Suzuki Address 110 Review
What Is It?
The Suzuki Address 110 is a mid-range maxi scooter which makes as much power as many 125cc models.
Engine: 113 cc Single Cylinder, 9bhp
Economy: 110 mpg, 130 miles
Top Speed: 65 mph
Seat Height: 755 mm
Wet Weight: 97 kg
|✓||Low seat, handling, super light, economical, reliable, capable, easy to work on|
|×||Soft suspension, can suffer a bit on hills, some large helmets don't fit under the seat|
After owning and riding the Suzuki Address 110 for just over 12 months, I think it’s safe to say that I love this little scooter. If you’re lacking in time or have a short attention span, let me cut right to the chase. The Suzuki Address 110 is a brilliant bike. It’s not perfect, but I would happily recommend it if you’re in the market for a smaller capacity (125cc or below) scooter.
On paper the Address looks very much like any other scooter in this category, and for the most part it is. Physically it’s a fraction smaller and lighter than most of its competitors. According to the brochure it weighs in at a diminutive 100kg. That makes it ideal for smaller riders or those with limited space. I myself bought it to load easily in the back of a camper van, and for this it would be perfect.
The 113cc, 9bhp air cooled single cylinder engine has been faultless since the day I bought it, and will happily pull to 60mph on an average flat road. Throw in some uphill and a headwind, and the bike suffers a bit. It’s all part of the charm of riding a smaller CVT driven bike. With no gearbox to stir, you’re at the mercy of the terrain somewhat. It’s better to relax and enjoy the ride. The advantage of that CVT transmission is its simplicity and ease of use. The Address is a joy to ride, simply twist and go. I often favour it over its bigger and faster garage mates. If I just want to get on a bike and get to work, or to the shops, or have an afternoon riding, the Address makes it as simple as simple can be. The bike just works, every time.
In normal conditions and around town, the Address is pokey enough to make traffic light getaways a doddle, and it’s small enough to filter through even the tightest of gaps. I’ve averaged just short of 120mpg over the last 12 months, and never managed to fit more than a fivers worth of petrol in to the 5.2 litre fuel tank. There’s even a neat little fuel gauge so there’s no worrying about how much is left in the tank.
Braking and handling were a pleasant surprise when I rode the Address for the first time. There’s a tiny single piston caliper and disc brake up front, and a drum at the rear. I wasn’t really expecting much from them but, though the brakes don’t have the greatest amount of feel or feedback, they do pull the scooter up smartly and I’ve never felt the need for anything more. The handling was better than I expected having come from a background in geared bikes and heavier machines. The little Address is supremely agile, and doesn’t lack for grip. There have been one or two instances of me scraping the centre stand because I was leaning over too much in the corners. It was the physical limitation of the centre stand that stopped me leaning further, rather than a lack of grip or willingness from the bike. Sure, it’s a totally different experience to riding a normal bike, but once you get used to it, it’s a hoot. The bike has 14" wheels front and back, which seems a good compromise between the little 10” scooter wheels that drop in to every pot hole in the road, and the bigger wheels you’d find on most geared bikes.
Maintenance on the scooter is pretty simple. All the obvious things are where they should be and you won’t need a degree in engineering to change the oil or spark plug. Compared to other scooters I’ve worked on, the Address is actually well set up for the DIY mechanic. Often with these plastic scooters you’d have to remove half the bodywork to get to anything, but not so with the Address. Suzuki clearly thought about this when they designed it, and it does feel like they expect and encourage owners to work on their bike. The handbook that comes with the bike even has clear and detailed instructions for many of the routine maintenance jobs, which is a neat little touch that I love. There’s also a brilliant Facebook group for owners, who have a lot of knowledge between them and seem happy to help.
With all of that good stuff said, let me mention some of the Suzuki’s failings. There aren’t many and for me they’re not a big deal, but it’s only fair to point a few things out. Firstly, comfort. The seat is clearly designed for someone shorter than me. At 6ft 2” I’m perhaps not the target market for the Address, so while the seat itself isn’t especially comfortable, it’s let down further in my case by the hump they always seem put in the middle of the seat so that the pillion rider can sit higher. I end up having to sit further forward than my long legs seem to want me to. On short journeys and commutes it’s not really noticeable, but if I’m out all day then it can get uncomfortable enough to require a leg stretch now and again. I suppose I’m being a little harsh here because I’m using the scooter beyond it’s remit. It’s not designed for riding hundreds of miles, but in all other respects I think the bike could handle it without a problem. I’ve been camping on this thing, fully loaded, and it’s been absolutely great apart from the seat issue.
Secondly, though the scooter does feel really well built, the exhaust on mine was rusty enough at three years old to require painting in order to make it last. I think again that I’m perhaps being unfair as I ride the bike in all weather conditions and don’t spend a great deal of time cleaning it, but it’s only fair to mention. Other than the exhaust, the bike is holding up well and mostly everything looks like new.
The suspension on the Address is on the softer side. My bike is three years old now and is probably ready for a spruce up. I’ll be changing the fork oil soon and I’ll probably go for 7.5W rather than the standard issue 5W, and I’m also contemplating upgrading the rear shock. As things are at the moment, it can bottom out on particularly nasty pot holes, and it’s generally accepted amongst owners that the suspension is a bit too soft as standard. Additionally, the brake pad retaining pin in the front caliper is known to seize in very quickly, and in some cases I’ve heard of people have had to buy a new caliper when it’s been time to change the pads. It’s simply a case of regular maintenance though. Every few months I’ll spend about five minutes taking the pin out, cleaning it, greasing it, and sticking it back in. It’s a super simple job that can save a lot of hassle in the long run.
Storage on the scooter is generally good, but it must be said that I can’t close the seat with my large sized, flip front helmet underneath it, though a jet style helmet fits fine. There’s also no clock and no 12v USB socket on the bike. It would have been so simple and cheap for Suzuki to fit these, so it’s a bit of a disappointment that they haven’t.
As faults and failings go, I don’t think that’s bad for any bike. There’s nothing there that should put you off buying one and most of the issues are easily fixable. The bike is certainly screwed together well, and has been really reliable throughout my time with it. I’ve certainly fallen for the charm of this simple little scooter, and I think I’ll be keeping it for the foreseeable future. It might not be as ‘cool’ looking as some of its competitors, but I’m not 17 any more and I don’t care about that. What matters for me is that it’s smart, reliable, efficient, simple to work on, fun to ride, and is supported by an established dealer network should I need any parts or any work doing. I’d definitely recommend the Address to anyone, and I’m more than happy with mine.
- John H, 2019