Good looks, Mileage
Average performance and brakes
Definitely has the potential to give the Honda Activa a run for its money
Honda had made a great impact in the revived Indian scooter segment. This meant that its erstwhile partner Hero MotoCorp couldn’t be left far behind and for this purpose introduced the Hero Maestro. The new scooter was shared the engine and cycle parts with the Activa but what set it apart was a revised body style to differentiae both the products. The Maestro has been marketed by the country’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer as a male oriented scooter while the Hero Pleasure is focused on the fairer sex. For this purpose, the scooter features generous dimensions to add muscle. Talking about design, the beaky front is further accentuated by a tiny black visor which really adds a lot of character to the scooter. Neat looking dual coloured rear-view mirrors complete the good looking front. The body features a nice swoopy design. A nice touch is the black plastic cladding running along the side. The shapely tail lights and a well executed body coloured grab rail bring up the tidy rear. The Hero Maestro also sports a part-analogue-part-digital instrument console with an analogue speedometer along with digital fuel gauge and odometer which really looks good and is easy to read on the go. Talking about fit and finish it is decent while the Maestro has been well put together and has good build quality.
Powering the Hero scooter is a 109cc, air-cooled, single cylinder motor churning out 8.2PS at 7,500rpm and 9.1Nm at 5,500rpm. The powerplant is mated to a CVT transmission. The engine is a straight lift from the Honda Activa and is a refined soul. It has decent mid-range on offer which is ideal for city riding but better acceleration would have been welcome. Talking about ride ability, the Maestro offers a comfortable riding posture. Also the large seats mean that the scooter is pillion friendly. The large dimensions of the scooter mean that it isn’t very flickable also one cannot make squeeze your way through tight gaps. Suspension duties are taken care of by trailing link unit at front and hydraulics dampers at the back. The trailing link suspension hampers the ride quality as it has a tendency to judder while going through pot holes and a telescopic unit should be added soon by Hero. Braking is done by drum brakes at front and rear alongwith CBS (Combined Brake System). Braking performance of the scooter is good overall. Talking about fuel efficiency, the Hero Maestro isn’t the most frugal scooter in the market with an overall figure of 48kmpl.