Hero Destini 125 Review
Bike Tested: Hero Destini 125; Road Test No. 1011; Test Location: Delhi
Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 71,200/- (VX Variant)
The Hero Destini 125 is a value for money scooter, aimed at the mass market
With the current trend, every manufacturer is having presence in the 125cc segment, except Hero MotoCorp. At the Auto Expo, Hero MotoCorp displayed their first 125cc scooter. However, after a long wait, they have finally launched it named as the Hero Destini 125. Along with the launch, Hero MotoCorp had also organised a quick test ride of the scooter. I rode the Destini in the heart of Delhi and I am quite impressed with its practical bits. However, the main question is whether the scooter is ready to face the competition?
Motor Quest: Showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo, the Destini was called Duet 125. However, the name Duet didn’t make way but a brand new 125cc engine did. Hero MotoCorp has developed this engine in-house and the company has also confirmed that they will be launching a sportier offering in the near future with the same 125cc engine.
Styling – With a quick look, differentiating the Destini from other Hero scooters would be difficult as the styling is very similar. Design cues have been lifted from the Maestro and the Duet, however, there’s an addition of chrome at the front and both the sides. Just like the Maestro, it gets a black visor over the headlight. While the tail-light design has been taken from the Duet. The Destini 125 is offered in two variants – LX and VX. The VX variant gets cast alloy wheels, body coloured mirrors and a dual-tone seat. While the LX misses out on the chrome bits and gets steel rims. The design is neat and there are no surprise bulges while all the bulbs are halogens as there’s no LED on offer.
Instrument Cluster and Switchgear – The Destini 125 gets an analogue-digital unit where the speedometer is analogue and rest of the details are included within the digital LCD. It looks like it has been lifted from the Maestro, however, the design is not as clumsy as it was. The digital unit displays the trip meter, odometer, fuel gauge and a service reminder too. While the tell-tale lights include turn indicators and a side stand indicator. The switchgear quality is decent, however, it gets a kill-switch which is basically an i3S switch and there’s the starter button on the right too. On the left, the turn indicator switch and horn switch do duty while the high-low switch has an integrated pass light function.