Sep 10, 2010

6 Bike History/Timeline: Super Splendor [2005-2010]. 2010 Hero Honda Super Splendor Launched

Hero Honda launches the 2010 version of the 125 cc Super Splendor

The 2010 version Super Splendor looks more like a Super Passion to me..

2010 Hero Honda Super Splendor

2010 Hero Honda Splendor.

News of the 2010 Super Splendor launch: Economic Times

Needless to state that the humble 100 cc Splendor is a piece of automotive history. Hero Honda probably though that the easiest way to replicate the success of the 100 Splendor in the 125 cc category was by launching a 125 cc replica of the Splendor.

Accordingly Hero Honda launched the Super Splendor in 2005 with the much publicized "Quantum Core" engine. There were quite a few, including yours truly who made fun of the "Quantum Core" Super Splendor probably because of the ultra conservative styling and the unexciting performance.

2005 Super Splendor

In the last 5 years the Super Splendor have not managed to repeat the success of the 100 cc Splendor in terms of sales success.

But when I had visited my home state Assam back in 2007, I was surprised to see Super Splendor’s plying almost everywhere. The people in my state appreciated the simple "honest commuter" like styling and the 125 cc engine which had more than decent performance the 100 cc Splendor.

The Super Splendor might not have been a big success like the 100 cc Splendor, but from my home state experience I realized that in specific pockets it was accepted.

Evolution of the Super Splendor since 2005

The Super Splendor launched in 2005 came with spoke wheels and also had an optional front disc brake. In the later variant silver colored alloy wheels and alloy rear grab rails were added along with 'new decals'. The optional front disc was probably (if I remember correctly) given the miss in the 2nd generation. The engine remained the same throughout though.

2nd Gen Super Splendor

2nd Gen Super Splendor

2010 Super Splendor

The 2010 version of the Super Splendor gets another cosmetic upgrade. The alloys and the engine casing have been doused in the now in vogue "black color". The front fairing has been redesigned and yes the bike does get a fresh new set of 'decals'.

The lockable tool/glove box above the horizontal engine seems to be slightly bigger and has got a chrome garnish as well.

Hero Honda has done away with the "Quantum Core" stuff this time..

But cosmetically the most significant change according to me is the side panels of the bike. The original Super Splendor had a two piece design. Like the 100 cc Splendor’s design, the battery/air box cover and the tail piece was two separate pieces. But the side panel of the 2010 version is one continuous plastic piece, much like the Passion (the successful 100 cc cousin of the 100 cc Splendor).

The 125 cc engine of the Super Splendor is a very good proven engine which does what it is intended to do, i.e fulfill your commuting needs.

The original Super Splendor might have been very close to the 100 cc Splendor in terms of styling, but that was ok for its target customers (like that of my home state Assam). The 2010 version still is being called as Super Splendor but to me it now looks more like a Super Passion.

Oh, by the way looks like Hero Honda has done away with the "Quantum Core" stuff, this time the side panels proudly wear some "ASFS" acronym instead.

Sajal on his 2nd Gen Super Splendor

Sajal on his 2nd Gen Super Splendor


Cast Wheel*: Rs. 45,950 (Ex-Showroom Delhi) Rs. 50,924 (On Road Delhi)

[* : Not sure if the price mentioned above includes self start]

2010 Hero Honda Super Splendor, Techinical Specifications

Engine: 4 Stroke OHC, Single Cylinder, Air Cooled
Bore X Stroke: 52.4 X 57.8 mm
Displacement: 124.7 cc
Compression Ratio: 9.1: 1
Max Power: 6.72 KW (9 BHP) @ 7000 rpm
Torque: 10.35 Nm @ 4000 rpm

Clutch: Multi Plate Wet Type
Transmission: 4 Speed Costant Mesh
Ignition: Advanced Micro Processor Ignition (AMI) System
Starting: Self Start + Kick Start
MF Battery: MF 4 (12V-4AH)
Frame: Tubular Double Cradle


Front: Telescopic Hydraulic Fork
Rear : Swing Arm with 5 step adjustable Hydraulic Shock Absorbers


(LXWXH): 1995 X 735 X 1095 mm
Wheel Base: 1265 mm
Ground Clearance: 150 mm
Kerb Weight: 121 Kg


Front : 2.75 X 18 - 4 PR / 42P
Rear : 2.75 X 18 - 6 PR / 48P


Front Drum Type : Internal Expanding Type - 130 mm Dia
Rear Drum Type : Internal Expanding Type - 130 mm Dia

Fuel Tank Capacity: 13 Ltrs
Head Light: 12V - 35/35W Multi Reflector, Halogen Bulb - AC Type

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Sajal said...

It was really my Mustang!! Still miss a lot!! The 2010 Super Splendor gets all that the bike was missing and I wished it had (minus the fairing though... I guess the previous one looked way better)

Anonymous said...

I wonder how a bike with this design can achieve high sales in India..

in Indonesia, such design IMHO is so old-stylish and odd..

hemant said...

it is really a good bike. i kept it for 4.5 yrs ,it never gave me any serious problem.this is the core reason for hero honda's product to achive good sales.If they add some really good styling in their product then they can do even better.

siddharth soni said...

My goodness!

Payeng said...

@Gary, these kind of people who prefer these kind of motorcycles are like the ones in Indonesia who prefer Bebeks no matter what.

I am sure that you get the picture now

Anonymous said...

sir, I have purchased super splendour in 2006, his engine has get down and wants repairing . Pls suggest me where I can find original spare parts and its proper servicing . As authorised dealer never pay attention towards it . they pay heed only money not for reputation.

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