When it comes to making and selling the most value-for-money bikes, Hero MotoCorp still has the edge over its competitors in the Indian market as it still sells the most bikes in the country every month.
The most prominent reason for Hero’s success in the Indian market is the brand’s drop-dead reliability and after-sales network. Moreover, all the Hero motorcycles also have the most resale value amongst other brands, so that’s also a factor that makes them worthwhile.
Also, add the familiarity of these motorcycles to the mix – which is a huge factor amongst many motorcycle buyers – and you’d know why the Hero Splendor is the most popular nameplate in the Indian market. As is the case with Honda Activa, but that’s a story for another sunny day.
Now, in order of keeping our readers’ – and potential motorcycle buyers’ – interest in mind, we took a look at Hero MotoCorp’s range of motorcycles in the Indian market and compiled it below for all the motorcycles retailing below the Rs. 1 lakh mark in the ex-showroom value. Read on.
1. Hero HF Deluxe
The HF Deluxe is the most affordable motorcycle Hero bikes sells in the Indian market. It is also one of the best-selling motorcycles from the brand. As is a norm with commuters, it carries a no-frills design and perfectly blends in with the rest of the crowd. Powering the HF Deluxe is a small capacity 97.2cc single-cylinder engine, which makes 7.91bhp and 8.05Nm of torque. It is, of course, BS-VI compliant and comes mated to a 4-speed manual gearbox as standard. In total, the HF Deluxe is available in four variants, of which the top-spec trim Hero’s i3s technology.
2. Hero Splendor Plus
As stated above, the Splendor Plus is the most popular motorcycle, not just in Hero’s product portfolio, but also in the whole of the world’s largest two-wheeler market. It, too, comes powered by the same 97.2cc motor as the HF Deluxe, which makes the same 7.91bhp and 8.05Nm of torque. It is BS-VI compliant and comes mated to a 4-speed manual gearbox as standard.
3. Hero Splendor iSmart 110
The Splendor iSmart 110, as the name suggests, is a bigger and better version of the Splendor Plus. It is, however, not as popular as its smaller sibling since it demands an extra sum of money for the bigger and better package. It comes powered by a 113.2cc single-cylinder, which while is mated to a similarly numbered 4-speed gearbox, produces 9bhp and 9.89Nm of torque, bettering both the motorcycles above.
4. Hero Passion Pro
The Passion Pro from Hero is the brand’s stylish commuter, which looks the part and certainly feels more upmarket than all of its siblings above. It also gets better mechanicals and features as opposed to its slightly more affordable siblings. What’s not new, though, is the 113cc motor it borrows from the Splendor iSmart 110, which makes a similar 9.02bhp of power and 9.89Nm of torque. Further, it comes mated to a 4-speed manual gearbox as standard.
5. Hero Super Splendor
The Super Splendor is the most expensive and well sought out Splendor from Hero MotoCorp. It also looks vastly different from the Splendor Plus, which has found its way into many Indian households. Moreover, the main differentiating point between this and the rest of the Splendor range is the better hardware and a slightly larger 125cc engine, which is good for 10.72bhp and 10.6Nm of torque. It comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox, which means the bike is also good for effortless highway cruising along with the usual city touring.
6. Hero Glamour
The Glamour also received a minor update as it entered into the BS-VI era, therefore making it more desirable and snazzier than ever. As of early-2021, the Glamour is the most expensive motorcycle from Hero under the Rs. 1 lakh price bracket. It comes powered by the same 125cc engine as the Splendor Plus, which is capable of churning out 10.72bhp and 10.6Nm of torque. The gearbox, too, remains the same as the bike gets a 5-speed manual unit as a standard fitment. Also, grab the latest info on the upcoming bikes in India, only at autoX.