Open the throttle and you quickly realise the amount of work has gone into the new Access 125. Thanks to the new lighter chassis, the Access 125 is too eager to roll off the start. The kerb weight of 102kg ensures that the scooter is easily manoeuverable in tight spots and it also holds the title of being the lightest vehicle in the 125cc segment. The handlebar position is slightly taller than the other scooters, which makes life easy for tall riders like me. The bar doesn’t touch the knees every time you take a U-turn and truly aids city driving a lot, especially low-speed riding.
Excellent is how I would describe the ride quality. The suspension setup of this scooter swallows all kinds of potholes, bumps and undulations effortlessly.The setup is on the softer side, and is not frazzled by any kind of weight. The 12-inch wheel in the front, is pretty useful in this scenario. What further works in its favour is the comfortable single seat and highway manners which charm you right off.
Now let’s come to the engine. This 125cc engine is from the predecessor but Suzuki has made some major changes and the result is evident. The motor is now equipped with Suzuki Eco Performance (SEP) technology, something we also see in the Lets and Gixxer. This has made the Access 125 more efficient and refined and it’s quite apparent. In fact, this scooter is the most refined in the segment. And not just that, there’s no vibrations at all, even at high speeds, which is super impressive. The performance too, with 8.5bhp and 10.2Nm at your disposal, the Access 125 performs really well. There’s more than enough mid-range torque to let you stay in the economy range (30-50kmph), but if you want to ride fast, this engine won’t disappoint you at all. And it’s quite fuel-efficient too. While the company claims an ARAI fuel efficiency of 64kmpl, the scooter returned us 60kmpl during our FE test.
The Access 125 impressed me in the braking department too. Our test bike had the optional disc brake setup (which is yet to be launched) and it provides excellent stopping power. There’s more than enough bite and progression to make you opt for the disc brake version. However, the rear tyre tends to lock up under heavy braking.