Review – Has Mahindra Centuro got the recipe right?
Nithyanandh K, As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!
Mahindra2wheelers forms a significant entity in the conglomerate’s quest to be present in all forms of mobility.
Let’s start with the Mahindra Stallio, the company’s first attempt at a motorcycle. Alas, it was a complete failure that forced Mahindra2Wheelers to take a sabbatical and go back to the drawing board.
Mahindra plotted its comeback with scooters, so far so good, but the commuter motorcycle segment which forms the largest part of the largest two wheeler market in the world is simply too irresistible to miss. So Mahindra has resorted to a two pronged approach to cover the sheer width of the Indian commuter segment.
While the Pantero takes care of the price sensitive entry level segment the Mahindra Centuro vies for the wallet of a bit more aspirational customer. The aim is to offer oodles of features while upholding the crucial fuel economy factor.
We all know that the commuter segment traditionally revolves around established brands. So the inevitable question is, has the Mahindra Centuro got the recipe right? Has is got what it takes to convince the extremely demanding buyer? We went all the way to the foot hills of Himalayas to find out the answer for you!
Does the Mahindra Centuro looks the part?
Well yes! The design of the bike is not ground breaking but it is up there with pretty much any decent looking commuter there is. Unlike its sibling Pantero which has a quirky styling, the Centuro settles for a conventional appearance. It shares its taillight with the Pantero but the rest of the elements are new.
The bikini fairing, the tank, the decals the silencer and the grab rails, they all have a certain sense of belonging to the segment. The twin golden bars that run below the fuel tank are there purely for the styling purpose but they mimic the exhaust manifolds of the upcoming Mahindra Mojo.
The short answer is, the motorcycle has a fine balance in which ever angle you look from.
Head to Page 2 for details on features and build quality.