Hero MotoCorp has managed to maintain its kingship in the entry level 100cc commuter segment with the models of the lineups of Splendor and Passion. Though the bikes under these two sub brands have managed to lure both the youth as well as mature set of buyers in all the markets, the scenario is a bit more modest in the markets other than the urban metropolitan cities.

In the Tier-II and Tier-III cities as well as rural areas of India, the HF Dawn and HF Deluxe have been the flag bearers of Hero MotoCorp ever since their inception. Since its arrival in the Indian market, the HF Dawn has been the most affordable motorcycle of Hero MotoCorp’s product portfolio across the globe.

The HF Dawn is essentially a bare bones motorcycle whose primary focus is on relieving the consumer by providing high fuel efficiency and minimal maintenance costs – the only two things which a buyer from rural areas expect from a motorcycle. Hero has recently updated the HF Dawn mildly by giving the motorcycle additional features and a minor bump in its overall performance. Here’s a quick look on the updated new Hero HF Dawn.

2015 Hero MotoCorp HF Dawn
  • Year: 2015
  • Make: Hero Motocorp
  • Top Speed: 56 mph (Est.)
  • Price: INR 39470

STYLING

2015 Hero MotoCorp HF Dawn
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2015 Hero MotoCorp HF Dawn
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2015 Hero MotoCorp HF Dawn
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The Hero HF Dawn is one of those motorcycles, which have never attracted the consumers on the basis of their design, but by the pedigree under the skin. Which is why, not much has changed on the model which was sold before the arrival of this updated version. Though there are a couple of changes and additions which have managed to enable the HF Dawn move forward with the changing times.

The front continues to have the reminiscent round headlamp surrounded by a thick chrome boundary, atop of which sits the instrument console. However, Hero has claimed that the multi-reflector headlamp on offer provides more powerful visibility during night. The headlamp is now flanked with clear lens indicators, instead of the orange colored indicators of the previous model. The front fender is now a body colored unit, as compared to the chrome fender of the previous models.

The side profile more or less remains the same, with the fuel tank as well as side body cowls receiving no change in their shapes. Though there are new set of graphics and colors which differentiate this model from the previous one, but very minutely. The motorcycle still doesn’t have body colored rear side body panels, with a black plastic body panel engulfing the rear tail lamp, which it shares with the HF Deluxe. Like the headlamp, the rear tail lamp too is assisted with clear lens indicators, and gets a utilitarian chrome grab rail.

The instrument console is the same two pod cluster, but has got some new graphics in the background. The layout, though, remains the same – speedometer and odometer on the left and basic tell tale lamps on the right. The tell tale lamps now also include a side stand indicator, which comes handy considering the forgetfulness of some riders of detaching the side stand after starting their motorcycle. The bike also gets a new exhaust pipe, unlike the fully chromed unit of the erstwhile models.

POWERTRAIN

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Hero has decided to rely on the ultra successful single cylinder, air cooled, 97.2cc engine, which is powering a number of Hero commuters since ages. Though Hero understands the power of the passing time as well, which is why, it has re-tuned the engine a bit to extract more power and torque outputs.

The 97.2cc engine of the Hero HF Dawn now pumps out 8.36 PS of maximum power and 8.05 Nm of maximum torque, but comes mated to the same old 4-speed gearbox. As expected, the minor bump in power has made the engine a bit more refined and livelier, especially in the initial revs.

RIDE AND HANDLING

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The bike is extremely light and weighs 109 kg, thus making the maneuverability within the city peripherals a very easy task. The highway commuting, though, may prove strenuous due to the puny engine. Fuel efficiency is expected to hover in the range of 75-80 kmpl in real world conditions.

The HF Dawn comes loaded with the basic mechanical hardware, with the archaic suspension, wheels and brakes on offer. The bike comes with the traditional telescopic hydraulic forks at the front and 2 step adjustable hydraulic coil springs at the rear. The 18 inch spoke wheels come shod with 2.75 x 18 tyre at both the ends. Given the minimal juice of the motorcycle, Hero has equipped the bike with drum brakes at both the ends.

Though the Hero HF Dawn comes with the most basic mechanical setup any modern motorcycle can come up with. But that doesn’t rob the easy to handle nature of this little motorcycle. The motorcycle is built to do the task of tackling the worst of the Indian roads with ease, which it carries out gracefully.

PRICES

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As said, the HF Dawn has been the most affordable motorcycle in Hero’s product portfolio, since the time when it replaced the Hero Honda Dawn some years ago. Even in this new generation model, the HF Deluxe continues to be the cheapest motorcycle from the stable of Hero MotoCorp. Hero has priced the new HF Dawn at Rs. 39,470 (Ex-showroom, Delhi).

The HF Dawn comes in only one variant, which comes standard with the kick start and spoke wheels. The HF Dawn is one of those very few motorcycles in the current Indian motorcycling market, which are not sold with electric start and alloy wheels even as optional equipment.

The Hero HF Dawn is now offered in five new color options – Candy Blazing Red, Black with Purple, Black with Red, Boon Silver Metallic and Classy Maroon Metallic.

COMPETITION

With the HF Dawn, Hero intends to target the lower urban cities as well as rural areas, by existing in the lowest segment of the Indian motorcycling market. The same segment has one more motorcycle which is exactly similar to the Hero HF Dawn in the overall character – Yamaha Crux.

Yamaha Crux

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Like the HF Dawn, the Yamaha Crux too is an extremely simple motorcycle in design, though it appears a bit blander in comparison, as the fuel tank and body panels on the Crux have no character lines or curves as those on the body panels of the HF Dawn. The Crux looks even more dated in comparison with the chrome front fender.

The Yamaha Crux is powered by a single cylinder, air cooled, 106cc engine, which develops 7.6 PS of maximum power and 7.5 Nm of maximum torque, and comes paired to a four speed gearbox. The overall power and torque figures are lower than that of the HF Dawn, but the differences are not that apparent on the go. The engine of the Crux, however, seems slightly more refined than the mill of the HF Dawn.

CONCLUSION

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Hero introduced the HF Dawn with a purpose – to give its targeted consumers a no-nonsense fuss free motorcycle, which gives him/her the least worries of the ownership. The motorcycle, even in this new avatar, promises the same. The new HF Dawn may not be a whole new model, but the minimal boost in power has certainly refreshed the overall zeal of the motorcycle, giving it an upmarket persona. The motorcycle may look seem as an uninspiring design, but as far as its core strengths are concerned, the HF Dawn does the job spot-on.

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