Hero Honda Glamour PGM-Fi Review

by Kannan on June 29, 2010

Much before Honda Stunner FI and TVS RTR FI came and the Pulsar 220 DTS-FI was still in the making, Hero Honda came up with a bold decision and took the initiative to inject FI into one of its successful models, The Hero Honda Glamour. Glamour was launched as India’s first Fuel Injected Motorcycle.

Prior to the Fuel Injected Glamour Hero Honda managed to sell many Glamour motorcycles along with Super Splendor which also had same engine. To start with the review of their Glamorous “Glamour” is a decent bike to ride with one of the shortest wheelbase (1265mm) around. It has a comfortable riding position and a 240mm front disc brake gives you a feeling of a ‘Perfect Bite’ on road.

The step up pillion seat is comfortable as well as ergonomic for its segment. The front does tend to slide when pushed but it’s a characteristic peculiar to damp surfaces. The MRF rubber does its job well. You won’t have much to complain about the bikes riding comforts though. One of the major disappointments you come across on this bike is that its 124.88cc produces only 9bhp of power. There are many other 125cc bikes around who can easily deliver more power. The bike picks up 0-60kmph in about a lazy 7.4seconds flat. Let’s take a small look at the Glamour:

Styling: Many people would agree to this fact that Hero Honda Glamour is slightly over-styled. Its scintillating body graphics along with dazzling chequered flag doesn’t match with this, otherwise its simple looking bike. Black rear view mirrors would have been better than the existing body colored ones. Here everything is made to add more appeal to glamour which looks full of life. The extended tank scoops looks like a sophisticated ‘Engine Cooler’ but on closer inspection you would notice a key lock and end up realizing it’s simply a locker. We still wonder if there was any need of providing that Dynamic Red body frame, which simply makes us think of “Trellis Frame”. The bike features clear lens indicators, a body colored Grab rails and an all black engine.

The Chrome ringed speedometer looks pretty nice with a fiery red background which also shows economy zone, while the FI model has not so inspiring green background. Along with Black alloy wheels, silencer is also painted black. But what makes Hero Honda customers happy is its high dependability and low maintenance cost. Hero Honda Glamour is capable of giving you overall mileage of around 75kmpl. The figure you get may vary due to individual riding habits. The ASFS sticker on the body stands for Advanced Swirl flow Induction system. The company claims this new age engine creates a perfect swirling motion of air and fuel mixture inside the combustion chamber for faster and improved burning to extract the best out of each drop of fuel resulting in better fuel economy and lowers emissions.

Glamour FI : It looks like in a rush to introduce Fuel Injection technology first in the market; they probably missed in utilizing this technology to the full extent. So the biggest secret of Glamour FI comes in a disappointing fact that there is no increase in overall power output of the vehicle. It also produces 9bhp power and shares all other technical specifications with its carbureted version. Moreover the FI looks 95% similar to old Glamour leaving behind only the PGM-FI logo for its identification. Another secret is that for some reasons the Glamour FI has a smaller fuel tank. Also the analogue fuel gauge becomes digital here. All that FI model gives is a reduced emission and increases mileage by about 5kmpl. Advantages of Glamour FI Over the Conventional One – Firstly the technology itself, PGM-FI or programmed fuel Injection consists set of five sensors that monitors the engine’s operating conditions and keeps a close watch on instaneous air entering the manifold, the engine oil temperature, temp. Of air intake, the position of throttle response and the angle of the crankshaft.

