Toets ‘n Bakkie: Back to basics

August 10th, 2017, Published in Articles: Vector

 

Suzuki maak wat? Kan tog nie wees dat Suzuki ʼn bakkie vervaardig nie! Van kleintyd af onthou ek Suzuki-motorfietse en later so ʼn klein hardekwas viertrek en toe Suzuki-motors, maar ʼn bakkie… gedink dit pas net nie, veral in die kompeterende mark, maar nou ja, hier is hy in al sy glorie met ʼn lekker breë bak, ʼn 1200 petrol enjin en kan redelik moeiteloos ʼn vrag van 750 kg hanteer. By nadere inspeksie in die kajuit soek ek ʼn revolusiemeter, ʼn radio, lugsakke, ABS en, tot my ontsteltenis, is daar ook geen hittemeter nie! Die vensters is handgedrewe en die “lugreëling” bestaan uit twee lughulse onder die paneelbord wat ek vermoed daar is om jou voete koel te hou.

I must admit that I was quite negative, especially as far as safety is concerned, with the only exception that safety belts are provided. For instance, I was also worried that there is only about 10 cm of space between the front end and my legs, and that makes me quite nervous, in the event of an accident. On the other hand, luckily not everybody is as tall as I am. What is interesting is that the Kerb weight is 850 kg and the loading capacity is 750 kg, so the total is 1600 kg, and fully loaded, with the short gear ratio, it still takes up the task at hand with a smile – or should I rather say with a roar, because there is just about no sound proofing material between the seats and the engine.

Moet my nou nie verkeerd verstaan nie (dit is wat die politici altyd sê – “ek is verkeerd aangehaal”) die bakkie is ʼn bakkie soos ons bakkies leer ken het met net die minimum toebehore en daarby ook minder goed wat kan breek. Dit is maar net ʼn kopskuif om van ʼn Amarok of Ford Ranger hierdie bakkie te bestuur!

The Suzuki Super Carry pictured with a 1982 Suzuki 850 motorcycle belonging to Casper Lourens.

Wat julle ook moet besef is dat die Super Carry omtrent ʼn derde van die luukse bakkies se prys kos. Wat wel waar is is dat ek nou byvoorbeeld nie graag die pad Kaap toe in hom sal wil aanpak nie, maar hier in die dorp werk hy piekfyn en jy kom ook agter dat hy nie piepklein is nie.

Die gewillige 1200 masjientjie en goed-gespasieerde ratverhoudings werk omtrent perfek saam. Alhoewel hy stamperig ry, kry jy tog die indruk van stewigheid en dat die meganika soos die ratte, enjin en remme goed funksioneer. Die een “luuksheid” wat ek nogal agter gekom het, is dat die ligte se hoogte verstelbaar is.

When this little Super Carry was delivered, my first impression was that it looked a lot like a mixture between a Chana and a Hyundai 100, but even parents get used to their less attractive children!

What about the driving experience? Well with the tilted position of the steering wheel, you feel like a real lorry driver except, of course, without the space. On your left there is a seat that nobody will be able to sit in (except my two-year-old granddaughter) but, at least, it makes up for the lack of packaging space.

On the right-hand side is the door.… yes I realise you should know that, but with the position of the seat you actually struggle to open the window but since there is no aircon, it is wise to open it before entering the bakkie and the advantage of that is that you can rest you elbow on the window frame of the driver side, like a typical lorry driver. I tested the top speed usual, but was actually a bit sceptic to exceed 120 km/h. The seats are also very thin, so if you have to travel all day I would suggest a proper cushion, but what could you expect from a bakkie from under R 140 000?

I think this Suzuki will give you many years of trouble-free service just because it is so basic, or is it like the new South Africa, back to the future?

Specifications: Suzuki Super Carry
Engine 1196 cc four cylinder petrol
Power 54 kW
Torque 110 nm
Transmission Five-speed manual
0 – 100 Approximately 19 s
Top speed Approximately 125 km/h
Consumption Claimed 6,7 l/100 km
Cross-vehicle mass 850 kg
Pay load 750 kg
Price R135 900
Warrantee Three years / 100 000 km

 

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