First there was the Gusto. Now, Mahindra Two Wheelers have ensured that the Gusto has more gusto than before. Behold, the Mahindra Gusto 125
Story: Aninda Sardar
Photography: Sanjay Raikar
The Mahindra Gusto has been around for over a year now and all said and done, the scooter did bring in a set of new ideas to the Indian scooter scenario. Among them, an unconventionally designed seat that could be adjusted for height and that opened from the front. Additionally there were a whole host of convenience features including a cleverly placed cubbyhole behind the instrument cluster. Back then, we had come back impressed with the Gusto’s ride quality, space and features. On the downside, the 110 cc engine of that scooter, though refined, was just about adequate for the job at hand – that of a city commuter. Now however, Mahindra are all set to introduce a new 125 cc version with more power and torque on tap. We got astride a brand new Orange Rush (this is one of the two new colours that the Gusto 125 will be available in) unit around the well surfaced twisties of Lavasa town near Pune.
The first thing that you notice about the new scooter, apart from the colour that is, is that it looks different from the regular 110 cc Gusto. Indeed the face of the Gusto 125 is subtly different from the regular Gusto as you can see from the images. As you sit on the scooter you can’t help but appreciate afresh the space on offer, the comfort of the height adjustable seat (the Mahindra Gusto, be it in 110 cc or 125 cc guise continues to be the only scooter in its respective segments to offer this feature) and the convenience of the smartly placed stowage bin, which can quite comfortably accommodate a wallet and a cell phone, right behind the instrumentation. On the other hand you do wish that the finish on the plastic of that same stowage bin and the finish on the mirrors were better. There are also a couple of chrome finished bar end weights that aren’t really required but add some bling to the scooter’s styling nonetheless.