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SUZUKI BURGMAN 125 (2002-2012) Review

Published: 05 August 2010

Updated: 21 November 2014

"The comfort and practicality of a maxi-scooter but limited to 125cc"

Suzuki Burgman 125

"The comfort and practicality of a maxi-scooter but limited to 125cc"

  • At a glance
  • 125cc  -  12 bhp
  • 81 mpg  -  198 miles range
  • Insurance group: 5 of 17
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  • Medium seat height (735mm)
  • Suitable for A1 licence

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

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.

Engine 3 out of 5

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. 

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

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.

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 5

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.

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Equipment 5 out of 5

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.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2002
Year discontinued 2012
Original price £3,465
Used price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 5 of 17
Annual road tax £20
Annual service cost -
Max power 12 bhp
Max torque 7.9 ft-lb
Top speed 65 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 81 mpg
Tank range 198 miles
Engine size 125cc
Engine type 4-stroke, liquid-cooled single
Frame type Tubular steel
Fuel capacity 11 litres
Seat height 735mm
Bike weight 156kg
Front suspension none
Rear suspension preload
Front brake 240mm disc, single
Rear brake 240mm disc, single
Front tyre size 110/90-13
Rear tyre size 130/70-12

History & Versions

Model history

Introduced 2002.

Other versions

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

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