Feels like centuries ago Mahindra decided to enter the two wheeler market with two power scooters. They were called the Rodeo and the Duro. The scooters were really good as far as performance and agility but lacked in service and quality of parts used. In 2014 Mahindra re-entered the Scooter segment with the much more promising Gusto 110 cc.
Now in sept 2016, they added some more Gust to the scooter by launching the 125 cc variant. In 2017 some new graphics and BS-IV engine have been added to the Mahindra Gusto 125.
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Mahindra Gusto 125 2017 Price
|New Delhi||INR 55,325|
Mahindra has always tried to provide the best value for money. This is normally the price you would find a 110 cc bike. So why not give the competition a run for its money. Hope the Mahindra Gusto 125 is not lead to lack of after sales support due to cost cutting like it was faced with the Rodeo and Duro. It was a shame that such good scooters went to waste.
Mahindra Gusto 125 2017 Specifications
|Power||8.50 bhp @ 7000 rpm|
|Torque||10 Nm @ 5500 rpm|
Mahindra Gusto 125 2017 Dimensions
|Ground Clearance||165 mm|
|Kerb Weight||119 kgs|
|Seat Height||770 mm|
Mahindra Gusto 125 is a big scooter. The wheelbase is almost to that of a bikes. Just like their fourwheelers their scooters are heavy too. At 119 kgs this is one of the heaviest scooters around. The advantage we shall see later. One aspect of the Gusto that I admire is the height adjustable seat. For shorter or taller riders. These are small things that are impressive that lead up to a good vehicle.
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Mahindra Gusto 125 2017 Design
On the styling front, Mahindra has got some subtle changes. The Mahindra Gusto 125 has lines that look fresher than its 110cc sibling. The stacked logo down the flanks at the rear looks particularly fetching. Mahindra will be offering the Gusto 125 in four distinctive colours, viz. Orange Rush, Bolt White, Monarch Black & Regal Red. Mahindra is offering each colour option with its own styling combination.
The Orange Rush bike that we had with us, featured a white fender. The lower part of the front apron as well as the running board down the side too was finished in white. The graphics were finished in contrasting colours, while the under-body got the all-black treatment.
Mahindra decided to make the Mahindra Gusto 125 more sharp edged than curvy. The front part of the fender seems like a shield that Optimus Prime uses. The indicators have a layer around it depending on the colour of the bike. The Key is the type that you would find in cars. If you can’t find your Gusto in the parking lot click the button on the remote and the indicators begin to flash.
This is indeed a very premium touch to the scooter. A Mahindra logo sits at the base of the Panel. The alloys too have a diff colour depending on the body of the scooter. One of the scooters had a blue coloured alloy. Now that was a first I have seen stock on any scooter or bike.
The power scooters were one of the 1st to get telescopic forks and is great to see it in the Mahindra Gusto 125 too. The headlamp is clear with halogen and LED and come with a new feature Called GUIDE LAMP. The headlamp remains on even after the ignition is switched off to guide your way. This something you would find in high end cars. Something that I miss is the base of the footboard was sounded in the older scooters and now it is flat. There is more a change of it brushing on footpaths or dividers or stones if too close.
The mirrors are body coloured to go well with the whole scooter. The inner panel has a storage space for you phone or your glares. The seat is thick and has a soft cushion. The are chrome lines on the side with the Gusto badging. Even the exhaust though very beefy has a chrome cover on it too. The tail lamp is large which is the new trend with scooters now a days and is LED and indeed very bright.
Mahindra Gusto 125 2017 Engine
Despite being a 125cc the power of the Mahindra Gusto 125 at 8.5bhp, is low. But like I said earlier, they have focussed more on mid range and easy overtakes and this scooter comes with a good 10 Nm torque which I feel is the maximum 2nd only to the SR 150. The CVT gear box works flawlessly and if quite quick to respond to the throttle.
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Mahindra Gusto 125 2017 Ride and Handling
One advantage the Mahindra Gusto 125 has, is its weight. It is well proportioned so easily flickable. But the 119 kgs works well on highways, eg if a bigger vehicle passes you, the scooter would sway due to the cross winds. This has reduced lot thanks to the the Gusto being heavier.
At the same time the weight is not that much that you can’t handle it. Something I loved in the Rodeo was the curved base of the food board, This would get you lean the scooter almost like bikes. This fun fact has been taken away. The Mahindra Gusto 125 has a big stiffer ride but the seat is soft to soak most of it. This is still a fun scooter.
Mahindra vehicles have always provided more for the price. Whether it is the four wheels or two, you would always find value for money. The case is very strong when it comes to the Gusto too. Hope they have improved the level of after sales service as that would lead to the failure again of this amazing scooter.