The Ntorq’s styling might be dramatic, but it is the instrument console that takes the cake. It has the layout of a sportbike, and integrates a bunch of segment-first features like lap-time recorder, temperature gauge, navigation system and Bluetooth connectivity. The console shows up an alert every time you get a text message or a phone call. Some might call it overkill, but credit where it is due, it certainly makes the Ntorq an interesting scooter to live with. The Burgman Street also gets a digital display, albeit with far fewer features. Nevertheless, it shows you all the basic stats including a clock and dual trip meters.
Ex-showroom, Mumbai ₹ 72,961
Both the scooters have an upright and comfortable riding position. However, the Ntorq boasts of a taller handlebar height than the Burgman Street, leaving ample room for your wrists while taking U-turns. With the Burgman Street, you have two options for placing your feet. You can either place it conventionally on the floorboard, or up front on the inclined foot support. While my wrist kept brushing against the knee with the former, placing the feet up front left enough clearance. While it does not affect your control over the scooter, I found this riding position comfortable only for short durations.
The Burgman Street scores high in terms of utility. There is a glovebox at the front which is spacious enough to hold today’s giant televisions that pretend to be cell phones. It even gets a 12V socket to charge your phone on the move. Mind you, this compartment isn’t lockable, and I had a couple of close calls having forgotten my phone and wallet in the compartment.
There is another cubby hole on the other side, next to the ignition switch. You can remotely open the underseat compartment through the ignition switch. And then there is the distinct LED headlamp at the front, which plays an important role in giving the scooter its street presence.
The Ntorq might fall short in terms of storage space, but it does strike back with the hoard of features. It gets an external fuel cap, which saves you the bother of getting off the scooter while refuelling. It is also the only scooter to feature a kill switch. The underseat compartment gets a USB charging point and a light. It is also equipped with a parking brake. Mounting the Ntorq on the centre stand requires far less effort than the Burgman Street.