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Hero Passion XPro - First Ride Review

Hero Passion XPro - First Ride Review

Snapshot: It is the more exciting version of the famous Passion Pro motorcycle that is meant for the young generation of buyers.

The company unveiled the new Passion XPro recently and invited us for a first-hand experience on the new bike. The Passion X-Pro is not new to the Indian market, but for 2018 the bike becomes more striking. It is the more exciting version of the famous Passion Pro motorcycle that is meant for the buyers that want to go with the Passion Pro but demand more attention and snazzier looks. It clearly gets a sharper and more alluring design compared to the latter as it packs a few bits here and there that gives it an edge over its basic sibling.

What’s new?

As the company says, it packs new features such as LED tail lamp, new digital-analog meter console, AHO (automatic headlamp on), while in terms of design it has a new sharper fuel tank with flush fuel lid, duel-tone mirrors, and sporty rear cowl.

Talking about the engine and transmission, it packs the same engine as seen on the Passion Pro, also there is no difference in terms of power or torque output. The engine in question is the 110cc single-cylinder, TOD engine which delivers 12% more power now. Talking about the figures, it delivers 9.4bhp of a maximum power at 7,500rpm and 9Nm of peak torque 5,500 rpm. It comes mated to a 4-speed transmission. The engine also comes with Hero’s i3S technology for better fuel economy figures. The company also states that the bike races from 0-60kmph in 7.45 seconds, but due to time restrictions we couldn’t put this to test.

It packs a good looking semi-digital instrument panel that displays fuel gauge digital while speedometer is analog. It sure is a handsome looking meter that displays all the important information in clear and valid format. 

How does it ride?

The Passion XPro doesn’t feel much different to the Passion Pro in terms of ride quality. The XPro feels bit stiffer and more on the sporty side, while the Passion Pro is slightly more comfortable due to the suspension and seat setup. Also, the XPro starts making minor noises as soon as the throttle is pinned down and engine rpm rises.  It is heavier as it weighs 119kg as compared to the Passion Pro's 116kg, but the difference is completely hard to notice as both feel light and easy to ride.  Also, it packs a smaller 9.2-litre fuel tank as compared to the Passion Pro's 11-litre tank.

It comes with a front disc brake and a rear drum brake unit, thanks to its lightweight and strong bite from the front disc, the bike comes to halt in no time and is fairly good in terms of braking and safety.

Verdict:

It might not feel as premium as its sibling, the Passion Pro, but for some, it is the most striking looking of all the newly introduced Hero bikes. It can surely be counted as one the most practical bikes for Indian roads with the confidence and reliability of one of the most trusted brands not only in India but around the globe.

The bike has not been launched yet, but we expect a price tag of something around Rs 55,000 when it gets on sale very soon.

Phorography: Mohd. Nasir 

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