Ever since I had a bit of an off in mid-January, a persistent pain in the left foot ensured that shifting gears was out of my riding envelope. The result was a happy one, actually. I’ve been zinging the Suzuki Access to work daily since then, and I must say I’m impressed.
My commute is pretty interesting from the testing perspective. There’s two or three stretches where you get royally stuck. Wave a thank you to Mumbai’s new Metro, to under construction flyovers and schools that have lots of children, scores of buses and not an iota of an idea on how to park the big yellow things without severely obstructing traffic. And yet, there’s one gigantic, high-speed sweeper where you can max the speeds on the scooter for almost two km, a fair smattering of slow-speed kinks and a few stretches where relatively spacious roads and light traffic allow the scooter to do what it really does best – twist and go.
When Honda launched the Aviator, it did seem to be a lot more than the specification promised. So when we got our test Aviator, I parked the Access for a while and used the Aviator instead. For the purpose of this test, I pitted one against the other over the commute to see what the difference was. Data logging the commutes only served to highlight the differences in the two scooters and as a tester, having hard data sit exactly where you think it should is a good feeling. So, let’s get stuck right into it, then.