The Hero Splendor Pro Classic is based on the company’s popular commuter motorcycle, the Splendor and has been designed to look like a cafe racer.
The Splendor Pro Classic gets several classic styling cues like a new handle bar, which has been designed to resemble clip-ons, a round headlamp and tail lamp. The rear-view mirrors, headlamp ring, instrument cluster rings, front and rear fenders, suspension and the silencer have been finished in chrome to enhance its aesthetic appeal. The fuel tank, rear cowl and the single seat has also been fashioned to suit the motorcycle’s cafe racer visage.
The Splendor Pro Classic is built around a tubular double cradle frame and is powered by the tried and tested air-cooled 97.2cc single-cylinder engine from the Splendor series, which produces 8.2bhp and 8.05Nm of torque through a four-speed gearbox. It gets both a kick-start and an electric starter. The front suspension is a conventional telescopic forks unit, while the rear gets a five-step adjustable hydraulic shock absorber. It gets standard drum brakes for both wheels and the fuel tank can accommodate 11-litres of fuel. Hero hasn’t offered a pillion seat on the Splendor Pro Classic, even as an optional extra, which might be a deal breaker for some customers.
The Splendor Pro Classic is available in two paint schemes- carbon black and solid maroon, with old-school pin stripe decals on the fuel tank and side panels. While the other cafe racers in India are priced well over Rs 2 lakh, the lucratively priced Splendor Pro Classic is well within the reach of the Indian masses. The Splendor Pro Classic doesn’t actually have any competition, though its price tag makes it rival other premium commuter motorcycles like the Mahindra Centuro and the Honda CB Twister.