Mahindra’s 125cc Power-Scooters Rodeo & Duro: A Thorough Test Ride

by Deepak on November 19, 2009

After starting off as a four wheeler utility vehicle manufacturer, Mahindra recently forayed into the two wheeler segment buying the ailing Kinetic Motors in August 2008. The first product from their stables was the 125cc Flyte which essentially is the same Kinetic Sym Flyte with Mahindra (Sym) badging. The scooter won accolades from everywhere for being a fantastic product but sadly, these accolades did not transform into sales majorly because of the concerns of the future of the company and lack of sales and service support.

Soon after, in true Mahindra style, the company launched two brand new scooters albeit with same engines and christened them Rodeo and Duro. We were also impressed by the very look and design of the products and were itching to get our hands on the machines ASAP. And the moment arrived and here we are presenting a full blown review report of the scoots and what lies inside. Has Mahindra packed in enough to give those Japanese’ any bother! Read on…

Styling, Build & Design

The Rodeo draws majority of its cues from its sibling, the Flyte. While Flyte looked a little feminine, Rodeo has been given a meatier feel to cater to both the sexes. Right from the front the scooter oozes a lot of style. It has a well crafted mudguard (which was not present in Flyte), bigger oval eye shaped clear lens front indicators, small chrome plated designing element right at the chest of the scooter, a Mahindra badge and number plate on the front with a lot of design curves running around and glitzy decals to give that flamboyant look.

Blue Rodeo2

Enhancing the overall like-me feel of the scooter are the body colored rear view mirrors (which are a little off-putting in terms of functionality) mounted on an aggressive looking ‘Horn Rimmed’ headlamp. Flipping over, nice snazzy body work greets you with style and the body colored grab rails and chrome plated exhaust cover complete that neat and ostentatious look of the scooter. The overall designing of the scooter has been made as streamlined as possible to ensure least possible resistance to air for better performance and fuel efficiency.

Duro

Coming to Duro, the scooter again finds inspiration from its bigger sibling, the Kinetic Nova. The overall design makes the scooter look a little big especially from the rear with a sweet looking front. Duro has been made basic but the amount of detailing which has gone into the designing is praiseworthy. Both the scooters look fantastic but Rodeo steals the show for us. Build quality seems to be very good especially on the Duro.

Rodeo – 8.5/10 | Duro – 7/10

Engine & Performance

Both the automatic scooters share the same engine from Flyte. The 124.6cc 4 stroke engine produces a peak power output of 8bhp which peaks at an early 7k rpm and the maximum torque of a healthy 9Nm which comes in at 5500 rpm. However, the distinguishing factor is the power curve which rises at around 2-3k rpm and becomes linear hereafter. We did not find even slight drop in power anytime right from the point we flipped our throttle from standstill all the way till the red line. The power delivery is by far the best in any scooter in India and distinguishably better than the Hondas of our generations! Even the load pulling power of the scooter seemed to justify its fantastic torque. Generally, you raise the throttle and expect normal acceleration, this scooter will surprise you at the way it picks up and carries its power. For all city driving, this probably is the best engine we have ridden for sometime now on scooters. The engine feels feather light and has immense potential to give that extra fun when needed. The exhaust note is also sweet and becomes punchy as and when the throttle is raised unleashing the power of this 125cc engine.

The maximum which we could achieve on Rodeo was a speedo indicated 83 kmph (which is fast by any Indian scooter standards) but the way it reached at that speed was more convincing for us. Even more inspiring was the smoothness of the engine at those high rpms. There was very little (almost nil) fuss at those high rpm where even super refined Hondas tend to give indications of vibrations. Duro would do similar speeds bearing the same engine but we could not test the Duro for performance. The only scooter which comes anyway close to these two (three if you include Flyte) in terms of performance is the Suzuki Access 125. The low end and mid range of the engine is very strong and zipping through the city roads is a breeze.

Rodeo – 8.5/10 | Duro – 8.5/10

Convenience and Comfort

Talk about the various innovative features on these scooters, and they come flaunting them in front. We thought it would be more readable if we innumerate them:

Front Fueling: The Rodeo comes with this feature of front fueling which saves you from the hassles of getting down for refueling. All you need to do is flip the key and here you go! Duro however comes with the traditional under-the-seat fueling system for which you have to get off your scooter, pull the key, raise the seat, remove the knob (at the same time holding the seat up) and wait for the your turn. And when it’s your turn wait for the guy to fill in the required amount of petrol, shut the seat, pull the key back to ‘on’, start the scooter and phew….. move. Tedious..isn’t it? But this convenience comes at a price. As the space in front is not as much as what can be stored on the rear, Rodeo’s petrol tank can hold only 4.5 liters whereas Duro is generous till 6 Liters.

