Hero Glamour is not a new name in the
Indian two-wheeler market. It has been there for years now and through all
these years it has been known as a commuter bike that has looks from a segment
above. The year 2017 witnessed a new avatar of this 125cc bike and we got our
eyes and hands on it to see if the bike can still justify its name.
124.7cc Air cooled,
4 - Stroke Single Cylinder
hydraulic shock absorbers
240 mm Disc
This new version of the Glamour definitely
looks refreshing and glamorous. The body has become more streamlined and has
new body graphics that accentuate that feeling. We had the Black with Sporty
Red colour variant and it looked quite bold. The new Glamour looks best from
the side where you can really see the rising design of the bike. I was not so impressed
by the front though as it looked a bit too simple to me. The rear of the bike,
however, looks great, thanks to the stunning LED tail-lamp that looks even
better at night. The instrument cluster also has a contemporary design with an
analogue dial for showing your current speed and a digital display to show you
things like your fuel level, average fuel consumption and trip meter.
What sets this new Glamour apart is the
Fuel Injection system it gets. Hero calls it the 'Programmed FI' as it pumps in
fuel based on the data it gets from the sensors. This in turn not only provides
for a better fuel efficiency but also makes the throttle response pleasing. You
will notice the significant increase in power, the moment you accelerate. While
the climb in speed is linear it does happen rather quickly and makes overtaking
in city traffic, a breeze.
The 124.7cc single cylinder, 4-stroke
engine now produces 11.5hp @ 7,500rpm and 11Nm of torque at 6,500rpm. Another
thing to like about the new Glamour is the 4-speed transmission. Initially I
was a bit skeptical about just having 4 gears to play with, especially
considering how some of the competition such as the Honda CB Shine SP and the
Bajaj Discover 125, have their engines mated to 5-speed transmissions. However,
I was quite satisfied with the transmission on the Glamour. Not only does it
feel adequate for city and even highway usage, shifting the gears is smooth as
well. It was just the first gear that I felt gets out of breath a little too
soon but the rest of the gears provide you with ample room to cruise and have a
great time on the bike.
Hero did not spend all of its time and
strength on the looks and engine of the Glamour. They added a great set of
suspensions that do well when pitted against the bad and broken city roads we
are so used to encountering in our daily commute. I took it over some speed
breakers as well and thanks to the 159mm ground clearance, the bike went over
them without the frame coming in contact with the ground. Going fast is only
one half of the job for a vehicle, stopping is equally important. There is a 240mm
disc in the front and a 130mm drum brake in the rear that give you ample
confidence whenever you pull the brakes. The wider 90/90 18 inch rear tubeless
tyres lend a good control over the bike when taking corners and going over
sandy terrains. The front gets 80/100 18 inch tubeless tyres. The riding
position is pretty comfortable too and the seat is long enough for two people.
The new Hero Glamour is a great bike that
does all that you would expect from a 125cc commuter bike and it also adds a
few intelligent things in the mix. The Programmed FI definitely makes the bike
ride better than the carbureted version and the looks are nothing less than
glamorous. It is very functional too and gets a long seat, soft suspension and
smooth gearing. Where it loses out some points is in terms of the cost. This
fuel injected variant comes with a price tag of Rs 69,845 (ex-showroom Delhi)
which brings it dangerously close to some 150 and 160cc bikes.
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