Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Hero Maestro a Next Generation Scooter

With Hero MotoCorp's Maestro, the Indian roads get to see a gearless two-wheeler targeted at boys, after quite a long time. After an array of Hero bikes, this is the now-independent Hero MotoCorp's first scooter launch since Honda quit the joint venture. And it comes as breath of fresh air, especially after the company's two wheeler, marketed as a ride for women, i.e. Pleasure, had been around for quite a while. Touted as a ride for the guys, this two wheeler not only gives you freedom from the task of changing gears, but also scores on size, storage and comfort without looking feminine. As good as it may sound, it may be a challenge to carve a niche given that today the market is brimming with such two wheelers. Talking about the construct of the Hero Maestro, the design will work in their favor to attract the Gen-next, while the functionality will woo the rest. The use of a black mirrored visor over the headlights, and the two tone rear-view mirrors help them score for good looks. And so do the two angled-lines that run from the top of the apron, all the way to the mudguard, giving the Hero Maestro that musucular appeal. Next up is the instrument cluster, which takes a styling cue from bikes. The three pod layout includes a digital display, and warning lights placed around the central speedometer. Lockable ignition is an added feature, which is now actually commonplace.

Unlike its predecessor, Hero Maestro is powered by the latest engine employed in the current generation of Honda two wheelers. The 109cc, 8.2HP engine is, in fact, quite similar to that used in Activa. Technical details apart, the engine brings alongwith it low noise, but the vibrations are hard to ignore if you strain it unexpectedly. Considering the fact that the Japanese company is targetting young men for this product, the performance is a bit disappointing. Though you can speed it up 90km/h, the throttle response is kind of marred by its weight and size. Other than that, Hero Maestro not only gives you a sporty feeling with its brisk engine, but also straight line stability with the typical underbone type tubular chassis. But the braking system is another story altogether, and not in a good way. You need to press both the levers quite hard to have the system work effectively. But the suspension and the Combined Braking system are the saving grace, though the CBS doesn't really enhance the braking performance. Hero Maestro scooter launched in India.

The list of Hero Maestro features is impressive nonetheless. Other than a two wheeler's design and performance, it is the ergonomic statistics that play an important part. The wide and well-cushioned seat supports well, while the spacious foot board helps put the driver at ease, even with the front storage box. The handlebars have also been positioned quite well, giving the driver an upright stance. It further scores for accessibilty with the placement of its switches. But Hero Maestro's weight and saddle height may make it difficult for women to ride it. The Hero Maestro price is Rs 56,891, which makes it quite an impressive deal! To get a look, you can check out various websites for Hero Maestro pictures. Hero MotoCorp's Maestro, riding the popularity charts.

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