4-in-1 Anti Theft Key: As they say, one key does it all! It opens (and closes) your handle lock, turns on the ignition and also breaks open the fuel tank lid. And once you have left your scoot locked the magnetic key then covers the keyhole with a solid cover protection which doesn’t allow any further entry to any unauthorized key. Now this is really an innovative way for the safety of your machine considering the alarmingly increasing rate of two wheeler thefts all across the country. But let us dishearten our Duro fans, this feature is kept limited to the Rodeo only and the Duro comes with the traditional lock and key.

Gigantic Storage Space: When we first opened Rodeos lid, we were a little surprized at what we saw! With the fuel storage tank in the front Mahindra had the liberty of increasing the under seat storage capacity which they did artistically. The boot space now stands at an amazing 22 liters which can store even the largest of helmets along with a vanity kit, 2 combs (a thick one and a thin one), a make-me-look-beautiful mirror, 22 different shaded lipsticks, 17 Mascaras, 19 eye liners, a makeup kit and might still have space left!

Rodeo Rear

Duro owners might have to do with only a part of the mentioned stuff! But (on a serious note) even the Duro has pretty good boot space and can accommodate a helmet neatly along with a decent sized ladies purse.

duros rear

Front box: Every inch of the scooter has been used with some innovation. The Duro comes with a closed lockable front storage box which can accommodate all what was not storable in the under seat box. But mind you only smaller material can be kept inside like books, CDs and other such stuff. Even after a fuel tank upfront Mahindra has managed to get little space for the Rodeo to have a small little open ‘Diggi’ (box) which can store minuscule things like important brochures folded, 20 Rs Dairy Milk chocolates, Pepsi 200ml cans, table tennis balls, etc

Electronic Gadget Charger: How often do you have to rush for your coaching classes or office or you are late for home and your cellphone battery has just given up. Your mom-dad, wife/husband loose some 2 kilograms running up and down waiting for your call. Now, you can charge up your battery on the go and call up your loved ones informing about your haleness (helping them save those 2 kgs!). Mahindra has loaded the Rodeo with a 12 volt charging point just beside the key lock entry where you can charge your flaunting iPod Touchs, cheap intex MP3 players, or your cell phones. For all those whose best excuse of meeting their girlfriends is getting killed, Duro is just the right scoot for you. You can safely vouch and show your dead cellfone to your dad as Duro doesn’t come with this feature.

Broad Seats: Both the scooters come with wide comfortable seats which can accommodate four massive butts completely. The Duro is a little wider and slightly more comfortable but Rodeo has a softer cushioning which helps keep that pain away.

rodeo seat

The seats are ergonomically designed and have the right contours at the right places. However, the rear footpegs need you stretching for reaching them on the Duro.

duros seat

Massive Leg Room: We have ridden quite a few scooters which have so less space left for the knees but Duro comes with Indias best spaced leg room. The scoot has enough room to carry a regular LPG cylinder with ease! Even the Rodeo comes with decently generous front space and ample enough for smaller to mid sized riders.

Sidestand Buzzer: The next time you forget to remove that side stand, you would get such a loud warning that you would prefer not to repeat the same mistake again. Rodeo comes with a side stand buzzer which goes berserk once it sees you moving it without removing the side stand! The buzzer is also accompanied by a warning light on the scoots console which flashes till you do the required job.

Illuminated Under-Seat: Both the scooters have a well lit underseat storage for all those dark night halts and safety pin searching exercises.

Foldable Mirrors: Lifted from the Flyte, the mirrors have this uncanny knack of folding themselves ‘in’ in the event of an impact which ensures you can see your lovely face in them with a bright smile again.

Rodeo – 9/10 | Duro – 7.5/10

Electricals & Instrumentation

A lot of thinking has gone into the making of these scooters appeal to the masses and it clearly shows. On the instrumentation front the Rodeo has been loaded with some superb stuff. The scoot comes loaded with Indias first all digital console what we have seen in the Yamaha FZ. What is even better is the presence of a tachometer (only current production scoot in India) which is also digital. The revs raise in bars (like in FZ) whereas the speed is displayed in a digitized format.

Rodeo Digital console

The console has loads of gadgetry; it also has a provision of a tripmeter, acceleration indicator, fuel gauge, clock and an odometer. Now comes the interesting part, you can change the background light of the console with a push of a button and you have seven different colors to choose from to match your yellow sandals, pink belts, Blue Lipgloss etc. (Is Honda taking note…’colors’ we are talking about!).

