One of the two that have been snapped is the upcoming Hero 125 Premium but there is nothing known for the second test mule..
Hero is working on truckloads of motorcycles, all in a bid to ditch its image of a maker that can only sell commuter 100-125cc models. This, it has done, after ensuring its bread and butter models are stable. Now, in another spotting two of Hero’s upcoming models have been snapped.
After sliding to the third spot, as BikeAdvice exclusively reported, Hero is now trying to resurrect its portfolio in the 125cc space. It is concretely revealed that the company is working on two motorcycles in the 125cc space – one in the Sporty segment where it already sells the Glamour and another one in the more premium space.
One of the model here (pic below), appears to be that premium 125cc that has been snapped once earlier. There is nothing known about the other motorcycle. But looking closely, it appears to be a motorcycle model that could be the ‘Sporty 125cc‘ that fits the puzzle. I do not have anything concrete about it, but my logic is that it has been spotted testing alongside a 125cc – so Hero could be testing similar basic hardware on both the variants.
Plus, it looks slightly less equipped than the next model in the line-up Xtreme 160R that has recently received upside down front forks (launch details here). While we are at this, there is another possibility of this model being a new 150-160cc motorcycle, that can compete in the segment under its Xtreme 160R. However, I am leaning over the ‘Sporty 125cc‘ theory more, simply because there is no concrete news of Hero working on any such 150-160 model that I just spoke above (and that sporty 125 is confirmed to be under works).
It will be interesting to see if Hero utilizes its existing utilitarian 125 platform (that spawns the Super Splendor and Glamour) or develops an all-new one for its upcoming 125s. It is the premium 125 with that low-set aggressive looking headlamp, humped tank, that looks really exciting and could be a true rival against the TVS Raider that is doing very well in the market. In fact, by the looks of it, this motorcycle could very well compete against the 125 Duke as well, in the super premium space.
We do not have a confirmed launch timeframe of these motorcycles, however, at least one of them could come this year itself.