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Hero Glamour Xtec vs Rivals: Compared On Paper

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  • Jul 23, 2021
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We compare the most feature-packed 125cc commuter in India against its arch-rivals on paper

 

A few days back, Hero launched the new Glamour Xtec to compete in the cut-throat 125cc commuter segment. The bike gets several new features that should give it a competitive edge in its segment. However, there isn’t any mechanical update so to speak. So does the Glamour Xtec still hold its own against its rivals?

 

ENGINE

Specifications

Hero Glamour Xtec

Honda SP 125

Bajaj Pulsar 125 STD

Engine

124.7cc, air-cooled, single-cylinder

124cc, air-cooled, single-cylinder

124.4cc, air-cooled, single-cylinder

Power

10.87PS @ 7500rpm

10.87PS @ 7500rpm

11.8PS @8500rpm

Torque

10.6Nm at 6000rpm

10.9Nm @ 6000rpm

10.8Nm @ 6500rpm

Gearbox

5-speed

5-speed

5-speed

Hero Glamour Xtec vs Rivals: Compared On Paper

At first glance, the Glamour Xtec seems to match the SP’s power output, however, it’s a bit down on torque which should give the SP 125 the upper hand. The Honda is also the lightest bike among the trio, which, in theory, should make it the quickest bike of the lot with a power-to-weight ratio of 92.11PS per ton. The Glamour, on the other hand, delivers 88.37PS per ton, putting it in between its competition.

You’re probably wondering how the Pulsar 125 is the slowest bike here despite having the most power. Well, that’s pretty straightforward, the Pulsar 125 may be the most powerful of the lot, but it’s also the heaviest motorcycle here, and hence the slowest commuter with a power-to-weight ratio of 84.28PS per ton. 

 

UNDERPINNINGS

Specifications

Hero Glamour Xtec

Honda SP 125

Bajaj Pulsar 125 STD

Frame

Diamond-type

Diamond-type

Dual cradle

Front suspension

Telescopic

Telescopic

Telescopic

Rear suspension

Twin shocks with preload

Twin shocks with preload

Twin shocks with preload

Front brake

Disc: 240mm, Drum: 130

Disc: 240mm, Drum: 130

Disc: 240mm, Drum: 170

Rear brake

130mm drum

130mm drum

130mm drum

Front tyre

80/100-18

80/100-18

80/100-17

Rear tyre

100/80-18

80/100-18

100/90-17

All three bikes are similarly equipped, with the only difference being the Pulsar’s dual-cradle frame. While it’s still cost-effective, it provides a significant advantage over a downtube chassis, in terms of strength and rigidity.

 

DIMENSIONS

Specifications

Hero Glamour Xtec

Honda SP 125

Bajaj Pulsar 125 STD

Wheelbase

1,273mm

1,285mm

1,320mm

Ground clearance

180mm

160mm

165mm

Fuel tank capacity

10-litres

11-litres

11.5-litres

Seat height

798mm

790mm

NA

Kerb weight

Disc: 123kg, Drum: 122kg

Disc: 118kg, Drum: 117kg

140kg

The Pulsar 125 may have a slightly more sophisticated chassis, but its longer wheelbase and weight suggest it’s likely to be a bit lazier to tip in and would require some effort to manoeuvre in traffic. On the bright side, it has the biggest fuel tank which should keep you on the road a bit longer. 

Hero Glamour Xtec vs Rivals: Compared On Paper

The Glamour Xtec is the perfect middle ground with a slightly shorter wheelbase. It also has the tallest ground clearance, perfect for Indian roads riddled with potholes and tall speed breakers. 

Last but not the least, you have the SP 125. It’s the lightest bike with the shortest wheelbase, ideally making it more flickable and easier to ride, especially in city traffic.  

 

FEATURES

Features

Hero Glamour Xtec

Honda SP 125

Bajaj Pulsar 125 STD

Digital Console

Yes

Yes

No

Navigation

Yes

No

No

Caller ID/SMS alert

Yes

No

No

Gear-position indicator

Yes

Yes

No

Real-time mileage

Yes

Yes

No

Average fuel efficiency

No

Yes

No

Distance-to-empty

No

Yes

No

Silent start with ACG

No

Yes

No

Auto sail

Yes

No

No

USB charger

Yes

No

No

Side-stand engine cut-off

Yes

No

No

LED headlamp

Yes

Yes

No

No surprise here, the Glamour Xtec is the most feature-packed bike which gives it an edge over its rivals. The SP 125 does have a lot to offer but it falls short compared to the Glamour. As for the Pulsar 125, it’s as basic as it can get. 

 

PRICE AND VERDICT

Hero Glamour Xtec

Honda SP 125

Bajaj Pulsar 125 STD

Drum: Rs 78,900

Rs 78,381

Rs 77,843

Disk: Rs 83,500

Rs 82,677

 
Hero Glamour Xtec vs Rivals: Compared On Paper

For a small premium, the Glamour Xtec does make a compelling case for itself considering the kind of equipment it has to offer. However, if you’re looking for a well-built and reliable motorcycle, the SP 125 is still our pick of the lot.

The Pulsar 125 is a no-nonsense commuter that’ll do everything right, but you’d have to make do with the bare minimum.

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