Hero Duet: Activa beware!

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First things first. The Hero Duet is, essentially, a re-skinned Maestro with a conservative design. It’s not something that will replace the Maestro, rather the Duet will be sold alongside as a much more conservative offering.

But, why two scooters in a space? The Maestro Edge, launched alongside the Duet, is a relatively sportier automatic scooter squarely aimed at the boy racers. The Duet, on the other hand, is one for the more conservative, and perhaps, the family buyer. Therefore, Hero MotoCorp now has a variety of scooters for a different audience, it seems.

But more importantly, the Hero Duet comes as a direct competitor to the Honda Activa. After all, it’s the Activa that remains to be a popular choice amongst the buyers. With the Duet, Hero MotoCorp aims to take the foothold in the 110cc automatic scooter space, and subsequently take on the Activa at its own game. So, here’s a lowdown on what the Duet brings to the table.

Engine

When it comes to the matters of the heart, there is not much new with the Duet, for it carries over the same powertrain as the Maestro. In summary, it is powered by a 110.9cc single-cylinder engine which is capable of churning out 8.31bhp and 8.3Nm of torque. The engine is air-cooled and comes mated to a CVT automatic transmission. Thumb the starter, and the engine comes to life in a vibe free manner. It rides vibe free too, and there is ample of grunt in the motor to potter around in city traffic quite effortlessly.

Specifications

For something that takes on the Honda Activa, the Hero Duet looks quite similar to its rival. Gone are the sharp lines and edges of the Maestro, for smoother lines and conservative design. As far as specifications go, the Duet is 1,830mm in length, 726mm in width, and 1,139mm in height. The ground clearance is 155mm, seat height is 770mm, and the wheelbase is 1,245mm. The kerb weight, is hefty, at 115kg.

Fuel tank capacity

The Hero Duet has a fuel tank capacity of 5.5-litres. With 45km/l ARAI-claimed fuel efficiency, expect a riding range close to 250km.

Mechanical parts

The suspension setup is tuned for maximum comfort without excessive firmness and bounciness to it. Therefore, the ride quality is nothing short of impressive. It rides on telescopic forks suspension at the front and a monoshock at the back. The scooter is built around a high rigidity under bone type frame. The front and the rear tyres are same in size: 90/100-10 53J. The brakes, too, are similar at the front and rear at 130mm, although these are drum units and disc brakes are not available even as an option.

Features

For the safety part, the Hero Duet comes with CBS as standard across all trims. The instrument cluster is a part-digital unit, divided into an analogue speedometer and a small digital display for other essential information. It also comes with a side-stand reminder. On the lighting front, the headlamp and taillamp both miss out on LEDs. Other features include a boot light and mobile charging port underneath the seat.

Colours

The Hero Duet, as of early-2020, is available in five shades, namely, Grace Grey, Candy Blazing Red, Pearl Silver White, Matte Vernier Grey, and Panther Black.

Brochure

All the extensive information regarding Hero Duet can be found in the brochure. For instance, you can check the variants, various dimensions, features, styling information, and colours at a single place.

Price

As of early-2020, the Hero Duet is available in two variants. The price for the LX variant is Rs. 50,280, and the price for the VX variant is Rs. 52,630 (both prices ex-showroom, Delhi). For the on-road price, head over to autoX.

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