The Scooty Zest 110 had left me pleasantly surprised when we had it around the first time for a road test. I remembered it as a light and peppy scooter which made carving through traffic a breeze. And so I was eagerly looking forward to my first experience of living with a scooter, over an extended period of time.
The Scooty Zest 110 scores high when it comes to ergonomics and everyday usability. Despite its small dimensions, the cavernous underseat storage accommodates a full-size helmet along with a rain coat. Even the floorboard is spacious enough to hold large backpacks leaving enough room for your legs. The large seat felt cosy like a good old sofa, making the long waits at traffic signals bearable. The headlamp has abundant power and a good throw, making it very convenient for night riding.
The Scooty Zest 110’s compact dimensions proved useful while getting in and out of tight parking spots. The zippy performance and its lightness made the Scooty Zest 110 very easy to ride in the city. Despite the lack of lack of outright grunt, overtaking isn’t very difficult either.
TVS claims a best-in-class efficiency of 62kmpl for the Scooty Zest 110 but our long termer was never going to come close to this number as it was mostly ridden around the city, during peak traffic hours. The Scooty Zest 110 returned an efficiency of 42.60kmpl translating into real world range of just over 210 kilometres.
While the switchgear quality of the scooter we tested a few months ago seemed decent, the plastics on our 3,000-kilometre old long term vehicle have started to show their age. Even the rubber mounts below the mirrors have lost their elasticity and no longer fit in their grooves.
I am not really a scooter guy but the ease with which the Scooty Zest 110 managed the chaotic commute had slowly made me start preferring it over geared motorcycles. Despite having handed it over to the next team member, I keep stealing it occasionally whenever there is some errand to be run.