The Hero Splendor is the world’s top selling motorcycle and the automaker recently has brought out some interesting variants of it, including iSmart with start-up technology and Splendor Pro Classic, India’s first cafe racer styled motorcycle. Being the world’s cheapest cafe racer styled bike, this new Splendor version brings retro, cafe racer within the reach of the common man.
Based on Hero Motocorp’s most popular and reliable commuter – Splendor, Pro Classic is the first single seat offering from the automaker. Being a single seater, it has got a nice tail piece that adds to the flair of the bike. With excellent and stunning look and features, the bike reflects a blending of cafe racing styling and retro styled graphics.
Promoted with the tagline – ‘Karo celebrate Singlehood’, Splendor Pro Classic is a good in-budget retro style two-wheeler. If you are enamored by the Cafe Racer concept, or are searching for a decently priced motorcycle that will stand out from the crowd, then Splendor Pro Classic is definitely an alternative.
- Powering the Splendor Pro Classic is a 97.2cc, four-stroke, air-cooled, single-cylinder engine that churns out 8.36 bhp of power and 8.05 nm of torque.
- The bike has also got a four-speed manual transmission system linked with its engine to further accelerate its performance.
- The output of this bike is marginally more than what other regular models of the Splendor series offer.
- Fuel efficiency has always been the Splendor’s forte. The country’s first 100cc bike offers a mileage of 55-60kmpl on short revs and delivers 70kmpl on highways.
- It has got both an electric starter and a kick-start.
Design & Styling
Available in two color combinations – carbon black and solid maroon, the new Hero Splendor Classic has been designed to look like a cafe racer. To give it a cafe racer look, Hero has given it a vintage style cafe cowl, a classic single seat, round head & taillight, a sporty handle bar and a classic round speedometer. In a bid to add to appeal of the bike, the company has given chrome treatment to head-lamp ring, rear-view mirrors, front & rear fenders, silencer, suspension and a few other parts, making it highly irresistible. The bike’s pleasing design includes old-school pinstripe graphics on 11-litres fuel tank and side panels.
Performance & Handling
As far as the performance of Hero Splendor Pro Classic is concerned, it is performance packed the way it has always been. The bike can reach up to the top speed of 90kmpl and is able to cover the distance of 100kmph from standstill in merely 13 seconds. Packed with powerful engine and other features, this cafe racer is a light & nimble bike and is fairly easy to ride through busy roads.
Bike’s Main Rivals
The Splendor Pro Classic doesn’t really have any tough competition; however its price tag makes it a rival to other premium commuter motorcycles like the Honda CB Twister and the Mahindra Centuro. You can also compare it to Triumph Thruxton and Continental GT (given the fact that they are cafe racers); nevertheless, these two-wheelers are in another universe altogether.
Hero MotoCorp’s to launch various new bikes & scooters in 2015
In 2014, along with Splendor Pro Classic, Hero MotoCorp also launched other new model in its commuter line-up – Passion Pro TR. A new model from Splendor series, Hero Splendor iSmart also created a buzz in the industry and was nominee of CNB Viewers’ Choice Award 2015. To retain the top-spot in the Indian market, Hero MotoCorp is planning to launch several all-new and facelift products in 2015 including 2015 Hero Impulse, Hero HX250R, Hero Hastur, Hero ZIR 150cc Scooter and Hero Leap Hybrid Scooter.