Duro console

On the other hand, Duro sports conventional all analogue console set up on white background which has a speedometer, fuel gauge, indicator lights, upper beam indicator and an odometer. Frankly speaking, Rodeo’s display looks a little childish and funny because of its smaller size and that funny color changing scheme whereas Duro’s look fantastically classy, although being analogue and has a classic touch attached to it. However, the amount of data the Rodeo has in display is pretty useful and futuristic. Both the bikes come loaded with powerful batteries (how powerful? We don’t know!) and in our whole stint with both of them, the scoots started with the smallest of pushes on the button. For all those emergency situations we also have the kicker. But with the indicators on, the horn played Himesh Reshammiyas tunes on both the scooters. However, what we did not like was the illumination provided by both the scooters’ headlamps. We counter checked with the servicemen but they said, they were the stock scooters and nothing had been altered. However, we would keep our comments reserved on these till we satisfy our pedagogies.

Rodeo – 8/10 | Duro – 7/10

Handling & Mileage

For all those reading, let us inform you that we are a little spoilt after having ridden Honda Dio for many days, which according to us remains the best handling scooter in India, still! Talking about both of these, they handled pretty well with nothing very offbeat to talk about. Duro has a slightly better handling than the Rodeo because of the large (largest in India on any scooter) 1290mm of wheelbase which comes handy especially at higher speeds. For general place A to place B commuting these two would do their job easily. The good part, however, is the light weight (106 & 105 kg for Rodeo and Duro respectively) of these scooters, which, along with low saddle heights (of 760 and 770 mm) ensure that you do not get that heavy unstable feeling. The feet remains well planted on the ground and maneuvering around even the densest of traffics is really easy (easier than Activa and Access). Rodeo comes equipped with telescopic ‘PRO-SUS System’ shock absorbers upfront which really help in tackling those real broken roads and innumerable potholes Indian roads are flooded with, however, we would have liked the travel (of the shock absorbers) to be a little more along with a slightly softer damping. Duro, on the other hand, comes equipped with traditional hydraulic front suspension and it behaves like all (similar suspension laden) other scooters, real bad!

Rodeo Front suspension

Both the scoots we had were loaded with CEAT Secura tyres and under hard braking were skidding off their line slightly. If given a chance we would have loved to change them to the MRF Nylogrip Zappers loaded on the Honda Dio. Anyways, the braking of both the scooters was above average and under normal city driving would give enough bite to instill confidence in the rider.

Mileage has been decent with this engine with Flyte reporting quite decent figures in the range of 40-45 kilometers for every liter in cities and we expect both these machines to be in the similar region as well owing to the identical setup these three machines have.

Fit and finish of the scooters was also pretty decent and the paint quality seemed pretty fine . Duro is available in six color options – Cappuccino Brown (hate this color), Majestic Maroon, Pearl White (looks good), Mystique Grey, Golden Beige and Fiery Black (Pick of the colors). However, Rodeo is made available in more radiant colors suiting its personality – Fiery Black (second only to blue), Deep Ocean Blue (pick of the colors), Cappuccino Brown, Golden Beige, Forest Green, Majestic Maroon and Blazing Red (looks fiery).

Rodeo – 7/10
Duro – 7.5/10

BikeAdvice Verdict

Apart from the glitch that Mahindra is still expanding, which might mean a little time consuming service and spares delivery, we don’t see any particular reason for a person choosing that 102cc (or 109cc) engine above these. Believe us, this was the most responsive scooter we have driven in India till date especially in the useable lower and mid range where we drive our scooters 98 percent of times. Higher range is a little let down but that’s probably only 2 percent of the life of the scooter. With so much practicality associated along with some pretty innovative features in offer, these scooters have won our heart and we would recommend them big time.

Now is the time to reveal the offbeat pricing these scooters have been offered for! The Duro would be your genie at Rs 43,477 and with a host of features the sexy Rodeo is Rs 46,801 all inclusive on road in Pune. Compare this to the smaller engined Activa which sells at 46-47k and the new Aviator which is 47k and 50k+ and the similar capacity Suzuki Access which retails at a tad lesser than 50k on road Pune. Does it get any more Value For Money than this!

Rodeo OVERALL – 8/10 | Duro OVERALL – 8/10

- Saad Khan

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BikeBhp.com November 19, 2009 at 7:57 pm

Rodeo will definitely steal the show between the two but I feel still it is too early to comment on the reliability factor of the two scooteretts, on the contrary Japanese bikes/scooteretts come through years of rigorous R&D, which I think will be difficult for Mahindra to match at this step.But overall I must say it seems a very good effort from Mahindra( typically very Mahindra):-)

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Wheelosphere November 19, 2009 at 9:31 pm

Mahindra’s for sure will not allow other makers to have a cakewalk in Scooter segment.Even HMSI is realising this fact, the response time for launching 109 CC Aviator was only few months after Mahindra launched Rodeo and Duo.Honda service centers are another weak point for them, so let us see how customers are getting benefited from this game.