Data are then interpreted by the ECU while calculates the ideal amount of fuel to be injected to optimize the air-to-fuel ratio. The result is excellent drivability and improved fuel efficiency. Moreover the FI version lowers hydrocarbon emissions by almost a third. So ultimately you would take pride in doing your bit to save the environment. Second, the bike has a RTMI (Real Time mileage indicator) which displays average mileage for last ten seconds based on quantity of fuel consumed and distance travelled. So, anybody who questions this bike’s fuel efficiency is in for a big surprise. Thirdly the bike employs a unique safety device known as Bank Angle sensor that automatically cuts off the ignition and fuel supply if the bike tips over a specified angle. It’s an excellent safety feature, one that is also seen on many other bikes. Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTS-FI and Honda stunner-FI is an example to that. Last but not the least as all the FI bikes have, Glamour also has a malfunction indicator lamp. Any malfunctioning in its PGM-FI system and you will be the first to know it through a red FI lamp plotted just above the LCD fuel gauge.

Technical Specs:

  • Engine type- Air cooled, 4stroke single cylinder OHC
  • Displacement- 124.8bhp
  • Max. Power- 9bhp
  • Ignition- FTI Full transisterised Ignition.
  • Gear- 4 speed constant mesh
  • Disc brake- 240mm dia, Pad- Non asbestos type
  • Length- 2005mm
  • Width- 735mm
  • Height- 1070mm
  • Wheelbase- 1265mm
  • Ground clearance-150mm
  • Kerb weight- 125kg (kick)
  • 129kg (self)
  • Warranty- 3years/40,000kms includes 6 free services.

Verdict: Well the bike has a lot to offer in terms of refinement and fuel efficiency, but there is nothing it can boast of. The new age LCD speedometers and LED’s are nowhere to be seen. So that clearly makes Glamour due for an upgrade. Hero Honda’s three years breakthrough warranty means a complete peace of mind in terms of ownership. The main question is whether to go for the FI or not.

The Fi technology has not gone well at all so far. The RTR-Fi suffered huge setbacks and 220 DTS-Fi is no more available. When approached dealers, even they admitted Fi version needs high level of periodic Maintenance and are not at all a successful bike. Agreed that the FI provides unmatched fuel efficiency, but it comes at an ‘unbearable price’ too. In fact Fi is priced dangerously close to other 150cc bikes in the market. So that leaves only its low emissions capability to its rescue. But then, who would spend as much as Rs10, 000 more just to that.

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Pulsarboy June 29, 2010 at 8:38 am

exactly.. FI models will have higher periodical maintenance.. coz, you need to visit authorized service centre.. there is no other go. But, the premium charged for so-called extra fuel efficiency is inexplicable.. and frankly you can’t recover that even after 5 years, which makes it pretty illogical choice to go with, same applies to Stunner FI as well.

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viraj June 29, 2010 at 9:58 am

unmatched technology you can find in R15. altohugh the price bearing is having issues. I am riding R15 from last 6 months…got up to 110km/hr. instantaneous throttle response at hi go or cruising is under control of the FI system. In HH bikes glamous is one of the good looking bikes.

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TerrorBiker June 29, 2010 at 2:20 pm

I would agree with PulsarBoy. Because, if you buy a FI bike and if it develops some snag at some remote location, the ‘local’ mechanic won’t be able to make it right.

Until now, carb engines have performed well and they can be serviced by anyone with an ordinary tool set at his disposal, in case of emergencies.

Of course, high pick-up (in R15, RTR160FI, P220FI and Stunner FI) along with better fuel efficiency is achieved only with Fuel Injection technology. But, there are only so few people who are ready to pay the premium!!

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Shreyansh baba June 29, 2010 at 4:47 pm

There are no service center for bikes having fuel injection technology in them…the carbs bikes are way better than the fuel injection ones..need to have more service stations for the new technology..and whats more all fi bikes have flopped.

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The Indian Army June 30, 2010 at 12:35 am

But This is one hell of a ugly looking bike like most HH commuters

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Its now or never June 30, 2010 at 11:30 am

Yes, glamour is indeed over-styled

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Captain Obvious June 30, 2010 at 9:19 pm

The Sales Chart for Glamour was screwed by HH itself.

1st generation Glamour were released with awkward graphics.

Then PGM FI Version in which HH ended up paying compensation to many Customers.

