Earlier two wheeler manufacturers didn’t used to take the entry level commuter motorcycle seriously but with the oil prices skyrocketing more and more people started shifting from heavy and powerful motorcycles to lightweight commuter motorcycles and thus the sales figures also started increasing along with the demand for more features. Thus all of a sudden the Commuter Motorcycle market became the hot topic of discussion. As a result every two wheeler manufacturer of the Country started taking this segment way too seriously than before except one manufacturer Hero Motocorp because they already understood the value of this rising market way before than others and thus launched the Splendor which was stylish, efficient and powerful enough for daily commuting.

Thus after the success of the Splendor, Hero Motocorp launched yet another commuter called Passion in the year 2001, and it also was a huge success and sold in large numbers. Their product Passion is basically a stylish looking commuter Motorcycle which also happens to be the second largest selling product from their stable after the Splendor. This particular Motorcycle became so popular that it got some new upgrades and was re-launched once again as Passion Plus in the year 2003. This motorcycle definitely looks out of the box and different than a regular commuter and its manufacturer’s good reputation also is another factor which helps in increasing its sales figures.

This motorcycle continued to remain as a personal favorite for many since then and its popularity forced Hero Motocorp then called (Hero Honda) to go back to their drawing board and thus it received some more cosmetic and technology updates and was once again rolled out in the year 2008, christened as the Passion Pro. This premium motorcycle looks totally different than a basic commuter. It is powered by an Air-cooled, 97.2cc engine which generates a healthy power output which is sufficient for our stop and goes city traffic.

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2008 Hero Motocorp Passion Pro
  • Year: 2008
  • Make: Hero Motocorp
  • Transmission: 4 speed manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM: 7 @ 7500
  • Torque @ RPM: 8 @ 4500
  • Displacement: 97 cc
  • Top Speed: 57 mph (Est.)
  • Price: INR 46850

STYLING

2008 Hero Motocorp Passion Pro
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The Passion Pro looks simple yet stylish. The front of the motorcycle has a creased headlight and dark tinted visor which completes the overall look of the front. Just behind the visor you will find a stylish and informative analogue cum digital instrument cluster which provides enough information to the rider and includes an odometer, fuel gauge and a trip meter whereas the Center analogue dial shows speed and the economy zone, overall the instrument cluster has a clean fit and finish to it and the plastic quality too is impressive. Passion Pro also has body colored rear view mirrors which adds the extra pinch of Glamor to the overall motorcycle.

The fuel tank looks slim and sleek and has designer graphics all over it; the seat too looks comfortable and wide enough for both the rider and pillion. The sharp and edgy rear section styling is also an attention grabber. Lastly the engine, exhaust and the 18-inch alloy wheels at the front and rear are painted in Black to add a premium look to the motorcycle.

The Passion Pro is a stylish looking motorcycle which will attract the attention of young generation as well of those who wants a stylish looking commuter motorcycle to stand out from the crowd.

The overall dimension of the motorcycle has been provided below:

Length 1980 mm
Width 725 mm
Height 1075 mm
Saddle Height 795 mm
Wheelbase 1235 mm
Ground Clearance 165 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 12.8 ltrs. ( Min)
Reserve 1 ltrs. ( Usable reserve )
Kerb Weight 117 kgs(Kicks),121 kgs (Electric)
Minimum Turning radius 1.90 mtrs

ENGINE DETAILS

2008 Hero Motocorp Passion Pro
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The Passion Pro is powered by an Air-cooled, 4-stroke single cylinder OHC 97.2 cc engine which generates 5.74 kW (7.8 Ps) of maximum power at 7500 rpm and 0.82 kg-m (8.04 N.m) of torque at 4500 rpm. Its engine has been mated to a 4 speed constant mesh gearbox. This engine is also used by Hero Motocorp to power its other 100 cc motorcycles. Passion Pro has been in the Indian market for quite some time now and there was no major complain about this motorcycle or its performance. The engine is also known for returning an impressive fuel economy.

We know that the Hero Motocorp’s 100 cc engine has always been a consistent performer when used within the city limits be it the Splendor or the Passion, but it is also heard that when the engine is pushed hard it loses its refinement level. Another thing that might raise a question amongst everyone’s mind is that the engine is mated to a 4 speed gearbox so when the motorcycle is pushed to its limit on the open roads the 5th gear is definitely missed.

The engine specification has been provided below:

Type Air-cooled, 4-stroke single cylinder OHC
Displacement 97.2 cc
Max. Power 5.74 kW (7.8 Ps) at 7500 rpm
Max. Torque 0.82 kg-m (8.04 N.m) at 4500 rpm
Bore x Stroke 50.0 x 49.5 mm
Carburettor Side Draft, Variable venturi type with TCIS
Starting Electric start / Kick start
Ignition DC - Digital CDI with TCIS

RIDE AND HANDLING

2008 Hero Motocorp Passion Pro
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The comfort factor is also a necessity for the rider while riding in the city traffic, so to deal with that Hero Motocorp has provided the passion pro with an impressive ergonomics, it has well padded seats and a comfortable straight and relaxed riding position with wide handlebars for easy maneuvering. Not only that the Passion Pro has been built around a Tubular double cradle frame and is fitted with Telescopic hydraulic shock absorbers at its front and Swing arm with 5 step adjustable shock absorber at its rear to handle our bad Indian roads.

What is even more interesting is that it has been fitted with a 2.75” and 3.00” inch tyres for its 18 inch wheels which provides enough grip to the motorcycle, it also weighs more than the other commuter motorcycles which adds sense of stability even over the worst road conditions. It has been provided with an optional 240 mm front disc brakes and a 130 mm dia drum brake for its rear which is capable of bringing this motorcycle to a halt.

PRICING

The Hero Motocorp Passion Pro is prices around Rs. 46,850 (Ex showroom Delhi) and is available with only Red color option which is bit disappointing.

COMPETITION

The commuter motorcycle market is the most crowded market in India and has many competitors. Hero Motocorp Passion Pro has lot of able competitors to compete with but it receives a major amount of competition from another well known two wheeler manufacturer Bajaj, and their product Platina.

Bajaj Platina

2006 Bajaj Platina 100
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Bajaj Platina is also a commuter motorcycle which is well known for its mileage and aggressive pricing. It is powered by a 4 Stroke, natural air cooled; Digital CDI & TRICS III engine which generates 8.2bhp of power at 7500rpm and a maximum torque of 8.05 Nm at 4500rpm, the engine is mated to a 4 speed manual gearbox. It even has a ride control switch which helps the rider maintaining an economical speed. Bajaj Platina returns a mileage of around 60 km to a liter of Petrol. The power and torque figures are almost same as that of its rival and thus it turns out to be an able commuter to compete with the Passion Pro.

VERDICT

2008 Hero Motocorp Passion Pro
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The Passion Pro is an able competitor from the stable of one of the largest selling two wheeler manufacturer of the World; it has all the ingredients in right amount to impress the customer starting from good looks, an impressive engine which is also fuel efficient and comfortable ride quality. The brand name Passion in itself is enough to pull the crowd towards it. It is a worthy competitor to other commuter motorcycles present in the market within this segment

QUOTES

“One of the most popular motorcycle from the Hero line-up, the Passion Pro is a hit in rural as well as urban markets for its friendly styling matched by frugal engine.—”Zigwheels.com

“The stand out features in this bike includes alloy wheels, front disc brake option and electric start option. The new Hero MotoCorp sells in the range of Rs 46,450 – Rs 47,450 (ex-Delhi), making it one of the most expensive commuter bikes in India.” —Gaadi.com

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