By the way a very exhaustive Review of both the scooters by Mr.Saad.Keep it up!

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Raghav November 19, 2009 at 10:09 pm

rodeo will give access (best scoot tl nw) a good competition as it has evrythng (n evn more) to offer at a smaller price tag .
activa is typical aunty-uncle scooter .

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Tushal November 20, 2009 at 10:11 am

Duro looks masculine to take the fight to Activa and Access. But they could have done something more in Rodeo to fight against Dio. Zappers should have been the standard tyres. What say?

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CarAdvice November 20, 2009 at 2:10 pm

They are just renamed scooters from Kinetic with a little cosmetic and feature upgrade.

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tarmacburner December 4, 2009 at 11:28 am

how come 7/10 for rodeo & 7.5/10 for duro, in ride/handling department, when the review says otherwise. No brownies for guessing winner in this section. Rodeo wins hand down just with its telescopic suspension. If not , plz clarify :)

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Sam December 4, 2009 at 1:38 pm

Well the rodeo sure is very attractive and classy when compared,
Mahindra have also brought some inputs such as tachometer etc to attract buyers.
I read this review about the Rodeo lately.
http://www.scribd.com/doc/23424599

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Nitin January 12, 2010 at 10:39 am

I purchased Duro on 6th November 2009. I have driven it more than 1300 Kms. On part of Mileage it is very less… around 28-30 after 1st service. Stability and everything else is good except floor clearance and mileage.

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Saravana Kumar February 8, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Hi guys..I finally took a test drive of Rodeo yesterday in Force Motors(Trans Tempo)-Chennai..

The place where I took my ride(exactly behind the showroom a long street) had lots of speed breakers and humps which was an ideal place for me to check the ground clearance issue of Rodeo..I must say that I was really satisfied by the Rodeo.It never striked the ground on any of the speed breakers..I tested it at high speed and at low speed and never did the Rodeo touch the road.The issue has been solved now I guess.

The braking was good and acceleration was much better than other scoots in the range.It has great stability and control which makes a better option to ride in city traffic.It is a really great competitor to the Honda’s and Suzuki’s with great features and stylish looks.Mahindra must increase the the number of dealers to increase the customers.

I booked the Rodeo(Cappuccino Brown) and will be taking the delivery within few days..Thank you guys.. :-)

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Rajeev February 17, 2010 at 8:11 pm

I am planning to buy Duro. Pl. anyone tel me what is the average of duro and Rodeo

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sanjay March 25, 2010 at 4:15 pm

The heat generated by duro’s engine is too much. U cannot keep
any thing on the space given below the seat. Also observed
heat start expansion towards outside (both side pillion rider
seating body) .

If some coolingment is made then this will be the best power scooter in India.

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Rajanna March 26, 2010 at 11:30 am

Have a proud owner of Duro giving a mileage of roughly 30Kms and disturbing ground clearance.

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savi March 30, 2010 at 9:34 am

plz tell me the average of duro &about the space giving under the seat?

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Baburao Patil March 12, 2011 at 12:15 am

plz tell me the average of duro & rodeo about the space giving under the seat?

The heat generated by duro’s engine is too much. U cannot keep
any thing on the space given below the seat. Also observed
heat start expansion towards outside (both side pillion rider
seating body) .

plz send me price of duro & rodeo in mumbai & out of mumbai ( pune & kolhapur in maharashtra ).

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Ritu April 27, 2010 at 5:36 pm

I bought Roadeo and sorry to say that it has eaten my 800 Rs fuel(16 L) in 250 km it is giving me a average if 15 per km in city.The ground clearance is very low.I feel it very heavy to take in and out. If any one want to buy please buy mine i purchased on April 6,2010 Its brand new and red in color TVS claim for 70 and Mahindra Roadeo for 45 it gives 15 at least i can expect 45 from TVS.I want to sell this and want to buy TVS.Not worth for Women.

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sravan reddy April 27, 2010 at 7:38 pm

MAHINDRA FLYTE ROCK’S

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Vishal May 18, 2010 at 11:39 am

Hi Sravan, would u like to sell your bike to me?

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Devadas Shenoy June 10, 2010 at 1:39 pm

Hi All,

I bought a Mahindra Duro in October 2009.
I have run 9000 kms. My verdict is….

