Hero Passion X Pro review, test ride
21st Mar 2013 10:32 pm
Hero’s X Pro adds fresh passion to its line-up. We ride the new Hero.
Hero MotoCorp’s Passion motorcycles have been a hit since production began in 2001, second only to the Splendor in terms of sales figures. Over the last decade, the Passion series has received a number of aesthetic upgrades. This time, Hero MotoCorp has added a new variant, powered by a 110cc engine. The X Pro is Hero MotoCorp’s bid in the 110cc segment, a space that is fast turning out to be a hotly contested.
The Passion X Pro doesn’t make a fresh style statement, and is easily recognisable as a commuter bike from its Hero family. It uses a smart headlight set within an angular bikini fairing, with a slightly sharper look as compared to predecessors. The Passion X Pro has smart, 18-inch alloy wheels, which come finished in black along with its engine, exhaust and chain guard.
The X Pro instruments bay tucks neatly beneath a dark green tinted visor, and houses an analogue speedometer, with digital displays for fuel levels, the odometer, trip meter and service due reminder, all of which are easy to read.
The X Pro offers good quality palm grips and switchgear that works with crisp feel, and includes a pass light.
This Passion comes with colour coded rear view mirrors and a long, flat fuel tank. At rear, the Passion X Pro provides a sharp tail section. Overall quality is as good as expected from every motorcycle that leaves the Hero factory.
The Passion X Pro houses a smooth, four-stroke, 109.1cc, air-cooled engine with its single-cylinder set in an inclined from vertical position as compared to horizontally inclined engines seen on the earlier Passion and Splendor bikes. The electric-start X Pro generates 8.6bhp at 7500rpm and a peak torque of 0.95kgm at 5500rpm. This engine is allied to a smooth 4-speed, all-up shifted gearbox. The commuter bike clutch offers light feel. Power delivery is linear and performance at par with other 110cc motorcycle from this segment.
The Passion X Pro deploys a tubular steel frame with telescopic fork front suspension and a set of hydraulic rear shock absorber at the rear, supported by a rectangular section swingarm. The X Pro’s upright riding position and rider friendly ergonomics make short work of city commuting, aiding which is a well-padded seat.
Ride quality is good, firm at low speeds but still supportive when riding with a pillion or at speeds higher than 60kph. The X Pro uses MRF tubeless tyres front and rear, and these provided sufficient grip throughout our test session. The X Pro is equipped with a 240mm disc brake in front, and 130mm drum at the rear, offering ample stopping power.
Hero’s Passion X Pro is priced at Rs 52,793 (ex-showroom, Pune), which is almost at par with a few 125cc bikes, but the X Pro comes brimming with Hero quality, and is a reliable, well-rounded package.