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    Default Mahindra Rodeo RZ - First Impression and Ride report



    Mahindra recently launched the face-lifted version of the Rodeo, one of the many scoots that are powering the Mahindra 2 wheelers bandwagon for quite some now in the absence of any motorcycle in their portfolio. The Rodeo was launched by Mahindra as a peppy and rugged scooter targeted towards the young just-into-the college type crowd. It has been there in the market and has made its own space in the scooter market. And with the upgraded version of its hard-working sibling Duro out in the market for some time now, it was high time that Mahindra gave Rodeo a decent facelift too.

    xBhp was there during the launch of the new Rodeo RZ and here is an account of our brief rendezvous with it.


    Mr. Viren Popli, Senior VP, Strategy and Market Development, Mahindra Two Wheelers talking about the Rodeo RZ

    First of all, the new Rodeo RZ gets its name from the all new 125 cc Z-series engine that it has been fitted with. This new engine, along with a new carburetor system and the dual-curve digital ignition, produces a peak power output of 8 bhp at 7000 rpm and a torque of 9 Nm at 5500 rpm. It also promises to deliver a more punchy performance without compromising on the fuel economy front. The Rodeo RZ with its new engine now claims to give an ARAI certified figure of 59.5 KM per liter and is also claiming a best-in-class pickup.

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    Acceleration and fuel efficiency figures provided by Mahindra





    The new engine did feel punchy and relaxed even while carrying a 67 kg rider and going uphill. We managed to clock a figure of 5.6 seconds going from zero to 50 kmph that was calculated by the inbuilt acceleration timer (more on that later). This figure was tested on 2 different scooters and came out to be the same.

    Styling wise, there arent too many changes except new, minimalistic decals on the body panels. And it is not a sure shot headturner either. There are quite a few color options available though to match your taste. It is available in 7 different colors now.
















    The headlight


    The left and right switch assembly


    integrated turn indicators

    The ground clearance on the new Mahindra Rodeo RZ has improved and now stands at 154 mm (124 mm with Rider + pillion weighing around 150 Kg in total) that seems better than the competition with Suzuki Swish at 140 mm and Honda Activa at 150 mm.


    This should give you some idea about its ground clearance

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    Ground Clearance comparison figures Provided by M&M

    Features: Unlike the motorcycle market where the performance figures are a big deciding factor, a customer who is going to buy a scoot wouldnt really care much about these numbers as the difference between various products performance figures isnt that huge. What a customer looks into a product like this is the riding comfort, convenience to carry some luggage, styling, and add-on features (all this while the price and all important mileage figures have been taken care of). And this where M&M is trying to make some inroads.



    The Rodeo RZ is fully loaded with features that will make heads turn. It has got an all-digital console including digital tachometer and digital clock and 7 color backlight options to choose from, front refueling, best-in class illuminated under-seat storage (22 L), Mp3/mobile charger, four-in-one anti-theft key, side stand buzzer, overspeed alarm, and a 0-50 acceleration timer to name a few.

    For us, the main USP of the Rodeo RZ was its all-digital console. It was full of freebies and useful features. Apart from the speedometer and the tachometer, it also had the following options available in digital format: Odometer, Trip meter, Clock, A-T (acceleration timer), and M-T (time taken to cover a measured distance??). And it is not done yet. The backlight has 7 different colors available that you can select according to your mood or the color of yours or your girlfriends tee.


    The all digital console of the Rodeo RZ

    Then, there is front-refueling that is a plus feature as neither you nor your pillion will have to get off the scooter while refueling. Then you have a four-in-one anti-theft key and a bonus mp3/mobile recharging point (#WhereIsThatLikeButton) that is surely going to be a handy feature.
    Move a little back, and you have this illuminated 22 L underseat storage. Yes, bright LEDs light up the storage space as soon as you lift up the rear seat. No more groping in the dark now to find your keys or other items in case your scooter is parked in a dark place. The storage space is large enough to carry a half-face helmet and will still have a lot of space left over. We tried to put our Daijya full-face helmet in but it proved to be a bit too big for the under-seat storage.


    The four-in-one anti-theft key


    underseat storage

    The RZ also has a quite irritating and so a useful side-stand buzzer in case you tend to forget to disengage it.

