Scooters are undoubtedly the rising stars in today’s two-wheeler market. Recognizing this growing trend, Hero introduced their two scooters, the Maestro and the Pleasure, each targeted at the either gender. The pair has managed to give Hero MotoCorp a new identity that deviates from their stereotype of being a ‘motorcycle manufacturer’. Earlier, we put the male-oriented Hero Maestro through the paces in our review, and now, we critique its women-centric stable mate, the Hero Pleasure.
Hero has made the Pleasure’s target group clear, and this shows in its design. Its front facade has a slim and slender appearance and has a dainty and curvy structure with two vertical lines running across the front panel. The butterfly shaped headlight is the icing on the cake. The head of the Pleasure is compact with the handlebars closely positioned to each other. The triangular indicator lights are placed at the corners of the front body panel with a ‘Pleasure’ sticker above the left indicator which adds to its pretty look. The same graphics feature on the side panels as well. The rear poses a simple and elegant look with an eye-shaped tail-light. Overall, the scooter scores really well for its captivating looks.
The Pleasure’s ergonomics seem to have been designed with female riders in mind. The seats provide a sufficient comfort, but you may find yourself constantly twitching and turning because of its narrow design. We felt that they could have perhaps been made wider by just a few inches. Also, the floorboard width is on the lower side; those with large feet or with long legs may struggle to keep their feet in place. The light steering makes it easy to maneuver the scooter around, and it’s really hard to find fault with the positioning of the side view mirrors and the rear foot pegs. Riding comfort for the pillion was found to be just about satisfactory.
Engine and Performance
The scooter’s 102cc air-cooled single cylinder engine produces a decent 6.7bhp of peak power at 7,000rpm and 7.85Nm of peak torque at 5,000rpm. The low weight of the vehicle makes for sprightly acceleration, but when you add a pillion to the mix, the speed and acceleration figures take a bit of a hit. Otherwise, the engine feels smooth and refined. With regards to top speed, give yourself a pat on the back if you’ve got the patience to be able to cross the 75kmph mark on the Pleasure.
While Hero MotoCorp claims an mileage of 60.4kmpl, we got an average figure of 45 kmpl under city riding conditions.
Ride Quality, Vehicle Dynamics and Braking
First up, let’s get one thing clear. This scooter is not suited to those who stand at a height of more than 5 feet and 10 inches, nor is it meant for those who weigh on the wrong side of 80 kg. One of our test riders faced difficulty while riding as the handlebar would often graze his knees when taking slow turns. The low saddle height means that you may need to lift your foot only a few centimeters off the ground to get on the scooter. The compact dimensions of the vehicle make it easy to move through the smallest of gaps, often leaving vehicles behind you envious and frustrated.
The front and rear utilize 130mm drum brakes, which are fitted with Hero’s Integrated Braking System, a mechanism which actuates both brakes on pulling the rear brake lever. This ensures that the bike comes to a standstill quite admirably. The suspension setup is firm, but soft enough to ensure you aren’t left discomforted.
The Hero Pleasure has a few features that are noteworthy and simply hard to ignore. Hero has been generous with the underseat storage, and has even included a small boot light for better visibility in low light. The Indian manufacturer has also included a front storage box which possesses a mobile charging socket, something that other two wheeler manufacturers should make a note of. Tubeless tyres have also been incorporated in the scooter.
The condensed handlebar holds an uncomplicated yet attractive meter console. It is embedded with a side stand indicator, a high beam indicator apart from the turn indicator lights. A speedometer and a fuel meter are complete the cluster and are all enclosed in a grey paint coated plastic border.
Also with the Pleasure’s plethora of colour options – Outgoing Orange, Gorgeous Green, Spectacular Silver, Perky Purple, Bold Black, Playful Red & White, Beautiful Blue, Witty White and Ravishing red, you really are spoilt for choice.
Priced at Rs. 47,075 (Ex-showroom Delhi) the Hero Pleasure is a standout scooter in terms of appearance, build quality and practicality. So, if you’re a lady looking to purchase a practical and reliable scooter, you need not think twice before buying the Pleasure. If not, well, we still think it is a good investment for anybody looking to buy a light and nimble scooter, as long as you aren’t concerned about performance.
Special thanks to Adyar Motors, Chennai, who provided us the Hero Pleasure for the review
Disclaimer: This review is purely based on the test conducted by "ChooseMyBike.in". All views expressed in this review are that of ChooseMyBike.in's, and not of the manufacturer's.
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|Engine||Air-cooled, 4-stroke single cylinder OHC|
|Power||6.74 bhp @ 7000 rpm|
|Torque||7.85 Nm @ 5000 rpm|
|Chassis Type||High rigidility under bone type|
|Brakes||Front:Drum. dia 130 mm, Internal expanding shoe type
Rear:Drum, dia 130 mm, Internal expanding shoe type
|Suspension||Front:Bottom link with spring-loaded hydraulic damper
Rear:Swing arm with spring-loaded hydraulic damper
|Fuel Tank Capacity||5|