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Mahindra Gusto 125

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Key specs
  • Displacement124.6 cc
  • Kerb Weight119 kg
  • Seat Height770 mm

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 59,989

Mahindra Gusto 125 is now discontinued in India.

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Mahindra Gusto 125 Summary

Gusto 125 key highlights

Engine Capacity 124.6 cc
Kerb Weight 119 kg
Seat Height 770 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 6 litres

About Gusto 125

The Mahindra Gusto 125 is the manufacturer’s only 125cc scooter offering in the country. Cosmetically, the Gusto 125 looks identical to its younger sibling – the Gusto 110. However, the company has taken the dual tone paint approach on the Gusto 125. Mahindra offers features like an adjustable seat and remote flip key. And Just like the Gusto 110, the 125cc version gets a find-me and LED pilot lamp. There’s a decent amount of storage space near the instrument cluster too, other than the under-seat storage. Powering the Mahindra Gusto 125 is a 125cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine that produces 8.5bhp at 7000rpm and peak torque of 10Nm at 5500rpm. The engine is mated to a CVT transmission. Suspension duties are taken care of by telescopic forks up front and a monoshock at the rear. Meanwhile, braking is done by drum brakes at both ends along with a CBS (Combined Braking System). In terms of competition, the Gusto 125 CBS goes up against the Honda Activa 125 and the Suzuki Access 125 in the market.
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Mahindra Gusto 125 Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • Absorbent ride quality over bad roads
    • Stable and quick in direction changes
    • Features height-adjustable seat
  • Could be Better

    • 125cc engine lacks punch
    • Doesn’t get disc brake as an option
    • Limited service reach

BikeWale's Take

The Mahindra Gusto 125 is the larger sibling of the Gusto 110. While it lacks the kind of performance expected from a 125cc scooter, it has its own positive traits such as plush ride quality, stability around corners and flickability while filtering through traffic. 

Mahindra Gusto 125 Review

The Gusto 125 is Mahindra’s answer to the growing flyover problem in cities! Yes, as more and more flyovers are built even in tier 2 and 3 towns, there’s a need for scooters with more power to easily negotiate the climb that comes with it. Well, at least that’s what Mahindra 2 Wheelers believes.  

What is it?

The Gusto 125 is Mahindra’s answer to the growing flyover problem in cities! Yes, as more and more flyovers are built even in tier 2 and 3 towns, there’s a need for scooters with more power to easily negotiate the climb that comes with it. Well, at least that’s what Mahindra 2 Wheelers believes.

So they took the Gusto 110’s M-Tec engine, bored it out, increased the capacity to near 124.6cc and added more power; 0.6bhp of more power that is. I know what you are thinking, and I am too – really, just 0.6bhp? But then the torque is up by 1Nm and as they say, the proof of the pudding is in eating it…

How does it ride?

The proof comes the moment you roll the Gusto 125 off the stand, thumb the starter and open gas. And immediately it feels like the 110. Okay, it’s quieter, smoother even, and to be fair, the Gusto 125 does seem to have more of a spring in its step compared to the 110 version. But, it doesn’t feel as quick as the Suzuki Access or the Vespa 125 or in fact as quick as a 125cc scooter should.

Now we rode the Mahindra Gusto 125 in and around Lavasa, which for the uninitiated is a man-made hill station on the outskirts of Pune. It’s kilometres of twisties with huge change in gradient. Now I haven’t ridden a scooter here before but I can tell you this, the Gusto 125 isn’t going to make you go wow! every time you begin climbing a flyover. Less so with a pillion, because with a total payload of 150kg, our test Gusto was really struggling.

The Gusto 125 has its positives, nonetheless. Mahindra says the 125 has been designed to return real world fuel efficiency that’s closer to 110cc scooters and not 125s. And to do that the Gusto uses friction-reducing components, a variable load sensing ignition curve and low friction piston rings. Now, we couldn’t test the economy of the scooter but given the way it delivers its power (unhurriedly), we are tempted to indulge Mahindra on this one, at least for now.

In terms of cycle parts, the 125 uses the same chassis as the 110 suspended on telescopic forks upfront and a monoshock at the rear. The wheels are 12in steel units shod with 90/90 section MRF rubber. And like the 110, the ride on the Gusto 125 too is pliant, absorbent and comfortable. The Gusto handles well too. It feels light, flickable and neutral around corners. And you can continue to lean it till the scooter happily goes about scraping things. Even then, it doesn’t disturb the scooter’s balance one bit. The MRFs don’t seem to run out of grip either.

 

Anything else I should know?

