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The Hero Duet is Maestro Edge’s feminine cousin and uses the same mechanical parts. The biggest feature here is the multipurpose keyhole, which controls handle lock, ignition, fuel cap and under seat storage. The scooter does try hard to impress with its design which may attract polarized opinions
The least priced variant is Hero Duet LX priced at Rs. 55,193 and the most priced variant is Hero Duet VX priced at Rs. 58,700.
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The Duet is one of Hero MotoCorp’s foray into the scooter market. Hero Duet was first launched alongside the Maestro Edge. Maestro Edge replaced the now discontinued Maestro which almost resembled the look of the Honda Activa. The above really doesn’t come as a surprise as the new Maestro Edge like the Hero Duet has been indigenously developed by Hero’s Research and Development team. Whereas the engine on the former Maestro was borrowed from the Honda Activa for which Hero had to pay royalty fee. Hero Duet is a unisex scooter made to compete against the likes of the Honda Activa, TVS Jupiter and Suzuki Access. With the Duet and the Maestro Edge, Hero wanted to resurrect itself in the ever growing scooter market in India and further strengthen their strong foothold in the 2-wheeler segment as well. Hero Duet is available in two variants, LX and VX. The LX misses out on the digital display and the telescopic suspension which is available on the VX. The VX being the premium variant is priced at Rs.48,900, while the standard LX variant is available for Rs.47,250 (Both the prices, ex-showroom Delhi). Colours available for the Duet are Grace Grey, Matte Vernier Grey, Candy Blazing Red, Pearl Silver White, and Panther Black.
When we look at both the Duet and the Maestro Edge, except for a few specs, both of them are almost identical. While the the Maestro Edge is mainly targeted towards the male riders by giving it a sharp and sporty design, the Hero Duet has been given a sensible design to appeal to all age groups. Headlight assembly with the turn indicator lights at the front of the Duet reminds us of the Activa. But the special v-shape chrome garnish and the new graphic design on the top right corner makes it look apart. Side panels of the scooter are dressed by the new graphics as well as a chrome strip. 3D chrome logo on the side panel of the Duet also looks stunning. The blacked out extended grab-rails have been borrowed from the former Maestro. At the rear, the tail light section which also resembles the one from the discontinued Maestro, looks very striking and bold. As you switch it on or press the brake, the brake-light makes the section look very prominent and attractive. Since this scooter has come out after the launch of the Activa and the Jupiter, which have been around for a while, Hero has tried to install as many features as they could think of. All metal body adorns the Hero Duet while the metal wheels are covered with tubeless tyres. Much needed telescopic suspension at the front is present on the scooter, which is hugely missed on the Activa. Speedometer console on the scooter is mix of digital and analogue. Speedometer as well as the fuel gauge is analogue, whereas the odometer, 2 trip meters and a service reminder is displayed on the digital meter.
Powering the Duet is the same engine seen on the Maestro Edge. It is an air cooled 110.9cc, 4 - stroke, single cylinder OHC engine. It produces the same power of 8.1PS at 7500rpm and a max torque of 8.7Nm at 5500rpm. Engine is nice as well as refined and has adequate power to easily glide down the road with a pillion on the rear seat without much effort. Power is transferred to the wheels via the Variomatic Drive with automatic clutch. With a fuel tank capacity of 6-litre, Hero claims a fuel efficiency of 63kmpl while gaining a top speed of 85kmph. Underseat storage is similar to the Maestro Edge at a class leading capacity of 22litres.
With 90/100 section tyres at the front and the rear by TVS Tyres, the scooter gets adequate road grip. Telescopic suspension with Hydraulic Shock Absorbers up front and Unit Swing with Spring Loaded Hydraulic Damper at the rear offer superior riding comfort as well as handles the potholes very well. Seat being long as well as wide and with proper cushioning is very comfortable. The comfy seat along with the good suspension setup provide excellent ride quality. Hero Duet comes with the Integrated Braking System (IBS) which helps reduce the stopping distance significantly, is similar to the Combi Braking System seen on the Activa.
Hero Duet comes with the Always Headlight On (AHO) feature, which make the scooter visible in any weather conditions and thereby keeping the rider safe. Other safety features include the Integrated Braking System (IBS) which activates both the brakes simultaneously when the rider engages only the rear brake lever. This keeps the scooter stable and safe even in harsh panic braking situations. Mobile charging socket in the under seat storage with boot light comes as standard which can be really handy and useful in emergency situations. Unlike the Activa and similar to the Jupiter, the Duet comes with an external fuel lid so that you don't have to do the cumbersome steps of getting up from your seat and opening the seat for filling the fuel. This is made more easy by the fuel cap release switch provided within the key slot. Underseat storage can be accessed in the same way too. Apart from the hook placed underneath the seat, the scooter comes with a front hook as well. This front hook can hold upto 6 kgs and will come in handy to carry those grocery bags easily. Hero Duet also has the side stand alert, the feature which you rarely see made available in a scooter.
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|On Road||Rs 58,700|