Suzuki has used the Intermot show in Cologne to reveal a trio of new 125cc scooters joining the company’s range for 2023 – the Avenis 125, Address 125 and Burgman Street 125EX.
All based around the same, Euro 5 compliant engine, an air-cooled, SOHC single with a 52.5mm bore and 57.4mm stroke, the bikes mean Suzuki has an entirely new array of learner-legal step-thru scoots for next year.
Suzuki have confirmed the price of the Address 125 scooter as £2,499.
The ‘SEP’ (Suzuki Eco Performance) single gives all three machines identical economy, with a remarkable 148.67mpg, while emitting a mere 44g/km CO2 during standardised World Motorcycle Test Cycle (WMTC) protocols. It’s a motor that’s new to UK customers but already a mainstay in Suzuki’s product range, having been sold in Asia and Latin America since 2007 and with more than five million produced since then. In both the Avenis and Address 125, it’s good for 8.7PS (8.6bhp) and 10Nm (7.4lb-ft), while the Burgman Street 125EX has 8.6PS (8.5bhp) and the same peak torque.
On the Burgman, the engine might have a fraction less power but it also gets an idling-stop system (EASS – Engine Auto Stop-Start – in Suzuki-speak) that switches it off at standstill and restarts it when you open the throttle to pull away.
Suzuki have confirmed the price of the Avenis 125 scooter as £2,699.
The Avenis is the sportiest-looking of the new scooters, with an unusually low-mounted LED headlight and a design that gives the impression that it’s centre of gravity is further down than the typical twist-and-go.
In contrast, the Address 125 – which replaces the familiar old Address 110 in Suzuki’s line-up – has a very traditional look, with the headlight, again an LED, mounted on the bars and ‘classic’ styling that clearly aims to attract the sort of rider who’d normally be attracted to a Vespa.
The new Burgman Street 125EX takes a third approach to styling. Like the larger-capacity Burgman models Suzuki has offered for years, it’s something of a luxury scooter, with more bodywork than its sister models and the largest fuel tank. At 5.5 litres it’s good for a range of 180 miles between stops, 10 miles more than the Avenis can manage from its 5.2 litre tank and 17 more than the Address gets from 5 litres.
Suzuki have confirmed the price of the Burgman 125EX 125 scooter as £2,999.
The Avenis, Address and Burgman might look very different to each other, but under the skin they share most of the same components. As well as having the same engine, they also use near identical chassis.
All three models have the same front and rear suspension, with telescopic forks at the front and a single rear spring/damper unit, and the same 26-degree steering head angle. The wheels are shared by all three bikes, too, with a 12-inch front wearing a 90/90-12 tyre and a 10-inch rear using 90/100-10 rubber.
The Avenis and Address also share the same 1265mm wheelbase while the more luxurious Burgman is a fraction longer a 1290mm, and the three bikes’s weights are within a smidge of each other, too. The Address is lightest at 105kg wet, the Avenis is 107kg and the Burgman 112kg.
On board, the Avenis and Burgman share the same, all-digital instrument pack with a grey-on-grey LCD display, while the Address has a more traditional analogue speedometer with ‘eco drove illumination’. That means while the Avenis and Burgman have just a leaf icon that lights up to show when you’re eking the most out of every litre of fuel, the Address has wide bands either side of the speedo that switch from blue to green when you’re being economical.
Despite their different styles, the three models have similar practicality. The Avenis and Burgman each have 21.5 litres of under-seat storage, while the Address edges ahead with 21.8 litres of space. Each bike has a USB socket, but the Address and Burgman have the edge when it comes to accessories as each can be fitted with an additional 27-litre top box that’s not offered for the Avenis.