Mahindra Gusto long term review: Introduction
When the Gusto first came out, we were seriously impressed - it wasn't just a good Mahindra, it was a good scooter. It was friendly, comfortable, capable and had quite a few interesting features. Now that we have one in our garage, it's interesting to see how it will stand the test of time.
To start off, the scooter we have seems to have rather wooden brakes that need a really strong pull. Fortunately the eager engine and plush suspension are the same as the bike we got in the original test. You can sit at the 85kmph top speed without the engine feeling stressed and the ride quality is good enough to absorb whatever bumps come your way. There's also a huge amount of slack in the throttle that needs to be taken off. Both the brakes are not issues with the bike but more likely to be simply badly done PDI that should be corrected at the first service.
One of the biggest talking points of the Gusto is its adjustable seat height. That it is of benefit to the vertically challenged is without dispute but how does it work for us taller riders. Since the seat pivots at the front, the height of your knees never changes and thus, neither seat position really makes a difference. However, keeping it in the lower position creates an uncomfortable slope so the seat permanently stays raised when I'm riding.
Next time I'll let you know how the Gusto feels after service and whether any issues set in, but as of now, she's running just fine.