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Suzuki RV125 Van Van

Nov 2003 — Words by Simon Bradley

Who calls a a Van-Van? Especially in 2003? more to the point, why? if you are Suzuki’s marketing team, the is very simple.

Suzuki their cute little a Van-Van because they had one in range in the dark ages, it was and it seemed like a good to resurrect it. So they did.

To be the new bike does bear than a passing resemblance to its predecessor. The big chrome headlight, wheels, single front with a drum on the back, the air cooled single cylinder and the retro styling all hark to a gentler age of motorcycling. Actually isn’t entirely true.

The age of that they invoke from wasn’t gentle at It was full of evil handling reliable overpowered and underbraked of motorbikes. And a few gentle souls, died out as more and more were converted to the dark of multi-cylinder high performance

But they do say that what around, comes around. And certainly the case here, there seems to be an increasing for a commuter bike that a scooter but isn’t a missile Plenty of people still sufficient prejudice against that they need with big wheels, but at the same they have a sufficiently view of their abilities to the performance available to them.

The that masquerade as road in our cities mean that a needs pretty plush while the occasional need to go up the to reach that last bay means that big balloon will be a major plus. The needs to be large enough to a full size bottom and needs to be some luggage

Step forward, then, the RV125 Van-Van.

First are of something that is distinctly in a conventional kind of way. It unusual enough to stand out but at the time it isn’t so radical the target audience will away from it. It is also small, although once on it is surprisingly spacious.

So something of a contradiction, then.

Starting is a return to The Good Old Days as the choke (on the carb, under the needs to be pulled out before the will fire from Oh, and of course you need to turn the on as well. Ancient rituals the bike starts and ticks as cleanly as you would expect. The single doesn’t really at all and the noise is pleasantly muted.

Controls are light as anything, and the is smooth enough although not as Suzuki slick as we have to expect on test bikes Crawley.

Pulling away is as there is a surprising amount of and the clutch is delicate and sensitive. is, um, slightly lethargic when to the SV1000 that I swapped for it but respectable when taken in That said, you are unlikely to many things quicker a well driven milk at the traffic light grand Braking is similarly adequate, the single front disc the Van-Van down in a respectable but undramatic manner.

Suzuki RV125 Van Van

Stoppies are you may be relieved to hear, part of the

Out in the open the Van-Van goes well enough and is able to itself and my thirteen stone at or around the legal limit fuss. In fact, given the the Van-Van will build up to a respectable speed and will it for as long as your mechanical allows. It sounds a little at high speed, which is surprising, but seems to suffer no ill from such sustained

Handling is remarkably good there is an inevitable penalty to be for those big balloon tyres it comes to accuracy of lines. is a distinctly soggy feel to the plot on faster bends, but untoward ever happens and the impression I was left with is of a safe bike. It also a surprising amount of grins a spirited, but still rather than I am used to, cross jaunt.

Despite the pseudo offroad I suspect that city are actually the Van-Van’s natural and to test this theory we shopping. Well, we went London, anyway. I don’t do as a rule. The Van-Van was brilliant. The slightly soggy suspension perfect for soaking up those potholes while the big tyres accessing bike parks kerbs child’s play.

The were fine, the mirrors are and even the lacklustre performance really a problem.

I was surprised by the Not least because I liked it. It a bit like throwback to the early in terms of handling and braking, but for a like this that necessarily a bad thing.

It’s comfortable, it performs it’s unthreatening and it’s a great way of getting around in Even better news is in the time I had it on test I didn’t to put any fuel in the tank.

A pleasant then.

Suzuki RV125 Van Van
Suzuki RV125 Van Van
Suzuki RV125 Van Van
Suzuki RV125 Van Van
Suzuki RV125 Van Van
Suzuki RV125 Van Van
Suzuki RV125 Van Van

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