For years now, Hero MotoCorp has been a pioneer in the commuter motorcycle space. Understanding this particular segment requires a manufacturer to strategize their product in a way it’s hard for the average commuter for not to consider.
It has to deliver the best value for money quotient. In a price-sensitive market like India, a product is only lauded if it checks the value for money criterion. Secondly, fuel efficiency, of course. Amongst those things, a commuter should be familiar, reliable and easy to ride.
The Splendor, for years, had the other manufacturers kneel down, for it ticked all the said boxes. Further solidifying its reach in a segment above, Hero forayed the Passion Pro 110 as a better-styled product that totally nails the essentials said above. So, here’s an overview at Hero’s commuter for the 110cc space.
By commuter-segment standards, the on-paper figures from the Passion Pro 110 seem just about fine. The 109.15cc single-cylinder engine is good for 9.3bhp and 9Nm of torque. It is carburettor-fed and works in tandem with a four-speed gearbox. In 2018, Hero upgraded this engine to comply with the BS-IV emission standards. As for the BS-VI compliance, as of late-2019, Hero has yet to announce its plans for this transition.
Unlike the Splendor range, the Hero Passion Pro 110 isn’t too shabby in terms of appeal or dimensions. As far as numbers go, it is 1,962mm in length, 720mm in width, and 1,087mm in height. Moreover, it has a wheelbase of 1,235mm, a seat height of 780mm, and ground clearance of 165mm. The kerb weight, on the other hand, is a decent 117kg.
Fuel tank capacity
At 11-litres of fuel tank capacity and mileage ranging somewhere between the 70km/l mark, the Passion Pro 110 is good for covering long distances on a single tank of fuel.
Thanks to its compact dimensions and light steering, aiming the Passion Pro 110 in and out of traffic is effortless. Moreover, the ride quality – a courtesy of telescopic forks setup at the front and a monoshock at the rear – is also good at city speeds. The tubular double cradle frame chassis also helps in the cause. Further, the front tyre is 2.75×18 – 4 PR/ 42P in size and the rear tyre is 3.00×18 – 6 PR/ 52P in size. The stopping power comes from 130mm drums at both ends.
Since it is an aggressively-priced commuter, the Passion Pro 110 is void of any fancy touchscreens or electronic features. What we have here is a part-digital instrument cluster that consists of an analogue speedometer along with a small digital display for other essential information. The headlamp and taillamp both miss out on LEDs. To comply with the mandatory safety norms, the Passion Pro 110 comes equipped with CBS as standard.
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