Mahindra Duro DX 125 – What has changed?

With the unveiling of Duro DX, we understand that Mahindra has been constantly looking out for feedback from wherever it can gather. Let me enumerate what all has changed in the new ‘DX’ variant of Duro as compared with the existing version. You will also see a few excerpts of my earlier articles with respect to the changes incorporated by Mahindra on the new scoot.

Prominent Changes

Telescopic Shock Absorbers: In my road test article on Duro, I had reported that suspension could be improved from the existing setup. Mahindra did just that, Duro DX comes with telescopic shock absorbers which is one of the most prominent changes on this scoot.

MRF Tires: In my roadtest I have mentioned about changing CEAT Secura tires with MRF Nylogrip Zappers from the Honda Dio, and they did just that. Not only they are better looking, but provide the much needed better grip.

Dual Curve Digital Ignition: According to Mahindra, it enhances both power and fuel efficiency of the engine.

Shorter (still longest) Wheelbase: Mahindra has reduced the wheelbase of Duro DX to 1270mm which is 1290mm on the existing model.

However, it still remains the largest wheelbase on scooters in India: aids in better high speed stability.

Higher Ground Clearance: In one of the later articles, I have mentioned this as one of the most reported issue on the Duro. Mahindra has increased it by 15mm to 155mm with no load. Moreover, with a stiffer suspension, the compression is not much and the scooter remains higher despite heavier load.

Improved Fuel Efficiency: A lot of customers reported low fuel efficiency from this 125cc motor and Mahindra seems to have worked on it. The IDC value for Duro DX stands at 53kmpl with an on-road value expected to be somewhere close to 45kmpl

Increased Weight: The more important factor; Duro has gained weight by as much as 9 kgs which I am sure would have been a big hindrance to both power delivery and fuel efficiency and it would be interesting to understand how Mahindra would have tackled this.

Brake Lever Lock: A two decade old tech, finally finds its way on the new Duro DX. It comes with a brake lever lock which saves your bike from rolling down an incline.

Other Changes

Rear Grabrails: In my article, I have given a little hint that the rear of Duro looks ‘a little big vis-à-vis the sweet looking front’. The dual layered grabrails are gone and in place is a single layered grab rail which makes the bike more streamlined, linear and smarter.

Braking: In the roadtest article of existing Duro, I rated the braking on Duro above average and after the roadtest of the new Duro STD, I can surely say that it boasts off much better and to-the-point braking.

Changed Dimensions: Duro DX is 5mm smaller, 199mm higher and 30mm wider than existing Duro STD. Respective dimensions for Duro DX in L x B x H are 1814mm x 770mm x 1275mm as compared to 1819mm x 740mm x 1076mm of the existing Duro.

Changed Graphics: Naturally, as a refreshed variant, Duro DX also comes with different set of bodywork.

Larger Headlamp: As promised by Mahindra, the headlamp, with being broader, provides wider and better throw of light.

Wider RVM: The rear view mirrors have been bettered and are promised to accommodate better view of the traffic behind.

Raised Handle neck: To prevent the handlebar touching or obstructing with the riders knees, Mahindra has raised the handlebar neck.

Altered Seat: After considering 40 different seat designs and patters, Mahindra has chosen this seat which they say is better from the previous one.

With so many changes in Duro, some small some big, it would be really worth a wait to test the characteristics of the new Duro DX. And let me inform you, I have already done that! Keep tuned for a complete analysis and test ride of the scooter which would be published shortly.

– Saad Khan