Honda Dio vs Suzuki Swish

The Swish is Suzuki’s first shot at the youth market, of which the Dio is undisputed champ. The Swish is a new player in this segment, and like the Dio, it shares underpinnings with the Access but with more youthful styling. The design approach doesn’t have the Dio’s “I will have green pigs for lunch today!” aggression but it still manages to look sporty.

Then there’s that two-tone colour, which adds flair to the Swish’s otherwise subtle styling. Speaking of which, I’d like to see more scooter makers offer funky decals and two-tone paint jobs – it does wonders for overall styling at no extra cost to the buyer. Sadly, Suzuki offers this two-tone business in only one combination – blue-black.

Still, what the Swish loses in style, it makes up in the numbers. Again, the 125cc motor is a direct carryover from the Access. Now, although power comes in at 8.5bhp (0.5bhp more than the Dio), the Swish put out a healthier 9.8Nm of torque – which makes it a better initial rush than the Dio.