- A substantial looking 125cc scooter
- Superlative chassis, brakes, engine
- Surprisingly comfortable and fuel efficient
- Very high Value for money quotient
- Underseat storage could be bigger
- No LED head Light
Hero Motocorp aggressive streak continues for 2019. After launching much awaited Xpulse twins in the Indian market after launching the Xtreme 200R and Xtreme 200S, there are back again with the scooter market conquest. The manufacturer already upgraded its lineup with the Duet and Destini earlier and this time around the have bought back the Maestro Edge and Pleasure Plus into the Indian market. We have now taken a test ride of the Maestro Edge 125 Fuel Injection variant. Our first impressions are as follows.
The design of the scooter remains identical that it was earlier but here at the front it gets LED DRL’s which are inspired from Iron Man movie. The rear gets its distinctive tail-lamps, the side profile is large and sharp. There are three dual tone paint scheme to choose from such as Pearl White with Brown inner panel & Astro Gold front forks and Panther Black with a sporty Red inner panel.
The cluster remains the same with the part digital and part analogue layout with side stand indicator, solitary turn indicators, one trip meter, clock, service reminder and a fuel gauge in the digital part. LED tail-lamps are also on offer. Switch gear continue to be same and it the quality is good but finish and brittle-ness could be seen in some area. Under seat storage is good, but could have been bigger as it isn’t segment leading.
When it comes to riding, the ergonomics are quite simple, the seat height is good enough for short to tall riders, the seat comfort was good with balanced cushioning. Handlebar grip area could be a bit bigger. The floor board was big and wide enough to accommodate any type of rider.
The riding impressions with new two wheelers from Hero MotoCorp continue to impress. The ride is excellent and sporty which makes fun to ride and compliant over our roads. The suspension at the front was good in the Maestro Edge 125 but the rear suspension was a bit softer in the interest comfort, which didn’t kill the sporty riding. The steering as a result was a bit slow and also because of the long wheelbase. Brakes were good on both ends with good bite and well modulated for most type of riders.
The engine on the other hand was mature enough and linear at the same time given the excellent rideability on offer as torque was available throughout the rev range. The top-end power wasn’t enough as the figures suggest which stand 9.1 PS of power and 10 Nm of torque.
The power to weight ratio is good enough, but still isn’t segment best like the Suzuki Access. The top-end performance would get better as the engines were brand in our test bikes. Throttle response was good as it provided ease of use and crispness at the same time. India’s first fuel injected scooter in a long time has done its job well enough to make a mark.
Fuel Injected Hero Maestro Edge 125 Review, Verdict
Overall, the Maestro Edge misses out on some thing such as finish and quality to a certain extent, but the overall tough nature of the scooter, the well engineered engine and fun to ride nature and it provides peace of mind with its comfort and Hero’s brand which delivers exceptional value, sales and service makes it a great proposition in the 125cc space.
Fuel Injected Hero Maestro Edge 125 Review