Hero Motor Corp had a JV with the Japanese automaker Honda, and they had produced bikes under the ‘Hero Honda’ label until they separated a few years ago. However, contrary to expectations, the newborn ‘Hero Motor Corp’ thrived in the ever-growing Indian bike market. Today, it is one of the leading bike manufacturers in India.
Hero has truly become a ‘hero’ for the bike lovers of this nation, if one considers the sheer number of options that the company provides them. Though it is extremely difficult to pin point the best performer from the stables of Hero Motor Corp, here is an attempt to highlight three of their best bikes.
Hero Ignitor – Introduced in 2012, the Ignitor is Top Gears a bike with basic features, which makes it an ideal option for daily commuting. A popular choice of buyers in the service class, the Ignitor is all that a bike needs to be. It is suitable for riding on both urban and rural roads. The 124cc, mono- cylinder four-stroke engine of the Ignitor is air-cooled and generates a power of 11 bhp. The bike comes with an engine kill switch, sporty and bold graphics, well-designed seat, powerful brakes and tubeless tyres. Priced at about INR 59000/-, the Ignitor is a smart choice for people who undertake daily commuting. Its competitors include Honda Shine, Bajaj 125ST and Yamaha YBR 125 among others.
Hero Hunk – The Hunk is a prominent player in the 150cc segment. A bike specially made for urban users, the Hunk is a powerful bike under urban conditions, but somewhat disappoints when it comes to rough rural terrains. This bike is reasonably powerful and comes with an engine that generates 14.2 bhp of power. It is mated to five-speed gearbox. Priced at around INR 68000/-, the Hunk offers a fuel economy of about 60 kmpl under favourable conditions. The Hunk is stylish, sporty, lightweight and fast, which offers it an edge over its rivals like the Bajaj Pulsar 150, Yamaha FZS and Honda CBR150R among others.
Hero Glamour – As the name itself suggests, this glamorous bike is one of the most successful 125cc bikes around, and has been the segment leader for a long time. Glamour is a bike for the daily commuters, who have to travel through different terrains in the course of their job. Unlike many urban bikes, the Hero Glamour performs equally well under rural and urban conditions. Powered by a four-stroke, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that generates a maximum power of nine bhp, the Glamour offers a whooping mileage of 80 kmpl on highways. Priced at about INR 55000/-, the Hero Glamour faces stiff competition from the likes of Honda Shine, Bajaj Discover 125 and TVS Phoenix among others