The Gusto 125 looks identical to the 110cc version, barring the dual tone paint job and some stickering. We are no fans of the Gusto’s styling; it isn’t chic or futuristic, or retro or mass market. But, it is distinctive we will give it that. Moreover, it has good paint finish, and the chrome bar ends and the brushed alloy levers look nice. The unpainted plastic bits however look tacky. Plus, the panel gaps all over are inconsistent.

As far as features go, the adjustable seat height, the flip key that gets the scooter to chirp, and the underseat storage is identical to the 110cc version. The upright and roomy seating, the ergonomically placed side stand, and the instrumentation continue unchanged as well. And the Gusto still runs drum brakes at both ends. The rear one works fine, but the one up front feels wooden and completely lacks bite.

 

Should I buy one?

Not if you want to set the quickest time to reach the top of a flyover. Otherwise, Mahindra will only launch the Gusto 125 in February and even if we consider that the scooter will be well priced, it still doesn’t make a very good case for itself. Compared to its twin, the Gusto 110, the 125 doesn’t offer much extra in terms of performance while it will most certainly be less efficient and pricier. Compared to the other 125s in the market, it might cost less and it might be more efficient (our guesstimate), but the whole essence of having a larger capacity, quicker scooter is lost, for the Gusto 125 just doesn’t pack in enough punch to match its rivals.

Where does it fit in?

As far as specs go, the Gusto 125 will compete against the likes of the Vespa 125, the Suzuki Access and the Honda Activa 125. All well established and all with a certain niche to call their own. The Gusto 125, however, might come with a lower price tag. Even so, it won’t have it easy…at least to begin with.

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Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 8.5 bhp @ 7,000 rpm

    Max Torque 10 Nm @ 5,500 rpm

    Cooling System Air Cooled

    Transmission Automatic

    Transmission Type CVT

    Emission Standard BS-IV

    Displacement 124.6 cc

    Cylinders 1

    Bore 52 mm

    Stroke 50 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 2

    Compression Ratio --

    Ignition Digital CDI

    Spark Plugs --

    Clutch Automatic

    Fuel Delivery System Carburettor

    Fuel Tank Capacity 6 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity --

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge --

    Mileage - ARAI --

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    Top Speed --

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated CBS

    Front Brake Type Drum

    Front Brake Size 130 mm

    Front Tyre Size (90/90-12), Tubeless

    Rear Tyre Size (90/90-12), Tubeless

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Rear Brake Type Drum

    Rear Brake Size 130 mm

    Calliper Type No

    Front Wheel Size 12 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 12 inch

    Radial Tyres No

    Wheel Type Alloy

    Front Suspension Telescopic with Air Spring

    Rear Suspension Coil Type, Hydraulic

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 123 kg

    Overall Length 1,825 mm

    Overall Width 711 mm

    Wheelbase 1,275 mm

    Ground Clearance 165 mm

    Seat Height 770 mm

    Overall Height 1,188 mm

    Chassis Type Underbone Steel Type, Tubular

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Features

Odometer Analogue

DRLs (Daytime running lights) --

Mobile App Connectivity --

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailYes

Pillion SeatYes

GPS & Navigation --

USB charging port --

Front storage box --

Under seat storage --

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) --

Speedometer Analogue

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Analogue

Stand Alarm No

Stepped Seat No

No. of Tripmeters --

Tripmeter Type --

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator --

Low Battery Indicator --

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageNo

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightNo

KillswitchNo

ClockNo

Electric System12V DC

Battery6AH, VRLA

Headlight TypeHalogen with LED Pilot Lamps

Headlight Bulb Type--

Brake/Tail LightLED Tail Lamp

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

Additional features--

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Mahindra Gusto 125 User Reviews

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  • 3

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  • 2

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  •  5Powerful yet needed many issues to be solved 2 years ago by Deepak Patnaik, Bhubaneswar

    I am sure that those who owned it have a great experience of pick-up and unshakable smooth riding at top speed as well. But the bad part of this scooter is you can't even get the exact problem when it needs maintenance. still I kept it because it has no good resale valu

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  •  1Buy honda 3 years ago by Abhishek Soni, Noida

    1 although mahindra offers great value for money ,but only on papers .2 riding experience is good with great pickup ,only the single advantage in scooter3 looks are now improved as compared to duro , now engine it is very difficult to find spare parts , troubles a lot4

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  •  5Must buy 3 years ago by Praveen, Bangalore

    I booked from paytm i received cash back of 5000rs that was great experience, riding and pick up is very good and very smooth ,spacious leg room, looks wise from front look very awesome compare to any another scooter, performance is very good till now didn't face any is

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