Hero Motocorp Splendor iSmart 110 Review : Smart Hero-ics

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Hero MotoCorp has added another member to their evergreen Splendor series. With a host of all-new features to its credit the Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart has been launched for a price of INR 53,300 (Ex-Showroom Delhi) making it the most expensive of the current Splendor lot. Baked out of Hero’s Centre of Innovation and Technology (CIT) at Jaipur, the motorcycle features no ingredient from its previous partner’s factory. The Splendor portfolio has undoubtedly been the bread and butter of Hero for a very long time now and Hero would always want to go from strength to strength with the model. With this latest 110 cc entrant the company is back with its economuter game. We had the motorcycle with us for a while and here is our first ride impression!

Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart decal

What’s new?

The answer is simple, almost everything! From its bolting bolts to its hearty heart, everything on the iSmart has been tailored by the folks at Hero by themselves. It took them almost five years to get the recipe right and here it is. This bike does not only serve its basic purpose but gets smart with Hero’s i3s technology. The maker promises that the iSmart tech will squeeze every possible mile from the fuel. The new economuter tries its best to take the Splendor game to a premium level, let’s see how it fares.

Design and Styling

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The all new treatment is not just reserved to the engine but is also visible through the body. The company has tried to lend more sharpness to its Splendor segment styling which is evident from the new design upgrades. The new, angular headlamp, body coloured rear view mirrors, and the refreshed decals accentuate the new sharp styling. The red and white livery is similar to the one on the lower spec Splendor iSmart. We had the one in the blue-black colour scheme with us. While it wasn’t with us for much time, the darker themed model managed to grab more eyeballs.

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The reshaped fuel tank features an updated fuel cap (unhinged). The tank appears to be slightly on the healthier side but holds lesser fuel than the 97.2cc iSmart with a capacity of 8.5 litre. The grab rails and the reworked tail light also add to the aesthetic appeal. Over the Splendor iSmart, the 110 iSmart has gained length by 50mm and stands at 2015 mm while the width has been maintained at 770mm. The wheelbase and ground clearance measure 1245mm and 165mm respectively. With all of the tech and mechanicals, the bike tips the weighing scale at 115 Kg.

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Another visual difference that also doubles up as a mighty new mechanical upgrade is the cylinder orientation of the engine. Losing the traditional sloper setup, the 110 iSmart gets a modern upright positioning. This also gets rid of the hollow space and adds chunk to the engine area. The 109.15cc power plant dwells in a new double cradle frame that is claimed to have improved the riding experience and durability. The exhaust canister gets premium styling with a chrome tip.

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Electricals

Speaking of the new illuminating unit in the front, now you won’t have to take pains to switch on/off the headlight as this Splendor here features an ‘Automatic Headlamp On’ feature that we get on premium bikes. The switchgear is quite basic with no new bits and pieces with only the blue coloured i3S on/off switch located on the right hand side offering some novelty. The instrument panel is a cluster of two analogue dials (Speedo and fuel gauge), tell tale lights, and a small LCD display. The LCD display lights up in blue and shows the Odometer, trip meter and service reminder.

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Ergonomics, ride and handling

As soon as you are on the bike the first thing that makes you smile is the comfy-cushiony single piece seat, not just for the rider but for the pillion as well. The seating positions are also supported by the well placed foot pegs. The suspension set up at both ends is basic but does a decent job of soaking undulations that we bumped onto on an enclosed roadway we rode on, However, the road was maintained pretty well, so we didn’t have a chance to put it through a torture treatment that almost all of us face on our daily commutes.

Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart headlamp

The tyres at both ends are Ceat Secura Zooms which offered decent levels of grip, nothing to complain about here. Full disclosure – we didn’t find any good enough corners to test them to the hilt. Brakes are drum units at both ends and do a reasonable job of dropping the anchors. Overall, the iSmart 110 came across as a nicely balanced, easy to ride and reasonably fun motorcycle for its class. We’d reserve our definitive verdict on ride and handling for the time we have been provided a test bike for a longer duration.

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Engine and performance

The Hero Splendor 110 iSmart is powered by an all new 109.15cc engine and the company likes to call it the ‘Torque on Demand’ engine. As far as the numbers are concerned, the four stroke single cylinder unit is capable of generating maximum power of 9.38 Bhp at 7500 rpm. Interestingly, the folks at Hero were persistent in emphasizing the improved torque output by the new motor that stands at 9 Nm at 5,500 rpm. Hero says that the peak torque is available from as low as 3000 rpm, and that really seems to be the case.

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As soon as you are on the bike, key in and started, this 110 iSmart alters your pre conceived notions about Splendors. The engine is smoother and calmer than the lower displacement iSmart. It is definitely not the bike you want to fire up and make the engine scream while you are on the way to high speeds. The throttle response is snappy and lets you climb the speedo quick and easy. The gears are well distributed and are enough to take care of the whole torque band. The strapped 4-speed manual gearbox channels the torque to the rear wheel, and the iSmart 110 chugs along even in top gear at some really low speeds.

Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart front tyre wheel

iSmart i3s Technology

This is Hero’s patented start stop technology that is claimed to get the best results in the fuel economy column. Placed on the switch gear exactly as the engine kill switch on many bikes, the i3S tech can be switched on/off as per convenience. When the i3S mode is activated, the tech puts the engine into hibernation when the bike is idle (only in neutral gear) for around 5seconds and wakes it up as soon as the clutch is pulled. In short it is an automatic engine kill switch that saves fuel. If you have several traffic signals or heavy traffic that makes you halt on your way to work, this tech should be able to save some fuel for you.

Here are more details of the bike through images and captions!

Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart headlamp

New vertically shaped headlamp is wrapped in a bikini fairing with subtle decals

Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart fuel tank

Fuel  tank with modern fuel filler cap (still unhinged) and Splendor branding flanking it. We also quite like that red stripe running longitudinally over the tank

Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart front tyre wheel

Ceat Secura Zoom80/100-47 P Tubeless tyre on 5 spoke alloy at front

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Ceat Secura Zoom 80/100-47 P Tubeless tyre on 5 spoke alloy at the rear

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Body painted rear view mirror with contrasting black highlights

Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart front drum brake

130mm drum brake setup up front

Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart front number plate

Front number-plate mount

Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart exhaust cannister

Exhaust canister with chrome tip

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109.15cc Air Cooled, 4 Stroke Single Cylinder , OHC engine

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Single piece cushion seat is quite comfortable 

Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart foot peg

Heel-toe gear shifter won’t ruin your work shoes

Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart rear brake

Rear brake lever with safety guide

Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart instrument cluster (2)

Instrument cluster with small LCD display

Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart i3S decal

Fuel tank decals include a large but subtle i3S branding

Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart switchgear (1)

Right-hand side switch-gear with blue i3S and red ignition buttons

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Left-hand side switch-gear setup. The switchgear quality is rather plasticky and could most definitely have been better 

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Taillight, turn indicators. and grab rails. Do you notice the unique trapezoidal shape of the blinkers?

Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart under seat helmet lock and seat opener

Under seat helmet lock and seat opener

Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart fuel tap

Plastic fuel valve knob

Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart saree guard

Saree guard

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Rider’s point of view

Verdict

We rode the Splendor 110 iSmart through straight stretches and didn’t put it through the daily road conditions that commuters face during everyday travel. However, we can say that the bike has a lot to offer when it comes to your daily commute. It gives you a mature ride, fuel efficiency, and surely a few head turns if not many. Also, this new Splendor package comes at a price which a common man can afford without drilling a crater in their bank accounts. Highlights include a smooth engine, the i3s tech and a rather nice styling and colour scheme for the segment.

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For the company, the Hero Splendor 110 iSmart is here to level up the game and stand stylish, tall, and smart against its competition. At INR 53,000 ex-showroom Delhi, the iSmart sounds marginally steep compared to its immediate competitors. Hero has positioned it slightly on the premium side, owing the stop start tech incorporated. It’s a nice, distinctive, efficient machine which you cannot go wrong with. Though as mentioned before, we’ll reserve our final verdict once we get the bike for a longer period of time. Stay tuned!

Specification

Engine
TypeAir Cooled, 4 Stroke Single Cylinder , OHC
Displacement109.15cc
Max. Power9.38 Bhp at 7,500 rpm
Max. Torque9 Nm at 5,500 rpm
Compression Ratio10:01
Transmission & Chassis
ClutchMulti-Plate, Wet Type
FrameTubular Double Cradle
Suspension
FrontTelescopic Hydraulic Shock Absorbers
RearSwing Arm with Adjustable Hydraulic Shock Absorbers
Brakes
Front Brake Drum130mm
Rear Brake Drum110mm
Wheels & Tyres
Tyre Size Front2.75 x 18-4 PR | 80/100-47 P Tyre w Tube | Tubeless Tyre
Tyre Size Rear2.75 X 18-6 PR | 80/100-54P Tyre w Tube | Tubeless Tyre
Electricals
BatteryMF4 3Ah
Head LampHS1 Bulb (35W/35W)
Tail/Stop LampP21/5 Bulb (5W/21W)
Dimensions, weight, and volume
Length2015mm
Width770mm
Height1055mm
Wheelbase1245mm
Ground Clearance165mm
Fuel Tank Capacity8.5 Litre
Reserve2 Litre
Kerb Weight115 Kg
Max Payload130 Kg

Here are a whole bunch of images of the Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart!

Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart under seat helmet lock and seat opener
Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart tyre (2)
Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart tyre (1)
Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart turn indicators
Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart taillight grabrails (2)
Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart switchgear (4)
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Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart single horn
Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart side stand
Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart side reflector
Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart side panel
Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart seat open (3)
Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart saree guard
Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart rear
Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart rear view mirror
Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart rear suspension
Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart rear reflector
Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart rear profile (2)
Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart rear grabrail (1)
Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart rear brake
Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart position indicator
Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart instrumental cluster (2)
Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart headlamp
Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart fuel tap
Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart fuel tank
Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart fuel tank cap (2)
Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart fuel tank cap (1)
Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart front wheel
Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart front tyre wheel
Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart front profile
Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart front drum brake
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Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart foot peg
Hero MotoCorp Splendor 110 iSmart exhaust cannister
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