Suzuki AN125HK Scooter Review
by Oguz Acar
My Suzuki AN125HK is a versatile scooter. It has a top speed of 65 mph in real life. (according to manual, 50 mph). I am a 5'9" tall and 200 lbs in weight driver. It is very useful and maneouverable during jamming traffic. Cornering capacity is high enough.
Acceleration capability is good from 0 to 40 mph.
Underseat trunk is not suitable for helmets, so I use it for accessories of the scooter (like manuals, repair kit, reserve fuel for long range if needed, compressed air for tyre repair, etc.)
When I got 35 lts top-case, there was no problem with front tyre stability during riding. But, when I put a 50 lts top-case to increase trunk capacity, then during riding if I loose the steering fork, then it starts flutter! But, sure, I put at least 20 lbs weight to that top-case to carry.
It needs a wind-screen to reduce noise and fuel consumption and also protection from buck-hits during cruising.
I have rode around 11,000 miles on that motorbike. And, I will change it because of lack of reliability of the bike.
*I had plastic pipe failure when it has 4000 miles.
*I had experienced cut off instantly during riding, because of loose electrical connection going to spark plug! I was next to a gas station and I have pulled
my bike to right, then I have walked to gas station with my bike. Then, mechanics fixed the problem.
*Its original head light (35 W) is very weak to drive safely at night. (when I have changed the bulb system with Xenon light, it was brilliant)
*I had experienced broken cooling fan during an intercity ride (80 miles away from home), and after that, my bike had an essential damage to its engine. (Cooling fan is made of plastics, and it works just next to exhaust system, due to heat exposure and plastic nature, it had cracked. If it was a metal one, then I hope that I would never have that kind of failure!)
*Brakes: Front brakes are effectively strong. But, rear brakes are not! You should keep a safe distance not to get involved in an accident during harsh braking. Also, there are no ABS and CBS functions.PROS:
*Easy to handle, quick moving bike.
*Reasonable gas consumption (7 lts tank capacity including reserve), 55-60 mph driving (60 mpg), 40 mph driving (75 mpg). Range is between 110 miles to 140 miles.
*Good acceleration from 0 to 40 mph.
*Expensive spare parts.
*Questioning reliability due to Made in China parts and workmanship. (failure of plastic pipe, loosen electrical connection, failure of cooling fan )
*Weak head lights.
A battery tender like the Battery Tender Jr. can make all the difference in whether your scooter will start right up each spring, after being stored for months.
Just about every scooter owner needs to have a battery tender, sometimes called a trickle charger. Unless you are lucky enough to live in a climate where you can ride all year long, chances are your scooter will be put on ice, figuratively-speaking, for at least a couple months every winter.
One of the key steps in winterizing a scooter is to protect your battery from draining during its "rest" period. This can – and will – happen if you leave your battery sitting untended in your cold scooter over the winter, even if it's in a garage or shed.