The latest weapon of Hero MotoCorp in the Indian scooter industry. It's also the first scooter of the company after parting with erst-while partner, Honda. If the Pleasure was developed aiming the lady scooter riders, the all new Maestro is produced for masculine riders. Still, the scooter is being chosen by a wide range of lady riders. Being the first scooter of Hero MotoCorp, is the scooter able to stand up to the expectation of Indian customers? Is it economical? What about the reliability of the machine. Let's have a detailed look at it.
The Maestro has a standard design. A little bulgy but looks good. In some angles we may feel resemblance with the Activa. The scooter has already been criticized for the same. Whatever may be, the Maestro has its own style. The body coloured rear view mirrors, black strip over the headlight, neatly placed sharp turn indicators, and the new generation tail lamps bring beauty to the scooter.
Engine and Performance
The scooter is powered by a 109cc, Air cooled, 4 - stroke single cylinder OHC, Self Start engine, which develops a peak power of 6.0 kW (8.2 Ps) @ 7500 rpm and a peak torque of 9.10 N m @ 5500 rpm. It's mated with a Dry, Automatic Centrifugal Clutch with variomatic drive transmission.
The engine is smooth. It's the same heart that powers the Activa, but Hero has tuned up in their own way to make it smoother than before. Yup! The engine is so smooth and you can feel it when you are on with the Maestro.
It clocks 80 kph quiet easily. Some reports claim that it makes even 90-93 kph top speed by throttling harder.
You may not count the Maestro in the new gen scooter line-up once you get known about the limited features of it. Still, let us go through them.
A sporty digital analog combo meter is attached with the machine. You can read speed, fuel, time, trip and such stuffs over there. The another feature is the combined braking system, which allows to brake both front and real wheel together when brake is applied at a single brake lever.
And these are all the features of the Maestro. Pathetic, right? I feel so. Hero MotoCorp could have added few more stuffs. Hopefully, let's wait for the update of the scooter.
Ergonomics and Riding Comfy
The scooter is certainly fine to ride specially in cities. You can just ease the way you need. And mated with Unit Swing with spring loaded hydraulic dampers at rear and Bottom Link with spring loaded hydraulic dampers at front, there is enough comfy for short rides.
According to the user reports, mileage figures are very low in the first three services. During that time, the Maestro gives back 40-45 kmpl. But, after three services, it shoots even upto 55 kmpl. The exact mileage of the Maestro is hard to figure out. Still, it's possible to achieve 47-52 kmpl mileage after three services.
Hero has priced the Maestro quiet competitively. It tags Rs. 45,500 (ex-showroom). This makes absolutely nothing to complain about the pricing of the company.
It is from Hero. The reputation of Hero is more than enough for the sales of of the Maestro. It's fuel efficient, reliable, and comfortable. Still, the Maestro doesn't seem to be a must choice. Because, it misses many new gen features, great design, and unbelievable pricing. At the same time, it's a value for money scooter. You may buy it in that sense.