15th Could 2019 10:00 am
Does the Maestro Edge 125 have what it takes to compete within the 125cc sporty scooter house?
The previous couple of years have seen an increasing number of 125cc scooters enter the record of high 10 highest-selling scooters in India. Practically half of the record from February 2019 contains 125s and that’s most definitely the largest indicator of the place the Indian scooter market is headed. Hero was fairly late when it entered this phase with the Destini 125 in October 2018, however its second providing within the house, the Maestro Edge 125, has adopted shortly. Whereas the Destini has been positioned as a household scooter for a extra mass-market enchantment, the brand new Maestro, in Hero’s personal phrases, is “designed for at present’s younger technology.”
What does it appear like?
At first look, nothing on the scooter seems to be new, which is as a result of it seems to be similar to the Maestro Edge that first made its debut round 4 years again, in 2015. Whereas some areas, just like the aspect panels, tail-light and entrance cowl, have modified barely, the scooter seems to be too much like the usual Maestro that’s now from a phase under it. The Maestro Edge 125 is the corporate’s new fuel-injection debuting, flagship providing, and it might and will have carried a extra distinctive design, particularly since many panels have been redesigned. However, the styling it at present has doesn’t present its age as a lot as one would think about. The well-styled bodywork, extensive tail-light and sporty stance are to thank for this.
Hero has additionally tried livening up the styling by providing a dual-tone color scheme, the place the fuel-injected mannequin in white options brown inside panels and the black sports activities brilliant pink bodywork. To be sincere, it’s a pity that the FI mannequin can’t be had in a single-tone scheme, like with the carburetted variant.
What options does it get?
So far as options go, the brand new Maestro misses out on LED lighting, however good points a singular, triangular DRL that sits under the numberplate holder. The scooter additionally contains a semi-digital instrument cluster, an exterior fuel-filler cap, a USB charging port and an underseat mild. Nonetheless, it misses out on a brake lock clasp, a helpful function that one can find on rather more reasonably priced scooters. The 125 additionally comes with an exhaust muffler that appears way more typical than the one on the common Maestro Edge. The switchgear the scooter makes use of deserves particular point out because it seems to be and feels upmarket.
What’s it prefer to trip?
The Maestro Edge 125 has almost the identical chassis as the present Maestro Edge 110, leading to equally nimble and well-gauged dealing with. Nonetheless, the small, 10-inch rear wheel interprets to decreased stability, notably, at excessive speeds. The scooter additionally modifications path shortly, and the MRF tyres it makes use of work very well. With a kerb weight of round 110kg, the Maestro Edge just isn’t the lightest in its phase, however it isn’t the heaviest both. Apparently, the carb model of the 125 has a barely bigger gasoline tank, at 5.5 litres, in comparison with the 5 litre one on the FI mannequin. Hero most likely decreased the dimensions of the tank as a way to make room for the extra parts that include the FI system.
In the direction of the entrance, the scooter makes use of a telescopic fork and a 12-inch wheel, each segment-standard options. The trip high quality on the Maestro Edge is respectable – it feels agency, however doesn’t shake up the scooter on tough surfaces, apart from actually deep potholes. Equally, the braking is respectable too, however we might have favored somewhat extra chew from the disc.
Fortunately for Hero, the vast majority of patrons on this phase additionally worth efficiency as extremely as styling and options. These patrons shall be joyful to know that the 125 appears like a giant step up from the 110 due to the extra energy and the fuel-injection tech. The FI variant we spent our day driving makes 9.2hp, whereas the carb mannequin produces a decrease eight.8hp. The height horsepower figures are available in at totally different rpms as nicely, 7,000rpm on the FI and 6,750rpm on the carb mannequin. Torque on each variants, in the meantime, stay the identical – 10.2Nm at 5,000rpm. The Hero Maestro Edge 125 is India’s first scooter to make use of fuel-injection as a fuelling methodology.
Whereas it doesn’t really feel the quickest off the road, the Maestro Edge 125 does get going after round 20-30kph. It will get to 80kph with ease and we even witnessed a speedo indicated high velocity of 95kph whereas sitting upright. The motor additionally feels noticeably extra refined, due to the fuel-injection system. The scooter is freed from vibrations, apart from minor ones current close to the floorboard.
Ought to I purchase one?
The Hero Maestro Edge 125 is obtainable in three variants – a carburettor drum brake variant priced at Rs 58,500, a carburettor disc brake variant at Rs 60,000 and a fuel-injected variant at Rs 62,700. At these costs, it doesn’t undercut its rivals in typical Hero trend, however it’s priced on par with them. To present you an concept, costs for direct rivals just like the TVS Ntorq 125 and Honda Grazia 125 begin at Rs 58,262 and Rs 60,723, respectively (all costs, ex-showroom, Delhi). This could possibly be detrimental to the Maestro Edge 125’s success as a result of the TVS Ntorq 125 is, at current, the king of 125cc sporty scooters. That mentioned, solely a back-to-back comparability will reveal precisely how they stack up.