Mahindra Centuro: First ride
So there we are at the Jolly Grant airport at Dehradun. While we definitely loved the place, most of us were still doubtful about the choice of place to test Mahindra’s latest commuter offering. But an hour’s drive from the airport to Narendra Nagar in the tranquil Himalayan foothills through some of the most lovely paved and not to mention twisty roads immediately laid our doubts to rest.
In fact once we reached the resort most of us were itching to get on the bikes and challenge those luscious curves. Coming to the bike, the Centuro was already unveiled with the entry-level Pantero earlier this year with only the latter getting launched. While the Pantero was an improved version of the lets just say ‘not very successful’ Stallio, the Centuro aims to be Mahindra’s flagship 110cc commuter offering not only reliable technology but a lot of firsts for its segment.
Setting our eyes on the bike the first time revealed that the bike is unchanged from the last time we saw it which is not really a bad thing barring some minor bits, of course. But coming from the Stallio/Pantero, the Centuro looks quite good in the flesh. The first thing that hits you is the quality of components. No cheap bits around and everything looks quite contemporary when compared to the competition. Mahindra has definitely learnt from its mistakes and it shows. There is a large trapezoidal headlight flanked by a small bikini fairing.
But what adds further flair is the small array of LED parking lights which look quite good when they come on. The tank features a neat design and even boasts a flush fuel filler cap, but the only problem here is that it looks a tad small behind that large headlight. A bigger tank would have definitely added more mass and as a result more visual appeal as well and not to mention make better use of the knee recesses as well.