Hero Mavrick 440 review: A delightful deal

Hero Mavrick 440 riding shot

The new Hero Mavrick 440 is an interesting mix of the familiar and the unknown. On the one hand, it shares quite a lot with the Harley-Davidson X440 that it’s based on, but at the same time, it also represents uncharted territory for Hero – the company’s most premium, largest displacement motorcycle yet.

Hero Mavrick 440: engine and performance

Starting with the familiar, you’ve got the same air- and oil-cooled 440cc single-cylinder engine as on the Harley, which means you get a very similar riding experience too. There’s a lovely wide spread of torque all across the rev band, and you’ll really enjoy picking it up at low rpms and surfing the wave all the way into the top reaches of the tachometer.

Mavrick gets a conventional telescopic fork, not an upside down unit like on the Harley X440.

There is a slight hesitation at full throttle at around the 2,000rpm mark, and peak torque is down from 38 to 36Nm on the Mavrick. Both of these are things that you’ll feel slightly from the saddle, but won’t really get in the way of your riding experience. What might, though, are the vibrations here.

Once past 4,500rpm, vibrations begin to creep in at the handlebar, and as you keep exploring further up the tachometer, they intensify. By the time you’ve crossed 5,000rpm, there are significant vibrations at the handlebar, fuel tank and foot pegs, with the seat remaining the only smooth touch point. In top gear, this translates into a very smooth and relaxed 100kph cruise, but things begin to get vibey past 110kph, and by 120kph it’s borderline unpleasant.

The Hero Mavrick is a great highway bike up to 110kph. 

These aren’t the sort of crippling vibrations that you used to get on the UCE Royal Enfields, but they’re not the sort that you can ignore either. They’re also not the nice feel-good vibrations that we experienced in the Harley X440. Nevertheless, the engine’s easygoing nature and broad spread of torque make this a great highway bike up to 110kph.

Hero Mavrick 440: ride and handling

There seem to be a lot of people upset by the fact that here you only get a conventional telescopic fork on the Mavrick, and not an upside down unit like on the X440. And they have a point. After all, Hero’s smaller and cheaper Xtreme 160R sports a nice golden upside-down fork, so why should this Rs 2.24 lakh flagship have to make do with a simple black telescopic unit?

Mavrick tackles bad roads well even at highway speeds.

Bragging rights aside though, the actual performance of the suspension setup and the chassis package here is excellent. Ride quality is a great balance between composure and absorption, with the Mavrick never feeling out of shape even when tackling undulating stretches of road at highway speeds. At the same time, harsh stretches of road are dealt with quite well, and only very poor surfaces will highlight the slight firm edge of the rear shocks. The Mavrick also feels far more manageable than its 187kg kerb weight would suggest, and it's a predictable and easy handler too.

Well-padded seat is comfortable.

Despite this, it feels like a substantial motorcycle from the saddle. You’re faced with a nice wide handlebar and a sizeable fuel tank between your legs, room on the well-padded seat is in generous supply and your legs are placed comfortably too. Overall, it seats you in an upright and neutral position, and you should have no problem spending long hours in the saddle of the Mavrick.

Hero Mavrick 440: features

The fork isn’t the only area where Hero has cut costs. To position its Mavrick under the Harley, and have it start at Rs 1.99 lakh, Hero has also done away with the colour TFT display and replaced it with an LCD unit. Nevertheless, the Mavrick is still quite a feature-rich motorcycle and ticks many of the right boxes. All three variants get Bluetooth connectivity, all-LED lighting, a USB charger and dual-channel ABS as standard. 

Hero Mavrick gets an LCD display unit with Bluetooth connectivity.

That wow starting price of Rs 1.99 lakh is for the base variant that comes with wire-spoke wheels, which you want to avoid. The mid variant offers the convenience of alloy wheels and comes in two great colours, priced at Rs 2.14 lakh. And if you want eSIM connectivity and the features that come with it, it’ll be Rs 2.24 lakh for the top variant, which also throws in a machined finish on the wheels and engine cooling fins.

This is very competitive pricing that places the Mavrick on par with the slower, smaller, less feature-rich but incredibly charming and popular Royal Enfield Classic 350. More importantly, it undercuts the likes of the Triumph Speed 400, and starts Rs 40,000 lower than the Harley X440. 

Competetive pricing places the Mavrick on par with the popular Royal Enfield Classic 350.

In summation, the Mavrick is a good motorcycle but an even better deal. Its Harley cousin is slightly more premium and polished, but the Mavrick gives you a largely similar experience from the saddle, for a great deal less money, while only missing out on some of the fancy frills.

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