Suzuki Burgman vs Yamaha Fascino 125: Battle Of The Japanese 125cc Scooters!
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Suzuki Burgman vs Yamaha Fascino 125: Battle Of The Japanese 125cc Scooters!

Reviews by Team Drivio | May 22, 2023

We see if the Burgman Street 125 even makes sense, charging the extra premium. 

  • The Suzuki Burgman Street 125 makes 8.7PS and 10Nm. 
  • You get a telescopic fork at the front which does feel pretty nice. 
  • Unfortunately, it breaches the Rs 1 lakh price tag. 

The 125cc scooters are the hype today as they offer the best of both worlds by being able to return decent fuel economy while packing just enough performance. All of this while not being too heavy on your pocket. So with the Suzuki Burgman Street 125 being updated not a long time ago, we decided to put it up against the Yamaha Fascino 125 to see which one comes out on top. Here’s what we found: 

Suzuki Burgman Street vs Yamaha Fascino: Design & Features

FeaturesSuzuki Burgman Street 125Yamaha Fascino 125
LED HeadlampYesYes
Fully-digital ConsoleYesYes
LED indicatorsNoNo
Riding modesNoNo
Alloy wheelsYesYes
Split seatsNoNo
Bluetooth connectivityYesYes

The Suzuki Burgman Street just has the style of a maxi-scooter; it is not a true maxi-scooter. It gains features including turn-by-turn navigation, phone call/ SMS/ WhatsApp alert, trip sharing, last parking location, overspeeding alarm, and smartphone battery level indication with the Suzuki Ride Connect. Low and decent-quality LED headlight. Although the indicators are bulb-type, it also has an LED tail lamp. A silent starter and an automatic start-stop mechanism are now included with the EX variant. 

The LED headlamp is a feature unique to the Fascino 125 Hybrid disc version, but the tail lamp maintains the 'V' shape. Additionally, grab handles have been updated. The headlamp, turn indicators situated on the front apron, and side panel trim on the drum version are finished in chrome, while those on the disc version are finished in black. Saddest of all is the drum Fascino's continued usage of halogen headlamps, taillamps, and turn indicators. 

A side-stand cutoff switch, an under-seat USB charger that is optional, a digital instrument panel with bluetooth connectivity (only for the disc type), and other features are included in both variants.

Suzuki Burgman Street vs Yamaha Fascino: Engines

SpecificationsSuzuki Burgman Street 125Yamaha Fascino 125
Engine124cc air-cooled engine125cc air-cooled engine
Maximum Power8.7PS8.2PS
Maximum Torque10Nm10.3Nm
TransmissionAutomaticAutomatic

For the Suzuki Burgman 125, Suzuki has stayed with the 124cc single-cylinder engine, which provides a maximum power of 8.7PS and a maximum torque of 10Nm. The new EX model, however, produces 0.1PS less power than the standard variant. However, we are aware in our hearts that it may benefit from a larger engine and more power. However, the Burgman EX has a huge advantage over its siblings, with whom it shares a 125cc engine, in terms of fuel economy. 

Yup! Suzuki has discovered a way to make the Burgman Street EX absurdly more efficient in the city, by almost 6kmpl more! 

The 125cc fuel-injected engine of the Fascino 125 produces 8.2PS at 6500rpm and 10.3Nm at 5000rpm. Additionally, it has a starter-generator that is comparable to the ACG starter used in Honda scooters. Furthermore, it receives a start-stop system comparable to the Hero Destini 125. More crucially, even if briefly, its mild hybrid technology helps the engine accelerate while travelling at low speeds.

The Fascino's upgraded engine is undoubtedly the centre of attention. The same 125cc fuel-injected motor is still used, but it now has micro-hybrid technology, which increases torque and fuel efficiency. The Smart Motor Generator (SMG), the same motor used to discreetly start the scooter, serves as an electric motor aid in the system, which is powered by an onboard lithium-ion battery located in the floorboard. 

