The story which started in 1994 still continues in 2020. The Hero Honda Splendor or the Hero Motocorp Splendor as it is known now, has completed 25+ years in the Indian market. It is one of the few recognizable bikes in the history of India to complete the silver jubilee and top the sales chart consistently. Find out below, Why people love the Hero Splendor so much?
The Hero Honda Splendor was launched in 1994 in India. In a market dominated by Bajaj, Kinetic and Rajdoot the Hero Honda Splendor was the perfect commuter bike. The iconic boxy styling of the bike can be compared to that of Bolero and Scorpio.
It was a bike known for its minimalistic styling and practicality. Hero launched many new versions of the Splendor but the most popular and the highest-selling ones were the box-style headlamp units.
Engine and Performance
The Hero Honda Splendor was launched with a 97cc engine which was known for its mileage and snappy power. It was never meant to be a high-performance bike. It was the best commuter bike for people living in the urban cities. Hero launched the Super Splendor with 125cc engine too but was not a success.
The 2020 BS6 Hero Splendor comes with an Air-cooled 4-stroke Single-cylinder 97.2cc OHC engine which produces a maximum power output of 7.91bhp@8000rpm. You also get a peak torque output of 8.05Nm@6000rpm. The engine is well balanced and refined. The new i3s sensor with the bike saves petrol and provides the best mileage possible.
Marketing also plays a very big role in the popularity of the vehicle. When the Splendor was launched in 1994, there was no competition in its new segment. Hero Honda also implemented impressive taglines like “ Lage Aisa Family Jesa” and many more. The current tagline of 2020 Hero Splendor BS6 is “Bharosa hai, Samjhota nai”. These taglines attract hundreds of customers emotionally. This was a good marketing strategy by Splendor which paid off big time in the long run. More about why people love Hero Splendor below.
Mileage and Competition
Hero Honda Splendor’s main USP has always been impressive mileage. The iSmart Splendor which was launched ago had a company acclaimed mileage of 102.2kmpl. Generally, Hero Honda Splendor easily give 60+kmpl in real life city conditions.
Hero Splendor has also remained the sales chart-topper for generations. The closest competition is the Honda Activa which loses out on mileage. The Hero Splendor without a doubt provides a better mileage compared to Activa. Hero Motorcorp sold 1,59,480 units of Splendor in the month of July’20. Please bear in mind that these figures are post-COVID when the market is down. The Honda Activa on the other hand managed to sell 1,18,859 units. No other manufacturer or model is close to this figure.
Ride Comfort and Suspension
The Hero Splendor was also known for its impressive ride quality and comfort from the initial days. The seat is comfortable for both rider and pillion. You get Telescopic Hydraulic Shock absorbers in the front and 5-step adjustable Hydraulic Shock absorbers in the rear.
You also get 130mm drum brakes at both front and rear. At 110kgs, the Hero Splendor is easy to ride for both youngsters and older people. Alloy wheels are also available. You get optional Self-start option too. The fuel tank capacity is 9.8litre.
All-in-all this bike is well made and amounts for the highest sales for Hero Motocorp. Indians have loved the bike since a very long time and if you are in the market for an entry-level commuter bike, Splendor is the best choice. Service, Maintainability and Parts for Hero Splendor is never a hitch.