Welcome to the Mahindra Duro DZ.. The Duro DZ is the sibling of the earlier tested and reported Rodeo RZ. The two scooters share much family resemblance in engine, transmission and mechanicals, yet are somehow different in feel and, certainly, in looks.
The Duro DZ portrays - in styling and on-road manners - a more masculine personality than the Rodeo. So how does this difference come about? Why, carefully considered engineering, particular attention to styling, and tweaking of the package, all of which is the response to marketing analysis I would think. Want to peek beneath the Duro’s clothing? Comparing hervital stats - length, width, height, wheelbase -with those of her sibling the Rodeo RZ makes for interesting dialogue.
According to manufacturer figures, the Duro is longer overall by 24mm, but the width and height comparisons produce a remarkable picture: The Duro is wider by 120mm and is taller by a whopping 165mm! Yet both scooters are built largely on the same platform, as we can see from the maker’s literature. Motive power for both Mahindra scooters is from the same engine and producing identical brake horses and Newton meters, and at the same engine speeds, yet the power on the Duro seems to be delivered with so much more energy. We are talking torque; the energy that is developed by the engine and transmitted to the driven wheel. This is commonly known as ‘pulling power’. This the Duro demonstrates so well by its ability to simply run away from most other road users, even larger capacity motorcycles (as I discovered during our ride test). Especially on a CVT machine, when the power comes on so smooth and in such huge fistfuls, the riding experience is so exhilarating.
About the Duro being wider and taller than Mahindra’s Rodeo is noticeable when you first get aboard the bike. Interestingly, the seat height is only 10mm more than on the Rodeo and the relationship of seat height to overall height has just gone up by 155mm. Yet the juxtaposition of rider’s hands on the handlebars to his butt on the saddle to feet on the floorboard is so comfortable that I really feel this scooter would be great for out of the city - in fact, intercity even - riding. Ergonomics has obviously been taken into careful consideration here.
The intercity suitability of the Duro DZ is underlined by the ample saddle, stepped-for-pillion-rider accommodation, the comfort and the undemanding character and fluent power of the whole making the Duro an easy choice for long rides and heavy duty use. The higher level of stability of the Duro DZ could very well come from the extra 25 mm from wheel centre to wheel centre, more than the Rodeo RZ.
From full frontal and front quarter perspectives the Duro DZ looks good. Personally, I had always asked myself why the Mahindra stylists had given most of the good looks to the Duro sibling the Rodeo, and short-changed the Duro, especially when it came to sketching the lines at the rear end of the Duro. Before I got acquainted with the Duro, when I watched the bike scooting around on local roads my heart would go out to it, born as it was with - what I thought was - mixed features. But, and here a huge But, once I had swung my leg over the seat of the Duro and ridden her out on the first few meters of what would soon be many kilometers of our joyful union, did I remember the ‘oversized’ rear? No way; the Duro’s tough, eager, fun-loving personality takes your instincts over, and all you feel is the joy of riding a bike that is well put together and so powerful, so stable, and so solid in feel.
The Duro is gifted with plentiful storage options. The glove box in the apron inner either side of the steering column, which is also lockable; a bag hook below the front end of the saddle, and of course the capacious under seat compartment. Said to be a 20 litre storage space, this subterranean zone of the Duro took me by surprise on unlocking and lifting the seat to check it out. My helmet was soon lying there looking so relaxed and comfortable in the space; and there was easily more space for more stuff. More luggage accommodation than in a prancing horse or a fighting bull?
Seems that scooter makers have made a fine art of extracting so much space from what is really a small piece of road transport. Could the somewhat generous hindquarters of the Duro have contributed to this amazing storage capacity? If, yes, pretty good job, I’d say.
The contours of the Duro’s storage space are remarkably smooth and clean. The fuel filler cap is housed towards the tail end of this space, which means it gets under lock and key when the seat is down in the locked position. Fuel carrying capacity is 6.5 litres and with the 56.25 kmpl quoted figure you certainly could go a long long way on one tankful.
The Mahindra Duro DZ has so much right about it that the wrong I observed stood out in clear contrast. The ignition/seat lock/glove box key. This common key slid into and out of the seat lock and glove box smoothly, but in the ignition switch it was rough and, sometimes, sticking. Could it be that the insides of the ignition switch on our test Duro were not put together quite right, or perhaps as the bike was new? Also take a look at the moulded part of the key, the part used to handle the key with. It is noticeably small, and the whole key gives the appearance of one from a cheaper motorized two wheeler, certainly not Mahindra standard.
The Duro’s ABS bodywork feels solid. The whole bike feels well put together. Graphics are simple yet distinctive and the overall finish of the Duro DZ is of high standard. Rubberized floor covering is comfortable to the foot and seems easy to clean out.
On the move the Duro soaks up road irregularities and provides feedback to the rider. Ride is comfortable and the wide power band and easy torque delivery - possibly by virtue of the long stroke engine spec - together with braking, handling and stability of high order, makes the Duro DZ a highly desirable on-road companion.
The Mahindra Duro DZ is likely to receive much recognition in the type of riding that is rough and where the need is for moving loads. From what we at Motor found out the Duro does so well in city running too. Mahindra’s Duro DZ could well find a place in the hearts of Sri Lanka’s urban, suburban and rural folk.
MAHINDRA MOTORIZED TWO WHEELERS IN SRI LANKA
Ideal 2 Wheelers Pvt Limited headquartered in Colombo 6 is the Sri Lankan Importer and Distributor for the range of scooters and motorcycles from Mahindra Two Wheelers (Pvt) Limited in Pune, India.
Malaka Vehalla is General Manager of Ideal 2 Wheelers Pvt Limited, and tells us :
“The Mahindra Duro DZ is a powerful 125cc scooter and is targeted at men who want high power from their two wheelers. The Duro DZ is a tough scooter and is ideal for rough use.”
“The Duro DZ comes in seven colours - Cappucino Brown, Derby Red, Fiery Black, Mystique Grey, Pearl White, Royal Purple, and Supreme Silver.”
“Men favour the toughness of the Duro DZ and the range of colours that is available.”
“Mahindra offers three scooters and three motorcycles. The scooters are Rodeo, Rodeo RZ, and this bike the Duro DZ, all of them 125cc. The motorcycles are Pantero T1, Pantero T2, and the Centuro, of 110cc capacity.”
“Mahindra scooters and motorcycles are handled by our network of over 100 Dealers.”
MAHINDRA DURO DZ
Air-cooled 4-stroke single-cylinder
52.4 x 57.8 mm Bore x Stroke
10.6:1 Compression Ratio
Electric / Kick
CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission)
CHASSIS AND RUNNING GEAR
Wheelbase 1270 mm
Tyres Front and Rear 3.50 x 10
Brakes Front and Rear Drum
DIMENSIONS AND CAPACITIES
Length 1814 mm
Width 770 mm
Height 1275 mm
Weight 114 kg
Fuel tank 6.5 lit
THE GO FACTOR
Max Power 8.0 BHP (6kW) @ 7000 rpm
Max Torque 9.0 Nm @ 5500 rpm
Warranty 2years/20,000 kms
HOW MUCH Rs 199,950/-
(Inclusive of the Tax Man’s takings)