In the course of BS6 transition, many manufacturers gave up on the 100-110cc segment. The reason cited was the development cost and the general buyer sentiment moving to more powerful motorcycles. For example, Yamaha and Suzuki no longer have a 110cc scooter or motorcycle now and instead will focus on performance-oriented bikes. However, others have taken this as an opportunity to cement their position in this segment. TVS Motor Company is the one going bullish on this segment, followed by Hero MotoCorp. Bajaj Auto too has a couple of bikes while Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt Ltd is likely to bring back the Dream series in a new avatar in BS6. So, what does the entry-level motorcycle segment now have for buyers? Let’s find out.
The highest selling motorcycle in India is a Hero and a 100-110cc motorcycle. The Hero MotoCorp lineup boasts the Hero HF Deluxe (starts from Rs 46,800), Hero Splendor+ (Rs 60,350 onwards), Hero Splendor iSmart 110 (Rs 67,900) and the all-new Hero Passion Pro with a starting price of Rs 65,740. The Hero HF Deluxe and the Splendor+ use the same 97.2cc engine but now with fuel injection. The engine makes 7.94hp power and 8.05Nm torque. A 4-speed gearbox is employed in both and Hero claims a fuel efficiency of 73kmpl from the HF Deluxe. What’s more, one can order both with Hero’s proprietary i3S tech.
The Hero Passion Pro and the Splendor iSmart 110 are for the urban dwellers. Both the bikes use a 113cc engine but the Splendor’s unit has a slightly larger cubic capacity by 0.2cc. The power made is 9hp by both engines but the torque is slightly more with the iSmart again. Both engines come with a 4-speed manual transmission.
As far as Bajaj is concerned, the company offers the Platina and CT100 models in this space. Incidentally, both the models have 100 and 110cc engines. The Bajaj Platina 100 and CT100 both use the same 102cc engine. The power and torque figures are identical at 7.9hp and 8.34Nm. Bajaj uses a 4-speed gearbox with this engine. As for the 110s, the engine is a 115cc unit and again makes identical 8.6hp and 9.8Nm. The difference though is in the fact that the Bajaj Platina H-Gear here uses a 5-speed gearbox while the CT110 persists with a 4-speed unit.
Prices for the CT100 and Bajaj Platina 100 start from Rs 41,293 and Rs 47,763 respectively. As for the 110s, the CT is for Rs 46,912 while the Platina is for Rs 60,550.
If you happen to visit a TVS showroom for a 100cc motorcycle, you will find the Radeon, Star City Plus and the Sport. All these bikes boast 110cc displacement and the engine powering them is also the same 109.7cc unit. However, the engines are tuned differently. For example in the TVS Radeon and Star City Plus, the engine makes 8.08hp and 8.7Nm. In the Sport, this motor produces 8.18hp and 8.7Nm. In all the motorcycles, there is only a 4-speed transmission at use.
Pricing wise, the TVS Sport is the most affordable starting at Rs 52,500 while the Radeon is the costliest at Rs 59,742. The TVS Star City Plus toes the middle line with a starting price tag of Rs 62,784, ex-showroom.
The Hero Splendor iSmart 110, Hero Passion Pro, TVS Radeon and the Bajaj Platina 110 H-Gear are the only ones here that offer a front disc brake. Except for the Bajaj, all other bikes here carry a five-year warranty as well.
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