Hero Honda Splendor NXG Review

by Deepak on September 29, 2008

I did test drive the Splendor NXG. Did you know Hero Honda named it as NXG implying it is for the next generation? This deluxe segment bike comes priced at 42k approximately for the alloy wheels version and has so many similarities to the old Splendor, although, it is a little lighter than its older brother. Ever since its launch Splendor NXG is giving its competitor Platina from the Bajaj a chase for its money. However, TVS Star City is the one that Hero Honda would be looking at seriously and gearing its arsenal to beat the competition in this segment.

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Splendor is a bike designed to give fuel economy, reliability as well as low cost for maintenance. Well, the Splendor NXG is expected to leverage the strengths of the largest selling bike brand carry forward the same with advantages. I can say that Splendor NXG is an overhauled version of the Splendor to make it more youth appealing as regards to looks and style.

Splendor comes in about 5 colors and varying stripe combinations. Styling though looked a little better. The wheels are 5-spoked aluminium alloy type, which of course come as optional. The headlight is big and stylish trapezoidal multireflector type that gives bright light at low speeds as well, because of powerful battery and this gives the direct current high beam that is not dependant on the rpm of the engine. The taillight is big and improved by looks as compared to old splendor. Although, Splendor NXG looks much similar to its elder brother, the improved side decals, rear and front cowl and new sleek instrument panel with a trip meter and the fuel tank (capacity of about 10 liters) that has a knee grip mold and new and improved visor give the bike more stylish looks.

Hero Honda says that the 97.2cc Splendour NXG has a new engine altogether. Hmm…..cant believe! The power of Splendor’s engine is 7.7 ps at 7500 rpm, and it is marginally improved over the Splendor Plus. Maximum torque is about 7.6 nm and The motor looks like it’s the same one as that in the CD Dawn version and let me tell you, that it does sound nice and does not noise out too much as well even on a long drive. What I liked the most is the low end torque of the engine to give a no-noise drive even at 20 kmph in the fourth gear; and guess that sets Hero Honda apart from other bike manufacturers. The Splendor NXG has a smooth gearshift complying with the industry standards.

The bike has drum brakes and kick start options with a ground clearance of 160 mm. But the wheelbase is 1230 mm and it should have been improved. Probably Hero Honda wanted to keep the bike weight under 110 kg. The maximum achievable speed is about 90 kmph and the mileage is about 75 for city and highway combined and that is laudable!

The downside of Splendor NXG, I feel, is wanting of an electric starter and I think TVS Star City has done brilliant to give one at almost the same cost. If ever Bajaj has to give any competition probably they should come with a 90cc bike offering features of Splendor NXG at less than 40 k cost! What say?

Splendor NXG Specifications:

Engine: Aircooled single cylinder 4 stroke OHC
Displacement: 97.2 cc
Maximum Power: 5.67 KW (7.7 PS) @ 7500 RPM
Maximal Torque: 7.7 N-m @ 6000 RPM
Gear Box: 4 Speed
Brakes: Internal Expanding Shoe Type 130 mm (Front) 110mm (Back)
Tires: Front: 2.75 x 18, Rear: 2.75 x 18

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bikefreak08 September 30, 2008 at 12:21 pm

Nice review. I visited the site for the first time and am quite impressed with some of the reviews here on electric bike and the R15! Splendor NXG photos are cool, but I hated the background. Instead you should have taken it in a showroom or inside a workshop! Good work Deepak! I like you to review the latest Ducatis and Harley Davidson devils as well, we will not see them in India but thats how how love for bikes can be spread!

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Deepak September 30, 2008 at 5:31 pm

I would love to review Ducatis and Harleys, Waiting to get my hands on one.

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yoghesh November 20, 2008 at 4:00 pm

i have been ridin spl nxg for 1.5 years till now…its a maintainance free comfortable bike…its milege is not great but does not make a hole in ur pocket…it lacks a self start..

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sriguru Australia February 7, 2009 at 11:29 am

Hi Deepak,

I’ve seen plenty of Harleys, Ducatis, Aprilias and Buell lightning 1000cc, etc.

I use Hyosung 650cc twin – very fast for someone coming from driving engines available in India.

Ducatis are fast – so are others, but very $$$. Jap bikes are cheaper and though not 10/10 they are really good compared to Italiano bikes.

The Hondas, Yams, Kawas and Hyosungs are amazzing. I am stepping out for a ride. It is joyful to describe that feelign to hot 150 kmph adrenalin rushes…..

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ullas sharma March 16, 2009 at 7:52 pm

:D :D :D look at the rear tyre man!

hahah.. i cant stop laughing , seriousely … the TVS XL Super 50′s tyres are fatter than those on Splendour NXG. i was busy pitying those aboard this bike in the rainy seasons.

this bike will surely make the NEXt generation a history even before they achieve anything. i stop it right here. this is nothing but old wine old bottle. HH is trying to reuse the name as far as possible. simple.

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NAME March 23, 2009 at 10:04 pm

NXG IS THE WORST BIKE GUYS SO MANY PROBLEM SO I SUGGEST TO TAKE TVS SPORT ITS GOOD GOOD IN MILAGE

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kumaresan June 7, 2009 at 4:57 pm

the review was very helpful to judge .

