Hero Glamour

The Glamour might not in­flame pas­sions but is the one that ap­peals to the mind over the heart

Evo India - - BAJAJ DOMINAR 400 - Words: Adil Jal Darukhanawala | Pho­tog­ra­phy: Hero Mo­tocorp

WWhat is it? Say hello to an all-new mo­tor­cy­cle from Hero Mo­toCorp even though it looks fa­mil­iar and has a much vaunted name stand­ing in the com­muter sec­tion of the In­dian mo­tor­cy­cle mar­ket. The Glamour ap­peals to the mind over the heart, given that the for­tune is all to be found at the pyra­mid’s base.

All new? The new head­lamp (with the Au­to­matic Head­lamp On fea­ture) is matched with a new LED tail lamp and the in­stru­ment panel houses a large ana­logue speedo along with the i3S in­di­ca­tor, a dig­i­tal fuel gauge, trip and odome­ter and a few tell tales.

One of the key as­pects of the new Glamour has to be the lighter new sin­gle down­tube frame, which has been de­signed keep­ing the new all-Hero en­gine in mind and to­gether with the mount points, the re­vised wheel­base, and also the way the sus­pen­sion ge­om­e­try plus the com­po­nen­try have been con­fig­ured, makes for a fine base.

What else? Sadly Hero Mo­toCorp didn’t share any spec­i­fi­ca­tions but the sin­gle cylin­der mo­tor is from its new fam­ily of en­gines. This mo­tor has the TOD (Torque On De­mand) as­pect in great mea­sure with a power de­liv­ery that is sub­lime for this class of bike. Like the Splen­dor 110 iS­mart, the Glamour 125 also packs in Hero’s i3S start-stop tech but un­like the smaller-en­gined Splen­dor, this oneeighth litre econo-com­muter would be of­fered with ei­ther a car­bu­ret­tor or fuel in­jec­tion.

Fun to ride? This is one of the most sim­ple yet bril­liantly con­fig­ured econo-com­muter ma­chines I have ever rid­den in the mod­ern BS IV era. The Glamour is spir­ited in the way it can tackle corners, mak­ing it some­thing for us cor­ner carvers to see a Hero in this light. Along with the taut chas­sis and its fine man­ners one has to fac­tor in the tube­less tyres and the grip they af­ford as these only en­hance the chas­sis’ strong points. The brakes are good for this class of mo­tor­cy­cle, pro­gres­sive and am­ple with­out be­ing grabby.

Pow­er­ful? Thanks to the TOD, which is es­sen­tially brought about by a very pre­cise and wide torque spread through the rev range and spot-on gear­ing, the bike never seems to run out of breath even when car­ry­ing a pil­lion. What is im­pres­sive is not just the sheer smooth­ness with which the en­gine pulls or purrs but the fact that this unit’s lug­ging abil­ity is just as im­pres­sive.

Ver­dict: This is a con­fi­dent of­fer­ing from Hero Mo­toCorp and prob­a­bly the best an­swer to its dis­be­liev­ers for it clearly shows the strides the firm has made in de­sign­ing and de­vel­op­ing its first all non-Honda mo­tor­cy­cle and that is a big thing. Af­ter hav­ing put the bike through its paces on a tight 2.5-kilo­me­tre cir­cuit out­side of Buenos Aires in Ar­gentina (where the bike was launched), I can stick my neck out and state that this is the new stan­dard bearer in the 125cc class. Given that the Glamour is al­ready the best-sell­ing bike in the 125cc class, the new of­fer­ing should ring alarm bells in the ranks of the com­bined com­pe­ti­tion.




4 1: Auto Head­lamp On, or AHO, makes the Glamour fu­ture ready for the new norms due this April on­wards. 2: All the nec­es­sary info in an easy to read for­mat. 3: The lug­ging

abil­ity of this smooth run­ning 125 unit is as­tound­ing . 4: The new Glamour gets the iS­mart start-stop tech

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