It was only a few days back that Hero launched the Xpulse 200 and Xpulse 200T along with the Xtreme 200S. Now the Indian giant has launched the Maestro Edge 125 and the Pleasure Plus. The Maestro Edge 125 is the second offering in the 125cc segment after the Destini 125. While the Destini 125 is an affordable option compared to its competitors, the Maestro 125 is a premium option. Starting from Rs 58,500 (ex-showroom, Delhi) the scooter takes the fight to Honda Activa 125 and Suzuki Access 125.
What powers the Hero Maestro Edge 125?
Hero has launched the Maestro Edge 125 in carburetor and fuel injection variants. Yes, fuel injection! This makes it the first and the only scooter in the country to sport fuel injection. While the carburetted 124.6cc engine churns 8.7bhp at 6750rpm and 10.2Nm at 5000rpm, just like the Destini 125, the fuel injected variants develops 9.1bhp at 7000rpm and 10.2Nm at 5000rpm.
We had the fuel injected variant with us for the ride and boy was it impressive! Once you hop on the scooter, everything feels familiar. The handlebar and the console are almost the same as the Maestro Edge. The seat is wide enough to accommodate “flabulous” guys as well. The wide floorboard too was big enough for a big footer like me. But that’s like the Maestro edge, right?
How is the Maestro Edge 125 on the road?
Just like you, I was keen on testing what magic the fuel injection will do on a scooter. So, out on the highway, I decided to be a bit generous with the throttle and I was floored. The Maestro Edge 125 felt quick and getting to 80kmph was not at all an issue for the 110kg scooter. There were barely any vibrations beyond 80kmph on our scooter till 90kmph, after which some vibrations could be felt on the floorboard. But then again, how often would you rip your scooter beyond 80kmph?
Coming to the brakes, The Maestro Edge 125 gets 190mm Bybre disc with the combined braking system. Even under harsh braking conditions, the combined system worked pretty neatly and inspired confidence.
From the smooth, wide roads of the Aerocity, we had a chance to take the scooter into city, testing the scooter in its everyday surrounding. The telescopic front suspension soaked up the undulations on the tarmac easily. However, on the sharper bumps or potholes, it didn’t perform as expected. Also, the frontend of the scooter rattled on these potholes, which may get fixed in the production scooters.
The Big Question- Has Hero nailed it with this one?
Well, not exactly. Though the scooter is really impressive, I found the quality to be a bit shoddy at some places. The plastic cladding of the handlebar on our test scooter was not well finished.
Hero, as always has priced the scooter competitively. The carb version with the drum is priced at Rs 58,500 while the disc variant carries a price tag of Rs 60,000. The FI variant is priced at Rs 62,000. The Activa 125 Disc variant demanding a premium of almost Rs 3000 over the Maestro 125 FI. With features like the external fueling and fuel injection, the Maestro Edge 125 is a smarter choice amongst the two.