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namal July 14, 2009 at 3:13 pm

Hey Now Splendour NXG coming with power start. This is nice bike. I brought that four months ago and bike is comfortable while riding. This is comfortable than the bajaj bikes. Bur fuel consumption is lower than than the other bikes( Bajaj, TVS). And this is my Sexy girl….. :D

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gagan May 8, 2010 at 6:44 pm

hi sir yesterday i purchased this splendor nxg bike from punjab.ya just i can only say one thing so far its super in fourth gear even in the speed of 20 kmph .looks too good to attract other ones nice options provide on the meter area like pass light,trip meter essentials these days .horn is too good in city electric start super even in gear its good

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Doctor46 October 10, 2010 at 4:58 pm

@ullas sharma- hahaha. d end of d nxt generatn. nice comment

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Doctor46 October 10, 2010 at 5:06 pm

@Ullas sharma- hahaha. end of nxt gen. nice comment

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Manu October 20, 2010 at 7:01 pm

This is exact replica of Hero Honda’s own Glamour….except Engine may be. They have just changed the graphics to make it look different ! And Glamour, in my opinion, is not that comfortable one, acco. to my experience. All can find it if make a keen look at it.

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jay October 24, 2010 at 2:08 pm

hello,i bought splendor nxg 10 days ago.its a nice experience to drive it,my first bike……….!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ashish khare November 11, 2010 at 3:45 pm

This is exact replica of Hero Honda’s own Glamour….except Engine may be. They have just changed the graphics to make it look different ! And Glamour, in my opinion, is not that comfortable one, acco. to my experience. All can find it if make a keen look at it.

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Vaibhav November 17, 2010 at 8:26 pm

cool bike
nice in Handling
very comfortable n smooth
i don’t know how to calculate mileage so cant tell about that but is good enough
n i have it since three yrs n no complain
all depends on your handling, if you love it,it loves you back n no issue of tyres as its grip is very good n helps fine turnings but don’t overdo it on wet n slippery roads

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Anto November 17, 2010 at 9:27 pm

I’m using Splendor NXG from Mach’08. I cant take the bike for long distance about 25 KM or above, getting severe BACK PAIN.. I’ tried the bike with my friends, the result is same. So be careful in choosing NXG.
The Mileage for 1st year good and after that not up to the mark..totally drops down.

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Sameer December 6, 2010 at 9:35 am

Hey guys…
I m Planning to purchase a bike. My first plan was to purchase pulsar 150cc but i dont have enough mony so i plan to purchase Splender NXG. So please suggest me shal i take it, How the bike looks, its millege, its maintenance, will it be stand for long term, as this will be my first bike of my own earned money.

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manish panchal June 28, 2011 at 10:28 am

I’m using Splendor NXG from Jun 2011. I cant take the bike for long distance about 25 KM or above, getting severe BACK PAIN.. I’ tried the bike with my friends, the result is same. So be careful in choosing NXG.
The Mileage for good.

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sripad July 6, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Hey guys…
I m Planning to purchase a bike. My first plan was to purchase cbz but i dont have enough mony so i plan to purchase Splender NXG.its better to buy

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karthik.S October 21, 2011 at 1:57 pm

I own a passion pro 2011 model. I advice people never go for 100cc they have poor performance. Passion pro struggles to pull me and my dad at slow speeds and the mileage is only 55-60kmpl. If i alter the bike for performance then the mileage will go down so its highly recommended to go for some 125cc or 150cc. The cost is also very high for 100cc. Pour some extra amount and get a unicorn, achiever, GS150, SZ, gladiator or shine.

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vijeesh chandran December 25, 2011 at 11:02 pm

I’m using Splendor NXG from Jun 2011. I cant take the bike for long distance about 18KM or above, getting severe BACK PAIN.. I’ tried the bike with my friends, the result is same. The Mileage for good,i get mileage around 70 km/litter

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ji January 15, 2012 at 11:32 pm

Well, Splendour NXG is not the kind of bike that you would go for long ride.It’s a mileage bike with some good looks and good performance (in it’s category).I would say it is the best when it comes to indian roads,esp when u are a daily commutter,riding through the bustling crowds and want u’r bike to have some good looks and save u’r money.But if you are really into Biking as such going for long rides ,enjoying the feel of riding your bike then go for a cruiser bike(like bajaj avenger,thunderbird etc) Being a cruiser bike with it’s design it won’t give u the kind of back pain which u would get with other bikes

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harish February 4, 2012 at 7:58 am

hi friends am going to buy a splender nxg. please suggest me whether it is good r bad to go 4 it.

Things i am looking for

1.Resale value will it be as good as splendour.
2.good looking.
3.Milage.
4.performance.

Reason for going to this bike is i need a light weight bike not only with performance but also good looking

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yogesh May 12, 2012 at 4:29 pm

I Feel Joyfull Riding With Splender NXG. Nice Looking Bike !

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Diamond November 1, 2012 at 11:20 am

Hi,

This Diwali I am going to purchase Splendor NXG or Passion PRO…

which one will be right choice?

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anurag November 8, 2012 at 12:47 pm

aap ke bick ache ha par set ma provlam aur halke ha

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