Hero MotoCorp, the Indian bike manufacturing major, has had several major bikes to its credit. HF Deluxe and Splendor are two popular 100 cc entry-level commuter bikes from the same parent Hero. As such, these two motor cycles show vast similarities more than differences. Here is a fair study of these two bikes.
Hero HF Deluxe is a well sought after 100 cc bike with extra attractive looks and stylish 3D graphics. Built on a tubular cradle frame, it is powered by an air cooled, 97.22 cc displacement, four stroke, single cylinder, OHC engine that produces 7.8 bhp of power at 7500 rpm and 8.04 Nm of torque at 4500 rpm. This motor is mated to a four speed constant mesh gearbox with all gears up pattern via chain drive transmission and has a multiplate wet clutch.
Hero Splendor was produced in the year 1994 and it has created a heritage of its own over the years. Splendor is also built on a tubular double cradle frame. The latest version – Splendor Plus is powered by an air cooled 4 stroke, single cylinder OHC engine with a displacement of 97.2 cc. The engine is mated to a 4 speed constant mesh all up gear box. It yields a maximum power of 7.5 PS at 8000 rpm and releases peak torque of 7.95 Nm at 5000 rpm.
Both the bikes are pretty light weight in their category with a kerb weight of just 109 kgs. The tank capacity is also almost same, with 10 litres in HF Deluxe and 11 litres in Splendor. HF Deluxe yields an average mileage of 60 and 75 kilometres per litre within cities and on highways respectively. Splendor shows much improved mileage figures. It gives an average fuel economy of 81 kilometres per litre. However, this factor greatly depends on the type of usage and road conditions.
A kick or self start system flare up both the bikes. Both the bikes are provided good stopping power by well responsive drum brakes at front as well as rear. They are provided with telescopic hydraulic shock absorbers at the front and swing arm with 2 step adjustable hydraulic shock absorbers at the rear.
HF Deluxe comes in kick-alloy, kick-spoke, self-alloy, self-spoke and eco variants. Its price starts from Rs 39000 which may go up to Rs 45000 depending on the model chosen. Splendor comes in ismart, NXG, Super, Plus kick-alloy, Plus kick-spoke, Pro kick-alloy, Pro self-alloy versions and their price starts at Rs 44000. Both are available in an array of attractive colours.
All said both are good bikes for daily commuting providing a comfortable ride in cities and on highways.