We compile an on-paper specifications comparison between the best 125-cc scooters from each manufacturer in the market.
To put together this list of the best 125-cc scooters, we have picked the most popular 125-cc offerings from each manufacturer’s portfolio which are mostly the most accessible models. We will put up a similar comparison for the most premium and sporty scooters from this segment in the coming days.
Leading the charge for the Italian manufacturer is the SR 125. This scooter combines all the styling elements of the Aprilia flagship, the SR 160, while being propelled by a smaller, more frugal 125-cc engine. With its stiff suspension and sharp brakes, this one may not be the easiest to live with in this list but it is one of the sportiest. With BS6 pricing, it is also the second most expensive in this list of best 125-cc scooters.
The Hero Maestro Edge 125 is now fuel-injected and places itself as a well-rounded package. It has the space, compliant ride and looks of a regular scooter with a 125-cc engine for an extra punch. Armed with Hero’s start-stop feature and CBS as standard, the Maestro’s aggressive pricing puts it in the middle of this best 125-cc scooters list.
Honda went a step ahead with the Activa 125. The scooter now starts silently without the conventional starter noise. That is because instead of the conventional starter system Honda have equipped the scooter with an ACG (Alternating Current Generator) starter. The scooter has also received some minor updates without upsetting its trademark practicality for everyday use and, therefore, earned itself a place in the best 125-cc scooters list.
The Suzuki Access 125 is another popular all-rounder in this list and one of the least thirsty, too. Although it has not changed much mechanically, the Access continues to be a favourite among buyers and a regular in the best 125-cc scooters list. For those who want something slightly more sporty, the Burgman Street 125 would be a better choice.
The TVS Ntorq 125 is one of the sportiest offerings in this list and the only one to dish out equal amounts of performance and technology. Even though it scores points in looks and performance, it also has the advantage of the best smartphone connectivity. The Smart Xonnect system offers a number of features yet to appear on others in the best 125-cc scooters list.
The most accessible offering in Vespa’s line-up is the Urban Club and it is easily the most flamboyant scooter in this list. This Vespa borders the line between practicality and aesthetics with an evident inclination for styling. Of course, such exclusivity comes at a price and this is easily the most expensive of this best 125-cc scooters list.
The Yamaha Ray ZR 125 spearheads the brand’s new line of scooters after it withdrew all of its 110-cc models from the market. The Ray ZR comes bearing reworked styling and a larger engine; promoting itself into the best 125-cc scooters list.
Engine and Performance
|Model||Displacement (cc)||Power (hp at rpm)||Torque
(Nm at rpm)
|0-60 km/h (seconds)|
|Aprilia SR 125||125||9.92 at 7700||9.7 at 6000||7.95|
|Hero Maestro Edge 125||124.6||9.12 at 7000||10.4 at 5500||Not tested|
|Honda Activa 125||124||8.29 at 6500||10.3 at 5000||7.76|
|Suzuki Access 125||124||8.7 at 6750||10 at 5500||9.7|
|TVS Ntorq 125||124.8||9.4 at 7000||10.5 at 5500||6.93|
|Vespa Urban Club||125||9.6 at 7250||9.9 at 6250||Not tested|
|Yamaha Ray ZR 125||125||8.2 at 6,500||9.7 at 5,000||Not tested|
Suspension, brakes, tyres and weight
|Model||Suspension (F/R)||Brakes (F/R)||Tyres (F&R)||Weight (kg)|
|Aprilia SR 125||Telescopic fork/monoshock||Disc/drum||120/80-12 & 130/80-12||NA|
|Hero Maestro Edge 125||Telescopic fork/monoshock||Disc/drum||90/90-12 & 90/100-10||112|
|Honda Activa 125||Telescopic fork/monoshock||Disc/drum||90/90-12 & 90/100-10||111|
|Suzuki Access 125||Telescopic fork/monoshock||Disc/drum||90/90-12 & 90/100-10||103|
|TVS Ntorq 125||Telescopic fork/monoshock||Disc/drum||100/80-12 & 110/80-12||118|
|Vespa Urban Club||Trailing link/monoshock||Drum/drum||90/100-10 & 90/100-10||NA|
|Yamaha Ray ZR 125||Telescopic fork/monoshock||Disc/drum||90/90-12 & 110/90-10||99|
|Aprilia SR 125||Rs 92181|
|Hero Maestro Edge 125||Rs 70150|
|Honda Activa 125||Rs 75042|
|Suzuki Access 125||Rs 70000|
|TVS Ntorq 125||Rs 69975|
|Vespa Urban Club||Rs 92700|
|Yamaha Ray ZR 125||Rs 69730|
Story: Joshua Varghese