SUZUKI BURGMAN 125 (2002 - 2012) Review

At a glance

Power: 12 bhp
Seat height: Low (28.9 in / 735 mm)
Weight: Low (344 lbs / 156 kg)

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

If you want the comfort and practicality of a maxi-scooter but you’re limited to a 125cc used bike, the well-spec’d Suzuki Burgman 125 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

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Don’t be fooled by the look of it – the Burgman 125 may be a bit heavy for a 125cc 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.


Next up: Reliability
3 out of 5 (3/5)

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. 

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.

We don't have any Suzuki Burgman 125 owners' reviews. 

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
3 out of 5 (3/5)

At £3399 new, the Burgman was far from the cheapest 125cc scooter available, but as executive scooters go it was a bargain option compared with the bigger capacity competition and if you never left the city centre, you wouldn't want for the extra power. 


5 out of 5 (5/5)

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. 


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

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 81 mpg
Annual road tax £21
Annual service cost -
New price -
Used price -
Insurance group 5 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage

Top speed & performance

Max power 12 bhp
Max torque 7.9 ft-lb
Top speed 65 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 198 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

  • Introduced 2002.
  • Off sale 2012, replaced by current model.

Other versions

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