The Most Practical And Feature-packed 125cc Scooter is…
Our mega 125cc scooter comparo will help you decide just that
Recently, we did a huge comparison that pitted most of the 125cc scooters on sale in India against each other, where we evaluated them on a series of parameters. Now performance and handling, we think, are important factors when you’re considering a 125cc scooter over something from the 110cc lot. But at the end of the day, these are still scooters, so most buyers will also look for practicality. And let’s not forget, the amount of features available will decide their value-for-money proposition. So here are the highlights of the battle for the most storage space and the most features from our 125cc scooter comparo. Of course, for the whole skinny, you should really check out the video on the ZigWheels YouTube channel
The biggest advantage a scooter has over a motorcycle is storage space, and it starts with the floorboard. We came up with a simple task - try and accommodate a small overnight suitcase on the floorboard and see how easily it fits and how much space is left for your feet. Here are the results:
The Burgman was a no-brainer here. Not only did the suitcase fit on the generous floorboard with room to spare, the rider could easily keep his/her feet on the forward set footboards after that. We had originally thought the Vespa would have the least space, but there was enough length on the floorboard to accommodate our suitcase. The only concern was the tall centre spine which required us to really grip the bag with our legs while riding lest it tip over on its side. The Aprilia’s sporty intentions are clear, as we couldn’t even get our bag to fit on its tiny floorboard.
Of course, then there’s the case of underseat storage. Now we could’ve simply ranked them on the basis of their specified storage capacities. But that doesn’t tell the whole story -- the shape of the underseat storage determines a lot of things too. So we came up with a rather (un)scientific test of checking how many 2kg sacks of potatoes we could fit in these scooters’ boots. The results were quite surprising.
Again, it was the Burgman that shone here, despite having a smaller underseat storage capacity compared to its sibling, the Suzuki Access 125, and again it comes down to how the boot was shaped. The elongated and uniformly shaped bin really swallowed up the most amount of potato sacks. The Access was a bit of a surprise. We expected it to win here, but since the storage bin tapers towards the front, it’s actual storage fell a little short. The Aprilia’s slender figure works against it when it comes to storage space, as it was hardly able to accommodate three of our potato sacks.
A strong set of features is a serious consideration when buying scooters. So we’ve compiled a list of the ones that bring the maximum convenience to a scooter, and rated our competitors on their basis.
Here, the Access and NTorq are pretty much neck and neck, with the same number of features on board. The Burgman falls a little short here as it doesn’t get a remote fuel filler lid, which means you’ll have to get off the scooter and open the seat each time you want to fill petrol. The Vespa, being a premium scooter is fairly well loaded too, and beats the RayZR as well as its Aprilia cousin, the Storm 125.
As you can see, it’s the Burgman Street that narrowly edges out its sibling, the Access 125 here, and takes the crown for the most practical and feature-packed scooter in the 125cc category. As much as we love the Aprilia Storm for its handling and overall fun factor, it’s lack of practicality puts it in dead last place here. Of course, it’s not all about just storage and features. If you want to see how these scooters compare on all other aspects such as fuel efficiency, performance and handling, check out the full video here.