In the last twenty years, the ‘Hero Honda Splendor’ has become a household name, for the obvious reasons. The motorcycle came into scene at just the right time when the priorities of the Indian consumers from motorcycles began to be of high fuel efficiency and low maintenance.
The Splendor, with its revolutionary 97.2cc four-stroke engine, became an instant hit amid the crowd of two-strokes, and went on writing new chapters of records. In its entire lifetime, the Splendor has spawn into a number of variants ranging from 100cc to 125cc. However, the original model continues to be on sale, retaining the same silhouette, but with minor changes to the design and mechanicals to keep it up with the passing time.
Now, Hero has two models of the Splendor family which have kept the charm of the original Splendor intact – Splendor Plus and Splendor Pro. Out of these two models, the Splendor Pro is slightly more contemporary with additional features, different paint schemes and graphics and minor upgrades to its mechanicals. Here’s a quick review of one of Hero’s highest selling models, Splendor Pro.
After creating a stature of a maker of performance oriented motorcycles across the globe as well as in the Indian two wheeler market, Yamaha entered the automatic scooter segment in India with the Ray siblings. As per Yamaha’s self belief and expectations, both the Ray as well as Ray Z gave a tough fight to the established scooters from its arch rivals, Honda, Suzuki and TVS, in the 110cc automatic scooter space.
But while the Ray was targeted at the fairer sex and Ray Z towards the male buyers, an absence of a family unisex scooter in its lineup was something which Yamaha couldn’t afford for a long time. So, after two years of making its foray into the scooter segment, Yamaha previewed its Alpha scooter in the Auto Expo 2014, which generated a good response in its favor.
So without delaying too much, Yamaha launched the Alpha in the Indian market, which has helped its parent manufacturer in recording consistent sales in the scooter segment, and in effect, its overall consecutive monthly sales in the recent times. Based on the customer feedback, within a year of its launch, the Alpha has got its first update. Here’s a detailed preview of what all changes has the Alpha received in its latest avatar.
Click past jump to read more about the Yamaha Alpha
After four months of launching its first grounds-up scooter ‘Gusto’, Mahindra Two-wheelers has added another variant in the scooter’s lineup. In addition to the DX and VX variants, the Gusto will now be available in a new HX variant which slots between both the DX and VX. Mahindra has priced the Gusto HX at a price of Rs. 46,800 (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Along with all the features and components which the Gusto DX is bestowed with, the Gusto HX will come with the Mahindra’s patented seat height adjuster mechanism. The mechanism includes a lever, which is located below the seat at front and allows the user to set the seat height between two choices - 735mm in lower position and 770mm in upper position.
Though the Gusto HX misses on other features which come standard in top-of-the-line Gusto VX along with the height adjustable seat, such as remote flip key, find-me and guide lamps. The features which are standard in all the three variants are front LED pilot lamps, 12-inch tubeless tyres, telescopic suspension with air springs, parking brake in front of left hand lever and a small quick storage under the instrument console.
Just like the other two variants, the Gusto HX too is powered by an all-aluminium, M-Tec engine, which pumps out 8 bhp of power and 9 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a CVT transmission and can be brought into life through an electric starter as well as an easy front kick lever.
At the price point with which it is launched, the Mahindra Gusto HX squarely aims at Suzuki Let’s, TVS Jupiter, Honda Dio and Yamaha Ray.
The stint of Hero Splendor as the best selling two-wheeler in India might just suffer a small dent, as Hero Motocorp has decided to pull the plug off from one of its 100cc commuter motorcycle, Splendor NXG. The motorcycle is no longer listed on the official website of Hero MotoCorp as well.
Most of the authorized dealers have already been informed about the dismissal of the Splendor NXG from the Indian market, and the dealers have now started the procedure of clearing out the units of the bike which they have in stock.
For the discontinuation of Splendor NXG, the strongest reason which can be cited is the fact that the sales of the bike have suffered since the introduction of Splendor iSmart. The Splendor iSmart was launched last year by Hero MotoCorp and is essentially the same bike as the Splendor NXG sporting the body shell of the latter with a change in paint scheme and graphics as well as introduction of i3S start-stop technology.