Good features
1. Fuel Tank 6 lts
2. Space below seat
3. Leg Space
4. Front Boot space
5. Pickup

Bad Features
1. Just loves speed breakers. Does not leave any speed breaker untouched
2. Parts quality very bad. Seat has already taken bucket shape. Center stand vibrates causing lot of vibrating noice.
3. Breaks need very frequent re-fit
4. Service quality is pathetic and worst
5. Mileage has never crossed 40 even after service center claiming to have tuned it
6. Faulty fuel guage reading
7. The acclerator handle comes off the scooter
8. I am now experiencing drop in pickup and speed i.e. response to acceleration
9. After 40 kms speed the scooter gives a strange engine noice of woowing
10. I am also experiencing wobling, to which service center says fork is loose. I wonder if they have fixed it.

At current levels of service, please dont buy one. If your service center is Mahaveer Mortors in Bangalore, never ever buy it.

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raghu June 10, 2010 at 10:14 pm

I want the milage information & ground clearance from user group.

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Devadas Shenoy June 11, 2010 at 8:20 am

Mileage – company claims 40 plus, dealer claims close to 50 and I am getting around 35 only.

Ground Clearence – It is too low. With two people riding, it is sure to touch most if not all the speed breakers. But the best part is it is the center stand which rubs the ground and not the body.

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Kamlesh July 2, 2010 at 6:51 pm

Mahindra Duro is the worst scooter of the year.

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Girish July 2, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Mahindra Duro Details:

Average – 30 Km/ltr.
Ground Clearance – Very Bad
Riding Experience- Bad

Sorry to say but Company should stop the production of this vehicle.

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Ramesh July 2, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Indian company is very far from beating the MNCs’.
Activa & Acess125 are much better vehicles than Mahindras’ any two wheeler.

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avinash gawande July 3, 2010 at 10:44 pm

I purchase duro at 15th may 2010, till 3rd july , vehicle running 1890 Km, before servicing it gives mileage of 30 only, after tuning , now it gives 40 km in nagpur city,out of city in highways ,i continuously runningabout 100 – 120 km, it gives 42 – 43 Km mileage, not bad, only drawback is ground clearance,

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rodeokoira July 16, 2010 at 9:51 pm

I happened to buy Mahindra Rodeo for Rs.51000 on 24th of April 2010 for the following Brighter Side Of Rodeo- Mahindra Brand (cos I also own a 2003 Model Scorpio), Great Looks n Styling, Digital Meter, Front Telescopic Suspension, Front Fuel Filling, Mobile Charger, Anti-Theft Lock, Silent & yet a Powerful 125cc Engine. The Brighter Side stops here. Now starts the True Reality & Ugly Face, THE DARK SIDE OF THE RODEO – The Ground Clearance is Very Low & tends to bump onto most of the road humps. As for the Mileage it’s a total let down cos when you ride around 30-40km speed the Mileage is around 34km/liter & if you exceed beyond 40km speed & above, then be prepared to burn your hard earned money cos the Mileage drops down to a shocking 19km/liter. Now you know the Real Mileage of Rodeo which is between a of Minimum 19km/ltr to a Maximum of 34km/ltr. Even when the vehicle is left unused still you end up losing petrol, this is because the petrol keeps evaporating from the petrol tank due to the faulty design of petrol tank which is connected to the front fuel lid by a hose pipe. After covering some 1450kms of distance over a period of two & half months, I thought enough is enough & was so disappointed with my Rodeo that I finally sold it for a mere Rs. 36000/- on 15th of July 2010 just to get rid of it. So Beware & Cautious in buying a Rodeo if you are planning to buy one! And as for me, Im out to buy the best scooter possible, so I have test ride the following scooters – Honda Aviator (decided not to buy it cos it jumps when u hit a road hump & patch roads), Honda Dio (somewhat ok), Honda Activa (Good) & TVS Wego (Excellent). So im yet to decide between Honda Activa & TVS Wego. So in my opinion it’s wise & safe to either buy a Honda Activa or a TVS Wego than buying & experimenting with any other scooters which are currently available in the market as of now.

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ajay July 26, 2010 at 11:26 pm

mahindra duro and rodeo are the one of the good wheels in these segments.it also have the engine quality too.and also got 40-45 kmpl(the milege is depending on the riding speed before the 1st service,45-50km/h)

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Sandeep Banerjee August 2, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Wanted to buy Mahindra Duro, Please help me , Should i proceed or look for some other brand.

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vivek August 17, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Never ever buy mahindra Duro its totally a junk vehicle…:-)
If you want i can sold my vehicle for 20,ooo Rs and its 2 years old.

