The most affordable fuel injected motorcycle now gets more marks on styling too.

When it comes to the commuter segment of motorcycles in the Indian market, the technology of fuel injection is seen as a rather premium feature, which is limited to only a handful of them. It all started with Hero/Hero Honda launching the Glamour PGM-FI back in 2006, which was followed by the Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTS-FI and Honda Stunner PGM-FI. And then came a slew of entry-level performance motorcycles, all of which came with this feature as standard.

Talking about the inception of fuel injection in commuters, the Glamour FI was the first motorcycle to incorporate this feature. And given the fact that Hero seldom discontinues its motorcycles, the Glamour FI is still on sale, thus being the most affordable fuel injected motorcycle on sale in the Indian two wheeler market.

For 2017, the Glamour has been completely revamped with the new model officially available on the shelf and Hero has launched the fuel injected version of the same. The Glamour FI, obviously, is completely based on the new standard carbureted Glamour, except for a few changes. Here’s a quick look at the latest iteration of the Hero Glamour FI:-

  • 2017 Hero Glamour FI
  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-1
  • MPG(Cty):
    152.9
  • MPG(Hwy):
    164.7
  • Displacement:
    124.7 cc
  • Top Speed:
    67 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    INR 68580
  • Price:
  • Overall:
    8.5/10

STYLING

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2015 Hero Glamour FI 2017 Hero Glamour PGM-FI

This is where the new Glamour FI has tried to take the legacy even further. The previous generation Glamour FI was already a handsome looking motorcycle by the 125cc standards, and the new Glamour FI has only taken the notch one level up. The new Glamour FI is not only a snazzier looking motorcycle than the previous model but also looks dimensionally bigger than before, giving it an impression of a motorcycle from one segment above.

At the front, the new Glamour FI has received an all new face with a slightly curvier and elongated headlamp encased in a new bikini fairing. It looks bigger and vertically longer than before, with a triangular tinted visor above the headlamp. The welcoming addition here is that of the twin pilot lamps within the headlamp unit at both of the upper corners give the face an edgy look and AHO is equipped as standard. The diamond shaped clear lens turn indicators have been lifted off from the previous generation model of the Glamour.

From the sides, the Glamour FI continues its ravishing stance with an all new fuel tank, which looks like an evolution of that of the previous models, with the same design for the tank scoops as before. The side body cowls too are all new units, and so are the newly designed 5-spoke split end alloy wheels, which look simply the best in class. Moving towards the rear, the new rear tail section sports freshly designed panels, giving the motorcycle an athletic stance when viewed from the rear.

2017 Hero Glamour FI
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At the rear, the motorcycle gets an all new LED tail lamp with an all new rear fender. There is also a rear tyre hugger, and we clearly don’t understand that why Hero has employed this thing on the Glamour FI, considering the fact that the rear fender is large enough to act as a hindrance for the mud splashes. It is better to remove the rear tyre hugger, in our opinion. Also, the motorcycle gets a single piece pillion grab rail, though we would have liked to see split grab rails, considering the fact that the Glamour FI is pegged as a stylish commuter.

Another fresh change is that the new Glamour gets an all new part digital instrument console, which comes with an analogue speedometer and a digital LCD screen for readouts of fuel gauge, odometer, trip meters and clock. In addition, it comes with real time mileage indicator, something which is missing on the regular Glamour. The switchgear now comes with an additional switch of i3S – yes, the new Glamour FI now features the famous i3S technology from Hero, more on that later. However, the design of the switchgear looks spartan and robs the overall appeal of the Glamour a bit.

Overall, Hero has left no stone unturned in making the new Glamour FI as stylish and good looking as possible and is loaded sufficiently with additional features to make it appealing as a modern day motorcycle.

