First launched more than a decade ago, the Glamour has been one of the most popular 125cc bikes in the Indian market. Now, Hero Motocorp has launched an all-new version, which carries a number of upgrades. We put the new 2015 Glamour through its paces to find out what it has up its sleeve.
Most bikes in the 125cc segment tend to look staid and understated, but the Glamour is a rare exception. It looks sharp and suave, with some sporty graphics to complement its attractive design.
The quality of build though isn't the best around. While finish levels and material quality are good, there is some inconsistency in the fitment of body panels.
The Hero Glamour offers riders an upright riding posture, stereotypical of all commuter bikes. It is quite comfortable for long jaunts within the city, even with two on board.
The Glamour is powered by a 125cc single-cylinder engine, which is the star of the show. This is one exceptionally refined unit, purring its way smoothly throughout the rev range. It's got quite a bit of low end torque for a 125cc motor, so acceleration is pretty energetic in all gears. Sweeting the whole deal was an equally smooth gearbox, which allows the rider to shift smoothly between cogs.
During our testing, the Glamour delivered an average of around 55 – 60kmpl, which is at par with other bikes in this category.
Traversing city traffic on the Glamour is a walk in the park, thanks its relaxed ergos and agile low-speed handling characteristics. Just like most 125cc commuters, cornering isn't its forte, and it feels nervous when taking turns at speed.
Ride quality can be termed as average for the Hero Glamour. While it absorbs small undulations quite well at low speeds, it tends feel slightly harsh over big bumps and potholes.
The Glamour featured here came equipped with a disc brake at the front and a drum at the rear. We found the setup to be sufficiently effective, decelerating from even 60 kmph safely. In our braking test, the bike came to a halt from 40 kmph in 11m. We noticed that under hard braking, the Glamour tends to lock its wheels.
The Glamour gets very little in the way of features. It comes standard with alloy wheels, tubeless tyres, and a neat digital-analogue combo instrument cluster, which adds a nice new-age touch.
The Hero Glamour is priced at Rs 57,925 (ex-showroom, Delhi), which is at par with its rivals in this segment.
As a commuter, it is hard to find faults with the Glamour. It has enough poke and is sufficiently nimble to keep its head up in city traffic, and with its trendy, attractive design, it stands out from the crowd. To make matters better, it has an engine that's delightfully smooth and quite fuel-efficient too. We feel that the fitment of panels could be better, and the ride quality could be slightly more supple. Nevertheless, considering its abundance of positive attributes, we think that the Hero Glamour is definitely one of the best 125cc bikes in India
|Engine||Air-cooled, 4-stroke single cylinder|
|Power||9 bhp @ 7000 rpm|
|Torque||10.35 Nm @ 4000 rpm|
|Chassis Type||Tubular double cradle type|
|Brakes||Front:Drum, dia 130 mm
Rear:Drum, dia 130 mm, Internal expanding shoe type
|Suspension||Front:Telescopic hydraulic shock absorbers
Rear:Swing arm with hydraulic shock absorber
|Fuel Tank Capacity||13.6|