109.15cc Air cooled, 4 stroke single cylinder, OHC
9.3hp @ 7500 rpm
9Nm @ 5500 rpm
Hydraulic telescopic fork
Swing arm with adjustable shock absorber
80/100 - 18 (Tubeless)
Life is all
about making yourself and the things around you better. We constantly strive to
improve ourselves and stay relevant. Same is true with the automotive industry.
With new products coming every day and competition from overseas companies on
the rise, Indian two wheeler manufacturer, Hero Motocorp decided that their much loved and successful commuter
bike needed an increment as well. Thus the Splendor was morphed into the
Splendor iSmart 110.
The all new
Splendor 110 gets a complete overhaul in terms of looks. It now gets a small
cowl up front and new stylish dual tone graphics. The turn indicators get a
sleeker look and the tail lamp also looks great but I am not a big fan of the
plastic cladding under the fuel tank. While this new design of the Splendor 110
might not be too eye catchy by today’s standards, it surely has improved by leaps
and bounds compared to what the previous iteration looked like.
also has received an update. As the name suggest, now the Splendor is powered
by a 110cc engine rather than a 100cc one. This 110cc engine puts out a
respectable 9.3hp @ 7500rpm and 9Nm of torque at 5500rpm. Just like the older
Splendors this one is zippy when tackling the congested city roads.
Acceleration comes easy till about 45-50kmph after which you start to feel the
dip. According to me, 60-65kmph would be the sweet spot for cruising on
highways but you can go all the way up to 87kmph if you like but beware that
you will feel the bike struggle at such high speeds. While the 4 speed transmission
is good under city conditions, people who travel on highways will miss the
presence of a fifth gear as it eats up the first three gears rather quickly.
Maneuvering the bike is pretty easy due to its aerodynamic design and light
weight of 115kgs. There is also a 165mm ground clearance so you can be assured
that the bike won’t bottom out in most situations.
You get a
telescopic fork suspension in the front and adjustable swing arm in the rear.
The suspension is slightly stiff so bad roads and potholes will be felt but
overall we did not have any gripes with it. The 130mm drum brake in the front
and the 110mm drum in the rear do a decent job of decelerating and stopping the
bike but they could have done with a bit more bite or Hero could have included
an option to add a front disc. The tyres are thin and make for some great
cornering experience although one must be careful that if you push too hard you
might slip as well.
A while back
I got to spend some time with the Hero Achiever 150 and I really admired the
three features that it had – Hero's i3s, side stand indicator and AOH. I was
more than delighted to see those three features make an appearance even on a
commuter bike like the Splendor iSmart 110. It really shows the company’s
dedication to provide safety to its riders across all their product range.
Hero’s intelligent smart start and stop (i3s) technology switches off the bike
if you are idling in neutral for more than 5 seconds and also starts the bike
just by pulling the clutch. This is a handy feature that saves fuel and makes
starting your bike easier as well. However, if for some reason you do not want
the feature you can simply turn it off using a big blue switch on the right
side of the handlebar. The side stand indicator on the meter console is also a
very practical feature as people tend to forget to pull the side stand up when
they are in a hurry or not paying attention, if you have the stand open then
the indicator will glow in bright red to remind you. Finally the automatic
headlamp on (AHO) feature keeps the headlamp of the Splendor 110 on at all
console is a mix of an analogue and digital. A big dial in the center shows you
your speed and the smaller one on its left indicates the fuel level. On the
right you see a digital display that show you the kilometers covered and a trip
meter. I really like the elongated design of the grip on the handlebar, they
really give the rider a feeling as if he/she is riding a fast bike. The rest of
the switches on the handlebar are in very much within reach and easy to toggle.
What Hero has
done with the new Splendor iSmart 110 is that it has made a commuter bike that
has the look and feel of a bike from a segment above and several practical
features. At Rs 53,530 (ex-showroom Delh), to be honest, it’s is a great deal.
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