The 125cc scooter segment has had an entire pack of models making their way into the market in recent times. Come to think of it, there were just three or four available some years ago – including the Rodeo from Mahindra, the Gusto, Suzuki’s Access and Honda’s Activa 125 (very rarely seen around). And now, the segment is booming with the best: TVS’s NTorq 125, Honda’s Grazia, Aprilia’s SR125 and the recently launched Suzuki Burgman Street. And with the current 125cc scooter trend, it seemed nearly impossible for Hero not to be present – and so the all-new Destini was born.
Laying eyes on the Destini doesn’t give you the impression of very a sharp-looking or angular design; instead, you get cues that are softer on the eye, which is bound to appeal to a wider audience. No LED elements; just a simple halogen bulb is housed neatly in the headlamp. You’ll also find a large ‘V’-shaped chrome accent running in sync with the angular indicators. Although, we found that the exhaust is a bit of a misfit for this particular design.
The Destini 125 is offered in two variants – LX and VX. We rode the latter, which comes equipped with a dual-textured seat, alloy wheels and body-coloured ORVMs. A semi-digital instrument cluster with an analogue speedometer and a digital readout for the odometer, trip-meter and fuel-level comes standard on both variants. You also get a side stand warning lamp as well. Also available on the VX variant is a mobile phone USB charger and a flashlight in the storage bay under the seat – which boasts of a capacity of 19 litres, which is alright, but can’t swallow a full-size helmet. Thankfully – for all of us lazy to step off at the gas station – the fuel-filler is placed externally that can be operated via the ignition key. The quality, fit and finish are really good, but TVS’s NTorq 125 feels a little ahead in the game, in this aspect.
Powering the Destini 125 is a 124.6cc air-cooled, single-cylinder motor that’s similar to the Maestro Edge’s. It makes 8.7bhp and 10.2Nm of torque. Initially, the engine pulls rather effortlessly. At the twist of your wrist, there’s a lot of grunt on offer. We managed to hit a top speed of 85kph, but we’re certain it’ll do better on open roads. Subtle vibrations can be felt once the 60kph is crossed, but we’re guessing that being a factory-fresh scooter has something to do with this. Perhaps the running-in should have that sorted. The Destini 125 features i3S start-stop, which aids in saving fuel by cutting off the ignition the moment you stop in traffic. To get moving – keep either of the brake levers pressed and open the throttle in the same breadth.
Navigating the Destini through tight gaps is a doddle, thanks in part to those tiny 10-inch wheels. The ride is cushioning, but despite the telescopic fork, it did begin to feel like a bit of a jitter-bug at speeds above 70-80kph. But by and large, the ride is not firm and annoying.
Disc brakes are not offered on both variants; just the combined braking system and drum brakes come as standard. The brakes bite well, without any fuss – and the MRF tyres performed well too.
The Hero Destini is quite a well rounded package, particularly when you take into account its pricing – the LX is priced at ₹ 54,650, while the VX variant is ₹ 57,500 (both ex-showroom), clearly making it the least expensive in its segment. Of course it doesn’t offer what the others do, but as a family scooter, we’ll give it some brownie points. Also bear in mind Hero’s reliable customer support – and we have a winner.
Do look out for our in-depth Hero Destini 125 Review to find out more.