The Passion Pro has a slightly sporty riding triangle for a commuter. It is neither too straight nor too bent forward; it is somewhere in between and feels just right. The tank offers excellent grip and the seat is well cushioned too. And while the seat space is good enough for an average-sized rider it might feel cramped for a larger individual.
Surprisingly, the Passion Pro’s seat offers ample amounts of space for the pillion than the rider. While the seat is comfy, the suspension feels a bit stiff on the rear when riding solo even on minor undulations and bumps in the road. On the flip side, the ride settles down substantially and feels more pliant with a pillion on board.
Now, underneath its new frame is a 113cc engine that is borrowed from the Splendor iSmart. While this fuel-injected and BS6-compliant motor is bigger than the BS4 model’s 109cc unit, the peak power has been sacrificed for a cleaner environment. However, it offers a higher torque output of 9.79Nm which comes in earlier at 5000rpm. The first two gears are short but the motor seems unfazed even at speeds as low as 25kmph in fourth- which is top gear, by the way.
So, to test its mettle even further, we decided to load the Passion Pro with a well-fed pillion plus a duffle bag weighing around 30kg and slotted it into fourth on an ascent. While it struggled a bit initially, the Passion Pro moved along calmly post 40kmph. The motorcycle finds its cruising speed at around 60-70kmph and feels stable even at higher speeds. And most important of all it manages to return around 70kmpl in city riding.
While the engine is quite tractable and efficient, it is not the most refined on the block. There is a minor buzz that emanates from the footpegs right from the start and stays put all through the rev range. But, that’s not a deal-breaker at all. Instead, it is the crude engine noise that lowers its refinement points.
Having said that, the Passion Pro’s light clutch and smooth transmission balance things out a bit. As for the braking hardware, it now gets a 240mm disc as an option that offers decent bite and feedback although the rear drum could do with some improvement.