Overall Dimension

Make Model 2017 Hero Glamour PGM-FI Honda CB Shine SP Bajaj V12
Length 2023mm 2007mm 2040mm
Width 766mm 762mm 785mm
Height 1091mm 1085mm 1066mm
Wheelbase 1262mm 1266mm 1315mm
Ground Clearance 159mm 160mm 165mm
Seat height 795mm 820mm 780mm
Wet weight 127kg 123kg 133kg
Fuel tank 11L 10.5L 13L

POWERTRAIN

2017 Hero Glamour FI
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It is not only the design of the new Glamour FI which is going to be the highlighting point – the engine too is going to be a talking point. The new Glamour features an all new 125cc engine which has been developed in-house by Hero and not from Honda. The four stroke, single cylinder, air cooled, 124.7cc engine produces a maximum power output of 11.4 bhp and a peak torque output of 11 Nm, making it the most powerful engine of the class. It also features Hero’s patented i3S technology, which is gradually becoming a part of each and every Hero product, thus making it more economic than before. Also, it is BS-IV compliant.

Studying the specifications, it can be easily said that the bottom end and mid range of the motorcycle’s performance will be a segment best and with the amount of torque it produces is simply the best in class. With just a 4-speed transmission, you get longer ratios to do the job. The engine refinement too is equally good than that of the previous generation Glamour, and so is the fuel economy, which hovers in the range of 65-70 kmpl in the real world.

And here comes the biggest catch or talked about aspect of the motorcycle – fuel injection. The 125cc engine here is fuel injected, which offers crisp throttle responses, lower emissions and higher fuel efficiency than the carbureted version. It also offers instant starts even in the extreme temperature conditions, something which the carbureted motorcycles may take some time and effort. The bike also features bank angle sensor, something which the carbureted Glamour just doesn’t have.

Engine Specification

Make Model 2017 Hero Glamour PGM-FI Honda CB Shine SP Bajaj V12
Capacity cc 124.7 124.7 124.5
Output 11.4 bhp @ 7500 rpm 10 bhp @ 7500 rpm 11 bhp @ 7500 rpm
Torque 11 Nm @ 6500 rpm 10 Nm @ 5500 rpm 13 Nm @ 5500 rpm
Type Air Cooled, 4 Stroke, SI OHC Engine Air Cooled, 4 Stroke, SI Engine Single cylinder, 4 stroke, SOHC 2 valve, Air cooled, DTS-i
Clutch type Wet- Multiplate Wet- Multiplate Wet- Multiplate
Transmission 4-speed 5-speed 5-speed

RIDE AND HANDLING

2017 Hero Glamour FI Exterior
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This is one particular aspect where the motorcycle hasn’t witnessed revolutionary changes as it has received in its design and performance. The new Glamour FI continues to sport a suspension setup of hydraulic telescopic forks at the front and a rectangular swingarm with hydraulic coil springs at the rear. The rear suspension can be adjusted in five different ways as per the rider’s preference. The combination may be a lot conventional without any newness, but it successfully works when it comes to giving a plush ride quality and is tuned the best for absorbing the bumps and potholes which one normally faces during his daily riding duties.

The bike comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, but the tyres this time are wider than before, giving it a gripper and more comfortable ride quality than before. Unlike the regular Glamour, the Glamour FI offers front 240mm disc brake as standard, while a 240mm drum brake dos the job at the rear.

Chassis Specifications

Make Model 2017 Hero Glamour PGM-FI Honda CB Shine SP Bajaj V12
Suspension / Front Telescopic hydraulic shock absorbers Telescopic fork Telescopic fork
Suspension / Rear 5-step adjustable hydraulic shock absorbers Spring loaded Monoshock Twin shocks, Nitrox(Gas filled)
Brakes / Front 240mm Disc 2-piston radial fixed calliper 240mm Disc 2-piston radial fixed calliper 130 mm Drum
Brakes / Rear 130 mm Drum 130 mm Drum 130 mm Drum
Tyres / Front 80/100-18 47P 80/100-18 2.75-18
Tyres / Rear 90/90-18 51P 80/100-18 100/90-16

PRICE

2017 Hero Glamour FI Exterior
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As ever, the fuel injection system is not an easy and cheap feature for a motorcycle, as it does command a hefty premium over its carbureted version. Same has happened with the new Glamour FI. The bike has always been cursed for being overpriced, and even in this latest avatar, things haven’t changed much. The Hero Glamour FI has been priced at ₹ 68580, which has put it in the category of some entry level 150cc motorcycles.

