Fact 1: Even after years of dominance and constant prayers from enthusiasts (to kill the entry-level class so that bike makers could concentrate their energies and monies towards developing more fun to ride and quicker motorcycles) the entry-level class is still king.
Fact 2: Even after years of dominance and constant attempts from rival bike makers (to develop and market entry-level bikes with various styles, engine configurations and price points so as to nudge the Splendor/Passion combo off their pedestal), the Hero Splendor and Passion still reign supreme. At least, when it comes to motorcycles, if not two-wheelers in general.
Reality: And therefore, we have decided to keep the Hero combo at bay for this test because if you want a Hero, you will buy a Hero, no matter what we say. And if you aren’t sold on a Hero yet, then you might as well choose from options that are new, more modern and better looking. Like the new TVS Victor and the still new Honda Livo.
Both bikes essentially come in one trim – electric start, alloy wheels, tubeless tyres, blacked out engine and a fancy grab rail. But, buyers can choose between a front drum equipped model or one with a front disc brake. We settled for the latter.