Hero Splendor BS6: Family Explained
Confused between so many variants? Well, here’s a handy guide explaining everything about the Splendor family
The Hero Splendor has somewhat become a common noun for the common man when it comes to a reliable, extremely frugal, no-nonsense means of two-wheeled transportation. And for this reason, it has also consistently been the highest selling motorcycle in the country over many years. There are several motorcycles in this Splendor lineup, ranging from 100cc to 125cc versions. Here’s a detailed explanation as to what each bike is all about:
Hero Splendor Plus price: Rs 60,350
The Hero Splendor Plus is the most affordable motorcycle in the Splendor lineup and is instantly recognised by its simple yet timeless design. Hero chose to not tinker with the bike’s looks as its familiarity factor plays an important role in maintaining the trust with its target customers. The bikemaker managed to make the age-old engine BS6-compliant by adding a fuel injection system. This 97.2cc single-cylinder air-cooled motor churns out 8.02PS at 8000rpm and 8.05Nm at 6000rpm.
Hero offers the Splendor Plus in three variants: kick start (Rs 60,350), self start (Rs 62,650) and self start with i3S (Rs 63,860). As the name suggests, the top-end variant gets an idle Stop-Start System (i3S) which switches off the engine automatically when the bike is idling in traffic for a while. The engine turns back on as soon as the clutch lever is pulled and throttle is applied. This helps in conserving fuel, especially on our traffic-riddled roads. The Hero Splendor Plus is ideal for those who want a pocket-friendly, hassle-free commuter motorcycle that can last for ages.
Hero Splendor iSmart price: Rs 65,700
Hero MotoCorp’s first indigenously developed engine (after it parted ways with Honda) debuted in the form of the Splendor iSmart. This humble commuter motorcycle also went on to become the first BS6-compliant bike in its segment in the country. This motorcycle also gets the i3S feature but its design language is completely different compared to the standard Splendor Plus. It looks a bit more premium and will appeal to those who want a slightly upmarket commuter motorcycle with the quintessential genes of the Splendor.
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The 110cc single-cylinder air-cooled, fuel-injected engine in this bike produces 9.15PS at 7500rpm and 9.89Nm at 5500rpm. Along with the modern looks, the bike also gets a massive 180mm ground clearance and more importantly, the option of a 240mm front disc brake (the base variant gets a 130mm drum on both ends). The bike also gets a semi-digital instrument console. The base drum variant will set you back by Rs 65,700, whereas the front disc brake-equipped version costs Rs 67,900.
Hero Super Splendor price: Rs 68,150
The Hero Super Splendor is a 125cc commuter motorcycle and is also the most expensive bike under the Splendor lineup. However, it is also the most affordable bike in the 125cc segment at Rs 68,150 for the front drum brake-equipped variant. The model with the front 240mm disc costs Rs 71,650.
In its BS6-compliant iteration, the humble Hero Super Splendor gets a new 125cc single-cylinder air-cooled fuel-injected engine. It pushes out 10.87PS at 7500rpm and 10.6Nm at 6000rpm. More importantly, the engine gets a 5-speed transmission which should help improve the bike’s mileage, especially on the highway. Compared to the BS4-compliant iteration, the BS6 bike also gets a 10 per cent higher suspension travel on both ends along with a generous 180mm ground clearance. All in all, this motorcycle is perfect for those who are looking for an affordable, no-nonsense 125cc motorcycle.
All prices are ex-showroom, Delhi.