2014 Hero Motocorp Splendor Pro Classic
Recently a lot has changed in the Indian two wheeler market; we have seen plenty of new launches both in the commuter segment as well as the entry level premium bike segment but one 2 wheeler manufacturer has really implemented an aggressive marketing strategy for the Indian market and I am proud to say that they are none other than our homegrown 2 wheeler manufacturer Hero Motocorp. Recently we have seen plenty of new launches from the same manufacturer and during this festive season they have launched two new and exceptional products which certainly will attract lot of attention.
Hero Motocorp launched an offroad version of the Passion Pro christened as the Passion Pro TR which comes with all the equipments and features that you would generally find in an offroad motorcycle (You can catch our full review of the Passion Pro TR here), while on the other hand they also have launched a café racer version of their popular commuter Splendor and christened it as the Splendor Pro Classic. Now according to Hero Motocorp this motorcycle also is the first 100 cc motorcycle with the café racer styling.
The Splendor classic pro was first showcased at the 2014 Auto expo in Delhi and it surely attracted lot of attention and now when it’s out in the market at a competitive price I am sure this certainly will be able to pull the crowd towards it.
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Now recently motorcycles with café racer body style became quite popular in Indian market we have seen Royal Enfield launched their own version of café racer called Continental GT which became the hot topic of town and people went crazy about the motorcycle now for those who cannot afford a 2 lakh rupee motorcycle can easily get their hands on the Splendor Classic Pro yes! This may not be a powerful motorcycle and is the same commuter Splendor under the café racer skin but still with a proper café racer type styling this surely is something worth giving a shot.
On the styling font the Splendor classic pro gets cafe racer type round headlamps at the front whereas the instrument cluster gets the classic round speedometer, in the place of the standard handlebar the Splendor Classic Pro gets sporty handlebar as you would find in any café racer type motorcycle. At the rear of the motorcycle instead of a standard seat you do get classic single seat and a vintage style café cowl at the rear. Talking about the rear of this café racer styled motorcycle you will also get round tail lamps which actually go well with the overall styling of the motorcycle. Lastly another thing which surely will attract your attention is the fact that the Splendor Classic pro gets plenty of chrome all over its body which includes the front and rear fenders, winkers, suspension cover and the round shape rear view mirrors.
Overall this is definitely a brave attempt from Hero Motocorp to actually think out of the box and create something which is unique in this segment.
The Overall Dimension of the Splendor Pro Classic
|Saddle Height||785 mm|
|Ground Clearance||180 mm|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||11 Ltrs|
|Reserve||1.4 Ltrs (Usable Reserve)|
|Kerb Weight||109 Kg (Self)|
Before you get deeply involved with its styling and café racer type body style remember this is the same Splendor under the skin and thus this is powered by the same Air Cooled, 4 - Stroke Single Cylinder OHC 97.2 c engine which powers the standard Splendor. This engine mated to a 4 Speed Constant Mesh gearbox produces about 8.36 Ps of peak power at 8000 rpm and 8.05 N-m of torque at 5000 rpm.
This motorcycle comes with both kick and self start options and thus don’t expect a burst of power when you turn that throttle but do expect an impressive amount of fuel efficiency from this motorcycle which is actually the main purpose of the motorcycle.
|Type||Air Cooled, 4 - Stroke Single Cylinder OHC|
|Max. Power||6.15 kW (8.36 Ps) @ 8000 rpm|
|Max. Torque||0.82 Kg-m (8.05 N-m) @ 5000 rpm|
|Bore x Stroke||50.0 x 49.5 mm|
|Carburettor||Side Draft, Variable Venturi Type with TCIS|
|Starting||Kick start / Self start|
|Ignition||DC - Digital CDI|
RIDE AND HANDLING
The changes that you are seeing on the Splendor Pro Classic are only cosmetic and thus this motorcycle too has been built around the same Tubular Double Cradle chassis. This motorcycle uses Telescopic Hydraulic Shock Absorbers at its front and Swing Arm with 5 Step Adjustable Type Hydraulic Shock Absorbers at its rear.
