Hero MotoCorp has been revising its product portfolio for the 2014 model year with styling and equipment upgrades on each of the models; however, the company’s plans for the year do not end at that. As these new spy shots indicate, Hero is also working on a load carrier version based on the HF Dawn 100cc motorcycle that will cater to the demand in rural markets. The test mule was spotted in NCR with heavy camouflage and is expected to be the cheapest bike to come from Hero.
While much of the test mule is disguised, the motorcycle will have a simplistic and utilitarian design language and is expected to share a lot of its components with the HF Dawn and will get a lean fuel tank, analogue instrument cluster and an elongated single seat. The test mule however was carrying a load carrier instead of a pillion seat to carry light goods on the bike. A removable pillion seat is expected to be offered as an option. The headlight cluster could come from the HF Deluxe though. The bike is also expected to feature a stronger rear suspension that will be able to carry the additional payload capacity.
The load carrier model under test will get the tried and tested 97.2cc single-cylinder, air-cooled engine from the HF Dawn that produces 7.8 PS of power at 7500 RPM and 8.04 Nm of torque at 4500 RPM, paired to a 4-speed transmission. The bike gets spoke wheels, while stopping power comes from drum brakes at the front and rear. Light transport carriers with decent power and load hauling capacity garner a huge demand in tier-II and III cities across the country. The load carrier version is expected to launch in the coming months and could be priced around Rs. 36,000/- (ex-showroom).
Pictures Source – Gaadiwaadi.com