In the Indian two-wheeler industry, small capacity scooters always have an important place. The congested city roads and the rocketing fuel prices may be the reasons for this. The Hero Maestro and the Suzuki Access 125 are two commuting scooters popular in India. The 110 cc Hero Maestro launched in 2012 is priced Rupees 46,700. The Accees 125 is the best selling scooter from the Suzuki priced Rupees 49,125 and 51,217 for the Standard and the Deluxe models respectively.
The Maestro comes in colours of force silver, panther black, blazing red, pearl white and harvest green and the Access in candy red, pearl white, metallic silver and metallic black. Both the scooters are electric start type with automatic transmission. The Maestro has a 3 Ah battery with 35/35w halogen headlamps, 5/21w crystal tail/brake lamps and crystal turn signals. The Access has 5 Ah battery with 35/35w halogen, 5/21w crystal tail/brake lamps, and crystal turn signals.
The Maestro has a 109 cc, 8.2 ps and 9.1 Nm torque engine giving mileages of 50 kmpl. The more powerful Suzuki Access has a 124 cc, 8.5 bhp, 9.8 Nm torque engine giving a better mileage of 55 kmpl. Both have carburetor type fuel system and CDI type ignition. The Maestro takes 9.2 seconds for 0 to 60 kmph acceleration and the Access 7.9 seconds. The top speeds of both the bikes are 91 kmph.
The Maestro has a better instrument panel with an analogue speedometer, a digital fuel gauge, two digital trip meters, a stand indicator and a low fuel indicator. The Access 125 has an analogue speedometer and fuel gauge and low fuel and low battery indications. The Maestro has a high rigidity under bone type chassis with bottom link with spring loaded hydraulic damper at the front and unit spring with hydraulic damper at the rear. The Suzuki scooter has a diamond chassis with telescopic coil spring loaded oil damper suspension at the front and swing arm coil spring type oil damper suspension at the rear.
The dimensions of the 110 kg Maestro are 1240 mm wheel base and 155 mm ground clearance. The Access weighing 112 kg has a wheel base of 1250mm and a ground clearance of 160 mm. The brakes are 130 mm drum type for the Maestro and 120 mm drum for the Access at both the ends. The tyres are 90/100×10″ for both the scooters. The Access has a 6 litre fuel tank against the 5 litre tank of the Maestro.
Lower prices, better styling and a unisex look are the plus points of the Maestro. The Suzuki Access 125 has a smooth engine, better front suspension and a key shutter feature.