Hero Honda CD-Dawn. A Review!

by Kannan on July 6, 2010

The Fact: Hero Honda’s long-running 100cc machines still sell well enough! Why not? Take the CD-Dawn as a standing example, the CD-Dawn is overall a nice motorcycle and comes with solid gold brand equity and robust resale value. Let’s see what it has got not keeping in mind about all the Hi-Performance machines in the market.

Engine: The horizontally inclined two-valve unit of the CD-Dawn was first seen on the Hero Honda CD 100 when it hit the Indian shores in 1985.Breathing through a Keihin carburetor, this engine has gained a reputation for reliability and

efficiency. The 7.4bhp performance is decent enough for a daily commuter and also good is the handling in simple words.

Ride Quality: The CD-Dawn is a more firm sort of a hard commuter than splendor plus, built to handle harsher terrain. It is a refined unit, and a likeable, uncomplaining nature. The Hero Honda mill will put up with anything you throw at it with a game face. Trundle at 46kph? Fine. Thrash at 85? Well, okay. The bike is lightweight and weighs only 107kg. The budget tyres and adjustable shockers are somewhat acceptable. The most notable feature on this bike is its extra wide seats for those extra riding comforts. The daily commuter’s are sure to enjoy those long drives and also carry extra load easily.

Styling: The bike fails to climb the heights of style and instead succeeds in seeking a harmonious balance between efficiency and functionality and Hero Honda Believes that’s what a Commuter wants. The bike sports a stylish muffler protector which is safer and trendier. Apart from that its decent graphics gives the bike those ‘Contemporary Looks’. The bike is features an old fashioned spoke wheels and a circular headlamp. Speedometer console is kept as simple as possible which sports nothing but pure functionality. What’s surprising is that a Padlock provision is given for Theft security. Now when was the last time you heard something like that?

Mileage: It’s the primary reason why people buy this bike. CD-Dawn gives you 76kmpl in city traffic and 78kmpl in highway conditions which makes sure that the bike lives up to its tagline ‘Public Apna Naya Transport’.

Colors: Interestingly, the bike comes in Six colors which are-

  • Black with Gold Stripes
  • Black with Purple Stripes
  • Boon Silver Metallic
  • Candy Blazing Red
  • Glassy Maroon Metallic and
  • Maroon Black Silver

Technical Specifications:

Engine Type- Air cooled, 4 stroke Single cylinder OHCDisplacement- 97.2cc

Maximum Power- 7.8Ps

Compression Ratio- 9.0:1

Ignition- DC Digital CDI

Clutch- Multiplate wet

Gearbox- 4speed constant mesh

Kerb weight- 107kg

Fuel Tank- 10.5 Liters

Top Speed- 85kmph

Verdict: The motorcycle has a proven record and comes with remarkable resale value associated with most Hero Honda products. The bike has a astonishing two year or 30,000 km Manufacturer warranty that includes 6 free services.  Priced at just Rs.33000 (ex showroom Delhi) there aren’t many bikes cheaper than this. Go for it if you want a frugal, simple motorcycle that does little more than conserve fuel.

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

vick July 6, 2010 at 1:15 pm

call that a review? you must be joking. any body can write that piece of crap


ram July 6, 2010 at 1:33 pm

Editor Note: Let’s not dig each other using Harsh Words…! Creative comments are highly appreciated here at Bikeadvice.in


TerrorBiker July 6, 2010 at 1:34 pm

A decent review of a decent bike. If I wanted to commute daily, even I would have chosen HH CD Dawn or Deluxe instead of FZ-S. HH has hit the right spot with these bikes. Also great is the fact that HH maintains the top quality with so much sales.

What more do you want in a review? I think this is as comprehensive a review as you can get.


Rohitboxxer July 6, 2010 at 8:49 pm

Condition of bike apart,only HH logo is enough to get a good resale value.People blindly belive HH brand.HH bikes are far behind compared to bajaj in terms of mileage,and not much ahead compared to tvs in terms of quality.Also spare parts are twice costly.I don’t see any sense in buying costly bike(100cc),with much more maintenance cost(whenever occurrs),and to claim my bike is ‘ruf & tuf’!


TerrorBiker July 6, 2010 at 11:11 pm


Boss, Bajaj’s rides may give more mileage. But, Bajaj bikes are notorious for their ‘aging’ factor.

And about TVS, I agree that they have become better. But even now, their “Star” series are not popular among people for long-term durability and rash usage, which is again a dent on their quality aspect.

Even now, people have faith in HH is because they are absolutely reliable, durable for ages and even after 5 years, mileage figure will not drop down significantly (unlike other makers around). This is the reason why, even in rural areas, HH is the undisputed king of sales in India.


Madhu July 6, 2010 at 11:20 pm

Nice review,

Provided all the reqired details according to the segment / buyers

One who needs good longterm mileage and quality will certainly go for HH dawn

My splendor is 10yrs old as said by the author i did trashed it at 85 90 kmph still its giving me 65 kmpl
Ofcourse spares are costly but you don’t need to change spares often in a HH product


sachin July 7, 2010 at 9:01 am

The fact that CD down is there since 1985 itself proves what the bike is about.else it would have died with change in season
like boxer,wind,caliber,platina etc.


fas July 7, 2010 at 12:30 pm

If its HH, it will sell and similar is the story with this bike/


suresh July 8, 2010 at 8:36 am

you must be kidding ,no vehicle can give U 60+ mileage in city , have u ever checked mileage ? CHECK IT ONCE , u will break ur heart


Nikhil July 9, 2010 at 7:38 pm

I have been using my father’s Dawn 2005 model and I must say it’s a great bike. It may not look stylish and may be lacking in features which many bikes offer but it makes up with its performance. The build quality is just superb and rough use doesn’t make any difference to this bike. The one major disadvantage I think is it doesn’t have a fuel indicator. In spite of that this bike returns a mileage of 65+ in Hyderabad which is known for its haphazard traffic.


shubham July 18, 2010 at 5:25 pm

i belive your words..!!! good work keep it up..


mark August 11, 2010 at 6:55 pm

I am 6.9 with 100kg. Is this bike suitable for me?

second I want to know particularly about comfort! Is splendor has more ride comfort then dawn or both are the same?

so anybody knows about this please answer!
i am also requesting the editor sir please reply.

I think the round headlight gives away more light glow then the square headlights of the splendor and the pad lock facility is interesting.


V.Sundaraganesh April 5, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Can any one tell me the gear pattern in Cd Dawn… I got new cd dawn bike… and the overall controls in cd dawn…(Features)


Bijay Kumar July 7, 2012 at 5:11 pm

What the reselling Value of this CD DAWN,
is it ok, or very down ??
In 1 st Gear in River or watery position what it will work or not ??


Surya December 13, 2012 at 8:06 am

The bike has great engine which is still used in splendor, cd delux and passion, but i have seen many HH bikes whose clutch plate, sprocket and pistons are damaged because they are used without proper servicing. Its not right to blame bajaj for quality issues, it is true that xcd and old pulsar engine needed maintanance, but new pulsar engines are better, just take care of the air filter. My 12 year old bajaj boxer is still going strong.


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