Hero Splendor has been one of the best-selling commuter motorcycles in India. Ever since its launch, this bike has undergone several mechanical changes but the company has retained its overall styling. Now, many of you may be tempted to buy the current Splendor Plus for its reliability and easy maintenance. But if you have a budget ranging between ₹60,000 and ₹70,000 then there are some other motorcycles that you can consider. These options look slightly more stylish than the Hero Splendor Plus and also offer better features. Furthermore, some of these options are even cheaper than the Splendor and offer a better value-for-money proposition. So, if you are planning to buy Hero Splendor Plus, then here are some other options that you can consider.
For reference, the Splendor+ is powered by a 100 cc unit that makes 8 bhp with 8 Nm and costs between ₹63,750 and ₹69,560. All prices are ex-showroom, Delhi.
1. TVS Radeon
TVS Radeon has the generic silhouette of a commuter bike but some retro elements like chrome bezel for the headlamp, thigh pads, and gold paint for the crankcase do spruce up the overall aesthetics. The bike is propelled by a 110 cc engine that develops 8 bhp with 9 Nm. This powerplant is paired to a four-speed gearbox. As for features, the Radeon comes with a functional twin-pod instrument panel for information such as speed, odometer, fuel gauge, etc. TVS Radeon also gets a side-stand indicator with a beeper that reminds the rider to completely disengage the stand. The suspension duties on this bike are tended to by telescopic forks and a five-step adjustable hydraulic shock absorber. TVS Radeon, as standard, gets 130 mm front and rear drum brakes but buyers can also opt for the variant with 240 mm front disc brake.
TVS Radeon performance figures: 8 bhp, 9 NmTVS Radeon price in India: ₹59,992 to ₹69,782 (ex-showroom, Delhi)
2. Bajaj Plantina 110
The latest Platina 100 has the same styling as before but gets some interesting design elements like knuckle guards, tank guards, quilted seat to make the commuter bike appear slightly sportier than its rivals, The Platina 110 also has an LED DRL that enhances the overall aesthetics. The interesting this about this bike, however, is the specifications. It is powered by a 115 cc engine that makes 8 bhp and 10 Nm of peak torque. This powerplant is offered in combination with a five-speed gearbox for a smoother ride. Bajaj Platina 110 uses telescopic forks with nitrox gas canister while the braking force comes from 130 mm front and 110 mm rear drum brakes as standard. However, there's also a disc brake variant with 240 mm front disc.
Bajaj Platina 110 performance figures: 8 bhp, 10 NmBajaj Platina 110 price in India: ₹62,5234 to ₹66,739 (ex-showroom, Delhi)
3. Honda CD 110 Dream
The CD 110 commuter bike is powered by a 109.5 cc engine that puts out 9 bhp and 9 Nm of peak torque. This engine comes paired with a four-speed transmission. The suspension duties are taken care of by telescopic forks with twin hydraulic shock absorbers while the braking hardware includes 130 mm front and rear drum brakes, with no option of disc brakes. This commuter bike makes use of the functional analogue instrument panel that offers readouts such as speed, odometer, fuel gauge, etc.
Honda CD 110 performance figures: 9 bhp, 9 NmHonda CD 110 price in India: ₹65,930 to ₹67430 (ex-showroom, Delhi)
4. TVS Star City Plus
Besides looking slightly sportier than most of its rivals, the Star City Plus is also relatively feature-rich, with LED headlamp and a semi-digital instrument console that offers all the essential readouts. The bike is propelled by a 110 cc engine which puts out 8 bhp with 9 Nm in combination with a four-speed gearbox. As standard, the City Plus comes equipped with 130 mm front and 110 mm rear drum brakes but top-end variant has 240 mm front disc brake with 110 mm rear drum brake. For suspension, much like most of its rivals, this commuter bike gets telescopic forks with five-step adjustable rear shock absorbers.
TVS Star City Plus performance specs: 8 bhp, 9 NmTVS Star City Plus price in India:₹68,475 to ₹70975 (ex-showroom, Delhi)
5. Hero Splendor iSmart
Hero Splendor iSmart 110 has a 113.2 cc engine that delivers 9 bhp, 10 Nm, and is available with a four-speed transmission. The suspension duties are taken care of by telescopic forks with five-step adjustable rear hydraulic shocks while the braking force comes from 130 mm drum brakes as standard. However, customers can also opt for 240 mm front disc brake, albeit at a premium. The Splendor iSmart gets iSmart idle-stop start feature and XSens sensor technology with a raft of sensors for provisions like engine cut-off at fall, instant pick up, easier uphill climb, all-weather start, etc.
Hero Splendor iSmart performance figures: 9 bhp, 10 NmHero Splendor iSmart price in India: ₹68,650 to ₹71,3500 (ex-showroom, Delhi)