Comfort, Efficiency, Reliability and Familiarity are the phrases that best describe the Hero Splendor in all its entirety. Believe it or not, the Hero Splendor – or originally known as the Hero Honda Splendor – has helped the brand in building its foundation in the country.
Originally a successor to the CD 100, the Hero Splendor range of motorcycles is built on the same formula. As a result, Hero has garnered tremendous success with the Splendor range of motorcycles with sales clocking over a million units per year.
The Splendor Plus, as of 2019, is the most affordable motorcycle in the Splendor range. Despite that, the Splendor Plus is decently kitted for the price. And, as one would expect, it contributes the most number of sales from the entire range. In a nutshell, the Splendor Plus carries the same familiar design with a square headlamp, silver alloy wheels, and a riding posture that’s biased on comfort. So, familiarity, it seems, is the formula that works for the motorcycles in this segment. Here’s a lowdown for what it brings to the table.
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For the price and segment, nit-picking the engine at the heart of the Hero Splendor Plus would be redundant. As its on-paper figures suggest, the single-cylinder engine displaces 97.2cc and is capable of producing 8.2bhp and 8.05Nm of peak torque. The power is sent to the rear wheel via a four-speed manual gearbox. As of 2019, the engine remains to be compliant with BS-IV emission norms.
While it may appear to be a little longer in the tooth, the Splendor Plus still holds a candle amongst many commuters when it comes to familiarity without any fuss. So, without being picky, peeking in the brochure reads the Splendor Plus as 1,970mm in length, 720mm in width, and 1,040mm in height. Other than that, the bike has a ground clearance of 159mm, seat height of 785mm, and a wheelbase of 1,230mm. At 109 kilos, the Splendor Plus is a light motorcycle.
Fuel tank capacity
While the ARAI-claimed 81 kilometres to the litre is an exemplary fuel efficiency figure, the 11-litres of the fuel tank is only sufficing for a limited run.
The very responsibility of a commuter, in this segment, is to deliver a soft and cushy ride quality and a light steering for getting in and out of traffic. The Splendor Plus does so with telescopic forks suspension at the front and a swing arm with hydraulic shock absorber at the back. Also helping the cause are the 2.75×18 – 42P/ 4PR and 2.75×18 – 48P / 6PR tyres for the front and rear, respectively. The chasing comprises a tubular double cradle frame unit. As for the braking, the bike comes equipped with a 130mm drum and a 110mm drum at the front and rear, respectively, as standard.
When it comes to features, the Splendor Plus gets IBS (Hero MotoCorp’s specific term for CBS) as an aid for safety. Other than that, the Splendor Plus is a bare-bones commuter. The instrumentation duties are held by two analogue pods, one for the speedometer and the other reserved for the fuel gauge as well as tell-tale lights. A nifty feature below the fuel gauge is a side-stand warning light, which works flawlessly well. Further, the headlamp and taillamp both miss out on LEDs.
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