Now it came up with good body Graphics, But Transformed Passion Plus exactly similar to Glamour, Which ended up digging the Grave for Glamour by HH itself.

HH can better stop offering Achiever & Glamour, No one will feel for it.

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DD July 13, 2010 at 5:17 pm

I did consider buying the PGM-FI for the tech factor( and enviro-frendliness), but was put off by its style and price. I did a rough calcualtion that I would have to ride ~160 km per day for 5 years to offset the cost of the technology whereas my office was only 40km to-and-fro.
The price of PGM-FI has to come down and service has to improve before FI gets respectability in India

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HH March 6, 2011 at 11:14 pm

There is a talk about Honda discontinuing PGM-FI’s in Hero Honda & transferrring them to Honda bikes instead. If this is true, it will be even more difficult to get PGM-FI technology at affordable price.

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Jijo July 29, 2011 at 12:13 pm

I want to purchase a hero honda bike.i want gud milage and sporty look.which i decide.glamour fi or cbz xtream

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Jijo July 29, 2011 at 11:59 pm

You purchase cbz xtrem

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manoranjan August 20, 2011 at 2:42 pm

i love my new glamour 2011 vrsn….it has stunning graphics with good pickup..also gives 65 / ltr…..it comes with 4 yr extended warrenty…

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alok November 19, 2011 at 12:17 am

frnzs plz help me, what is the average of glamour fi and it is best to buy or not???????

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soumen sunder das November 27, 2011 at 1:32 pm

this bike has 75 milleage,very comfort 2 drive. really it,s a hot product among all bikes

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KUNDAN SINGH RAWAT December 23, 2011 at 1:14 pm

PL HELP what is the average of glamour fi and it is best to buy or not

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George February 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm

new CBZ extrme or glamour.. which one is better? pls guide me

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arun kerketta February 29, 2012 at 11:22 pm

i want to buy a bike in125cc segment i have choose glmour fi of hero honda is this desion correct or other wise some another bike which is good in performence in city

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sumanta June 29, 2012 at 10:32 am

yes glmr fi is gud but i suggest u go for honda shine

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Rohit April 4, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Hi, Hero honda glamour pgm fi or yamaha ss 125 is best to buy???

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ANIRBAN GHOSH October 11, 2012 at 9:27 am

What’s about spare-parts availability of Glamour Fi,after JV Break-up between Hero and Honda?And does the extra maintenance cost of Fi out-comes the extra fuel efficiency actually?Please enlight on these two factors,as I am supposed to buy one Glamour Fi very soon.

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ANIRBAN GHOSH October 17, 2012 at 6:43 am

on 15th OCT-2012,I have purchased GLAMOUR-Fi,(obviously with HERO sticker)..price tag of Rs 72190/-Real Time Fuel Consumption indicator is showing 70 km avg,if the driving speed remains within 50 in top gear.

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vijilesh November 4, 2012 at 4:29 pm

frnds what is the milage of new hero glamour bike

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Robin February 1, 2013 at 2:46 pm

45km/ltr

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maheshwarsingh November 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

hero honda passion pro bike is very bad meter ak sall ke bad he khrab ho gaya

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maheshwarsingh November 4, 2012 at 8:01 pm

lucknow bright moturs ke ret me tatha ashlam moturs mall malihabad ke ret me 2000 rs ka anter hai kripya yah batane ke kripa kare

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robin July 10, 2013 at 3:53 pm

am used glamofi . this is my second vehicle my life
but one mistake my life buy a glamour fi
its a bad bike

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Amal Ramachandran July 16, 2013 at 10:17 pm

I’m using GLAMOUR FI , it gives 60km/l mileage and better pick up than old version, i dont think Fi bikes need frequent meintanance the most important feature of Fuel injected bike is lesser meintanace and amzing cold start.. In any temprature my bike is start with one press….

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Robin October 26, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Am used glamour fi 2011 model
it poor bike Goor mlg 65-70km\ltr
but major complaint
then not a good bike

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