The Suzuki Burgman Street is currently the company’s only maxi scooter in India. In fact, it is India’s sole big bodied scooter. The Burgman follows Suzuki’s theme of having its global big bike motorcycle styling applied to smaller capacity engines. I bet you’ve seen the Intruder 150 as well. On the topic of seeing, the Burgman Street can be seen a lot err…on the street. So what is so special about this scooter. Let’s find out in this Suzuki Burgman Street review.
Yes, the design is eye catching. I bet its hard to tell apart its two other flashy competitors in the 125cc segment from a distance. There is a small windscreen on top of the bulging front apron. This windscreen was earlier limited to the TVS Jupiter Classic as well as the Vespa VX 125. The apron hosts a full complement of LED lights that not only look good aesthetically but also do their job well – of illuminating dark roads. The indicators too are house close to the headlights. I get a feeling that the handlebar is Intruder inspired. It hosts the Suzuki Easy Start mechanism which wants the rider to lightly press the start button once and then twist the accelerator slightly to get going. There are also the tell tale lights on the other side.
Suzuki, however misses out on a rear brake lock clamp. This feature is quite helpful if you are parking the scooter in a slope. The talking point of the town is the opposed seating. On a scooter, you normally sit with your legs on the floorboard or rather parallel to the position of your hands. On the Burgman Street, you sit in a relaxed position with your feet on the apron. It is a broad enough unit that fits in even size 11 shoes. without them jutting out.
The meter console is an all-digital affair and is quite simple to read and understand. There are twin trip meters, a service due reminder, an oil change indicator, clock, speedometer and odometer. There is also the fuel gauge which is very optimistic, but more on that later. The mirrors also offer a good view of the happenings at the back. Suzuki has provided for two bins on each side of the handlebar. The one on the right can be used to store your purse or chocolates. However, it comes without a flap or a lock. Things may easily fall off or worse, stolen if you aren’t careful. The left hand side cubby hole gets a lockable flap. Suzuki is happy to offer a USB port for charging phones as well. Most of the modern phones with 5.6-inch screens or more will easily fit there.
I quite liked the seat. It is wide, soft and cushy. Just aft of the seat, there is a small hook and there is one on the lower part of the handlebar as well. These can be used to carry grocery bags. The boot space at 21.7 litres is big by Indian scooter standards, however you will be disappointed to know that it is the same capacity as the Access 125. This however will take in a full face ISI rated helmet as well as few international ones. Only the race-spec helmets may not fit into it. The boot opens through the ignition key slot and the fuel tank cap also is placed inside the boot. The chunky grab rail as well as the muffler look quite good. I also like the brushed aluminium foot pegs for the pillion. Those LED tail lights along with a dash of chrome look nicely done as well.
If Suzuki had given a bigger and wider rear tyre, it may have aesthetically looked good. However, they haven’t since the scooter uses the Access 125’s engine and in the same state of tune. They wouldn’t want performance to be affected, will they?
The Suzuki Access 125’s engine makes 8.6PS of power and 10.2Nm of torque. The Burgman too uses the same configuration. On top of it, all the bodywork has added 6kg, taking the overall weight of the Burgman to 108kg. Has this affected performance? Well, no. The acceleration off idle is smooth and the scooter picks up steam very easily. Power delivery is linear as well. The engine remains refined for the ideal city commute. On the highway though, with speeds nearing 78kmph, it starts to become a bit loud. Vibrations are present at idle, however they smoothen out once you get going.
Remember me telling you how the fuel gauge was highly optimistic? It turns out it is totally wrong. The Suzuki Burgman Street review proves that the scooter actually only sips fuel instead of the assumed guzzling. In our combined city as well as highway tests, the Burgman Street mileage was 48.7kmpl. Top speed was closer to 85kmph and the scooter also doesn’t feel bogged down with a hefty pillion on board.
Ride and handling
I am being told, the Access 125 is a very stable as well as comfortable scooter. The Suzuki Burgman Street too is based on the same chassis. It should be good as well then. For starters, I liked the riding position. I am 6ft 4in tall in the boots. Most of the scooters I have ridden, end up with the handle bar brushing my knees. This one with that altered seating position doesn’t brush as much as I though it will. The scooter also belies its presumed heft and easily darts in and out of traffic. On the highway, the crosswinds don’t seem to affect it too much.
The tyres too are grippy enough and never once did they break traction or not behave as I would want them to. Suzuki ships the Burgman Street with a front disc and a rear drum. These two are linked by the Combined Braking System. It works like a charm. During the entire review, all I did was use the rear brake and the scooter will stop without any drama. The front brake lever too felt a bit spongy. In terms of ride quality, the scooter is set up stiffly. However, if you like me are an enthusiast, then you can easily stand over all the road irregularities. Another noteworthy aspect is that even on a tall speedbreaker, the scooter doesn’t leave it underbody coating behind.
The result is the same even with a pillion. Speaking of which, the pillion rider is also very comfortable and my wife never complained about the 100km journey we undertook on the scooter.
Suzuki Burgman Street review verdict
Before the Suzuki Burgman Street review, Halley had ridden the Ather 450. He is a veteran road tester and he was blown away by the performance of the scooter. I for one, never liked scooters much. However, it seems that the Burgman has found a new fan in me. I like the way it is styled, even the space on offer, the brakes, the fuel efficiency as well as performance. Heck, I even liked the underseat storage. If the ride quality was a bit supple, if there was more performance and if the price was a bit lower, this would have made for the perfect scooter. At Rs 84,300, on-road Mumbai, the Suzuki Burgman Street is one of the priciest scooters around. This however is because of the mandatory five year third party insurance clause that bumps the price by a good Rs 3,000-4,000. If you can afford to spend that much, the Burgman will not disappoint you.
Things we like in the Suzuki Burgman Street
Distinct styling, peppy performance and underseat storage
Things we didn’t like in the Suzuki Burgman Street
Higher price, less authorised Suzuki workshops, thin rear tyre
In case of regular scooters or motorcycles with a digital speedometer, the related cable is located near the front wheel. However, the Suzuki Burgman Street has it near the rear tyre. If you want to change your speedometer cable, then it is a 20 minutes job as it involves removing a few panels to access the part and fix it. This is something we gleaned during the Suzuki Burgman Street review
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