For two decades, the Hero Splendor has been the commuter bike of choice in our country. Today it has reached a new height in terms of green technology. So here we are, with the Splendor Ismart Review, to figure out how green it is.
At this year’s Auto Expo, Hero, the world’s largest bike manufacturer had some very interesting bikes on display that also featured some never before seen technology in the Indian two-wheeler industry. Hero MotoCorp showed us the future they are planning for India, but as of now, a little bit of that future is already available in the Indian market. They’ve launched a new variant of their popular entry-level 100cc motorcycle and it is called the Hero Splendor iSmart. The Hero Splendor iSmart takes technology that is normally found in cars, and you may know of it as a start/stop system. Hero calls this technology the i3S and it will help the fuel conscious maintain a better fuel economy. So we decided to take one and do the Hero Splendor Ismart Review.
At the heart of the bike is the tried and tested 97cc air-cooled unit that produces 7.8bhp and 8Nm of torque. The engine is fitted onto a tubular steel frame with telescopic front forks and a set of hydraulic rear shock absorbers at the rear. The engine is quite refined, and power delivery is on par with some of the better 100cc commuter bikes available in the market today. The i3S start/stop technology kicks in whenever you stop the bike. If the gear is in the neutral position when the bike comes to a stop and it is idling, the bike will shut itself off. To start the bike up again all you need to do is simply press the clutch in and the engine will come alive. During our entire Splendor Ismart Review the system worked quite well, and also delivered good fuel efficiency, especially when riding in urban traffic.
Overall, the Hero Splendor iSmart rides quite well and the riding position is comfortable, and it handles decently well in the city. It features brake drums on both front and rear wheels, and the bike uses Ceat tubeless tyres that grip the road well. The overall design of the bike though is exactly the same as the Splendor NXG, but it does get a fresh paint scheme and new graphics to set it apart. The bike also gets a headlight with a halogen lamp surrounded in a newly designed fairing. Somewhere during the Hero Splendor Ismart Review, we noticed that the instrument cluster is also new and it has analog instruments with an additional i3S indicator. With its integration of newer technology then, the Hero Splendor iSmart offers a unique, fuel-efficient alternative to the budget buyer.
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- Hero Splendor Ismart
Transmission: 4-Speed Manual
Power: 7.8bhp @ 7500rpm
Torque: 8nm @ 4500 rpm
Price: Rs. 47,250 (Ex-showroom Delhi)