Hero Destini 125 Launch Ride Review

22 October 2018, 06:53 PM Neil Nair

Introduction

The Hero Maestro Edge is the cash cow for the manufacturer in the 110cc scooter segment. But with everyone else wanting a stake in the premium 125cc segment, Hero has taken a bite out of that cookie with the Destini 125

Now, if you think the Destini 125 looks familiar, it does! Hero had displayed the scooter back in February at the Auto Expo although, at that time, it bore the Duet 125 badge. The masculine bodywork along with smooth lines throughout are surely reminiscent of the other Hero scooters. However, the Destini 125 sports chrome. Not a ton of it, but just enough to make it look a cut above its 110cc siblings. Combine the shiny metal with an array of rich metallic colours on offer and the Destini 125 does justify the 'premium' tag visually.

The Features

Another aspect that defines a premium scooter is the list of features it offers. And compared to its direct competitors, the Destini 125 offers quite a few, like an external fuel filler cap and optional USB charging. However, Hero has equipped the Destini 125 with the i3S technology, earlier limited only to its motorcycles, which sets it apart.

Hero Destini 125

Hero Destini 125

  • Displacement124.6 cc
  • Max Power(bhp)8.7 bhp
  • Kerb Weight111.5 kg
  • ;

Ex-showroom, Mumbai

 56,480

This system shuts off the engine when left on idle for over a fixed number of seconds, conserving a wee bit more of the fossil fuel. And as easy as it sounds, it turns back on with just a touch of the rear brake and twist of the throttle. 

Nevertheless, the Hero Destini does not get carried away with its revolutionary features and offers decent storage space for utilitarian needs. It gets two hooks at the front; one under the front edge of the seat and one on the front apron. The 19-litre boot is good enough to store a half-face helmet and a few other nick-knacks. The boot also incorporates the optional boot light and USB charging port which comes as standard on the VX variant. 

The Destini 125 also offers an analogue speedometer with a digital unit that displays fuel level, tripmeter and odometer. The instrument cluster also has a side stand indicator and service due indicator.

The Ride

The Destini 125 is powered by a 124cc, single-cylinder engine that is mated to a CVT gearbox. This motor produces 8.7bhp of power and 10.2Nm of torque. While these numbers are very similar to its rivals, the refinement of the Destini 125's motor isn't as awe-inspiring. It also doesn't feel as quick as you would expect a 125 to be, although this should ensure better fuel efficiency figures. 

In our short spin around the city, the Destini 125's telescopic forks and rear monoshock worked well, damping out small bumps and potholes. The seat too, is plush and accommodating enough for larger riders. Furthermore, the scooter also offers ample leg space that makes for a comfortable ride. 

There is no disc variant available and stopping power comes from drum brakes on both ends with a combined braking system as standard. While the initial bite at the front end isn't very delightful, the rear offers excellent bite and feedback. 

Tipping the scales at 111.5kg, the Destini may not be the lightest scooter on the block but it offers extremely confidence-inspiring balance at slow speeds. This also makes it easier to maneuver in tight turns and filter through traffic.

Our Take

At Rs 54,650 and Rs 57,500 (both ex-showroom, Delhi) for the base and higher-spec variant respectively, Hero has priced the Destini 125 slightly lesser than its rivals, the Suzuki Access 125 and Honda Activa 125. It is aimed at younger buyers who want a scooter that does not compromise on styling while returning decent fuel efficiency figures.

The Destini 125 offers a comfortable ride and its flickability makes it a pleasure riding in the city. If only Hero had thrown in LED lighting and a disc brake, even as option, the Hero Destini 125 could have been a much better offering. 

Photography by Kaustubh Gandhi

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