As a part of a barrage of two-wheeler launches scheduled for the next six months, Hero MotoCorp has gone ahead and silently launched the Splendor Pro Classic. First exhibited at the 2014 Auto Expo held in New Delhi, this café-racer themed commuter bike is targeted at the younger generation, who may want a motorcycle that looks cool, yet doesn’t break the bank to buy and run.
While it is same as the Splendor Pro internally, externally the Classic integrates design features that are typical of a café-racer, such as the single elongated seat with a rear cowl, round rear-view mirrors, minimalistic bodywork, wire-spoke wheels and low-slung handlebars. All these touches combine to impart the bike with a ‘Classy’ retro look. Mechanically, the bike operates with the same 97.2cc engine that is employed in all the Splendor series 100cc bikes. This unit generates 7.7bhp and 8.04Nm of torque, which is sufficient grunt for intra-city commutes.
Although it is not the first of its kind in India, with the Royal Enfield Continental GT preceding it, we feel that it will be a lively and off-beat introduction to Hero’s otherwise monotonous commuter line-up. The Splendor Pro Classic has been quoted at a price of Rs. 53,900 (on-road, Delhi). What remains to be seen is if it can entice the mass market consumers with its attractive pricing and unique design.