The Super Splendor was Hero Motocorp\'s first attempt in the 125cc segment, which paid off company very well, by being a successful product on itself and paving a path for its future models like Glamour and Ignitor. This was the first by-product, which Hero managed to make out of the \'Splendor\' brand, and managed to deliver the performance, reliability and trust of the Splendor, with a bigger heart. The Splendor was launched when the 125cc segment in itself was in a budding stage, with very few competitors.
Since its inception, the Super Splendor has managed to be a decent looking motorcycle, if not an all new revolution maker or a poser to give a second look for. The simplistic and proportionate styling always have felt like what the 100cc Splendor would look like if it is given the pill of next generation silhoutte. The headlamp is a plain rectangular unit which sits inside a nicely styled fairing. The fuel tank and side plains have absolutely no flowing lines and appear to be simplistic, or rather bland body panels, giving it a slim profile. The tail-lamp is a trapezoidal unit which sits inside the rear body panel, above which the pillion grab rail is positioned which amalgamates with the side body panels very well. Overall, the styling is not ground breaking, but the motorcycle doesn\'t look dated, with the body graphics enhancing its modern appeal. The instrument console is a three pod unit, with an analog speedometer, fuel gauge, odometer, trip meter and various tell tale lights taking their positions at respective places. The fit and finish is excellent as per the Hero Motocorp standards.
The Super Splendor is powered by a four-stroke, single cylinder, 125cc engine, which produces the maximum outputs of 9.1 PS of power and 10.35 Nm of torque, which seem mild on paper. However, this engine is refined and the torque is well spread in the lower rev range, making it punchy enough to put it on par with the rest of the 125cc engines in the competition and place it above the 100cc commuters on the basis of performance. The 4-speed gearbox work just fine and the ratios are equally set-up according to the rev range. The engine, as like every other Hero Motocorp bike's unit, is refined and usable all through till the redline.
The Super Splendor offers decent levels of ride quality and comfort with its traditional suspension setup of front telescopic forks and rear hydraulic coil springs. The motorcycle absorbs all the undulations with ease and thanks to its light-weighted character, the handling is quite good. The handlebar is setup high with forward set foot pegs, giving it a typical commuter feel. The brakes are drums on both the ends, and the absence of front disc even as an option is a miss by Hero.
Overall, the Super Splendor comes out to be just a \'decent\' product, which performs on all the aspects of a motorcycle in an adequate manner. There is nothing revolutionary about the motorcycle, but what it offers is a chance to the conventional 100cc buyers to give it a shot and invite more and more consumers towards 125cc segment, as it offers an evolutionary package above the regular 100cc motorcycles, owing to its competitive pricing.