Hero Splendor iSmart 110 Review - Beginning of a new era for Hero

Hero Splendor iSmart 110 Review – Beginning of a new era for Hero

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For a model that needs no introduction, Hero Splendor iSmart 110 has a lot of details to be disclosed as it is hardly the same machine underneath the most popular label. A passerby might say it is the same wine in a new bottle, Hero says it is completely new compared to its predecessor, almost bolt to bolt.

Following the unveil at the 2016 Auto Expo early this year, the motorcycle has been launched pan-India earlier this week, at an ex-showroom price of INR 53,300 (in New Delhi).

Hero Splendor iSmart 110 Red-7

Hero Splendor 110 iSmart is based on an optimised version of the familiar double cradle frame, that has better rigidity and provision for the company’s first self-developed engine introduced on the Duet and Maestro Edge scooters last year. In other words, the new Splendor is Hero MotoCorp’s first (global) motorcycle to be designed and developed completely in-house, and the first model to be crafted by the company’s recently inaugurated Centre of Innovation and Technology (CIT) at Jaipur.

The new engine is a highlight of the Splendor 110 iSmart in many ways, not the least of which is its compliance to BS IV standards, that makes it the only engine in its class to be so. This should have been aided by the incorporation of Hero’s patented i3S technology (Idle Stop Start System) that was introduced on the iSmart 100 version of the Splendor.

Hero Splendor iSmart 110 Blue-23

The motor is a 110 cc air-cooled single-cylinder unit much like the 100 cc engine, but produces 9 percent more maximum power and 12 percent higher peak torque than the latter. The figures are 9.4 PS at 7,500 rpm and 9 Nm at 5,500 rpm respectively.

The new engine has a near-flat torque-curve from the mid to high rev range (between 3,000 rpm and 7,500 rpm) compared to the Hero Splendor iSmart 100, that has prompted them to name it the TOD engine (Torque On Demand). In simple terms, the engine is said to be capable of providing a consistent pulling power throughout the turn of throttle in city riding condition, that it would be comparably effortless to accelerate the bike during slopes, slow downs and gear shifts. The bike is capable of accelerating from 0-60 km/h in 7.45 seconds under test conditions. The improvement in the pull of the motorcycle and simultaneously the mileage are said to be contributed significantly by the low-friction characteristics of the new engine that is applied on every moving part possible, in addition to optimised air-fuel flow and combustion.

The exhaust note of iSmart 110 is more throaty compared to iSmart 100, giving a sporty feel.
The exhaust note of iSmart 110 is more throaty compared to iSmart 100, giving a sporty feel.

The company claims that the motorcycle offers the best-in-class power and acceleration, surprisingly fuel economy too. Hero hasn’t put a number to the mileage while claiming that it is the highest in segment on the iSmart 110, but did mention that it would be upwards of 68 km/l. No doubt this is complemented by the brand’s i3S.

During our ride what we felt was not a great deal of difference in performance that you would experience riding a 125 cc motorcycle immediately after a 100 cc one, but we have to admit there was an extra eagerness to rev and push in the Splendor iSmart 110 compared to the iSmart 100.

There are four colours - Silver & Black, Red & Black, Blue & Black and Sports Red. All of them are dual tone.
There are four colours – Silver & Black, Red & Black, Blue & Black and Sports Red. All of them are dual tone.

It is one thing to mimic the characteristics while developing a replacement to a proven engine, but what Hero has done is a at a whole new level as they have made a better motor despite being their first attempt at it. In the process, Hero MotoCorp changed the orientation of the engine from near-horizontal to near-vertical, which given an air-cooled engine has visibly improved the cooling efficiency.

Tyres are - Ceat Secura Zoom 80/100-18 47P at the front and 80/100-18 54P at the rear, both tubeless.
Tyres are – Ceat Secura Zoom 80/100-18 47P at the front and 80/100-18 54P at the rear, both tubeless.

The same goes with the chassis, as the new frame is said to offer enhanced agility and comfortable ride. We did experience a sharper response from the bike while negotiating the urban hurdles, which as a complement to the added performance is a boon to the young audience that the Splendor iSmart 110 targets. The company says this bike has a much better sync between the chassis, suspension and tyres that it offers improved front-rear balance to enhance handling and reduce the chances of fishtailing or twitching under extreme circumstances.

Hero Splendor iSmart 110 Blue-26

Over the skin, the new Splendor has a noticeably longer seat that measures 35 mm more than the iSmart 100’s. This will no doubt enable a lesser tiring experience while riding for a long time as the rider and/or the pillion will have more space to move forth and back to counter bottom sore. The overlapping merge of the seat on the fuel tank is cleverly finished as it adds a style-factor to the entire bike giving it a sporty feel.

Hero Splendor iSmart 110 Blue-16

Augmenting the same, the plain instrument console is replaced with a part-analog part-digital meter cluster that gets an embossed bezel improving its presence. There is more on function too to it as it has a service due indicator, apart from digital trip meter and odo. A digital clock would have been a great value addition but is not provided.

Brakes continue to be spongy, it should have been improved when the performance is increased.
Brakes continue to be spongy, it should have been improved when the performance is increased.

The most noteworthy of them all is the Automatic Headlamp On (AHO) feature on the Hero Splendor iSmart 110 which is a first-in-segment offering. Unlike what the name suggests, the headlamp will not be turned On automatically during low-light conditions or at night, but it will stay on whenever the engine is running. Hence an On/Off switch for headlamp is not provided.

Hero Splendor iSmart 110 Red-9

To conclude, the Hero Splendor iSmart 110 has changed the appeal of the Splendor brand from classic to catchy; it would no more be reckoned just as a daddy’s go-to bike.

Specs

Engine  
   
Type  Air Cooled, 4 Stroke Single Cylinder , OHC
Displacement  109.15cc
Max. Power  7 Kw @ 7500 RPM
Max. Torque  9 Nm @ 5500 RPM
Compression Ratio  10:01
   
Transmission & Chassis  
   
Clutch Multi-Plate, Wet Type
Frame  Tubular Double Cradle
   
Dimensions  
   
Length 2015mm
Width  770mm
Height  1055mm
Wheelbase  1245mm
Ground Clearance 165mm
Fuel Tank Capacity  8.5 Litre
Reserve  2 Litre
Kerb Weight  115 Kg
Max Payload  130 Kg
   
Suspension  
   
Front  Telescopic Hydraulic Shock Absorbers
Rear  Swing Arm with Adjustable Hydraulic Shock Absorbers
   
Brakes  
   
Front 130mm Drum
Rear 110mm Drum
   
Wheels & Tyres  
   
Front  2.75 x 18-4 PR | 80/100-47 P Tyre w Tube | Tubeless Tyre
Rear 2.75 X 18-6 PR | 80/100-54P Tyre w Tube | Tubeless Tyre
   
Electricals  
   
Battery  MF4 3Ah
Headlamp  HS1 Bulb (35W/35W)
Taillamp  P21/5 Bulb (5W/21W)

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