Vespa launched its most affordable model, the Vespa Notte in India recently. Sporting a similar all-black theme is the Suzuki Access 125 Special Edition. How do the 125cc scooters fare against each other on paper?
The Vespa Notte is based on the LX 125 and borrows the same classic design language. However, Vespa has given the Notte an all-black theme. The chrome-components from the standard variant like the mirrors, exhaust cover and grab rail and pseudo air vent have all been replaced with black components. The only part which remains chrome is the round headlamp bezel and the badging.
The Suzuki Access 125 SE also gets an all-black theme. However, it does get more chrome than the Vespa with its chrome mirrors and exhaust cover. The Access 125 SE also sports a contrasting red seat that stands out and differentiates it from the standard variant. The Access 125 SE and Vespa Notte get an analogue speedometer and small digital display. While the digital unit on the Vespa only shows a clock, the unit on the Access has multiple functions. It shows a service indicator, fuel gauge, odometer and one trip meter.
The Vespa Notte is powered by a 125cc motor that produces 9.5bhp and 10.6Nm of torque. The Suzuki Access 125 SE uses a 124cc engine that produces slightly lesser power as compared to the Vespa. This motor puts out 8.4bhp and 10.2Nm of torque. Both engines are mated to a CVT transmission.
Braking duties on the Vespa Notte is done by a drum brake setup on both ends. It does not get a disc brake or CBS even as option. On the other hand, the Suzuki Access 125 SE gets superior braking hardware. The scooter uses a 120mm disc at the front and a rear drum brake along with CBS as option. While the Access 125 SE uses telescopic front forks, the Vespa Notte gets a single-sided, trailing link suspension. Both scooters use a swingarm linked monoshock at the rear.
The Vespa Notte rides on 10-inch, alloy wheels shod with tubed tyres. The Suzuki Access 125 SE gets a 12-inch front and 10-inch rear alloy wheels with tubeless tyres.
The Suzuki Access 125 SE retails at Rs 60,046 while the CBS variant costs Rs 60,718. Meanwhile, the Vespa Notte is more expensive and is priced at Rs 70,285. Both prices (ex-showroom, Delhi).