The Dare is a 125cc scooter, which according to Hero has been designed to appeal to the male buyers with its snazzy and sporty styling.
The Dare is powered by a 125cc, air-cooled mill pumping out 9PS of power and 9.5Nm of torque.
The new offering has been loaded with features like telescopic forks, disc brake at front, alloy wheels, LED day light running lamps and tail light, full digital instrument console, mobile phone charging socket, boot light etc.
The Honda Activa has been the king of the scooter segment and hasn’t really been given a hard battle by any of the two-wheeler manufacturers for a while now. But with the Hero Dare and the Zir revealed at the 2014 Auto Expo, it seems clear that Hero MotoCorp realises the potential of the scooter segment and is focusing its energies to bring in tough challengers. Moreover, while the Activa is leading the 110cc scooter segment, the title for the 125cc scooter is still being competed very closely between the Activa 125 and the Suzuki Access.
The Hero Dare is to Hero MotoCorp what the Piaggio Vespa is to Piaggio – a scooter offering focused towards young buyers. Needless to say Hero has moulded the Dare keeping in mind the target audience giving the Dare a snazzy and youthful design. The sharp looking headlight flanked by those long LED turn indicators on either side gives it a futuristic appeal. The razor-sharp lines continue on to the side panel as well. The tastefully designed LED taillight is another nice touch to the scooter. And then there are those funky looking blackened out alloy wheels and the disc brake up front. While Hero surely has put in an extra effort to make the Dare look snazzy, they haven’t quite neglected the comfort aspect. The seat is wide and long for enhanced comfort.
At the heart of things, the Hero Dare is powered by a 125cc air-cooled unit that makes 9PS of power and 9.5Nm of torque which is pretty much on par with competition. The Dare is expected to return a mileage of around 50kmpl. In terms of features, the Dare is expected to come heavily loaded with features like telescopic front forks, LED headlights and taillights, disc brake up front, a mobile charging socket and the likes.
This will be the first scooter offering to be completely developed by Hero MotoCorp since the split with Honda Motorcycles and Scooter India. The Hero Dare is expected to be priced around Rs 60,000-Rs65,000 and is expected to be launched in the third quarter of 2015. When it is launched although the Hero Dare will directly compete against the Piaggio Vespa considering its youthful appeal, but it will also have to hold its own against the likes of the Suzuki Access 125 and the Honda Activa 125. With Hero leading the commuter motorcycle segment in India, they would be hoping to cash in on the scooter market with the Dare as well.
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