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Sujay September 10, 2010 at 11:55 am

Which1 to buy activa,duro,rodeoin gearless segment??plz Advice..

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ayushman September 22, 2010 at 12:04 pm

I am confused which scooty to buy…..mahindra duro or rodeeo or TVS Wego…….can anyone suggest me regarding this issue……plzzzz i want to know which 1 is better in case of milege & ground clearence……..plzzzzzz Suggest me….

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bless_er November 2, 2010 at 6:27 pm

ayushman, go for wego … it will sure make u feel happy…

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Devadas September 22, 2010 at 3:06 pm

I own a Mahindra Duro. See my comments above.
Ground Clearence is very very low.

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Radhika October 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

Hi,

I wanted to buy Rodeo but looking at the comments above M scared which one to buy now? Please suggest.

Thanks ,
Radhika

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Devadas October 13, 2010 at 11:34 pm

I am an owner of Duro for a year now. See my comments above. My vehicle needs regular refit of breaks they loosen very fast. It is all fiber body. So the side fenders tend to loosen. The center stand is very very low. So you will touch most of speed breakers.They promise 45 plus mileage. But I am getting between 35 and 39.Duro has very low ground clearence. But it is the center stand which hits the humps and not the body. But it is very irritating. If there is a pillion rider then none of the humps will be spared.
Look for Honda Dio. It is really fast…. Else Suzuki Access is a good choice and a reliable vehicle.

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Radhika October 14, 2010 at 10:03 am

Hi Devadas,

I am following all your comments. Thanks for the reply also. I will definitely rethink about this.

Cheers,
Radhika

Bharath February 5, 2011 at 10:02 am

Dear Radhika,

The best bike in all aspects is Suzuki Access 125. It beats all other Brands even MNC also. If any doubts you have just mail me to rbharathbabu@yahoo.co.in, I’m sure that will help you by explain.

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vijayendra October 30, 2010 at 11:29 am

hi,
mileage of any scooter depends upon the first running in kilometers i.e first 1500km,during which the scooter should be driven at minimun speed of 35kmph and not exceed.during this running-in period the vehicle is prone to consume more fuel. no need to worry.after two servicing the mileage would definitely increase.

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bless_er November 2, 2010 at 6:26 pm

i own duro for past 10 months , and still giving mileage of just 30 kms/ltr…
!!!

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bless_er November 2, 2010 at 6:37 pm

DURO :-
DRIVING = VERY BAD
MILEAGE = VERY MUCH LESS..still loosing from 30 to 20 kms/ltr…
PICKUP = AVERAGE
DESIGN = OLD FASHIONED

OVERALL = 0.5 OUT OF 5

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Gangadhar Sahu November 14, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Dear sir
I have purchased mahindra duro in october 2009 from aman auto korba c.g..its better than others in all features except milage.i observed milage is around 35 km/litre.please ammend in technology free of coat to your customer for better milage to become no.1 scooter.

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shubham patro November 15, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Wanted to buy Mahindra Duro, Please help me , Should i proceed or look for some other brand.

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Devadas November 17, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Hi Shubham,
I think you should read the comments from dis-satisfied owners above. That will give a clear picture if you should buy or not.
Thank You
Devadas

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AboveAll November 18, 2010 at 12:38 pm

I hav ridden 2 of my friends duros.. all i can say is-
1. decent storage space(his coaching bag and mine fits in perfectly).
2. Handling not the best (due to short handle)
3. looks are not very impressive(although the white one looks cute)
4. nice engine(i touched 85 alone(61 kg), and 65 with my friend(64 kg) sitting back)
5. Average fuel economy(35-40 kmpl)
6. Totally “F**ked up” brakes..

so decide what matters to you..
if its cost, plain looks, and performance, go for duro…
if its style and some childish technology(multi-colored backlight etc.) go for rodeo..

P.S.- I would advice that if u r a guy and of short height, go for the pearl-white-duro) :-)

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Sharmila November 27, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Every one is saying that Scooty pept+ is bad, Duro is also not ok, Active is Aunty or Uncle type then which Scooty we can buy. I need the scooty between 35, 000 to 45, 000 thsnd. Weight between 100 to 110 or 115 will do. good in engine & look.I m 4.11 tall. Please some one advice me which one to buy.

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Bharath February 5, 2011 at 10:10 am

Dear Sharmila,

Just go for Suzuki access 125 the best scooter among all MNC. Want to know any experience about my scooter let me know by e-mail rbharathbabu@yahoo.co.in

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Archana Pathak November 27, 2010 at 4:06 pm

i bougth a Mahindra duro in April 2010 from car Ghar, Guwahati, but i m not satisfied bcoz moleage is so poor, 25 km/pl in city use

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Neil August 28, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Dear
I too have bought from there in ghy…also had this problem before…now solved..showing 45-50 km/l in city…for info mail me..neil.gohain@gmail.com..i ‘ll help u.

