Suzuki GZ125 Marauder Review from United Kingdom

2006 Suzuki GZ125 Marauder

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 3 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 3 / 10
Handling marks 5 / 10
Braking marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.1 / 10
Distance when acquired6 miles
Most recent distance2600 miles

Summary:

Basic, cheap, fun and good-looking transport - a fantastic first bike

Faults:

It was faultless.

General Comments:

A great first bike for people who've just passed their CBT. It's forgiving and very easy to ride.

The GZ125 is a custom-cruiser style bike - good looking and looks bigger and more powerful than it is. Very shiny.

It's quite comfortable too, but there's no denying the suspension has been built to a budget. Good on a cruise, but bumpy, verging on jarring over rougher roads. Over the winter months, I did get rust spots appearing on the chrome, but they came off nicely.

But that's fair enough - a new bike for £2k isn't going to be made of premium parts.

The wide bars make for excellent manoeuvrability, both in traffic and parking up. It's a great town bike too.

But with 11bhp from the 1 cylinder 125cc engine, it's obviously out of puff on fast roads. Actually it can manage on most A roads, but forget dual carriageways and motorways unless you're content to sit in the left hand lane and be overtaken by lorries.

All that said, it was great. Good fun, a great introduction to motorcycling, and 80-120mpg makes for great economy too.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th September, 2006

5th Oct 2006, 07:46

I agree, I have a 55 reg Marauder.. Like you say, a bit slow, but such a great bike I don't care... do you know where I can get panniers for it?

Thanks.

Average review marks: 6.1 / 10, based on 1 review