Suzuki Nex: Small But Terrible

Taking my car to my work place in Intramuros, Manila, regularly takes about an hour and a half in my sport utility vehicle. Using the same vehicle, my fuel consumption runs only about seven to eight kilometers to a liter, and that easily drains the pocket of a regular employee like me. And until now, the price of fuel has not gone down to a comfortable level for me to use my SUV daily.

And then I tried the new Suzuki Nex 115 scooter. Light, agile and fun to ride, the Suzuki Nex 115 may be the answer to my woes in traveling around Metro Manila with the worsening traffic and the increasing prices of petroleum.

Ultra-lightweight at 87 kilograms as compared to my 400cc motorbike that I used to ride to office, the Suzuki Nex gave me a feeling that I was riding a bicycle more than a scooter. It gave me much freedom to swerve in and out of stalled traffic to catch newspaper deadlines.

Short wheel-based (1,285 mm), this cutey can squeeze in between bumpers to head for a clear part of the road. With a low seat height (735mm) and high positioned handle-bars, the Suzuki Nex has not given me body aches, even after maneuvering at tight spots.

Painted with Pearl Flash Green, the scooter gave me the feeling of youth. Although small, it immediately gained respect from other scooters and underbone motorbike riders who now rule the streets in times of heavy traffic.

My job title requires me to be in smart casual attire most of the time. Wearing polo shirt and leather shoes easily blended well with the chic styling of the Nex.

Worried about mud stains? The not-so-wide foot board is enough to protect my shoes and slacks from flying particles. That attire, complemented by an Italian-brand helmet and leather gloves, got me good "positioning." Policemen manning checkpoints accorded me courtesy, giving a friendly salute and sparing me from their flag-down routine. Looking good while riding the Next distinguished me from other riders who are likely viewed as riding-in-tandem criminals, who are the real target of the checkpoints manned by the authorities.

Even if the Nex is small, it had a 4.5-liter space for my "Kikay" kit which I never fail to bring to freshen up after every ride. And should I want to take along a water bottle, above the foot board are two small slots that appear to be cup holders.

Although light-weight, the Suzuki Nex remained stable on the road despite the ruts and pot holes. The credit goes to its durable and firm square-section pipe frame of purely Japanese technology.

Even if its engine is completely covered by body claddings, the Suzuki Nex did not succumb to overheating during traffic. It is equipped with newly-designed cylinder fins with a fan for better cooling system which is, again, of Japanese technology.

Fun to ride, the Suzuki Nex is stable at 100kph. When braking, the right and left hand brake levers are easy to operate. So soft to press, the Nex only needs two fingers to brake. Equipped with CVT belt-operated transmission, just squeeze the throttle and off you go!

And what will convince you to try the Suzuki Nex? It can take you up to 50-55 kilometers on a liter of gas, and it's yours for only P60,900.


Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Sandigan OKs hospital stay for GMA co-accused
    Sandigan OKs hospital stay for GMA co-accused

    The Sandiganbayan has allowed a government official, accused with plunder along with former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to undergo a medical procedure at a hospital tomorrow. The anti-graft court permitted former Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) board member Benigno Aguas to undergo a cardiopulmonary/endocrine clearance at the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City. …

  • Sandigan recommends executive clemency for ex-envoy
    Sandigan recommends executive clemency for ex-envoy

    The Sandiganbayan has recommended executive clemency for a former Philippine ambassador to Nigeria who was sentenced to 52 years for malversation of public funds. The Sandiganbayan First Division found Masaranga Umpa guilty of misusing the Assistance-To-Nationals Stand-by Funds totaling $80,478.80 in 2007, but the anti-graft court said the former assemblyman from Lanao del Norte should be pardoned. …

  • Stargazing at the mall highlights Earth Hour
    Stargazing at the mall highlights Earth Hour

    It was a night of stargazing in 58 SM Supermalls all over the country last night as these establishments participated in Earth Hour, an annual worldwide movement encouraging communities and establishments to switch off lights for one hour to raise global awareness of overuse of non-renewable resources. The Philippines has been an active participant of Earth Hour since 2008. Last night, in the province of Bulacan, for instance, all parishes, diocesan institutions, schools and household …

  • Payanig privatization hit
    Payanig privatization hit

    BLEMP Commercial of the Philippines, Inc. (BLEMP) denounced the recent announcement of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) to privatize the 18.4-hectare “Payanig sa Pasig” property. In a statement sent to The STAR, BLEMP lawyer Dennis Manalo said the PCGG has no right to auction the property because it has no valid title and is not in possession. The PCGG has not paid a single centavo in real property taxes for the property, he said. He narrated that it was in the early 70s …

  • New species of tarantula found
    New species of tarantula found

    Scientists from the Museum of Natural History (MNH) of the University of the Philippines-Los Baños have discovered a new species of cave-dwelling tarantula on an island off the coast of Quezon. The new species of the spider, Phlogiellus kwebaburdeos, was described in the recent issue of the Philippine Journal of Systematic Biology by MNH curators for spiders Aimee Lynn Dupo and Alberto Barrion along with their former student Joseph Rasalan. The tarantula was discovered by Rasalan during one …

  • Palm Sunday: Do not add to suffering of others
    Palm Sunday: Do not add to suffering of others

    As Christendom enters Holy Week today, Palm Sunday, an official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) yesterday called on the faithful not to add to the sufferings of their fellowmen. Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of the CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs (ECPA), said that while Palm Sunday is oftentimes remembered as the glorious arrival of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem, it also signals the start of the Holy Week that tells of His suffering, death and …

  • Miriam pushes tougher graft law
    Miriam pushes tougher graft law

    Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago has filed a bill that would make public officials liable for violations of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act even if they are elected to a fresh term or a new position. In filing Senate Bill 2716, Santiago sought to address what she said was the doctrine of condonation in Philippine jurisprudence brought about by the 2010 case of Salumbides vs. Ombudsman. “By merely asserting the doctrine of condonation, erring elective officials are automatically given a …

  • Phl hits back at China over sea infra work
    Phl hits back at China over sea infra work

    The Philippines assailed China yesterday for contesting Manila’s planned repair and maintenance works on some islands in the West Philippine Sea, saying they are “in no way comparable” to the Asian power’s massive reclamation activities which are in violation of international laws. “The Philippines’ possible undertaking of necessary maintenance and repairs on its existing facilities in the West Philippine Sea, over which the Philippines rightfully exercises sovereignty, sovereign rights and …


Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Poll Choice Options