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avinash gawande November 27, 2010 at 10:17 pm

I bought DURO in june 2010, pearl white colour, runs 5300 km, 2 servicing, at the start it gives upto 25-30 km in city @ 25 -30 km speed,but if speed increasing, it gives upto 40 km/lit, my vehicle maximum running in village side at metal road, but now it gives 40 – 45 Km/ lit @ speed of above 40 kms. out of city. I like it, rough and tough duro, I drive with lot of instruments, it runs with average speed of 50 kms, so i think, duro is now in competition with activa and access,

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K.A.SHAHEED February 7, 2011 at 10:40 am

I have purchased a white pearl color Mahindra duro on 28 th January 2011 and after ten days I feel the ground clearance is not satisfactory and while turning to left of right I am afraid of capsizing the scooter. The consumption of petrol is not yet calculated thoroughly, however I understand that fuel consumption is very high.

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Ibrahim Shaikh March 2, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Please let me know which is better scooter among Mahindra Rodeo,Suzuki Access and TVS Wego
Thanks

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Vallabh Mahajan April 4, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Dear All,
First of all a Very good to all.
I want to share my experience abt the Scooty & Scooter segment.One who wants to buy any scooter or SCooty can take it under consideration and go for the best one.
I have Pep+,Rodeo,Activa & Dio in house. I have experienced all the scooters & found the Rodeo the perfect one for my Sister,Mom & everyone. Good,Stylish look & a perfect handling.
Everyone is taking abt the average but I feel all the scooters have almost same average(35-40 KMPL)(amongst this pep+ has the worst one).
Activa very heavily & difficult to handle in traffic.
I would suggest u to go with Mahindra Rodeo or Flyte (Keep one thing in mind get ur scooters serviced properly & maintain the speed limit to first 1000-1500kms. then see RODEO will rock)

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DVSR Giridhar April 10, 2011 at 12:11 pm

I have purchase Duro for my sister in July,2010. Front suspension is the worst of its kind, even if it goes into a ditch, we can hear and feel the hard hitting sound of the suspension.
And the milage is around 25 to 30 KMPL only. But the ride is comfortable but with a luxury of a 4 wheeler milage. I gave the vehicle at the servicing centre at M/s.Aarush motors, Kakinada where there is only one mechanic who seems to be aware of the earlier generation scooters. Other boys are only helpers. They indulge in the sale of the equipment only as they get Rs.100/- to 200/- from the customer with the purchase of new vehicle.

Oil is leaking from the engine which was not attended properly. They have replaced with a screw which has more length (kept a washer for the extra length screw). But the problem is with the threading inside the housing.

Engine oil is not getting filled up inside (Only 1/2 ltr is going inside and balance is coming out). It was noticed by me during the first service and sorted out after consulting with the service engineer.

It is a very badly maintained service centre and nobody bothered about the customer service. And with the increasing fuel prices, it is least preferable bike to purchase. It became a white elephant to me. i request the company authorities to look after my vehicle.

DVSR Giridhar
KAKINADA
EAST GODAVARI DISTRICT
ANDHRA PRADESH
PH: 09849734343

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bhakti May 12, 2011 at 9:44 am

should i go for Mahindra rodeo or Activa?

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RAJAN May 25, 2011 at 9:55 am

SHOULD I PURCHSE 6 MONTH OLD DURO @ 35,000.00 ?

PLS GIME ME ANSWER…

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Mahi June 17, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Dont buy mahindra duro. GO for Suzuki access.

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Varma July 10, 2011 at 10:04 am

I have a mahindra duro scooty. the pick up n everyting is ok except mileage .im shocked bout the mileage its giving only 25 .so what i want to do plz suggest me

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Varma July 10, 2011 at 10:55 am

I have a mahindra duro scooty the pick up n every ting is good except mileage.i shocked to known bout mileage is getting only 25 kmpl .now what i want to do plz suggest me

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sanjiv July 27, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Hi,
I am Sanjiv from Mumbai wanted to purchase new economical scooter confused betwen Duro & Access 125. Cab anyone advice me? Any other opotion will also help me.
Regards,
SANJIV

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Mansi September 28, 2011 at 10:46 am

Go with mahindra rodio. It is better than others

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PSRINIVASARAO November 26, 2011 at 9:34 pm

i have previously purchased kintetic nova. All the Kintetic dealers, i have faced are no.1 420s. When I went Reliance automobiles in Tilak Nagar, he told that the engine should be opened and it will charged for repair for him Rs.4000/-. After taking(pulling my scooter) on the way a roadside mechanic taken Rs.15/- and kept tuning plug(schrew) and repaired my kinetic nova with meagre Rs.15/-only. Till now I have no problem. The Tilaknagar Kinetic dealer/manager,Delhi Reliance automobiles is fraudmen, is n’t it. Be aware of fraudsters.

