The 125cc scooter segment in India has been
witnessing a lot of fun activities recently. There have been a number of
capable contenders that have surfaced and buyers have a lot to choose from. To
further spice things up, Hero MotoCorp has launched their latest, Maestro Edge
125. It is the first India made Fuel Injected 125cc scooter and we rode it
briefly to see what this famed technology brings to the table.
Design and Styling of
Hero Maestro Edge 125 FI
The Maestro Edge 125 looks very similar to the
current Maestro 110 and that is not essentially a bad thing. The scooter has a
confident stance and handsome looks with sharp creases on the front and sides.
The front has a beak like downward flow which is accented by the long turn
indicators. A prominent new addition on the front is the triangular LED DRL
which will give Marvel fans an instant flashback of Tony Stark. The main headlamp
is still a halogen unit.
The dual-tone colour scheme gives the scooter a
rather premium look. The floorboard, front inside panel and the area
surrounding the instrument panel are all painted in one colour while the rest
of the scooter in another. The instrument cluster itself looks good. It is
sadly not a completely digital console and neither does it boast of Bluetooth
connectivity. There is a large analogue dial, flanked by indicators on the left
and a small digital display on the right. The digital display shows you the
odometer, trip meter and fuel level. The tail lamp looks muscular and spreads
across the rear section of the scooter. At its centre is the external fuel lid
which can be opened from the main ignition key.
You do not get any storage compartments in the
front but the under seat storage is decent and comes with a boot light. The
floorboard has plenty of space for even taller people like me and it also
provides good grip to your feet so that they do not slide. Sadly the scooter
does not come with a fully digital instrument cluster.
124.6cc air-cooled, 4-stroke, single
Dimesnsions (L x W x H) (mm)
1843 x 718 x 1188
Front: Telescopic Forks
Rear: Sing Coil Spring
Rear: 130mm Drum
Rs 62,700 (ex-showroom Delhi)
Engine and Performance
of Hero Maestro Edge 125 FI
The 124.6cc air cooled engine in the Hero
Maestro is the same as seen on their previous 125cc scooter, Destini 125. Hero
has made certain tweaks though. More importantly, this scooter is available
with a carburetted and fuel injected version. There is currently no scooter in
the Indian market that has fuel injection. While the carb variant produces
8.7hp, the FI variant produces 9.2hp, which is one of the best in the segment.
The peak torque figure remains the same for both the scooters at 10.2Nm. To
ride, the scooter feels smooth and can pull all the way up to 70kmph without
much hesitation. Even maintaining speeds of 80-85kmph is not a problem for it.
The Maestro Edge 125 also gets i3s (Idle Start Stop System) but only in the
carb variant. I guess adding i3s to the FI variant would have driven the cost
The telescopic forks at the front and single
spring at the rear provide good amount of comfort when going over potholes. Yet
the suspension is not so soft that the scooter becomes too unstable through
corners. The Maestro Edge comes with Hero’s Integrated Braking System and you
can also opt to have a front disc brake. The disc brake surely increases the
stopping forces available at hand and gives you a good bite.
The Maestro Edge is available in three variants
with the cheapest being the carb+drum which costs Rs 58,500. The price tag is
not too expensive and the feature set given is also respectable. One must
remember that fuel injection is something that is currently not being offered
by any other competitor and the scooter is also plenty potent in terms of
carrying you around. Yes it misses out some features in order to keep the costs
low. But if you want a scooter that does not look too flashy, has enough juice
to zip you through the city and not be too heavy on the pocket, then the
Maestro Edge 125 is worth a look.
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