The Glamour FI is available in four different colour options – Candy Blazing Red, Black with Techno Blue, Black with Tornado Grey Metallic and Black with Sports Red.

COMPETITION

Currently, there is no other fuel injected motorcycle priced equally or below the Glamour FI in the Indian market. There used to be a Honda CBF Stunner PGM-FI, which died a silent death due to poor sales. The closest competitor which rivals the performance, fuel efficiency and premium appeal of the Hero Glamour FI is the Honda CB Shine SP and the Bajaj V12.

Honda CB Shine SP

2017 Honda CB Shine SP
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Ever since its inception back in 2005, the Honda CB Shine has been ruling the roots of the 125cc motorcycle. For all those motorcyclists who wanted a perfect balance between the fuel efficiency of entry level 100cc commuters and performance of a 150cc naked streetfighter, the motorcycle proved to be one capable option.

Like seen before, the CB Shine SP is essentially a cosmetically bettered out version of the already existing CB Shine DX, which makes it look a bit sportier than the casual looking DX. However, in this latest version, the CB Shine SP has become a bit sportier to look at, thanks to the all new body decals and graphics as well as all black theme carried out for half of the motorcycle.

The new CB Shine SP retains the single cylinder, air cooled, 124.7cc engine from its previous iteration – an engine which has already set tall benchmarks in its segment for its performance, refinement and reliability on the regular version of the CB Shine for almost a decade. Honda has carried out few minute changes to the engine, which has now made it compliant to BS-IV norms. However, in this process, what the engine has sadly lost out on is a slight amount of top end power. The engine now produces a peak power output of 10.16 bhp, almost 0.44 bhp lower than the previous model, while the peak torque output is now 10.3 Nm, with a mere drop of 0.3 Nm here as well.

The base variant STD, which comes with drum brakes at both front and rear, has been priced at ₹ 60914. Above the base model is positioned the DLX variant which comes with a front disc brake in addition, and bears a price tag of ₹ 63413. The top of the line CBS variant, which comes with front disc brake and Combi Braking System, will set the customers back by ₹ 65414 (all prices Ex-showroom, Delhi).

Bajaj V12

2017 Honda CB Shine SP Competing vehicle
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The new Bajaj V12 will be completely based on the V15, as far as styling goes. This directly means that the V12 too will have the same INS Vikrant connection as the V15 has got. As we all know now that the V15 was marketed as the rebirth of the legendary INS Vikrant, for the fuel tank of the motorcycle contains the molten metal of the now-defunct INS Vikrant, which was sent to scrap yard by the Indian Government.

Bajaj brought an all new 125cc engine for the V12 and the 124.5 cc, Single cylinder, 4 stroke, SOHC 2 valve, Air cooled, DTS-i unit is capable of churning a best-in-class power and torque outputs of 11.3 bhp @ 7500 rpm and 11 Nm. The 5-speed gearbox is lifted off from the V15 directly.

The Bajaj V12 features a slightly thinner setup with 110 mm travel while the rear gets twin shocks, Nitrox(Gas filled), 106 mm rear wheel travel setup. For stopping the V12, unfortunately, does not get a front disc brake even as an option and thus relies on a 130 mm drum brakes both towards the front as well as the rear. It is priced at ₹58283, much cheaper than the Hero’s and Honda’s offer.

VERDICT

2017 Hero Glamour FI
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With the Glamour FI, Hero has always tried to lure the younger set of minds, who want their motorcycle to look good in the crowd, but not at the expense of fuel efficiency and longevity. The Glamour FI will always be remembered for the fact that it pioneered the technology of fuel injection in commuter segment.

With this latest avatar, Hero has tried to negate the negatives of the previous version of the motorcycle with an all new design which is the most striking and good looking in this segment, new set of modern day features and an all new engine which is more powerful but equally economic than before.

Adding in the same old positives of high fuel economy and supple ride quality, the Hero Glamour FI becomes a perfect recipe for commuting from point A to point B, and that too in style. The Glamour FI does command a large premium for the technological prowess it boasts over others and is purely for only those who value the worth of technology.

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