The Honda Dio underwent a complete make-over in 2013 with a sleeker look and a more stylish design, bringing it to the top of our stylish scooters list. The Honda Dio was first launched in Japan in 1988. In India, it was launched by the Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) in 1996. Since then, it has been a hit with the youngsters across the nation. The revamped dio comes fitted with an air-cooled, four-stroke engine with single cylinder and 110 cc capacity. Clearly a powerful performer, looks apart, of course.
TVS Scooty Pep+
This one is my personal favorite, because it is just so smooth on the road! It requires a stable driver, but if you have your head in place, the ride is going to be amazing! The TVS Scooty Pep, introduced in 2005 with improved technology and style. The aerodynamics and looks of the TVS Scooty Pep were completely revamped to give the Pep+ its peppier finish. Fitted with a forced air-cooled four-stroke engine, with a 90 cc capacity, TVS Scooty Pep+ gets the work done, while adding style.
Hero Honda Pleasure
We can never miss out a scooter that changed the market dynamics in the two-wheeler industry. Originally the Hero Honda Pleasure, now the Hero Pleasure, was launched as very smart strategic move to attract females by manufacturing a product only for the feminine riders. The Hero Pleasure is lightweight, the frame is stylish and the entire design is absolutely sleek and wonderful. To top it, its fitted with an air-cooled, four-stroke single cylinder engine with a 100 cc capacity. Not only is the pleasure perfectly designed to be extremely fashionable, but also powerful enough for the more adventurous riders!
TVS Scooty Streak
Another great product by TVS, the TVS Scooty Streak brings zing back on to the road. TVS made scooters the new cool with the TVS Scooty Streak. Launched in March 2009, to cater to the increasing independence of the urban youth, the TVS Scooty Streak is available in dual tones of different colors with black, the Scooty Streak truly packs a punch in the style department. Neither does it lack in the power department with a forced air-cooled four-stroke engine with a 90 cc capacity. With its customer base as the peppy urban youth, the TVS Scooty Streak does make for a pretty stylish scooter!
Mahindra Rodeo RZ
Released in June 2012, the Mahindra Rodeo RZ lived up to the legacy of Mahindra by offering a power-packed performance, fused with design and style, resulting in pure stature. Fitted with a four-stroke, spark ignition engine with a 125 cc capacity, the Mahindra Rodeo RZ offers an exhilarating power, giving a mileage of nearly 60 kmpl, giving it a high rank in fuel economy. Mahindra couples all this amazing mechanics with attractive style. The colors it releases its product in, are neither too flamboyant, nor too plain, but just the right amount of appeal. I would give this scooter a 10/10 as an all-rounder, but rightly placed it at #4 in the style department.
Piaggio Vespa VX
For those born in the days prior to liberalization, they were exposed to a particular design of scooters. The lightweight varieties from TVS, Honda and the like, changed the look and feel of scooters, but in 2013, nostalgia was in the house with Vespa releasing its high-end scooter product, the Piaggio Vespa VX. 125 cc in capacity, the all new Vespa VX has the look and feel that will take veterans to the time of the Bajaj Chetak. Painted in attractive colors and sheen, the new Vespa VX has added rider friendly features such as disc brakes, making it more attractive than ever. The nostalgia works for it too!
Yamaha Ray Z
Launched in 2013, the Yamaha Ray Z follows its predecessor, the Yamaha Ray, and ups its style quotient with new and improved features. With the tagline "Your New Bro", the Yamaha Ray Z aims to garner a unisex appeal. This is also evident from its gender neutral colors of Black, White and Red. It is equipped with a powerful air cooled, four-stroke 115 cc capacity engine, it gives a powerful enough pick up to attract the boys, while it looks chic enough to be sported by girls. With a style meter visor, a patterned meter design, and improved aerodynamics, this sleek machine enables enough liberty in today's revolutionary youth.
Launched in 2009, the TVS Wego is one of the many products aimed at the urban youth. However, unlike many of the unisex scooters, the TVS Wego is stylish as well as sporty. With the TVS Wego, TVS intelligently keeps the color monochrome, exploiting the sleek look of the scooter to attract female customers, while using a sheen of gender neutral colors for maintaining its male customer base. The performance of the scooter is amazing because of its four-stroke engine with a 110 cc capacity. What a perfect blend of style and performance!
Since its unveiling at the Auto Expo, 2008, the Bajaj Blade is rumored to be the product to get Bajaj into the scooter market, which it dominated for a very long time with its "Humara Bajaj" slogan. Typically a unisex gear-less scooter, the Bajaj Blade has a capacity of 125 cc. There are many expectations from this new product, because of the brand name it carries. Performance wise, the Bajaj Blade is equipped with a powerful four-stroke, four cylinder DTS-I engine, giving it a zippier acceleration and pick-up. In the style department, it look slightly stylish and more macho; the bane of unisex bikes. However, it does look quite appealing in the colors it is available in. Atleast the aerodynamics makes it look sleek! Let us hope it lives up to the expectations of being 'the comeback' product for Bajaj.
Launched in March 2012, the Hero Maestro looks like it is built to deliver performance. As with all unisex scooters, what it lacks in zing, it makes up for in performance. Since the split between Honda and Hero, the range of products offered by both companies have increased many-fold, leaving customers spoil for choice. Hero aims to target the female consumer base with this automatic scooter, while not losing its male fan-following by offering the scooter with a sporty look and bright attractive colors. Stylish yes, but also sturdy, is what can be said for the Hero Maestro. Its 109 cc engine and 45-50 kmpl mileage is sure to get heads turning!