Petite. Pretty. Light. And likable. That’s the TVS Scooty Zest for you. A scooter targeted at the fairer sex, but one that I have been enjoying immensely. However, now it’s time to say good-bye, but not without recapping our few months with this peppy little thing.
I only got hold of the scooter in its closing months, and in that time, even though appreciated by the team; it wasn’t put to a lot of work. Blame it on the constant inflow of test motorcycles, if you will. But, with my long commute and errands to run over the weekend – like visiting my local dentist – I thought I could put the Scooty to good use. And I did. Not only did I do my daily office runs on it, I also did the grocery and at times school runs on it.
And what did I figure? For one, if you have open highway stretches on your daily commute, stick to the left and keep checking your mirrors because on the Scooty – barring a few trucks, the odd Nano and the morning jay walkers – you will be the slowest moving thing on the road. And believe me, it can be a dangerous place to be.
Secondly, the Scooty Zest, even after hours of long commuting never felt uncomfortable. It has a comfy seat, good riding ergo and a plush ride. Moreover, with a bigger engine, I can see myself using it forever. And, it has enough place to stow away your laptop bag en route to work and your riding gear at the end of it. Plus, on the way home, you can throw in a couple of bags of vegetables and maybe some craft material for the son’s homework too, in addition to that laptop, of course.
And lest I forget, it has a usable bottle holder too.
But, what I liked most about the TVS Scooty Zest was the way it handles and brakes. This is a scooter at the end of the day. It is meant for utility than to put a smile on your face. But the Zest does both. The suspension setup and the smaller 10-inch wheels make it supremely agile in traffic. And even though it runs drum brakes, these have the bite and progression that mirror those of disc brakes very closely. OK, the last bit was a bit of an exaggeration, but the point is, these work. And work well!
What I didn’t like very much – apart from the colour and the fact that the body decals kept coming off – was the sloping down seat, the plastics fading on us in mere months, and the rear view mirror’s rubber boots getting dislodged all the time. The Zest could do with better clocks too and a fuel gauge that is a little more reliable.
Finally, if you are wondering whether you should buy a Scooty Zest or not, we say you should. That it is targeted at females and it might be difficult to source some of its parts at the moment, notwithstanding.
Read our previous long term reports below.