Hero number 1

 
Published: Sunday 07 June 2015

Hero number 1

It may not be the most powerful or the very stylish. But as the most user-friendly bike, Hero Honda has sped far ahead in the race for market capitalisation. Sporting an economical and optimised vehicle design, the product has scored an impressive 40.7 per cent to push contenders like Bajaj Boxer, lml Energy and tvs Suzuki Fierro on the side track. Light and high load carrying capacity are some of the best features of this vehicle, which has also taken a lead in reducing the pollution level by introducing an emission control system, something which others have not done so far. This makes the bike an extremely attractive buy as it gives the best mileage of 79.5 km per litre while lml Energy is the worst with 60.0 km/l. Both these bikes along with Bajaj Boxer have been designed more for utility and places less emphasis on power and style. In fact, it is only in the case of tvs Suzuki Fierro, where power and not economy is the driving force. Since it is the heaviest vehicle it also compromises on fuel efficiency. Even then at 69.0km/l, it is only marginally worse off than Bajaj Boxer (71.0) and a far better option than lml energy (60.0). tvs Fierro's major highlight is the high compression ratio, which contributes to a greater engine efficiency as compared to others which score more in terms of load carrying capacity. But all these bikes barring Hero Honda, puff up a high level of fumes but have exhausted measures to tackle the green issues.

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