10 FORGOTTEN motorcycles from Hero Honda

Hero Honda became the synonym for the word “motorcycles” in India during their best days. The Indo-Japanese partnership created some memorable bikes, which are still appreciated by enthusiasts. However, in the process of producing these memorable models, Hero Honda launched many bikes in between, which did not become as popular. Here is a list of ten such motorcycles, which are now forgotten. Which are these bikes? Well, here is the complete list.

Hero Honda CBZ

The Hero Honda CBZ became the first affordable performance bike in India. While many believe that it was the Pulsar brand that made the performance affordable, the Hero Honda brand launched the CBZ in 1999, two years before the arrival of the first Bajaj Pulsar.

The Hero Honda CBZ came powered by a 156.8cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that produced 12.8 Bhp and 12.45 Nm. It also offered a 5-speed transmission, which was the first in the Indian market. Later, a lot of variants of the CBZ were launched in the market.

Hero Honda Ambition 135

The Hero Honda Ambition was a good-looking bike, which was targetted at the youths. It was launched in 2002 and looked very handsome. The Hero Honda Ambition came with a 133cc engine and produced a maximum of 11 Bhp and 10.5 Nm. Even the Ambition came with a 5-speed transmission.

Hero Ignitor

The Ignitor was launched after Hero and Honda started their individual operations in the Indian market. It was a rebadged version of the Hero Honda CBF Stunner and came with bold body graphics. The semi-faired bike offered adjustable rear shock absorbers and a digital-analogue hybrid console, which were not available with the Stunner. It came powered by a 124.7cc engine producing a maximum of 11 Bhp and 11 Nm.

Hero Honda Joy

The Joy was a commuter-segment bike, which was launched in 2001. The bike came with a 97.2cc, air-cooled engine that generated a maximum power of 7.8 Bhp and peak torque of 8 Nm. The Hero Honda Joy was popular for its high fuel efficiency.

Hero Honda Sleek

The Hero Honda Sleek got a design, which was as sleek as its name. The bike came with a sporty design to attract youngsters. Hero Honda tried styling it as a more aggressive version of the Hero Honda CD100. It came with a 4-speed transmission and the power came from a 97.2cc, single-cylinder engine generating maximum power of 6.8 Bhp.

Hero Honda Street

The Hero Honda Street was a step-through scooter, which was launched against the Bajaj M80. It was launched in 1997 against the popular M80. The Step-through scooter was powered by 97.2cc, air-cooled engine that generated a maximum power of 6.5 Bhp. It was designed to carry heavy loads.

Hero Honda Hunk

The Hero Honda Hunk was launched way back in 2007 and was given the name because of its oversized body panels. The bike came with a new ATFT system which stood for Advanced Tumble-Flow induction Technology that helped in reducing the mission and increase fuel efficiency. The Hunk was powered by a 149.2cc engine that churned a maximum of 14.4 Bhp and 12.8 Nm. The bike also featured a disc brake on the front wheel.

Hero Honda CD Dawn

The CD-Dawn came to the market in 2003 and was targeting the customers who were on a budget. It was an entry-level bike and was based on the Hero Honda CD 100 SS. However, it was quite different in design. Both the bikes shared the same 97.2cc, air-cooled, OHC engine that produced a maximum power of 7.5 Bhp and peak torque of 8.04 Nm.

Hero Splendor Pro Classic

The Splendor is the largest selling bike in the world and Hero has launched quite a few versions of the model in the past. One of them is the Splendor Pro Classic that became the cheapest cafe racer in the market. The bike was designed like a cafe racer and was powered by the same 97.2cc, air-cooled, 4-stroke engine producing a maximum of 8.4 Bhp. It only offered a single-seat variant.

Hero Honda CD100

The CD100 was extremely popular in the Indian market and was the first bike of the joint venture that became successful. It was launched in 1985 and was even supplied to the Armed forces of India. The trusted bike was powered by the 97cc engine that generated a maximum of 7.5 Bhp and 7.16 Nm. It returned a high fuel efficiency of 80 km/l.