Under the skin too, the Splendor iSmart is completely the same machine as the Splendor NXG, with the bike sharing the mechanical underpinnings as well as engine from the latter. The more contemporary package of Splendor iSmart over the Splendor NXG attracted the customers more towards the former, thus reducing the overall sales of NXG.
Just like the other 100cc Splendors, the Splendor NXG too was powered with a single-cylinder, air-cooled, 97.2cc engine, which pumps out 7bhp of power and 8Nm of torque. The discontinuation of Splendor NXG may come as a surprise for many, as Hero seldom stops the production of any of its bikes, even if they are selling in minimal numbers. With the Splendor NXG departing in history books, the Splendor lineup now is limited to four models, which include Splendor Plus, Splendor Pro, Splendor Pro Classic and Super Splendor.
After the devastating global NCAP Crash test result including some of the renowned and popular hatchbacks Indian government is now atleast taking some initiative in making the Indian roads safe.
According to a report by ET Auto, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has actually taken some step and are now planning to make the Anti Lock Brake System (ABS) compulsory for the two wheelers which are sold in the Indian market. Installing ABS on two wheelers will reduce the chances accidents which are caused even after applying the brakes; the ABS system prevents the wheels from locking when the brakes are applied suddenly under hard or panic braking situations. This also helps improve stability and steer away safely under any circumstances or even on slippery surfaces.
Indian roads are some of the most unsafe roads of the World and where accidents and mortality rates are also staggeringly high, every year numerous people are killed by road accidents in India. The Government are actually planning to install the ABS on some bigger or higher capacity two wheelers in India first which will be then followed later into the mass market of commuter two wheelers once people gets used to this technology. In other parts of the World like Europe ABS has been made mandatory in the more powerful motorcycle from the year 2016-17 onward.
Right now we already have some two wheeler manufacturers who offer ABS in their bikes take the example of the TVS Apache RTR 180 which also happens to be cheapest motorcycle in India to be equipped with the ABS technology or the KTM Duke 390 and even the recently launched RC 390. Installing ABS in the motorcycles will prevent the rider from skidding and steer out safely from any situation and thus also can become an important safety tool for saving human lives.
According to report TVS will soon be launching a more powerful variant of their popular Apache in India. TVS has not launched any new products recently and although their scooter Wego and Jupiter are doing fairly well in India but somehow with the increasing competition especially in the motorcycle segment above 200 cc TVS is now focusing more on introducing a 200 cc Apache.
TVS already has some interesting product portfolio which consists of commuters and sportsbikes like the Apache. The 200 cc Apache will compete directly with the other competitors, who are present in the Indian market take for example the popular Bajaj Pulsar 200NS and the KTM Duke 200. As far as the engine of this upcoming 200 cc Apache is concerned it will be powered by a re-bore version of the same 180 cc engine which is used in the Apache 180. If you are still not satisfied with the news TVS is actually planning to launch the 250 cc variant of the Apache later, this motorcycle will be based and will look similar to the aggressive looking Draken concept which was showcased at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo.
Beside all these TVS has also collaborated with BMW to jointly develop and build powerful motorcycles which will also be launched in India in near future that said the more powerful 200 cc Apache will be launched in India in early 2015 and will be priced above the 1 Lakh rupee mark, design wise the soon to be launched Apache might not look a whole lot different than the current Apache.
Mahindra has finally revealed some details about their upcoming scooter which was codenamed G101. The G101 scooter has been spotted being tested on our Indian roads camouflaged couple of times and will be named as ‘GUSTO’. Mahindra said that this will be a global scooter and will come with a displacement of 110 cc. Officials from the company says that they’ve selected the name GUSTO which has been derived from the word ‘gust’ that means a sudden strong current of wind. Thus this upcoming scooter shall be symbolizing the spirit of freedom.
Though the company has not yet revealed any image of the scooter, but still they have officially announced that the styling of the scooter will be distinctively contemporary. Its origins lies in Italy, the concept of the scooter is based on extensive research and in-depth consumer insights. It is also expected that this scooter will come with a host of cool and useful features to compete strongly with the other scooters of its segment. GUSTO will include an all Aluminum M-TEC engine with advanced features such as a stronger crankshaft and bearings, high inertia magneto, high energy HT coil and series regulator to deliver superior power, efficiency and reliability.