Suzuki Burgman Street vs Yamaha Fascino: Suspension, Tyres & Brakes

SpecificationsSuzuki Burgman Street 125Yamaha Fascino 125
Front suspensionTelescopic ForkTelescopic Fork
Rear suspensionMonoshockMonoshock
Front tyre90/90-1290/90-12
Rear tyre90/100-12110/90-10
Front brakeDisc BrakeDisc Brake
Rear brakeDrum BrakeDrum Brake
ABSCombined Braking SystemCombined Braking System

The Suzuki Burgman Street and Suzuki Access 125 both have the same structural foundation. As a result, you receive the Access 125's conservative suspension system of a single shock and telescopic fork. There is just one Suzuki Burgman model, and it comes with 12- and 10-inch alloy wheels with front and rear drum brakes. CBS is typical. Unlike the ordinary model, which comes with a 90/100-section tyre, the EX variant's 12-inch rear tyre is fitted with a 100/80-section tyre.

The Fascino 125 is the lightest scooter in its class, weighing only 99 kg. A telescopic fork and a monoshock suspension system are included. It has alloy wheels measuring 12 inches up front and 10 inches behind. An optional front disc brake and a rear drum brake with CBS are used for braking. 

Things start to get a little odd here. The older BS6 model's suspension arrangement performed flawlessly. The rear monoshock felt slightly stiffer than average, but not frighteningly so. Yamaha decided to further stiffen the suspension for this model, which results in a ride that is on the verge of becoming harsh. 

Suzuki Burgman Street vs Yamaha Fascino: Dimensions

DimensionsSuzuki Burgman Street 125Yamaha Fascino 125
Length1875mm1920mm
Width700mm685mm
Height1140mm1150mm
Wheelbase1290mm1280mm
Ground clearance160mm145mm
Kerb weight111kg99kg
Fuel tank capacity5.5-litres5.2-litres
Seat height780mm780mm

The handling qualities are also somewhat altered by the larger rear wheel. The Burgman is a long scooter, so it isn't the best handler, but with this rim arrangement, fast shifts feel more solid. Even braking seems more controlled and linear. Our testing results unmistakably demonstrate that the Burgman stops more quickly than its other trims. 

The Burgman 125cc scooter isn't very "sporty," but it has enough power to travel at 70–75 kph on a highway. It's a laid-back scooter that enjoys extending its legs. It can be thrown into a corner, but it isn't its preferred stance. In that regard, the Burgman, in any of its variations, feels like it has enough power and handle for the job.

Suzuki Burgman Street vs Yamaha Fascino: Price

PriceSuzuki Burgman Street 125Yamaha Fascino 125
Ex-showroom DelhiRs 97,000 onwardsRs 78,600 onwards

Priced at Rs 97,000, the base variant of the Suzuki Burgman Street is quite pricey for what it offers. The Suzuki Ride Connect version, with its Rs 1,12,300 (ex-showroom Delhi) sticker price is even costlier. 

 Prices for the Yamaha Fascino 125 begin from Rs 78,600 (ex-showroom Delhi), which does make it sound like a very value-for-money proposition. 

Verdict

That pretty well sums up the new features of the Suzuki Burgman Street. At first, we thought the price tag was a little absurd. Why would someone spend Rs. 19,000 more for this, a larger wheel, some more colours, and features? The offer seems unimpressive. However, the excellent fuel economy may tempt you to return. The scooter does look and ride better with the 12-inch wheels. 

The brand-new Fascino 125 comes highly recommended. It is also more fuel-efficient, smarter, quicker, livelier, and easier to ride in city traffic. Something that customers would value given the skyrocketing fuel prices. Additionally, the Fascino Hybrid is now better equipped to compete with its rivals because of the additional features and striking new colour schemes.

With some major poke, it is now a well-rounded family-oriented offering. The Fascino Hybrid also makes a lot of sense when you take into account the modest premium you must pay over the previous BS6 variant.