QUICK RIDE

The Des­tini 125 is po­si­tioned as a scooter for the fam­i­lies by Hero Mo­toCorp and packs many fea­tures, out of which one is a seg­ment first

Evo India - - CONTENTS - Words: Suvrat Kothari | Pho­tog­ra­phy: Hero Mo­toCorp

Hero Des­tini 125

WITH THE DES­TINI 125, HERO has en­tered the 125cc scooter seg­ment for the first time and we’re here to find out if it packs enough punch to take on the big­gies of this seg­ment.

How does it look?

The Des­tini 125 sports sharp shoul­der lines and chrome gar­nishes upfront. The head­lamp and tail lamp de­sign re­mind you of the Duet and the Mae­stro Edge. Noth­ing feels built to a cost and the metal body is solidly put to­gether with min­i­mal or no panel gaps. It throws a stylish and modern first im­pres­sion.

What about per­for­mance?

The com­muter’s 124.6cc air-cooled en­gine packs enough punch for ur­ban con­di­tions, mak­ing 8.7bhp at 6,750rpm and 10.2Nm of torque at 5,000rpm. The power de­liv­ery is lin­ear and it breaches the 60kmph mark ef­fort­lessly. It’s not as quick as its ri­vals but doesn’t feel un­der­pow­ered ei­ther. The en­gine is smooth and sounds very re­fined. More­over, the tele­scopic fork upfront does a good job of ab­sorb­ing the ruts and mi­nor un­du­la­tions and the ride is very plaint.

On the fea­tures front?

Most im­por­tantly, the Des­tini 125 is the first scooter in In­dia to fea­ture the idle-stop-start sys­tem, la­beled i3S by Hero. The sys­tem au­to­mat­i­cally cuts power when the scooter is idle and reignites the en­gine when you press the rear brake and twist the throt­tle. The sys­tem is well suited for has­sle-free stop and go and there’s even a ded­i­cated tog­gle switch to en­able/dis­able the sys­tem. More­over, there’s an ex­ter­nal fuel fill­ing port, side stand and ser­vice in­di­ca­tor to go with it.

Ver­dict?

It misses out on some im­por­tant fea­tures like disc brakes, TFT dis­play and LED head­lamps but at `54,650 (ex-show­room, Delhi) for the base vari­ant, it’s cheaper than all its ri­vals. The en­gine is re­fined and smooth, it rides well and the i3S is a seg­ment first. And that only means that Hero’s tar­get au­di­ence, which is fam­i­lies, will be happy liv­ing with the Des­tini 125.

1: The switch to en­able or dis­able the idle start/stop func­tion. 2: 125cc mo­tor does the job. 3: In­te­grated brak­ing sys­tem likemany of its ri­vals. 4: Un­der seat stor­age gets an USB port and il­lu­mi­na­tion

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