The 100 cc segment of the Indian motor cycle market is becoming more competitive with introduction of new models with the Bajaj and the Hero (Honda) brands being the main players. The Mahindra Two Wheelers Limited has entered the bike segment by launching an entry-level 110 cc bike named Stallio in 2010. However, the company withdrew the product from the market in 2011 and a modified version is expected soon.
The Hero Honda Splendor launched in 1994 is now produced by Hero MotoCorp. There are three variants – the Pro, the Plus and the NXG – The best-selling variant of the lot is the Hero Splendor 100 cc prices between Rupees 43,950 and 45,950. The Mahindra Stallio is expected to be priced at Rupees 41,150.
The Splendor looks premier with the multi-reflector halogen headlights and the LED taillights, body coloured panels, a stylish tail grab and a luggage carrier. The Stallio with a V-shaped face, multi-reflector headlights and a lockable utility box under the fuel tank is more attractive and sportier with aerodynamic body graphics. The fully digital display unit of the Stallio has speedometer, odometer, trip meter, fuel gauge and a clock.
The 97.2 cc, 7.8 ps, 8.04 NM torque DOHC engine of the Splendor gives a mileage of 65 kmpl. The Stallio has a 106.7 cc, 7.3 ps, 8.0 NM torque engine with a fuel efficiency of 58 to 60 kmpl. The electrical includes a 3-Ah battery, 35 w headlights, 15 w taillights and a self start motor in addition to kick-start for the Splendor. The Stallio has a soft touch electric start in addition to the kick-start.
The dimensions of the Splendor are 1970 mm length, 720 mm width, 1040 mm height and 159 mm ground clearance. The dimensions of the Stallio are 2000 mm length, 720 mm width, 1050 mm height and 165 mm ground clearance. A telescopic hydraulic front suspension and swing arm with five-step adjustable shock absorber type suspension at the rear make the Splendor stable on city roads. The tyres are 2.75×18”-42P and 2.75×18”-48P for the Splendor and 2.75×18”-4P and 3.0×18”-6P for the Stallio.
The fuel tank has a total capacity of 11 litres (1.4 liter reserve) for the Splendor and 13.2 liter for the Stallio. The brakes are drum type at the front and the rear for both the models. The Splendor weighing 109 kg is lighter than 125 kg Stallio.
The Hero Honda Splendor is best suited for city riding and is a fuel-efficient bike and not a performing bike. The rear suspension and the lightweight alloy wheels are the major attractions of the Mahindra Stallio. Competition will heat up once the newest Stallio hits the market.