In India the low capacity scooters and bikes are always in great demand. There is maximum competition in 100 and 125 cc segments with all major two-wheeler makers having many models in these segments. The Hero HF Deluxe and the Bajaj Platina are two such bikes which are popular among the daily commuting public. It is launched in 2005 has 4 variants priced from Rupees 42,214 to 45,211 and an Eco variant costing Rupees 1200 extra. The cheaper Bajaj Platina 100 cc launched in 2003 is priced Rupees 37,019 and 39,005 for the Spoke and alloy variants.
The HF Deluxe comes in black with purple stripes or in black with red stripes. The Platina come in colors of black with chrome, black with maroon and flame red. It has an analogue speedometer, a digital fuel gauge, and a low fuel indication on the console. The Platina has an analogue speedometer and a fuel meter. Both the bikes have multi focal reflector type head lamps, multi reflector tale and brake lamps and turn signals.
The Hero Deluxe is powered by 97 cc, 7.7 ps, 8 NM torque engine. The Platina with a slightly better power has a 99 cc, 8.2 bhp, 8 NM torque air cooled engine. The transmission is 4 speed manual and the clutch is wet multi plate type and the injection carburetor type for both the models. The Platina gives a better mileage of 84 kmpl when compared to the 70 kmpl of the Deluxe. The top speeds are 87 kmph for the Platina and 90 kmph for the Deluxe.
The HF Deluxe has a tubular double cradle frame with telescopic hydraulic suspension at the front and swing arm with 2 step adjustable hydraulic shock absorbers at the rear. The Platina has single down tube with cradle chassis and telescopic hydraulic suspensions at both the ends. It has 2.75×18-42P and 2.75×18-48P tires at the front and the back respectively. The 17 "silvery alloy wheels of the Platina has 2.75×17-41P tires at the front and 3.0×17-50P tires at the rear. Both the bikes have 130 mm drum type brakes at the front and 110 mm drum type at the rear.
The 110 kg it has a ground clearance of 165 mm and a fuel tank of 10 liter capacity. The 113 kg Platina has a ground clearance of 165 mm and a fuel tank of 11 liter capacity.
The costlier HF Deluxe has a better console and built quality. The Platina has a unique ride control switch to keep the engine rpm in the economy range. The 'spring in spring' technology of the Platina's rear suspension gives better damping.