    Then, there is this over-speed alarm in the Rodeo RZ. There is no sound alarm per se, but the entire digital console turns red if you go above 60. But this red light wasnt quite visible during the day time and also wont be visible in case you have already selected the red color as the backlight color. So this limits the usefulness of the overspeed alarm.

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    Features comparo - Again provided by Mahindra and Mahindra

    And lastly, unlike the previous Rodeo that had a not so accurate fuel gauge, this new version has new patented pressure sensors fitted inside the tank (and not just a float valve mechanism) to accurately gauge the actual fuel level and give the correct reading.

    There is one more thing that is worth mentioning here, though it is not a feature of the scooter per se. In case you are thinking about buying the new Rodeo RZ and want to test ride it, just give these guys a call and the test machine will be delivered at your doorstep for you to test ride. And this is something of a revolutionary step in this 2-wheeler industry where the customers dont get that kind of a royal treatment that even a rare 4-wheeler customer gets.

    Riding comfort/Handling/Braking: Sitting on it, the Rodeo RZ doesnt really give the feel of a big scooter, but it feels compact and easy. The sitting posture is upright and easy on the joints. Coming to the handling bit, the chassis and suspension setup did feel strong. The front dual telescopic suspension does its job quite effortlessly. With drum brakes at both rear and front, the braking was quite sharp and effective, though we did feel uncomfortable during hard braking. Particularly, braking on a wet surface didnt inspire any confidence at all. There is no scope of any adventure during the rains and it will leave you yearning for a softer tyre for more grip in case you are riding it monsoons in a city like Mumbai where the tarmac is of worst quality at best.



    Price wise, the Rodeo RZ has been launched at a price tag (ex-showroom) of AP Rs.49,575 /-, Kerala - Rs 49,410/-, TN Rs. 50,710/ and Karnataka Rs. 48,930/-, respectively, which is around 2500 higher than the Duro but seems justified given the features packed in it.

    So clearly, Mahindra wants you to Do More with your scooter and not just settle with anything less. There does exist a big market for a feature-packed product like this, but whether or not they will be able to sell this scooter well will now depend upon their marketing strategy and how well they have trained their sales team so that he/she could explain and sell all these features to a prospective buyer. A bigger dealer network and more visibility will also go a long way in selling this scooter.
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    This does look good than the Scooty Pep+...they do have a good network of dealers, but as fas as the visibility is concerned there are really bad.

    TVS has a much better dealer / service network & if mahindra's can plan in a simillar network and go very aggressive and am sure there is a huge market which they can crack at.
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    A little bit of chrome around that digital console wouldve really set this scooter apart. For now it just looks like a toy there with the all black treatment.
    Its a shame all the scooters for the last couple of years have had a generic design flow to them. The first Gen Dio looked wayy too futuristic when it launched in 2002 and was still the college teens fav choice of scooter for a decade till it went under the knife and became relatively skinny for a guy like me.

    There is nothing like a "standout" design appeal to any of the scooters launched in the last few years now. Fuel efficiency factor has taken a priority even in the gearless scooter segment these days. Scooters getting skinnier by the day to save all that weight, feels like "Size Zero" sickness to me.
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    Default nice and petite!

    i am planning to buy a honda dio but i think rodeo rz is better now since ground clearance has been increased.
    what do u guys say..

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    Its nice to know that someone is actually working on making stuff better, instead of fooling around with brand ambassadors.

    Hats off to Mahindra. They could have gone the easy way, hired some big gun brand ambassador for some crore rupees, and presented some 20 second entertainment on our TV's.

    But they didn't. They went the tougher way-- improving stuff.

    And while I won't get any Mahindra product for myself soon, I do have respect for them. Well done guys.

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    The new website for the Mahindra Rodeo RZ, pretty neat

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    Default RZ- Rocking zeal

    hey. the new rodeo looks very stylish and cool. , the new Rodeo RZ gets the all new 125 cc Z-series engine. the bike is very youthful and sporty. The new ground clearance makes it even better. i am always pleasantly surprised by the new range of colors they come up with. the speed buzzer is a very new feature. it will go very far. it looks like the bike for the future.

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    Looks neat has good power and features,but they should have provide Disc brake as a optional equipment to make it a complete package. If I had to choose a scooter this would be the one
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    Its looks, pickup the average ... works really well... certainly reccomended for people who love mopeds..

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    Nice review that! We too have a Rodeo at the home by the way. I love this scooter just because of the torque she offers and the digital console..

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