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Suzuki Access 125

14th Jan 2010 8:00 am

The Access is a smartly positioned, full-size scooter showing robust potential

  • Make : Suzuki
  • Model : Access

The Suzuki Access is old-school to look at with styling that will fail to thrill all but the most conservative. The scooter enjoys mid-size proportions that are comfortable enough for an adult male.

The Access portrays a rounded and simple silhouette, with flush fitting clear indicators set into its front apron. The scooter’s clear lens and halogen-equipped headlamp offers decent illumination at night. Analogue gauges are well laid out with an easily legible speedometer, odometer and offset fuel gauge set around other predictable icons. The Suzuki provides good control levers and Activa-inspired switches and mirrors. A rear brake locking clamp allows riders to activate the rear brake when parked to prevent the gearless scooter rolling backwards or forward. The Access restricts unlawful access by deterring thieves with a locking system that cuts off key entry via a shutter. The ignition key unit is a one-stop place from where even the scooter seat bay can be opened. This Suzuki scooter sadly lacks front fuel-filling. Also absent is basic front storage space, with even the solitary bag hook being located out-of-the-way, too low and close to the floorboard to carry any respectable bag. We were also surprised to find the Access wanting for an integrated floor-mat.

The rear of the scooter looks bulbous and is further spoilt by its unshapely silencer. The Access does offer mounts for a spare wheel to attach on its tubular grab bar. The well laid out integrated tail lights bring up the Suzuki’s tail.

Suzuki’s Access offers outstanding paint lustre while its non-metal panels fit together seamlessly, with flawless fit and finish throughout.

The latest Suzuki uses a near-perfect four-stroke, 124cc, automatic transmission-equipped powerplant that adopts the acronym XTP, short for X-tra Torque Performance. It’s an air-cooled, single-cylinder motor that has long stroke-bore dimensions of 53.5mm x 55.2mm. Feeding off a carburettor, this two-valve, alloy-encased engine makes a peak power figure of 8.58bhp at 7000rpm, with maximum torque of 1kgm available at 5500rpm. As is critical for scooters, the Access provides the convenience of button-operated self-starting with an optional kick starter lever tucked away close to the rear wheel. While the Access does come with a cable-operated manual choke just beneath the handlebar, to its credit the scooter never once called for this to be actuated, despite being started on crisp winter mornings throughout its test duration.

The Access displays refined, thoroughly vibe-free and supremely smooth behavior throughout its power band, with a pleasant and soft note rising from the exhaust chamber to the rider’s ears. Performance is a significant notch better than any Indian 100cc scooter, thanks to its larger displacement. The Access passes 60kph from rest in 8.98 seconds, and enjoys a respectable top speed of 88kph. It picks up revs smartly when the throttle is cracked open at low speeds, and settles into an easy purr around 65kph, a speed at which smaller capacity 100cc scooters run out of breath.

A big draw to the Access is its telescopic front suspension, a superior piece of kit only available on few Indian scooters today. A wide and firm seat offers equal padding for riders as well as pillions. The Access seats riders in the standard upright commuter-oriented riding position that is well accepted across Indian scooters. Compared to the Activa, the Access provides less room on its floorboard.
It uses a steel tube frame, with the engine doubling as a stressed member that links to the scooter’s single rear hydraulic shock absorber. Ride quality is decent, and slightly on the firm side, but well organised enough to keep the vehicle stable even when riding two-up. The pillion sits in a restful posture with legs falling easily to the exquisitely detailed footrests.

Thanks to its telescopic front suspension, the Suzuki handles and corners as well as the best scooters currently available. Although it offers adequate stopping power, going from 60kph to rest in 19.17 metres, the Access would do still better to offer a little more bite from its drum brakes. The Access rides on steel rims both front and rear.

ENGINE Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT Electric
Type 124cc - - - -
Bore/stroke 53.5/55.2mm - - - -
Compression ratio 9.6:1 - - - -
BRAKES Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT Electric
Front 120mm drum - - - -
Rear 120mm drum - - - -
SUSPENSION Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT Electric
Front Telescopic forks - - - -
Rear Stressed engine, single shock - - - -
Dimensions Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT Electric
Length 1780mm - - - -
Width 650mm - - - -
Height 1125mm - - - -
Ground clearance 160mm - - - -
EFFICIENCY Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT Electric
City 35.5 - - - -
Highway 38.5 - - - -
Suzuki Access 125
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