Today I have finally realised I owned the Ather for 2 years, So here is my ownership review I’ll break down all the services that I remember. All the good ones and the bad ones. Chronologically.
In owning the scooter in the 15 days I was flying, I literally mean Flying, I was in a WhatsApp group where they were having an extremely lengthy discussion of who gets the highest range and I was like Nevermind. This was the first encounter of trouble I had, the port did not allow to charger to fit in so-called in the CC they told me to shut down and restart, I was like this is so basic and that was a solution. From my end, I learnt this will be always a basic troubleshoot. Too bad Ather does not give you troubleshoot manual.
After the Update in owing the scooter for a month, I think it was 4.1.0 or something which came with the software lag which they eventually had to stop rolling out because it caused the scooter to brick. Thank god mine didn’t. But ran into the INFAMOUS motor error M017, Happened right when I was climbing a Flyover in Royapuram in Chennai. I wondered if the motor had stopped and the vehicle coming from behind ran over me. So the dashboard instructed me to wait and turn off the motor and start again (absolutely useless). it happened plenty of times. so booked a service and sent my scooter into a pickup. It came back the next day and the service advisor told me that it’s a Factory mistake they placed the sensor at the wrong place . and for me, it never came back (I know why not because of what he said).
and BANG a stupid minibus driver rear-ended me causing me to slip and fall right next to a traffic cop. the damage Rear taillight 3.5k rear grab handle - 800 and entire left side, and the insurance paid only 80% 4k I had to put from my pocket. Ather really appreciated in this case they took all the liberty and made a good insurance case even though I bought the insurance from HDFC Ergo.
2 months went by and I was extremely happy maybe because I was frustrated with my 9-year-old Activa. But this thing zooms in traffic like butter and people often try to catch up only on the signal they would and ask me, dude this scooter is sick, how much, and end up with an astonishing face Tamil word avlova (this much). And I zoom past them again. But now the scooter is not the same. I’ll explain in the end.
Then Happens the COVID lockdown in March 2020 putting the scooter for rest for almost 4 months ( lockdown and family tragedy) and starting the rides again, but schools are still closed and scooter rides went from 2000km to a month(yup 100km every single day) to 50 km a month, I usually avoided going out but somehow reached the 5K service schedule and booked a service. It went smoothly.
Rest in next post, my fingers are hurting