Hero MotoCorp HF Dawn
9th April, 2015: Hero MotoCorp HF-Dawn is a 100cc utility motorcycle offered by the country’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer. It comes with a conventional body design that targets mainly at fulfilling daily commuting requirements. The bike is fitted with a 97.2cc, air-cooled, four-stroke engine that produces 8.2bhp of power with 8.05Nm of torque. The company has recently added a side stand indicator to its instrument console in order to provide safety and convenience. Hero MotoCorp HF-Dawn is available across the country at a much affordable price of Rs. 39,470 (ex-showroom, New Delhi). The motorcycle comes in four attractive colours, which are: Candy Blazing Red, Black with Purple, Black with Red, Boon Silver Metallic and Classy Maroon Metallic.
Hero MotoCorp HF Dawn Bikes
97.2 cc, Petrol, 82.9 KmplRs 38,333*
Hero MotoCorp HF Dawn
Hero MotoCorp to facilitate its service to more people, launched HF Dawn, its most affordable commuter. Its a 100cc motorcycle with minimal body panels and smallest feature list but it is highly reliable and durable. Being a Hero product, HF Dawn is a trustworthy bike that performs competently and never goes down in any condition.
Technically, Hero MotoCorp HF Dawn is propelled by a 97.2cc, air-cooled, single cylinder, 4-stroke, OHC engine mated to a 4-speed transmission with all up shift pattern. The motor generates a net power output of 8.25bhp at 8000rpm with a net torque amount of 8.05Nm at 5000rpm. It is a legendary engine that powers all the 100cc commuters by the company. Fuel economy of the motor is sound and it performs pretty well at mid and low revs.
Hero MotoCorp HF Dawn is drawn on a tubular double cradle frame and boasts the old school round headlight. The machine works seamlessly with telescopic hydraulic shock absorbers at the front and swing arm with 2 step adjustable hydraulic shock absorber at the rear. It has 2.75 x 18 - 4 PR / 42 P front tyre and 2.75 x 18 - 6 PR/ 48 P equipped to 18 x 1.6 spoke wheels. The spoke wheels house 130mm drum brake at the front and 110mm drum brake at the rear.
Following are the dimensions of the Hero MotoCorp HF Dawn: 1965mm x 720mm x 1045mm (length x width x height). The minimum ground clearance of the machine is 165mm with wheelbase measurement of 1235mm. There is a fuel tank capacity of 10.5 liter, while its kerb weight is 109kg. Besides its specifications, the list of color palette include Candy Blazing Red, Black with Purple, Black with Red, Boon Silver Metallic and Classy Maroon Metallic.
Hero MotoCorp HF Dawn is the most “built to cost” product and financially easiest way to be a part of Hero family. Bare bone cost-cutting has been done everywhere here, so don’t expect any kind of fancy gizmos, loud styling and long list of equipment. This bike screams “I am simple” from every angle and takes you back to the old day perceptions, with a round headlamp with neither a visor nor a cowl, minimal graphics and body panels, simple tank design, steel grab rail, absence of rear body panels, flat seat, spoke wheels. The instrument cluster too possesses only a speedometer, odometer and basic tell-tale lights. The designers, however, managed a lot in carrying out there aim of “design-minimum-use-maximum” on this tiny fighter.
The absence of an electric starter, somewhere, feels a bit disappointing. On the practical front, this machine has a lot of storage spaces which include a utility box, side panel, under seat storage space and a bag hook at rear. It is this “simplicity of 1980s” of HF-Dawn, that fails it be applauded in today’s design conscious scenario. Though this may not be a grouse for anyone, as this bike is mainly targeted for rural audience, for whom the most important aspect while purchasing a vehicle is fuel efficiency. The build quality is typically Hero, robust and made to last, which is appreciable considering the basicness of segment.
Engine And Performance
Hero commuters have always been famous for their fabulous engines and HF-Dawn is not an exception. The Hero MotoCorp HF Dawn sports a Honda sourced kick-started 97.2cc air-cooled, single cylinder, carburetted four-stroke mill, which is healthy enough to generate 8.2bhp of power at 8000rpm and a maximum torque of 8.05Nm at 5000rpm. The performance obtained from this powerhouse is satisfactory, with adequate bottom end grunt and sufficient acceleration. Though not a necessary parameter for this machine, the 0-60 kmph run is achieved in a slow, but respectable 10 seconds, considering its competitors are also somewhere near to its treadmarks. The engine is mated to a 4-speed constant mesh gearbox , with the Hero’s standard all shift-up pattern. The gearbox too provides adequate smooth shifting in traffic situations, making it less tedious for the rider. The engine maxes out at the top speed of 90kmph, making it a commendable city ride.
Talking about the fuel-efficiency, this is the arena where this puny Hero scores massively. The HF-Dawn performs this job with brilliance, managing to return 65kmpl in city and upto 82.9kmpl in highway, giving an overall efficiency of a good 68kmpl. This makes this motorcycle one of the most fuel-efficient two-wheelers, presently available in India.
Braking And Handling
Ride comfort is the second most important priority asked for in this segment, and Hero knows this well too. With providing a larger surface area of the seat, Hero has ensured comfortable seating position with good cushioning for two full sized adults for both city traffic and highway jaunts. The chassis is of tubular double cradle type, which makes the bike light-weight at just 109 kilos. The segment default upright seating posture with a raised handlebar, forward set foot-pegs and efficiently sized knee recesses on the fuel tank puts the rider in his comfort zone and aids in good direction changes.
The suspension, though a basic setup of telescopic hydraulic shock absorbers at front and swing arm with 2-step adjustable hydraulic shock absorber at the rear, provide adequate firmness to the overall ride. The actual functionality of rear shock absorbers is that it can be adjusted according to the need of the rider so as to provide a comfort free ride along with the option of setting up a stiffer suspension while carrying heavy loads on the bike. This, adding to the high ground clearance of 165mm and a wheelbase of 1235mm, ensures you to glide over potholes with ease. Talking about the brakes, since this bike fall in the entry level segment, Hero MotoCorp HF Dawn offers the setup of drum brakes, 130mm front and 110mm rear.
The bike gets all the neccessary safety features for a 100cc commuter incluting a bright, properly focused headlight, sufficient drum type brakes and tyres with adequate grip. Recently, the company has added a new safety feature to the bike, which is side-stand indicator.
Trust-worthy engine, build quality, price
Dated styling, lack of modern equipments
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