with external fuelling, which compromises underseat storage. 

Price And Verdict

Yamaha NMax 125

Suzuki Burgman Street

Rs 2.45 lakh (JPY 3,68,000)

Rs 86,200 (ex-showroom, Delhi)

The simpler engine coupled with the modest features and hardware makes the Suzuki Burgman Street an affordable offering. We have tested the maxi-style scooter, and it has impressed us on all fronts, even winning our mega 125cc scooter comparo

On the other hand, thanks to the premium features and superior engine, the NMax 125 is the dearer of the two. In fact, even if Yamaha decides to bring it here, it will likely cost around Rs 1.5 lakh, which is Rs 15,000 more than the Aprilia SXR 160. 

Would you pick the Yamaha NMax 125 over the Suzuki Burgman Street? Let us know in the comments.

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