Mahindra has scheduled the launch of the scooter in India on 29th September and will later be followed with the launch in South Asia, Latin America & Africa in the upcoming months. The scooter will be built here in the state-of-the-art R&D facility in Pune and will compete with the existing scooters like TVS Scooty Zest, Honda Dio, and Hero Pleasure etc.
Image Source: NDTV Auto
Mahindra who is mainly known for their rough and tough SUV’s also tried their luck on the two wheeler sector of India although their first venture was not that successful so they sent their engineers and designers back to the design board and planned to launch something more exciting and feature packed. Although Mahindra has launched couple of powerful scooters in the Indian market but their most exciting launch until now got to be the Centuro motorcycle which they launched not so long ago in the Indian market.
The Centuro is basically a commuter motorcycle which is powered by a 106.5 cc engine which produces an impressive amount of power and torque compared to the commuter motorcycle standard. But what sets it apart are its features, this commuter motorcycle comes with many segment first features like a Remote Flip Key which also has LED torch fitted in it which makes your task easy of finding the key hole during dark, it also has a Guide lamps which allows you to find your way even in the dark, the Centuro also comes with a inbuilt Anti Theft alarm, lastly it has a Find Me lamps which helps you to find and locate your bike in crowded places.
I know you will be impressed when you hear all those features present in a motorcycle but what is even more interesting is the fact that Mahindra already launched a special edition version of the Centuro called the Centuro Rockstar which actually has been priced lower than the standard Centuro Variant but it also comes with lesser features and is much more easy to avail.
Click past jump to find out more about the Mahindra Centuro Rockstar
Suzuki is one of the most iconic brands in the history of 2 wheeler, they have been here in the Indian market for quite some time now trying to leave their mark and get a fair share of the Indian two wheeler market trade. But they haven’t seen a huge profit yet and to make sure that they get noticed Suzuki will be launching couple of new products, they already have started taking bookings for the upcoming 150 cc motorcycle the Gixxer and now they have silently launched their updated scooter Access in India.
The 2014 Access comes with few minor cosmetic updates while mechanically the 125 cc scooter remains unchanged. This year Suzuki also launched the Swish with few minor updates which came in the form of new body colors and graphics. While the newly launched 2014 Suzuki Access too received few minor cosmetic updates which are worth mentioning.
Click past jump to know more about the 2014 Suzuki Access
TVS has unveiled only few of their latest innovations at the 12th New Delhi auto Expo this year. Amongst which you will definitely like the TVS scooty Zest which will be launched later this year. The name ‘Zest’ although may seem familiar as Tata Motors too have unveiled a sedan with the same name. Zest, literally means ‘great enthusiasm and energy’ and so we can clearly understand who the target audience of this Scooter will be.
Scooty Zest can be called as the bigger and powerful version of the manufacturer’s existing scooter, Pep. The range includes Scooty Pep+ and Scooty Streak and now, Zest is the newest member and will be placed in a position higher than Pep+ and lower than TVS two other popular scooters the Wego and the Jupiter. The Scooty Pep has always been the choice among the young girls of the country and this scooter has initially helped TVS with their sales figures. Though the scooters of this range are usually light and zippy but this time, Zest comes as a more powerful and practical offering.
We are providing you our first impression of the new TVS Zest which hit our Indian market today and targeted mainly towards the Y generations of the country.
UPDATE 20/08/14: TVS launched the Zest in the Indian market priced at Rs. 42, 300 (Ex Showroom Delhi).
Hit the jump to read more about 2014 TVS Scooty Zest
Honda Two Wheelers has inaugurated two new traffic parks in the two separate cities of the eastern region of India namely, Bhubaneshwar and Cuttack for the first time. This traffic parks has been opened by the company in order to promote ‘Road Safety’, which is Honda’s top priority globally since the year 1970. Similar traffic parks have already been opened by Honda in Jaipur and Delhi where over 53000 people have been trained. To accomplish the task, HMSI has associated with respective Regional Transport Authorities of Bhubaneswar-II and Cuttack. These two parks were inaugurated by eminent personalities and ministers of the state.
What is the purpose of these traffic parks?
