Hero Honda Splendor is one such bike which changed the perspective of how geared bikes were viewed back then. With all the Chetak’s and Kinetic Honda’s it was a time when geared-bikes were considered costly and hard to drive, but after the launch of the splendor things changed a little bit. Made them replace their big fat scooters and drive with ease. And the bike is still running on roads like a boss after being sold for more than 25 years now. Well lets look into it’s history!
The Launch Of The Splendor – 1994
The first Hero Honda Splendor was launched in the year 1994, obviously the bike was made in collaboration with the Japanese automaker Honda. It was the successor of the Hero Honda CD100 having the same engine and some tweaks on the design of the bike.
This made people switch from their scooters to a modern bike having better fuel efficiency and more power comparatively. The 1994 Splendor was powered by a 97.2cc air-cooled 4-stroke engine which puts out 7.44HP and 7.95Nm of torque.
Hero Honda Splendor Plus – 2004
It took 10 years to upgrade the previous model of the Hero Honda Splendor to Splendor Plus, the bike was given new graphics, multi-reflector headlight, a new tail-light and the spoke wheels were replaced with alloys.
Hero Honda Super Splendor – 2005
Another update was given for the bike in 2005 as Super Splendor, which sported an digital speedometer, alloy wheels, disc brake at the front and New graphics.
While the bikes engine was upgraded to a 125cc Advanced Swirl Flow Induction System (ASFS) engine which produced 9bhp. Also with the new swirl tech fuel efficiency was further improved.
Hero Honda Splendor Pro – 2011
The collaboration between Hero and Honda ended by 2010 while it had the technical support till 2014. The Super Splendor was the last in the line-up as an Hero Honda bike. The major update was that the bike received an electric-start system, other than that the bike had some graphic changes thats it.
Hero Splendor i-Smart – 2014
After the collaboration with Honda ended the bike came out to be as Hero Splendor i-Smart which was really smart indeed. With the new technology Splendor got a fuel economy of more than 100kmph, would you believe?
Yes, but you have to, as the bike had features like turning off when it’s running idle for a while and comes to life after pulling the clutch. While the bike was powerd by an air-cooled 97.2cc engine making 7.2HP.
In 2014 the bike also completed 20 years in the run, for which they launched Splendor Pro Classic. It was an cafe racer making 8HP with its 97.2cc engine, the bike had an compact handlebar, retro-style rear view mirrors, spoke wheels and was equipped with a cafe racer seating having a cowl in the rear-side.
Hero Splendor Plus BS6 – 2020
The bike has been getting updated every now and then, still making it one of the most affordable 100cc bike in India from it’s launch. The BS6-compliant Hero Splendor Plus came with Hero’s advanced PFi xSens Engine technology and the 97.2cc air-cooled engine makes 7.9hp.
The bike didn’t get any major changes from the date of the launch keeping the bike simple and affordable, which is the main reason for it’s sales numbers till date. What did you like the most about the Splendor? Tell us in the comments.
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