Splendor Pro Classic is available at all Hero dealerships across the country priced at Rs. 48,650/- (ex-showroom Delhi), Rs 50,833/- (ex-showroom Mumbai), Rs 49,588/- (ex-showroom Chennai), Rs 49,472/- (ex-showroom Kolkata) and Rs 49,438/- (ex-showroom Bengaluru).
This is the same splendor with few cosmetic upgrades and thus it gets some amount of competition from the Bajaj Discover 100 which is also an impressive and entry level commuter.
There is no doubt in the fact that the Discover 100 is one of the most popular choice and option when it comes to an entry level commuter. The Bajaj Discover 100 is not a new motorcycle in the block and it been here for quite some time now. The Discover 100 is powered by a single cylinder, 4 stroke air cooled DTSi engine with a displacement of 94.38 cc and is mated to a 5 speed gearbox which produces about 7.7Ps at 7500 rpm and a maximum torque of 7.85Nm at 5000 rpm.
This is the same Splendor under the Café racer skin but Hero Motocorp definitely thought something out of the box and created such a product in this segment which also happens to be the segment first. Now for those who are aware of the café racer history and were planning to modify their own motorcycles into a café racer now can get a café racer at an affordable price.
- * Styling
- * Fuel Efficiency Figures
- * Same Power Output
HERO MOTOCORP USHERS IN FESTIVE SEASON WITH TWO NEW BIKES
New Delhi, October 8, 2014: In keeping with its commitment to bring innovative products for customers, Hero MotoCorp, the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer, has rolled out the country’s first 100cc-class motorcycle with café racer styling and the first 100cc-class on-road-off-road bike.
Heading into the festive season, these new offerings - Splendor Pro Classic and Passion Pro TR - will further generate excitement in the 100cc segment with youthful styling, performance and safety.
Splendor Pro Classic
The Splendor Pro Classic comes with an air-cooled 4 Stroke Single Cylinder OHC engine that delivers maximum power of 6.15 kW (8.36 Ps) @ 8000 rpm and maximum torque of 0.82 Kg-m (8.05 N-M) @ 5000 rpm.
It offers a distinct riding experience with its cafe racer styling, including classic single seat, vintage style café cowl, sporty handle bar, classic round headlight and tail light and classic round speedometer. All this comes with classic chrome parts, such as, the front and rear fenders, winkers, suspension cover and the round shape rear view mirrors.
Splendor Pro Classic is now available at all Hero dealerships across the country at attractive prices - Rs. 48,650/- (ex-showroom Delhi), Rs 50,833/- (ex-showroom Mumbai), Rs 49,588/- (ex-showroom Chennai), Rs 49,472/- (ex-showroom Kolkata) and Rs 49,438/- (ex-showroom Bengaluru). It is available in two classic color combinations – Solid Maroon and Carbon Black.
Passion Pro TR
The Passion Pro TR offers an adventurous ride to young Indian bikers with its ability to take them off the conventional roads. It comes with an air-cooled, 4 Stroke Single Cylinder OHC engine that delivers maximum power of 7.7 bhp @ 7500 rpm and maximum torque 8 Nm @ 4500 rpm.
The Passion Pro TR offers an exciting off-pavement ride capacity with its new external features, that includes, sturdier handlebars with cross brace, high front fender with hugger, knee pad for better grip, headlight grill, hand guards for added protection, special tyre tread for better road grip, bash plate to shield engine, designer knuckle guard and fuel tank pads.
Adding extra punch to the styling are the graphics and new colours - Electric Red, Sports Red & Black with Sports Red.
Passion Pro TR is available at all Hero dealerships across the country at attractive prices - Rs. 51550/- (ex-showroom Delhi), Rs 54039/- (ex-showroom Mumbai), Rs 53018/- (ex-showroom Chennai), Rs 53514/- (ex-showroom Kolkata) and Rs 53143/- (ex-showroom Bengaluru).
Having kicked-off the festive season with record 6-lakh plus sales in September, Hero MotoCorp has lined-up a slew of new products, including refreshes and variants in the festive season.