These traffic parks help to promote Road Safety in a specially designed and safe environment. In this park, people from various age groups will be taught about the road safety. Children of age group 5-8 years will be encouraged to learn ’Safety with Fun’ through some Primary School activities and at the same time, children aged 9-12 will be made to understand the importance of safety riding through practical riding experience on a specially imported CRF 50 model.
Those over 18 years of age will have theoretical sessions and rides aided by trainers and will learn to tackle over a hundred types of dangers on the road. Honda claims that through this virtual experience, a person’s ability to predict and react to traffic hazards by creating awareness & knowledge about potential risks and how to deal with them safely. Apart from all these, Honda is also having unique training program for the females to make them learn to ride a two wheeler properly in a single day.
TVS had launched Wego in the year 2010, since then, this scooter has been in the limelight and has helped TVS to have a decent sales figure. Wego was launched in the market when there wasn’t much competition in its segment; nonetheless, it cannot be denied that this scooter did really have some interesting features which are commonly not found in the other scooters of its segment for example, the body balance technology.
However since its launch Wego did not received any sort of facelift while TVS had upgraded its Scooty Pep to Pep+, maybe according to TVS, Wego did not leave any room for improvement back then.
Now after almost 4 years, TVS finally has revamped its most popular scooter which was then displayed at the 12th Auto Expo this year. Not only Wego has gone under the knife but it also will come with a new and powerful drivetrain. Though we are clueless about its launch date in the country but still it is anticipated that the scooter may hit the showroom anytime soon. The scooter is not only favorite among the young girls but it also has become a hit among the Y-chromosomes of the country too.
Even if the details are lacking, we are up giving you our first impression of this scooter.
Update29/05/14: TVS has launched Wego today in the Indian market with a new engine and with an option for disc brake at a price of Rs. 46410 for the standard trim and Rs. 49030 for Wego disk (EX Showroom price). All the updates have been included below.
Hit the jump to read more about 2014 TVS Wego
Activa is Honda’s legendary scooter which has been here in the market for some time now and is perhaps one of the most preferred scooters in the 110 cc segment. Years later, Honda launched an updated version of their scooter, Activa-i which too managed to attract much applause from the crowd. Both the scooters were positioned in the 110cc segment and shared the same engine enabled with the Honda Eco Technology (HET). Thereafter, the manufacturer installs a bigger engine on their popular scooter and thus came up with the idea of launching the Activa 125.
Honda Activa 125 made its debut in the 2014 New Delhi Auto Expo and since then it became one of the most anticipated scooter of the country. However it should be known that Activa 125 is not the replacement of that of Honda 110. This means those who want a more powerful scooter can now opt for the Activa 125. The new scooter from Honda has originality and stylishness of its own that makes it a fresh product in the scooter segment.
Hit the jump to read more about 2014 Honda Activa 125
Hero MotoCorp has silently launched the updated Super Splendor in India today. The Splendor is one of the main pillars of success of Hero Motocorp.
The Super Splendor is powered by an Air cooled, 4 - stroke single cylinder OHC engine with a displacement of 124.7 cc. This commuter generates 9.12 Ps of maximum power at 7000 rpm and 10.35 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm. The engine has been mated to a 4 speed constant mesh gearbox. The motorcycle has a top speed of 90 Km and fulfills all the requirement of a commuter motorcycle.
The Super Splendor is built around a Tubular Double Cradle Type chassis and uses a Telescopic Hydraulic Shock Absorbers at its front and Swing arm with 5 step adjustable hydraulic shock absorbers at its rear. However it is little shocking to find out that the updated Super Splendor does not get any option for Disc brakes and will only be available with a 130mm drum brakes at both the front and rear wheels.
The new updates on the Super Splendor includes new eye catching body graphics, black alloy wheels and color schemes one more feature that has been added to the updated Splendor is a side stand indicator which warns the rider if they does not put the side stand up properly.
The updated Super Splendor has been priced at INR 51250 (Ex-Showroom Delhi).
You catch our entire review of the Super Splendor here
Honda 2 wheeler India has already started taking bookings for the Activa 125 which was first showcased at the 2014, Auto expo. This Activa 125 is the most powerful Activa that the Japanese two wheeler manufacturer will launch in India.
