Hero adventure and sport bikes spied again, this time, up close, the Splendor maker is testing various tyres
The upcoming Hero adventure and sport bikes have been spied again revealing some crucial information. This time the off-road specific bike was not seen. Only the road-biased and the sport bikes were on tests.
It seems Hero is testing various dual-purpose tyres on the adventure bike. Two different tread patterns could be seen on the test mules. Also, the bikes were snapped at a rocky terrain which means the company is testing their grip levels on the terrains.
A side view shows the front petal disc brake for the first time. The front beak is short while the rear box-section swing arm is broad. The highlight though is the side stand. It’s very long and suitable for off-road adventures.
One of the test mules also has a chain tensioner which should be a handy feature when the chain loosens on the move during a long journey. As said earlier, the engine looks like a proper liquid-cooled unit and no way resembles the CB300F’s air-cooled mill.
While many reports online claim that it’s a single cylinder and displaces 300 cc, we aren’t able to pinpoint that number at this point of time. The adventure bike, for example, looks huge and a 300 simply doesn’t justify the size.
With no big name like KTM or BMW to back the company in engine technology, it’s nearly inevitable for Hero to play the displacement game like Royal Enfield which always thinks big engine numbers at the development stage itself.
We feel the engine could displace 450 cc as Hero already has a motorsports machine with the same engine displacement. Hero’s output figures are always modest and so a 450 makes perfect sense to take on the competition that already makes more than 40 horses.
Hero is readying 3 bikes, a sport bike, a road-biased adventure bike, and an off-road biased adventure bike like Xtreme 200S, Xtreme 200T, and Xtreme 200 4V.
While the adventure bikes get USD forks upfront, the sport bike gets regular telescopic units. However, all the bikes get monoshock mounted on box-section swing arm at the rear. While the adventure bikes feature spoke wheels, the sport bike gets slanted alloy wheels.
Coming to the adventure bikes’ design, they get a typical adventure tourer look and the handlebar is tilted towards the rider for comfortable ergonomics. The RVMs are mounted on the handlebar.
The seat is a split unit without a step up design. The bikes have chunky panels all around and should look huge in flesh like the Ducati Multistrada. The rear is highly raised up with a long mud flap.
Coming to the design of the sport bike, the overall silhouette looks like the Suzuki Gixxer SF. The short wind screen and close clip-ons are reminiscent of the Suzuki. The RVMs are mounted on the fairing for a sporty look.
The 3 motorcycles might be unveiled sometime later this year with launch happening next year. When launched, they are sure to heat up the entry-level premium segment.