Suzuki Access 125 BS6: Same Price, Other Options
What else can you get for the price of Suzuki’s first BS6 scooter?
Suzuki has rolled out its first BS6 product and it’s no surprise that it is based on the company’s best-selling vehicle. The Access 125 has been updated to comply with the upcoming regulations, receiving fuel injection in the process. An LED headlight and external fuel filler have also been thrown in, resulting in a price hike of around Rs 6,500. This means that the disc brake, alloy wheel-equipped Access now costs Rs 67,800. So what else can you get for this price?
Yamaha Fascino 125 Fi
Another recently launched Japanese BS6 scooter is the Yamaha Fascino 125 Fi. This larger, fuel injected Fascino marks Yamaha’s debut in the 125cc scooter segment. At 8.2PS and 9.7Nm, it’s slightly less powerful and torquey than the Suzuki. But this being a Yamaha, refinement levels should be top-notch.
The motor also packs slightly more tech than the Suzuki’s, featuring an ACG silent starter as well as a stop-start system to aid fuel efficiency. The figure claimed by Yamaha is 58kmpl. Part of this is thanks to the new Fascino being 4kg lighter than its 110cc predecessor, tipping the scales at just 99kg. The disc brake variant can be yours for Rs 68,930.
TVS Jupiter Classic BS6
The only Indian BS6 scooter currently on sale is the TVS Jupiter Classic BS6 with its fuel injected 109.7cc motor. No output figures have been released by the manufacturer but it does claim 15 per cent higher fuel efficiency than before.
Also new are a USB charger, front screen and apron cubbyhole, but we’re disappointed to see that this variant appears to have lost a front disc brake, something which was available on the BS4 version. Despite this, prices have gone up by close to Rs 8,000, and the Jupiter Classic BS6 is now priced at Rs 67,911.
Honda Activa 125 BS6
The Honda Activa 125 was India’s first BS6-compliant scooter and also Honda’s first BS6 product. It is a feature-rich offering, coming with an LED headlight, semi-digital instrumentation, a start-stop system, an ACG starter and a side-stand cut-off. Rather predictably, it is quite expensive.
The variant most closely priced to the Access is the drum brake, steel wheel variant at Rs 67,490, which misses out on quite a few of the features listed above. But its strong suit is engine refinement - this is a very smooth, fuel injected motor that is a step above the rest when it comes to NVH levels.
Bajaj Pulsar 125 Neon
If scooters aren’t quite your thing, you could also pick up a 125cc motorcycle for similar money. The sporty-looking Pulsar 125 Neon looks like it belongs to a segment above, but is powered by a 124.4cc carburetted motor.
Output stands at 12PS and 11Nm, making it considerably more powerful than all the scooters on this list. It comes in only one variant with a front disc brake, priced at Rs 66,618, meaning that it’s actually more affordable than the Access.
Honda CB Unicorn 150
The biggest engine you can get for this sort of money is the 149.2cc motor that powers the Honda CB Unicorn 150. This bike has been around for over 15 years now and continues to soldier on almost unchanged. The engine is known for its excellent refinement levels and bulletproof reliability.
The ride quality is also excellent thanks to 18-inch alloy wheels at both ends, and a front disc brake brings the Unicorn to a halt. ABS is on offer as well, but the model most closely priced to the Access is the CBS-equipped version at Rs 72,633.