The Activa 125 which will be Honda’s latest entrant in the scooter segment is powered by a 4 Stroke, Air Cooled, SI Engine mated to CVT transmission and comes with a displacement of 124.9 cc. This new engine develops 8.6 bhp of peak power at 6500 rpm and 10.12 Nm of torque at 5500 rpm. The Activa 125 is built on a underbone type chassis and uses a telescopic suspension at its front and spring loaded hydraulic type suspension at its rear. The Activa 125 too has been loaded with new features and posses a stylish looks, it comes loaded with HET technology as well and although Honda hasn’t yet revealed its efficiency figures yet expect it to deliver 60 km to a liter of fuel
The customers will have to pay an initial amount of Rs.5000 to book the scooter and the deliveries are expected to begin from the month of June, 2014. The Activa 125 will be available with 2 new variants one will come with drum brakes at both its ends while the other will be equipped with a 190 mm disc brake at its front and 130 mm drums at its rear priced marginally higher than the former.
The Activa 125 will be available with 4 color options which include Blue, White, Black and Silver. Expect the pricing to be around Rs.70, 000 for its top end variant and will compete with the newly Launched Vespa, Mahindra Duro and Suzuki Access 125 .
Witnessing the potential growth in the scooter market of India, Suzuki Motorcycle has pulled up their sleeves to launch a scooter line up capable enough to compete with other scooter manufacturers of the Country. Suzuki plans to launch scooters of almost all possible price ranges to grab a fair share of the scooter market. The main aim of Suzuki Motorcycle is to challenge some big names like Honda and Hero MotoCorp.
Hopefully this time everything will go in favor of the Japanese manufacturer because their previous two attempts which came in the form of Access and Swish failed to make an impression. Their upcoming scooter will be placed in the most competitive and crowded 110cc scooter segment and will be christened as ‘Let’s’. Suzuki wants to play their cards right this time and thus the kept the pricing and technology of their upcoming scooter well within the reach of budget-conscious buyers.
Suzuki Motorcycle India Limited (SMIL) intends to launch a scooter line-up that will match the quality of that of the Honda’s. But for now, the company is only interested in talking only about its upcoming third scooter ‘Let’s’ which will be built with an aluminum-steel body and shall flaunt a sporty attire. The scooter will be powered by 110cc, four stroke engine mated to an automatic CVT transmission gearbox, it will churn out a maximum power of 8.7hp at 7,500 rpm and a peak torque of 9Nm at 5,500rpm. Another striking feature of this scooter will be its weight; this will be the lightest scooter of the country and will weigh only 98kilograms which will also result in an increased mileage of 63km to a liter.
Hero Motocorp India’s largest two wheeler manufacturer is having a dream run; first they unveiled some interesting products at the 2014, auto expo which included the HX250R their latest 250 cc motorcycle almost ready for production, then there was the concept motorcycle Hastur which is powered by a 620 cc engine beside the new iSmart which they promised to launch quickly in our Indian market and they have kept their promise and launched this new motorcycle which comes with an intelligent i3S (Idle Stop and Start System) Technology priced at Rs. Rs. 47,250/- (ex-showroom Delhi).
The i3S idle start stop Technology is the same kind of technology which you will find in high end cars. This technology automatically shuts down the engine when idling and turns it on automatically, when needed, with a simple press of the clutch. The i3S technology helps save fuel by turning of the engine at any start stop city traffic which in turn helps to improve the overall fuel efficiency figures of the motorcycle.
Hero Motocorp ismart is powered by a 97.2 cc air-cooled, four-stroke single-cylinder engine which generates 7.8 PS of power at 7,500 rpm and 8.04 Nm of torque at 4,500 rpm. The engine has been mated to a 4 speed constant mesh gearbox. The rest of the features include alloy wheels and exciting body graphics.
Mr. Anil Dua, Sr. Vice President (Marketing & Sales), Hero MotoCorp said that Hero Motocorp has promised everyone that they will be bringing revolutionary technologies that will transform the two-wheeler market, and they have done exactly that. The iSmart has a great combination of style, performance and safety. He also added the customers will like the new i3S technology which will help save fuel and return impressive overall fuel efficiency. Hero Motocorp already has applied for a patent for this technology which will later also be used in their other products.
