First ride review- Hero Maestro Edge

Published On Oct 01, 2015 By for Maestro Edge BS4 at

IMG_3700-copy.jpg It has been nine years since Hero MotoCorp forayed into the scooter segment in India and challenged the dominance of Honda. So far, it seems to have worked for the manufacturer as Hero MotoCorp claims to have successfully captured 13 per cent of the total share of the Indian scooter market. Further, to have an edge over the strong competition, Hero MotoCorp has added two new products in its portfolio - the Maestro Edge and the Duet. In recent times, the comfort and convenience offered by scooters have increased their demand significantly in the country. After being an undisputed leader in the commuter segment of bikes, Hero MotoCorp wants to replicate the similar success in the scooter segment as well. The Hero Pleasure and the Hero Maestro have been in the market for quite some time now and to increase the appeal of its scooters, Hero MotoCorp has done a lot of homework at its R&D facility to develop the newly launched scooters.IMG_3700-copy.jpg The company has left no stone unturned to make sure that the enticing design of the Maestro Edge attracts youngsters of the country, especially the fairer sex. The elongated lines and creases over the front apron flanked by the boomerang shaped headlamp gives a strong character to the scooter. The black coloured air vents at front is a nice design touch. Having said that, the design of the front fender is inspired from motorcycles and the neatly executed cuts on it further enhances its looks. Compared to its predecessor, the new Maestro gets an additional small windshield incorporated above the headlamps and dual-tone rear-view mirrors. It also sports twin parking lamps in the headlamp unit. The same theme of the sharp lines continues to the side profile of the scooter. The sleek design of the side panels gives it a modern touch. The uniquely designed trapezoidal exhaust is a funky unit and looks nice. Hero bills the exhaust as “Titanium” for its colour. The LED tail light unit covers most of the rear section.IMG_3700-copy.jpg The instrument cluster is redesigned to match the styling bits of the Maestro Edge and gets digital-analogue treatment. The feature leaden instrument console offers service reminder indicator and side stand indicator (first in the segment). The fonts on the speedometer are easy to read even in the blazing daylight. The pass button in the scooter is an appreciable move by the maker as it will ease out overtaking vehicles at night. The silver panel inserts on either side of the handlebar covers the button's functionality area. The rear-view mirrors provide a good view of whats going on in the background. I must say, Hero MotoCorp has given close attention to the material of the scooter. The fit and finish of the parts is at par with other scooters in the same price band. The premium scooter is loaded with a long array of features which help it to stand out in the crowd. It comes fitted with mobile charging port, remote seat opening, remote fuel cap opening, boot light, external fuel filling and traditional front and foldable under seat luggage hooks. All these elements have gradually increased the appeal of the Maestro Edge in the market.IMG_3700-copy.jpg Hero MotoCorp has fitted an all-new in-house developed, air-cooled, single-cylinder, 110.9cc OHC engine that produces 8.43PS of maximum power at 8,000 rpm and 8.3 Nm of peak torque at 6,500 rpm. The scooter has a claimed fuel mileage of 65.8 km/l. Riding the scooter is fun as it feels a bit quicker than the Duet, thanks to its lighter fibre body. The Hero Maestro Edge weighs at 110 kg and is lighter than the Duet by 6 kg. Considering the fact that scooters are aimed to be ridden in city's traffic, the Maestro Edge has got a refined mill. Albeit the engine feels sluggish initially, the speedo climbs up gradually, meaning there's adequate grunt for daily intra-city commutes. That said, the engine feels slightly underpowered once the roads ahead open up. The scooter feels agile and is a good option keeping in mind its target customers. Vibration is almost negligible even at higher speeds. Hero says that the company has worked a lot on the ride and handling aspects of the scooter and it kind of shows.IMG_3700-copy.jpg Braking power comes from integrated drum brakes upfront and a similar setup at the rear. The brakes are responsive and have adequate bite and feel. The scooter comes to halt from higher speeds without any fuss. The telescopic, hydraulic shock absorbers at the front and the unit swing with spring loaded hydraulic shocker at the rear complement the overall ride and handling balance of the scooter. Essentially, they keep the scooter stable over bumpy road surfaces and tackle undulations in a secured manner. The scooter rides on 12-inch tubeless tyres that offer decent grip levels. Hero MotoCorp has priced the scooter at Rs. 49,500 (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the VX variant while the LX version is available for Rs. 50,700 (ex-showroom, Delhi). The new Maestro Edge is a quite good option in its segment and will surely find the true place for itself in the overcrowded sea of scooters. [gallery ids="18034,18032,18031,18029,18024,18025,18026,18027,18028,18023,18022,18020,18019,18016,18017,18018,18010,18009"] Read- First Ride Impression of Hero Duet

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