Hero Duet - Road Test Review
Snapshot: It looks like people who don’t want a scooter too bold or a scooter too girly will go for the Duet, as it seems to have the right balance between all of its cousins.
If there is one segment in which Hero is really playing the cards right, then it is the scooter market segment. Of course Hero knows the real deal as it takes a lot to be the biggest two-wheeler manufacturer of the world. Hero Pleasure has been one of the most-loved scooters in the past and Hero Maestro Edge, even after being the top player in the line-up, sells very well. So what is the Hero Duet all about? The Duet sits right in the middle of both. It looks like people who don’t want a scooter too bold or a scooter too girly will go for the Duet, as it seems to have the right balance between both of its cousins.
The Hero Duet is undoubtedly a charming-looking scooter and it has all the rights to be called so. Its metallic body is rigid and flaunts nicely-designed curves, especially at the rear part of the scooter. Its design is not too funky. On the contrary, it’s soothing and looks exactly what a scooter in this class should look like. Not too striking and not too tedious, simple yet appealing!
The handlebar integrated headlight looks neatly finished. The V chrome cladding at the front apron looks tempting and the semi-digital meter console just looks perfect with the whole setup. Like Maestro and Maestro Edge, the Duet gets a semi digital-analogue meter console that has been, again, designed very simplistically. It’s quite easy to read and displays enough information that one can expect from a scooter in this segment. It has a speedometer, fuel gauge, service reminder, side stand indicator, direction indicators, high beam indicator and trip meter, and that’s quite enough in a scooter like this, isn’t? Its dual-tone rear-view mirrors, apart from looking good, are also very functional in terms of keeping an eye on the traffic behind.
Engine and Performance –
It comes with Hero’s new 110 cc air-cooled engine that produces 8.3 bhp of maximum power at 8000 rpm and peak torque of 8.3 Nm at 6500 rpm. The scooter naturally weighs more because of its metallic body and hence might feel lazy. It may not surprise you if you are looking for a peppy acceleration. The engine is doubtlessly smooth but has some cold start issues and we even had some problems while keeping the revs idle whenever waiting at the traffic lights. We got about 57 km to a litre and with 5.5 litre of fuel tank, it should be good to cross about 280 kilometre or more in a single run.
Ride and Handling –
The Duet is the heaviest scooter in the entire line-up weighing 115 kg and that means it feels considerably stable at high speed. It comes with telescopic front forks, which work superbly in terms of negotiating the undulations on roads. These suspensions even complement its chassis and both work well to deliver a comfortable ride. It comes with 90/100-R10 tyres on both ends, which have a decent grip but may give you anxiety on sharp corners. It comes equipped with Hero’s integrated braking system, which makes sure that the scooter stays safe under hard braking but on the contrary, the brakes did not impress us and felt weak while cutting speeds and addition of disc brakes may surely help on the braking part.
This is the part where the Duet scores the most points. It comes loaded with a bunch of features that make it a strong proposition against all of its competition. Its under-seat storage opens up with the use of a multifunctional key that also opens the external fuel lid. Talking about the storage, Hero has done a good job by adding a USB port for charging your devices on the go and it also has a boot light for making things more convenient for night rides. Also, the space is enough for accommodating all the knick-knacks and grocery items from your shopping list.
The Hero Duet surely is a good-looking scooter that ticks all the right boxes whether if its ride quality, comfort, looks, practicality or durability, and all these elements combine with Hero’s unbeatable service network to make it a winner in all aspects. At a price tag of around Rs. 49,000 (Ex-showroom, Delhi) for its high-end model, it surely is one worth considering scooter in its segment.
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