White and Orange seem to be a perfect color combination to look at, especially when it is on something that has wheels. And that was the color of my ride in Goa. Usually, Goa is associated with color, style, and glitz, thanks to the ‘constant state of party’ it is in.
But this time, my experience with my ride here was different. Riding the updated Hero Pleasure in Goa taught me that sometimes, it is better to do things the conventional way if you want accurate observations/reactions. I also learned that if you are taller than the average man and ride something more petite than average, it gets some attention, but not necessarily for the right reasons!
The Pleasure is perhaps the most underrated product in Hero’s lineup. This is underrated because, despite Hero MotoCorp’s strong base and unlike the Maestro, which is also popular and has garnered decent sales, this scooter hasn’t done too well.
Hero MotoCorp says that the facelifted Pleasure is more than just a regular facelift. So we took this new scooter out for a conventional short ride to Dona Paula, which is not only famous for excellent roads but is also known for unique Portuguese architecture, to find out if it is what it claims to be.
After a first look at the new Pleasure, you are most likely to call it “compact.” The overall body proportions have been designed to make the scooter look good for a girl – not too big but very trendy. The best angle to look at the Pleasure is from the front, which highlights its angular nose.
Few design cues have also been taken from the Maestro, but Hero MotoCorp has tried to give the Pleasure as sharp styling as possible. The cowl that encompasses the headlight carries a neat young design. The front apron looks quite attractive, making it one of the best-looking scooters in the segment. A curvy horizontal line in the front apron divides the sides, making the scooter look slightly aggressive.
And what I like are the new, significant turn indicators that are placed very close to the edge of the front apron. Hero has also added a nice touch to the scooter by keeping the “Pleasure” decal on the top left of the front apron.
Come to the side, and you will notice nothing much has changed. The new Pleasure retains the design lines of the old model but gets redesigned body panels with sharp creases. At the rear, the Pleasure gets a new triangular-shaped tail lamp which looks decent from a distance but feels slightly odd on a close look.
I like the new grab rail; it feels more usable and attractive, unlike the old round one. Overall I liked the way the new Pleasure has turned out. It is not just well thought, but it is an attempt to make things more attractive in the segment.
This is where the new Pleasure scores the highest. Hero MotoCorp has finally decoded the theory of adding value to its products through various features. In this smartphone age, Hero MotoCorp has provided a 12V mobile charger socket inside the storage compartment – a first for a Hero scooter, but still a feature that is becoming common in scooters in India.
The other exciting addition is the presence of the LED lamp under the seat. It becomes easy for riders to reach for small things like a pen drive or even check the vehicle papers in the dark. The small LED lamp illuminates every time we lift the seat
The under-seat storage is small, though; it can only take a half-face helmet. For daily shoppers and office commuters, you get a hook placed right under the seat to carry your office bag or maybe groceries from the nearby mart.
However, Hero MotoCorp has not majorly worked on the instrument cluster. The previous model has the same layout across the cluster, and the only change is the new background design. There is an addition of a side-stand indicator, which stays on when the side-stand is engaged.
Hero has smartly played with the background colors, like adding a blue stripe across the cluster. The target customers are mainly young girls who tend to fall for bright colors, and I am sure the Pleasure will certainly catch their eye. Other features like the turn indicators and odometers are a copy of the old model.
What I like is the hexagonal silver plastic that borders the instrument cluster. It makes the center console look a slight premium. The quality of the switchgear is excellent and is exceptionally smooth to operate. The new Pleasure’s wide and long seat is also pretty comfortable.
Powering this compact scooter is a 102cc air-cooled single-cylinder engine that produces 6.74bhp at 7,000rpm and maximum torque of 7.85Nm at 5,000rpm. It’s the same engine that powered the old model. Interestingly, I have ridden the old Pleasure, and the new one feels more refined.
I used the word “interestingly” because Hero MotoCorp hasn’t worked much in the engine, but there is a huge difference in refinement. Just like the old model, the gearbox is pretty sluggish.
The scooter’s acceleration isn’t impressive, but the Pleasure is sufficient for a daily ride from home to college or office. I wasn’t impressed with the low-end torque because I am a tall, hefty chap weighing more than the scooter itself, but this should not be a problem for the target audience.
Light, very light! The Pleasure has a kerb weight of 101kg (don’t bother overthinking about my weight now!) making it one of the most lightweight scooters in the segment. It makes for a fun ride in city traffic. Its upright riding position combined with a comfortable seat makes the Pleasure a delight to ride on the city roads.
But let me warn you, hit a pothole at a slightly higher speed, and the feedback is going to be harsh. The suspension is on the stiffer side, so make sure to try and take a smoother route for your daily commute.
I have no complaints on the braking aspect of the Hero Pleasure. The Pleasure’s 130mm drum brake at the front and 130mm at the rear, coupled with an integrated braking system (IBS), delivers excellent braking. Credit also goes to the tubeless tires, which provide immense grip, even on wet roads.
The competitors of Hero Pleasure are listed below:
- Suzuki Let’s.
- Honda Dio.
- Yamaha Alpha.
- TVS Wego.
FAQ- Frequently Ask Question
1. Who is the CEO of Hero?
Ans- Pawan Munjal is the CEO of Hero motorcycle.
2. Who is the founder of Hero motorcycle?
Ans- Brijmohan Lall Munjal is the founder of Hero motorcycle.
3. Which country company is Hero motorcycle?
Ans- Hero motor corp is an Indian company.
Specification: Hero Pleasure
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