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swetha April 25, 2012 at 2:19 pm

mileage is very less……………..

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swetha April 25, 2012 at 2:19 pm

mileage is very less………

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satish May 21, 2012 at 11:29 pm

mahindra rodeo is good mill……..

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MB June 10, 2012 at 11:38 pm

Ground Clearance and mileage seem to be the most haunting points for these two scooters.

On the Duro DZ they seem to be resolved.Lets wait for the new Rodeo..

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udayasree July 5, 2012 at 5:04 pm

I bought Mahindra rodeo it is very poor in it’s milaege .it wa sjust giving 20-25 hardly.And dealers in hyderabad are very poor in servicing and clearing techinal problems.Very poor in all the specs.

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rp July 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm

I bought Duro in April 2011. All along from day 1, the mileage was 20-25Kmpl. The day I have taken the new vehicle, the petrol tank had a leak. This I only found from a local road side mechanic only now (July 2012). In the authorized service center when I complained of low mileage (15 times in last one year 3 months), they always said they have tuned up the vehicle. Recently I showed the leak to the Service center and changed the petrol tank and warrany covered. Rs 200 they charged was the amount for labour charges.
Guys – My sincere request.
1. Use the FREE Service only for WATER WASH.
2. Buy Good Engine Oil from Any petrol bunk and fill it up with help of road side mechanic or by yourself (10 mins work). This is because I suspect that the Authorized service center will not change the Oil but will Bill us. This advice is because, Immediately after service in 2 to 3 days – I had a engine seizing like situation and the road side mechanic told me that there was NO or LESS engine oil.

CONCLUSION: Authorized Mahindra Two-wheeler service persons are too lazy idiots. Mahindra Two-wheeler is sure to be avoided.

Best Buys: Access125, TVS Wego, Dio, Activa, Aviator, TVS Scooty, Duro, Rodeo in the order of preferance

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shatrun July 16, 2012 at 12:36 am

the duro trully seems to be the scooter for everyday use. the mileage is a big support to this idea. the scooter otherwise also looks powerful. the price is reasonable and thus does not pinches a hole in the pocket

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sanjoy sharma November 28, 2012 at 9:22 pm

i do not think what i buy,mahindra rodio or honda aviator,i know honda is a branded company,but mahindra is not a branded company.please friends tell me what i buy

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Subhash bindal June 11, 2013 at 10:43 am

I am Subhash from Meerut,purchased RODEO somewhere in beaning of 2010 since starting only i am suffering a lot in totality bad performance of RODEO.

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swadesh February 23, 2014 at 1:18 pm

Dear All,

Very first thing, that I’m not a paid user or reviewer from Mahindra.

I had Bought my Duro DZ on 27th January 2013 from Baroda. And brought it here to SIliguri and have been driving it ever since. And Trust me, there has never been a single moment so far, that I’d had to regret my Purchase! .

Recently, last December 2013, I Drove my Duro along with my Wife(Plus Bagpack-25Kgs) to Darjeeling, Teesta, Gangtok. Mind you they have Steep Heights / Slopes. And it rode comfortably. My wife never complaint about any back pain or any discomfort. She enjoyed every moment of that Drive:).

My Duro DZ, has clocked about 7000 Kms in last 12 Months

This may come as a BIG Surprise to every one here, but My last few Mileages are:

40.87, 46.53, 42.78, 47.14, 47.58, 47.36, 46.51, 45.22, 48.72 KMPL!

I find it very hard to believe that other Owners are getting such low Mileages(as they claim) of around 20-30 KMPL!

I’m not sure what different they are doing or I’m doing, but I Love my Scooter and it just returns it back to me.

Regarding Pick up, Over taking is so easy with it,

Power – When I rode it to the Darjeeling, Gangtok and Teesta Hills, all my doubts for this Scooter got over. With little effort, it reached the Top. Thought there is one Issue, that, Starting in Cold weathers!, Have to use Choke for 1st few minutes.

If any of the Users want to ask any thing or Contact regarding the care of scooter, please mail me at: swadeshgauravsingh@gmail.com. I’d be happy to advice/help.

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