We recommend the BS6 Burgman because of its easy rideability and, in general, a multitude of functions that you would expect from your scooter. Add the word “fun” to it!
You know, I’ve always been scared when it came to riding a scooter. While I appreciate the convenience and practicality that scooters offer, there were two reasons I didn’t like them. One was the fact that my long legs were always messed with the handlebars of scooters, and two, they weren’t as fun as motorcycles. However, things changed when I put my hands on the new Suzuki Burgman Street in 2018. Here was a scooter that had almost everything including good looks, that great automatic two-wheeler feel, and most importantly, happy knees. I loved it so much that it was decided that whenever we need a scooter for our family, it will be the Burgman. When the BS6 edition came along, and above all with Bluetooth functionality, the feeling of the “perfect scooter” came to mind.
Am I excited about this scooter or does it actually justify the price of 85,000 rupees ex showroom? For that, my friends, you have to read this new Suzuki Burgman Street BS6 review.
Design of the Suzuki Burgman Street BS6
Not much has changed here and that’s a good thing. Nothing is broken, so no repair is required. The Burgman looks fantastic with a pair of LED headlights (very functional in the dark), a small visor (aesthetically pleasing), a fully digital instrument panel with Bluetooth (wow!) And a wide seat with plenty of storage space underneath.
What I would have liked from Suzuki is the rear tire. It currently looks so puny that jokes are being written about it. Just like the Suzuki Intruder 150, the Burgman seems to have missed leg days in the gym. An external filler would have been nice too. Other than that, I don’t want to change anything about this design.
Let’s talk about the new things here. The Burgman has a new LCD instrument panel with a pleasant white backlight. The size is the same as before, but the layout has changed. You now get the engine temperature, two odometers, an eco driving display and best of all – turn-by-turn navigation. I really liked the simple coupling of the Bluetooth-enabled instrument cluster with the phone, the travel reports, calls / SMS, WhatsApp warnings, the SoS function and much more that it generated. Even the MapMyIndia navigation turned out to be decent, while on other platforms I’d seen it lag quite behind.
A motor kill switch with an integrated starter achieves the BS6 iteration. As before, there are also two storage compartments on the front apron, the left one having a lockable (unfortunately not lockable) cavity and a USB socket with lighting. You can conveniently place a 6.4-inch smartphone on these two cavities. The 21.5-liter trunk is huge, but does not have any light and does not fit on an ISI full-face helmet. There are a couple of catches too. The vehicle tire pressure and the capacity of the storage rooms are clearly listed under the trunk. I like!
Suzuki still doesn’t offer a rear brake clamp with the scooter. The Suzuki Ride Connect app is only available on the Android platform. Those with iOS phones will have to wait a little longer.
Engine, mileage of the new Suzuki Burgman BS6
This is an aspect that new drivers will appreciate – the smoothness of the 124.4 cc mill with 8.4 hp / 10 Nm, even though the torque of the BS4 motor has decreased by 0.2 Nm. With the BS6 transition, most of the scooter motors have become much quieter, including those with lower vibrations. Speaking of which, you notice the handlebars and the mirrors, which vibrate a little when starting. On the way, however, there is nothing to be said that the engine is even running. This is something that I didn’t quite like as the BS4 device had some attraction. Acceleration took a hit, which is missing in the linear nature of the BS6 drivetrain. But that’s just me – someone who’s seen both scooters. A buyer may not have ridden the older scooter and therefore be quite at home with the new one.
In terms of mileage, the Suzuki Burgman BS6 returned 44 km / h in the city and 51.4 km / h on the highway. Very good numbers for the performance as well as the speed it achieves. Speaking of speed, the top speed I saw on the speedometer was 95 km / h and at that point there was no vibration or the engine didn’t feel out of breath either.
I was a little disappointed here. You see, the BS4 model made me comfortable from the start. While it initially looked like Suzuki hadn’t changed the ergonomics, they seemed to have played around with the BS6 model a bit – though not to my liking. The handlebars brushed my knee every time I tried to turn. I tried to verify this by driving the older Burgman and the change was very evident. The older Burgman acted as I expected. However, Suzuki has yet to confirm the changes. So if you are tall and looking at the Burgman, take a test drive before buying it. Just for that one reason.
Apart from that, you are sitting on a very soft seat – for both the driver and the pillion passenger. The driver can also put their legs on the apron or on the floorboard. While the Burgman seems bulky at 110kg, this is far from the truth. It’s pretty easy to maneuver this scooter in traffic and you will end up appreciating the cute handling as well as the agility in traffic. The scooter is quite stable even at higher speeds and although the cross wind affects it, the rider still feels completely in control of the vehicle.
The ride quality seemed a bit stiff only with me on board. With a pillion passenger, the rear monoshock fell a little to the floor. I think the ride could have been a little better. What you appreciate are the brakes (front disc and rear drum). They will safely stop the scooter especially when the CBS is helping with sorting. I wish the front lever feel could be a bit communicative. At 160mm, the ground clearance is decent, but you have to watch out for the larger speed bumps, especially with a pillion passenger.
The Burgman is expensive for a 125cc scooter. But if you look at a specific Aprilia as well as the general price hike across its range, the Suzuki makes sense. It has everything you need and more. Suzuki’s reliability is well known and although the BS4 scooter’s appeal is lacking in the BS6 engine and ergonomics, this will still be my pick among current underbody vehicles. Until another Suzuki manufacturer leaves and builds a better maxi scooter. I see you on Honda, Yamaha, Hero and TVS.
Photos by Ali Asgar Bharmal and Pradeep Pawar
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