Splendor Pro Classic, the 100cc pseudo café racer from Hero MotoCorp, has reached dealerships as these images from Rushlane.com suggest. The motorcycle is now also listed on the company’s website and one can view all the specifications, features, etc., but the price drop down tab has not been populated as yet.
The cheapest Splendor Pro variant, ‘Drum Kick Spoke’, sells for INR 44,150 in Delhi while the top-end model, ‘Drum Self Cast – SE (Long Seat)’, is available for INR 47,750. And it is believed that the Splendor Pro Classic will cost about Rs 54,000 – that’s a premium of more than 6,000 rupees over the top-end Splendor Pro! Heck, the bike would be more expensive than even the middle variant of Honda’s 125cc CB Shine.
Interestingly, though the Splendor Pro Classic shares the engine with the regular Splendor Pro, it has been tuned to produce 8.36 PS at 8,000 rpm in the café racer as compared to the 7.8 PS output (at 7,500 rpm) of the ‘normal’ Splendor Pro. There is a minute change in the torque figures too – the café racer produces 8.05 Nm at 5,000 rpm while the old commuter churns out 8.04 Nm at 4,500 rpm.
A weight reduction of three kilos in the new motorcycle coupled with the increment (however slight it may be) in power should make the bike feel more sprightly. Plus, unlike the Passion Pro TR, the design of the Splendor Pro Classic is spot on (no matter how much you curse Hero’s concept 😀 ), and I also like the absence of garish graphics. The bike is available in two colors: Carbon Black and Solid Maroon.
If you want this motorcycle for your daily commute to office, you may check with your local Hero dealer about the final pricing and availability. For more sensible Cafe Racers, head to Royal Enfield’s Continental GT or Triumph’s Thruxton.