Ride and Handling
Unlike the Japanese scooters, the VX has an inferior single-sided linked front suspension, which provides a decent ride, but can bottom out on bumpy roads. The scooter feels nervous at high speed and lacks stability under braking. The Swish has telescopic front forks, but the suspension setup is stiff. However, it will nudge you to go faster in bends as it dives in willingly and feels planted through the corner. The Activa 125 has an equally good handling, but isn’t that sharp in corners, which makes it easier to ride. It has 12-inch alloy wheels while the other two run on 10-inch solid wheels and the telescopic forks soak up every undulation on the road efficiently to offer an extremely smooth ride.
The retro-styled Vespa VX has both good road presence and a rich heritage. It is not really in the same league as the other two in terms of quality, though, and certainly does not justify its exorbitant price of Rs 77,700 (OTR, Pune). On the other hand, the Suzuki Swish 125 is well-built, sporty and is priced the lowest. At Rs 57,141 (OTR, Pune), it is Rs 13,000 cheaper than the Activa 125. However, it comes a close second in our comparison since the Honda is better overall. The Honda Activa 125 is a smart-looking scooter with the best components, most usable performance and the highest fuel efficiency. It is also the most comfortable scooter among the three and has good handling. To sum it up, it is the new benchmark in the 125-cc segment.