The worlds numero uno motorcycle manufacturer proves again why it is 'The Hero'. I always dreamt of riding a dirt bike kinda motorcycle ; but couldn't imagined how would it practical on Indian roads. And Hero Motor Corp has brought the right product which emulates many features as of a motocross bike and yet falls under a reachable price point. The not so whacky looks seems decent and can trigger mass acceptance.
Hero has been a pioneer in introducing segment defining products. It had introduced us to the performance centric 150 cc segment (CBZ) and also to the first mini-super bike Karizma. Even Impulse will set a stage for on-off road bikes - which will suit perfectly for Indian conditions. The front 19' and rear 17' tyres seems to raise the overall height of the bike; but is quite ride-able. I however felt that the headlamps resembled that of Honda's Shine. The stance of the bike provides an amazing confidence to ride it in several angles which otherwise would have been unthinkable in other bikes. This will allow the riders to easily sneak through traffic.
The additional elements as solid knuckle guards, raised fenders, pull spokes, front telescopic suspension, raised front guard and the motocross seat adds to the oomph. The digital console justifies the features and provides ample info - additional "Service Due" indicator is quite innovative and useful. And the icing on the cake is the price - ex-showroom of Rs. 66,800 is a delight. The power of 13.2 PS with a 150 cc engine seems value for money. The competitive pricing is surely bound to create some stir in competitors.
Will this be the new face of Hero Motor Corp? Could this de-thrown Pulsar as the king of 150 cc bikes? Will it revolutionize off-road biking concept in India? Can it bring the numbers flowing in? A lot of questions have arisen; and as the Indian Biker Population is seeking freshness we are hoping to see positive answers.
|Looks are derived from Honda NXR and just meets the eye!|
|The Rear is the most attractive portion with classy LED tail lamp treatment and high level exhaust|
|Attractive looks with competitive price point and utility seems that HMC has a winner in hand|
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