Search for a New Scooter
I have been in the lookout for a Scooter since middle of November 2015. I have visited TVS showroom and seen the Jupiter. I already own a TVS Wego and I know the most of the details of Jupiter, I did not ask many questions nor did ask for a test drive. TVS showroom guys were well known to me (I already bought two vehicles from them since last 5 years (TVS Jive and TVS Wego) and even ready to bring a Jupiter to my home for test drive. They didn’t have the latest Jupiter ZX model and the old one looks very old ( without any change of features) for me. (Even the latest TVS Wego comes with Combi Breaking System which was missing on my Wego, but the Jupiter missing that too).
Then, I went on to check the websites of scooter manufacturers and Automobile Forums and noticed that Hero Motors launched two new scooters few months back, namely Hero Duet and Hero Maestro Edge. So, I did some comparisons of both Scooters along with others (in terms of Engine/performance/features etc) mainly like TVS Jupiter, Mahindra Gusto, Yamaha Ray, Suzuki etc.
My main requirements are External fuel filling, Digital (Digi/Analog ok) Console, Pass switch, Side Stand indicator etc.
Mahindra Gusto has all these features except external fuel filling and also they don’t have a service station near my place (only showroom) hence did not consider this one.
TVS Jupiter has Pass switch, external fuel filling, 12” wheels but old model console and no Side stand indicator and CBS or IBS.
Yamaha and Suzuki Scooters – As said above, did not consider them because none of their models comes with External fuel filling feature.
Did not try Honda, because many of my neighbours have Honda scooter and some of them are not happy with After sales service(too much crowded)....
Eventually, I have shortlisted Hero Duet and Hero Maestro Edge (also kept an option of Jupiter but not with much preference)
Towards end of November 2015, I have visited the Hero Showroom to see the Maestro Edge which was my first preference but they told me Maestro Edge yet to be launched in Kerala(or whole of South India) hence they shown me the Hero Duet. Most of the features are almost same of Maestro edge except the wheels of Hero Duet are 10’’ instead of 12’’ for front wheel and 10’ for rear wheel on Maestro Edge. I got quotation for Hero duet and told them that I will wait for few days to see if Maestro Edge will be launched in Kerala...?
In the meantime, I sent an email to Hero motors regional office and after waiting about 7/8 days time, got reply from them advising that Maestro Edge will be launched in Kerala in January 2016. I have decided to wait till January 2016, not only for the launching of Maestro Edge, but also I don’t want to buy a vehicle in the year end (further, I bought the Tvs Wego during February 2015 and don’t want to buy another one in the same year).
On 4th January 2016, I got a call from Hero showroom here (from whom I took the quotation for Hero Duet), advising that they have got some news that the Maestro Edge launch delayed and likely will be launched only in March 2016. I have sent another email to Hero Motors (from whom I got earlier reply) to clarify the situation. They also confirmed that Launch of Maestro in Kerala is further delayed and now they expect some time in end February or first half of March 2016.
In the 2nd week of March 2016, I received an Email advising that TD vehicle has arrived at the dealer showroom(main office) and the vehicle will be possibly launching by end of March or early April 2016.
On 22nd March,2016, I have received a call from the local dealer advising that they have received few vehicle and booking can done, if interested. Accordingly, I have visited the showroom and paid Rs.1000 as advance however they told me that the vehicle will only be officially launched in Kerala only on 29th March 2016 and they can deliver my vehicle on 29th March or later..!. But unfortunately Black color was not readily available and I was told to wait around 10 days time for the next shipment on which they expect more Black color.
On 6th April the dealer called me that fresh shipment arrived and asked me to make payment. Accrodingly made full payment on same day evening, but they were not in a position to advise when the registration can be done since there are some technical problem with the RTO (software problem or proceedural delay due to recent ruling from the MVD that Free helmet, ladies guard.,ladies foot etc to be given to the customer without any extra payment but none of the dealers were not willing to accept this and thereby total chaos in the RTO).
Finally Registration was done yesterday (12th April), and I got delivery of the vehicle today noon time. On delivery the ODO meter shown only 3.5kms (may be the distance covered from the dealer office to the RTO). After taking delivery I drove around 3.5 kms i.e the distance from dealer office to my home.
Between the speed at 20 to 30kmpl, it seems the scooter vibrating little bit but after that the engine is very smooth. May be the vibration will be stopped after 1st service..!!?
Pictures will follow soon...