So you want a new variomatic scooter but can't decide which one from the new Honda Dio, the Mahindra Duro 125DZ and the Suzuki Swish to go for, eh? Try out our character analysis road test and find out yourself!
1/ Your favourite female celebrity is?
A) Lady Gaga B) Jamie Lee Curtis C) Katy Perry
2/ Your ideal holiday will be in...
A) A swank London apartment B) A soft-sprung bed, watching TV C) On two wheels, no pillion please!
3/ Would you rather have handling or ride quality?
A) Ride quality, doesn't matter if the handling isn't very sporty B) Handling? What handling? C) Handling, but ride quality is also important
4/ You will use your scooter for...
A) Mall-hopping B) Commuting C) Scorching the streets
5/ Your favourite sport is
A) Football B) Test cricket C) MotoGP
6/ You willingly spend most of your salary/pocket money every month on...
A) Movie tickets B) Groceries C) Fuel and riding kit, baby!
7/ You're not buying a motorcycle because?
A) I own a superbike, but it's 180 bhp too powerful for the mall run B) They're all too expensive, I'm on a tight budget C) Shifting gears is a hassle – I like my power easy and immediate!
Mostly A's: You've had your share of big bikes and need something comfortable, yet not laid back. Performance is important, but not primary. Refinement, quality and reliability is what you get from your three year old CBR 1000RR and you expect the same from your scooter too. The Honda Dio, then, is the scooter for you.
Mostly B's: You are as enthusiastic about riding as we are about haute couture. You need to get to your office and back every day, have your scooter cleaned once every week by someone else and take the wife out to her relatives occasionally. Fast bikes, you think, are dangerous and a social menace and vehicles are for transport, nothing else. Look no further than the Mahindra Duro.
Mostly C's: You're an enthusiast, except one who dislikes gears. Your dream two-wheeler is a Yamaha T-Max and you watch MotoGP just so you can spot Valentino Rossi wheelie one of the pit scooters. Young, enthusiastic and not one who cares all that much about economy, you're the one the Suzuki Swish is built for.
SPECIFICATIONS AND PRICES
Displacement: 109cc, single cylinder
Power: 8 bhp@7500 rpm
Torque: 0.88 kgm@5500 rpm
Brakes/Suspension: Drum (f/r)/Trailing arm(f), Coil spring with swingarm(r)
Fuel efficiency (overall): 43 kpl
Price: Rs 46,852 (ex-showroom, Mumbai)
Displacement: 124.6cc, single-cylinder
Power: 8 bhp@7000 rpm
Torque: 0.91 kgm@5500 rpm
Brakes/Suspension: Drum (f/r)/Telescopic forks (f), Coil spring with swingarm(r)
Fuel economy (overall): 41 kpl
Price: Rs 44,984 (ex-showroom, Mumbai)
Displacement: 124cc, single-cylinder
Power: 8.5 bhp@7000 rpm
Torque: 1.0 kgm@5500 rpm
Brakes/Suspension: Drum (f/r)/Telescopic forks(f), Coil spring with swingarm(r)
Fuel economy (overall): 39 kpl
Price: Rs 50,118 (ex-showroom, Mumbai)