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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

If you want the comfort and practicality of a maxi-scooter but you’re limited to 125cc, the well-spec’d Burgman is a safe choice. It’s not quite up to a motorway commute, but for city use it’s a classy ride with more luggage space than you’ll know what to do with.


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

The Burgman’s 125cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder motor is both a strength and a weakness. It opens up executive-scoot style to CBT riders, but with a top speed of 65mph it’s not quite fast enough for motorway or A road work. It gets up to town speeds quickly enough, but there’s a slight elasticity to the throttle-response that necessitates forward planning. 

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

Don’t be fooled by the look of it – the Burgman 125 may be a bit heavy for a 125 scooter at 156kg wet, but it feels light and manageable at any speed with a great turning circle. The brakes are adequate, but a little more bite would help.


MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 0

The underseat storage on the Burgman is cavernous – you can do your weekly shopping on this thing. There’s a handy glovebox under the bars with a 12v power socket in it to charge your gizmos, plus a cubby-hole on the dash. Other useful touches include a fuel gauge and a huge pillion seat with chunky grab-handles. Compare and buy parts for the Burgman 125 in the MCN Shop.

Suzuki Burgman 125 (2002-2012)

Detail Value
New price £3,465
Dealer used prices
£2,000 (2005) - £2,000 (2005)
Private used prices
£1,800 (2005) - £1,800 (2005)
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Engine size 125 cc
Power 12 bhp
Top speed 65 mph
Insurance group 5 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 0
Engine rating is 3 rating is 0
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 0
Equipment rating is 5 rating is 0
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 0
Value rating is 3 rating is 0

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

Since it’s built by one of the big four, the Burgman is well-built compared to a lot of scooters on the market and reliability shouldn't be an issue. Corrosion is a known issue with the whole Burgman range so take care of it if you ride it through winter.


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

At £3399 the Burgman is far from the cheapest 125cc scooter available, but as executive scooters go it’s a bargain option compared to the bigger capacity competition and if you never leave the city centre, you won’t want for the extra power. Find a Suzuki Burgman 125 for sale.


Insurance group: 5 of 17

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Model History

Introduced 2002.

Other Versions

Suzuki Burgman 125
Suzuki Burgman 200
Suzuki Burgman 400
Suzuki Burgman 650


Top speed 65 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 12 bhp
Max torque 7.9 ft-lb
Weight 156 kg
Seat height 735 mm
Fuel capacity 11 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 5 of 17
Engine size 125 cc
Engine specification 4-stroke, liquid-cooled single
Frame Tubular steel
Front suspension adjustment none
Rear suspension adjustment preload
Front brakes 240mm disc, single
Rear brake 240mm disc, single
Front tyre size 110/90-13
Rear tyre size 130/70-12

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Ride carefuly and don't even think about filtering through the traffic. Lacks agility and no power to get out of trouble. And many would argue that agility overides power on that point. A love it or hate it scoot. Good points: big and therefore highly visible. Storage space. Comfort for the suitably sized riders. Bad points: Lack of agility. Lack of power. Panic braking on this? No thanks.

24 June 2013 06:46

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