Mahindra launched three powerful scooters in India which gathered lot of response and good reviews from the people. The trio included the Duro, Flyte and Rodeo which were powered by a 124cc engine, these scooter are fast and sporty thus they can also fall under the power scooter category whereas another scooter Kine which Mahindra launched a little later is a bit different from the other three and is powered by a smaller 71 cc engine, Kine is definitely lighter and packs a little less punch than the above mentioned scooters.
The Scooter segment in India grew rapidly and we have seen number of new launches from different manufacturers which won the heart of many recently. Earlier Indian people used to have a totally different concept about scooter or those persons who used to love riding these small and zippy machines but with the introduction of much more sophisticated and stylish scooters the mindset of the people changed and now we have atleast one product offering in the scooter segment from every 2 wheeler manufacturers of the Country.
Mahindra Kine is a stylish, simple and zippy automatic scooter which is mainly targeted towards those customers who wants a lightweight scooter for small distance commuting. The Kine is definitely not built for heavy duties and thus young teen girls and even some of those who want a small and lightweight scooter for themselves can easily switch to this. The Kine as already mentioned above is powered by a 71 cc, Air cooled, single cylinder 2 stroke spark ignition engine which generates enough power to make your way past the heavy traffic to reach the nearest shopping mall or college quite easily.
Hit the jump to find out more about the Mahindra Kine
Mahindra really stunned their fans when they announced that they will be launching their two wheeler range which will include both scooters and motorcycles. Mahindra 2 wheeler launched their three powerful scooters all powered by the same 125 cc engine. Amongst the three scooters one of them was called Flyte while the two others were named the Rodeo and the Duro.
The Flyte according to us is perhaps the most stylish looking scooter amongst the Trio and definitely has its own style statement; it is loaded with lots of new and useful features which will definitely attract attention of both the sexes. Previously people used to have different concepts about scooter and mostly believed that it is a ride either for the old people or for those who are afraid of speed but recently with the introduction of many modern products from different manufacturers the concept changed completely; nowadays scooters are a style statement for many, even the young generation are choosing scooters over other vehicles as their daily means of commute.
The Flyte is also a trendy looking scooter as I already mentioned earlier which is powered by a powerful 124 cc, 4 Stroke spark ignition engine that generates an impressive amount of power and torque.
Hit the jump to find out all the details of the Mahindra Flyte
We all are aware of this 2 wheeler manufacturer who ruled the late 80’s and 90’s era with their scooter Chetak and also gave us many modern and technologfically advanced motorcycles, Yes! I am talking about the legendary 2 wheeler manufacturer Bajaj. Bajaj launched the Kristal in the year 2007 in the Indian market to meet the demands of the people who wanted a scooter which was packed with feature and powered by a very reliable engine. So Kristal fulfilled everyone’s need, it was fitted with many interesting features which made it stand out in the crowd moreover it was powered by a DTSi engine which was introduced for the first time in any scooter.
The Kristal also had the modern looks and appeal and a powerful 95 cc engine. This scooter perfectly filled up the gap between the TVS Scooty pep+ and the Hero Motocorp Pleasure and was targeted mainly towards the female riders of the Country, so it had everything that a scooter should have it was lightweight, modern and stylish and also came with 7 new unique feature which we will about talk later in this review.
click past jump to find out more details of the Bajaj Kristal Dtsi
Yamaha as a two wheeler brand is more popular amongst the youths in India; the reason behind it is essentially the style and the unmatched performance delivered by its products. The company had taken the superbike segment of India by storm with Yamaha FZ-16 and the YZF R15 that enabled the company to reach a certain height. However, Yamaha’s quest into the commuter segment did not prove much fruitful, mainly because it is not actually the company’s target audience. Nonetheless some of the basic entry level bikes from this company are worth mentioning as they boosted the company’s sales volumes to a great extent. Yamaha Crux is one of these bikes which once sold as hotcakes in India, but not for its looks like always rather due to the features it offered within an aggressive pricing.
Targeted towards the common mass of the country, Yamaha had launched the bland looking 106cc bike which could suit the daily maneuvering needs of the country people living in urban as well as in the rural areas. To retain its grasped position in the market, Yamaha also gave a facelift to the Crux recently to make it look a little premium. Crux is available in sober colors and had an impressive engine amongst the other entry level bikes of its class.
Click past the jump to read the full review of Yamaha Crux