Two-wheelers offer you
spontaneity, like no four-wheeler can ever dream to offer, especially when the
traffic outside is choc a bloc. Want to see a movie? Want to go out and grab a
bite? Want to go out and feel the monsoon rains caressing your tired body? Want
to snuggle with your loved one on a romantic ride? Want to go off-road?
Off-road on a two-wheeler? Off-road on your Mahindra Gusto?
It may sound insane, but when
you know these guys at Mahindra & Mahindra make the toughest SUVs in the
country, why doubt them when it comes to their two-wheelers?
So off I went, with my
photographer following me in his car, to a desolate section of a jungle near my
office. It was spontaneous and I enjoyed every bit of it. We soon reached an
area on the outskirts of Delhi. It was wild in every sense. Wild bushes grew
everywhere. Rocks as big as our egos stood across our paths. I could see my
photographer trudging along as he had to park his car much earlier on more
hospitable terrain. All I could see was acres and acres of thick
foliage...wild, wild and wild.
The earth here was in its
roughest element. Could the Gusto cut through it? I was prepared and as I tugged
the throttle, the wheels of the scooter took up the challenge with alacrity. I
was a tad surprised, the way the Gusto rode through the rough terrain. The
109.6 cc,4 stroke, air cooled engine hardly complained as it showed its prowess
with 8bhp@7500 rpm and a neat torque of 9Nm @ 5500rpm.
Wild bushes scraped my tough
jacket. Low-lying branches beat against my helmet. They took the beating quite
gracefully. I was glad that this scooter came with a great ground clearance. In
fact, it has the highest ground clearance of 165mm, the highest in competition
with likes of the Honda Activa having just about 153mm, the TVS Jupiter having
150mm and the Hero MotoCorp Maestro
having around 155mm. What a relief, I thought to myself.
I zipped across, from unstable
ground to soft sandy surfaces. The wheels seldom lost traction. Thanks to the
large tubeless tyres, which are not there in some of the competitor models, I
could ride through the rough and tough terrains with ease. Coupled with the
telescopic suspension with air springs, the ride left me in no distress. The last
thing I wanted was to be tossed around like a rag doll. Mercifully, the ride
was smooth and enduring.
The word Gusto means “Enjoyment
and enthusiasm in doing something”. I could now well understand what the men
and women behind Gusto wanted to achieve. With a wheelbase of 1275mm, the Gusto
is like a fleet-footed jungle animal. I spent a good hour or so, riding
non-stop, criss-crossing the path no faint hearted person would dare. The Gusto
has been in my garage for a while and each time it has forced me to do
something different, something, adventurous, something spontaneous. This time it was the path less taken. The
scooter performed beyond expectations. It growled as it accelerated and it rode
like nobody’s business. I was just out to have some fun. The Gusto ensured that
I had more than my share of fun. This Mahindra scooter has a lot to offer...all
you have got to be is spontaneous!
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