overwhelming to see manufacturers put effort in a segment that will always remain
promising. For almost every two-wheeler manufacturer present in India, the
scooter segment is something no one can ignore. Same goes for Suzuki.
time, the company was slow to introduce new products. But now they are quicker
to update their products. The Suzuki Access 125 scooter only got a major update
once since it was first launched in 2007. The latest update in January 2020,
however, was only to stay updated with the BS6 emission norms. The Access 125
now has a BS6-compliant 125cc motor which now uses fuel injection instead of a
Design and Features
The design of
the Access remains unchanged. It retains the third generation modern-retro design
with the redesigned Vespa-style headlamp unit that now features LED lighting. The
chrome elements on the headlamp add just enough of the retro touch to the whole
design. While the front-end looks rather appealing and is easy to live with,
the rear end does not seem to blend in and may take a while getting used to.
The seat and
the long footboard (thanks to the long wheelbase) is something we loved, for
being very comfortable on long rides and those bumpy commutes. Speaking of the
seat, the under-seat storage has 21 litres of space to fit either your
full-face helmet or grocery. For added convenience, Suzuki has given the Access
a USB charging port on the inner-panel with a storage pocket and a
Bluetooth-enabled digital instrument cluster called Suzuki Ride Connect.
cluster can be accessed using the app, available only for Android users
(Available on Google Playstore). It is capable of displaying turn-by-turn
navigation, estimated arrival time, Missed Call, WhatsApp and Message alerts
along with displaying the battery level of your phone and a last parked
Suspension and Handling
suspension setup is fairly simple, just like any other scooter. The Access
features suspension that isn’t too stiff or too soft. The telescopic forks in
the front could do with better damping, since this is mainly a commuter that
will see a lot of bad roads too. The damping on the rear shock absorber seems
just right, even with a pillion. What surprised us was how the Access reacted
to direction changes. It felt quite agile even in the scooter sense.
The option of
a disc brake in the front, the lightweight (103kg to be precise) construction
and the long wheelbase makes it a fun scooter to ride. Throughout out test
we’ve been twisting the throttle and slamming the brakes. We can safely say
that the brakes have exceptional bite, and the scooter seems to stop quicker
with the combi braking system.
Engine and Performance
Access 125 is now powered by a 125cc motor with fuel-injection. The motor makes
the same 8.6bhp as before. However, the torque has gone down by 0.2Nm to 10Nm.
The motor is peppy and has no stress even at high speeds. The vibes too are at
their minimum. The motor is extremely tractable, has a punchy mid-end which
makes it an effortless daily commuter. Some riders may not particularly enjoy
the Access at higher speeds due to its overall softness.
If you get
around using the eco indicator very often and keep the throttle input at a low,
you can surely manage a 58kmpl fuel economy. One thing is for sure, the engine
performance and the durability will not let you down.
At a starting
price of Rs 70,000, the Access 125 is only a few hundred rupees cheaper than
the Honda Activa 125, but is Rs 1000 expensive compared to a more powerful Hero
Maestro Edge. However, it isn’t just power that speaks for the stature of a
scooter. If you want power, get an Aprilia SR160 or a TVS NTorq 125. The Access
125 BS6 is a great package overall and won’t empty your wallet.
Buy this if
you are looking for a humble, durable commuter that is time tested. For 10k
more you can get yourself the Special Edition that we got to ride, with
Bluetooth enabled controls, disc brakes, USB charger, and blacked out alloy
Length/width/height (unladen) mm
1870 / 690 / 1160
Ground clearance mm
Seat Height mm
Fuel tank capacity approx. (litres)
Engine / capacity
124cc 4-stroke, single-cylinder, air-cooled, fuel injected
FRONT: Telescopic Forks
REAR: Swing Arm with Shock Absorber
FRONT: Drum / Disc Brake
REAR: Drum Brake
Wheel & Tyres
Front 90/90 R12
Rear 90/100 R10)
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