Suzuki Access 125 is one of the most popular scooters in India. In fact, it is more popular than the Honda Activa 125 or TVS Ntorq 125 in the 125cc scooter segment. With the BS6 rules coming into force from April 1, 2020, Suzuki Motorcycle India Private Limited (SMIPL) has decided to first update the Japanese brand’s most popular two-wheeler in India. And while the design and overall silhouette have not been given a makeover to call it new, there has been significant growth including a new fuel-injected engine.
Suzuki has not played with the Access 125’s design. In fact, at first glance, there has been no change in design and bodywork with similar silhouettes and similar dimensions. What has changed is that the headlight is now an LED unit, and the instrument console has been updated. It is still a part analog, part digital unit, but some new features have been added to it to justify the new generation model. To begin with, there are now two strips of LED lights around the analog speedometer, which is like an ‘echo’ indicator; When it turns green, it is to indicate that the scooter is riding with optimum fuel consumption.
Then there are three different warning lights on the dash, one for the fuel injection warning, one in case there is a mechanical problem as well as an emission warning, which is turned on by a sensor in the exhaust. The digital screen also has oil change reminder information, two trip meters, a clock, odometer, and a fuel gauge. The new Access 125 now gets a multi-function ignition key, with steering lock, remote undersea hatch opening. There is also an engine start button on the right handle, but no engine kill switch. To the left, there is a handy USB charger point for mobile phones or other knights with LED lighting and QB holes.
There is no pass light switch, but the left switches provide high beam, low beam, turn indicators, and horn switches. There is now an external fuel filler lid, so you need to lift the seat every time you need to refuel, but there is no remote fuel filler lid operation, so the rider has to get down to go to the tail section to remove the lid. In the class-leading 22.3-liter, under-seat storage hatch has been improved in place, but it’s still not enough to store a full-size helmet.
On the move, the new Access 125 BS6 seems keener than the Get-Go, and acceleration is fast and keen. The state of the engine’s tune has changed with fuel injection. Although the maximum power remains only 8.6 bhp at 6,750 rpm, peak torque has fallen marginally by 0.2 Nm and is now 500 rpm higher in revs. Peak torque is now rated at 10 Nm at 5,500 hrs. The numbers are not dissimilar, but this is certainly how the air-fuel mixture is fed, which has felt somewhat on the throttle. The new Access 125 BS6 feels smoother and more refined, and the slight difference in power and torque figures is noticeable and is appropriately compensated by the refined fuel-injection motor.
The ride and handling are similar, and there is no reason for complaint, in urban use, and even on slightly broken roads. There is a comfortable perch to sit on wide and wide seats and will be welcomed by riders of various builds and stature. The combined braking system (CBS) works well and provides decent stopping power. We would, of course, recommend the front disc brake variant for more confidence under hard braking. Overall, the new Suzuki Access 125 remains a well-rounded product and still comes as a 125cc scooter with decent performance, good ride quality and handling.
Suzuki Motorcycle India has updated the Access 125 with a fuel-injected engine, more than compelled to meet the new emission regulations. The outgoing model still turns out to be a good product, and it is not difficult to see why it is a popular scooter. With the BS6 model, Suzuki decided not to go for a complete revamp and has added some nifty features to justify the new generation tag as well as the new fuel-injected engine. While those added features add value and convenience, there are also recalls, such as the absence of a remote fuel filler cap, or a fully electronic console.
At the same time, the introduction of a fuel-injected engine is likely to make the Suzuki Access 125 more expensive for all two-wheelers in India. The Access 125 is available in four variants – a standard steel wheel, a combined braking system (CBS) with drum brake variants, an alloy wheel drum brake variant with CBS, an alloy wheel front disc brake variant with CBS, and range-topping. Suzuki Access 125 Special Edition, which we are testing, alloy wheels, front disc brake with CBS, an option of matte color option and seat with contrast colors.