Hero MotoCorp Armed its Commuter Bikes with the Safety of SBS

In lieu of complying with an upcoming government mandate which forces the fitment of ABS on the bikes with more than 125cc engine displacement and CBS or SBS on lower displacement two-wheelers, Hero MotoCorp started updating its product lineup with SBS-Synchronised Braking System. A number of products have been altered with this safety kit and remaining are in the queue to get modified before April 1, 2019. Patented as Integrated Braking System, the technology has now been made available on the models such as Splendor Plus, Passion Pro Drum Brake and the Glamour Programmed FI. While there are scooters which have also got this facility of SBS including the Destini 125, Duet, Maestro Edge and Pleasure as well. There are expectations the models which miss out on IBS like HF Dawn, HF Deluxe Eco, Passion Pro Disc, Passion X Pro Disc, Splendor Pro, Splendor iSmart Plus and Glamour carburettor will also be updated with the feature before the deadline.

For this additional hardware, the company is asking a marginal extra over the standard pricing. Here is the updated price list of products which gets this IBS feature.

  • Glamour Programmed FI – INR 68,900
  • Passion Pro drum brake – INR 54,475
  • Passion X Pro drum brake – INR 56,100
  • Splendor Plus – INR 52,860
  • Splendor Plus i3S – INR 54,150
  • HF Deluxe (Self-start) – INR 48,175
  • HF Deluxe i3S – INR 49,375

All the prices mentioned here are applicable at the Delhi dealerships.

The Glamour FI and the Splendor Plus with IBS are the new variants and available on sale at the respective price sticker of INR 68,900 and INR 54,150 (ex-showroom, Delhi). The company is asking for a premium of INR 200 and INR 650 over the standard models respectively.

SBS Braking System

IBS or CBS (Combined Braking System) works in a way by distributing braking force equally at both wheels just with the press of rear brake lever. For Indian riders, it’s an important safety feature as they have the tendency of pulling rear brake in the panic situation which ends up with wheel locking and the skid of the bike.

Other than the IBS variant of the Splendor Plus, the non-IBS variant is also available at the dealerships and will be on sale until stocks last. Under the fuel tank, the Hero Glamour Fi IBS gets a 124.7cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that makes out 11.6PS at 7,500rpm and 11 Nm of torque at 6,000rpm. The Splendor Plus, on the other hand, uses a 97.2cc, single-cylinder motor with a power generation capacity of 8.63PS at 8,000rpm and 8.05Nm at 5,000rpm. Both the mills are in connection with a 4-speed gearbox. While the brand’s patented i3S technology aids in saving fuel by shutting down in the idle state.

In its segment, Hero Glamour FI IBS will fight against the Bajaj Discover 125, Yamaha Saluto, Honda Shine and the Bajaj V15. while one of the most selling commuters, the Splendor Plus will rival against Honda CD 100, TVS Star City Plus and the Bajaj CT100.