As the title suggests, this comparison is between a 100cc bike from Hero and a 110cc bike from TVS. Any vehicle with a large engine displacement tends to offer better performance.
That said, if you are a performance-oriented buyer, you should choose TVS Sport, as TVS is known for designing bikes with a racing approach, especially their Apache bikes. Apache motorcycles typically start at Rs 1.15 lakh and up. But let’s digress from that and move on to the differences between these two bikes. As for the figures, there is a difference of Rs 8,000–10,000 between the variants of these two bikes.
Given their engine displacements and pricing, let’s see how the Hero HF Deluxe stacks up against the TVS Sport in other ways.
For starters, you should know that both bikes are entry-level offerings at their companies. Let’s begin with the bike, which has a small engine displacement, the Hero HF Deluxe. Under its tubular double cradle frame, it has a 97.2cc single-cylinder, air-cooled engine, which churns out 7.91 bhp at 8,000 rpm and 8.05 nm of peak torque at 5,000 rpm.
On the other hand, the TVS Sport has a single-cradle tubular frame that holds a 109.7cc single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that produces 8.18 bhp at 7,350 rpm and 8.7 nm at 4,500 rpm.
These two bikes are also known as “mileage bikes,” as they return an impressive fuel economy. There are other TVS bikes that you can explore that cater to mileage-oriented and performance-oriented buyers.
Credit goes to the fuel injection technology that provides several advantages to the BS6 two-wheelers. As you must be aware, the central government ordered the Indian two-wheeler manufacturers to produce BS6 engines with fuel injection technology. So, you will find fuel injection on all BS6 two-wheelers. Speaking of fuel, the mileage figures of the Hero HF Deluxe and the TVS Sport are impressive. Considering the feedback provided by the owners of these two bikes, the Hero HF has an average mileage of 66 km/l, and the TVS Sport has 70 km/l. The Hero bike can also achieve the mileage of the TVS Sport, provided you ride it sedately. However, considering the TVS Sport’s price, it shouldn’t let the next buyer complain about the ownership.
At the same time, you can also make long journeys on these two bikes without worrying about your pockets getting pinched.
That is why you often see commuters or “mileage bikes” while you do interstate travelling.
As for the transmission, these two homegrown bikes transmit power to their rear wheels via a four-speed manual transmission. Since these budget bikes are manual, they, of course, have a clutch. And the BS6 bikes offer a better clutch mechanism than ever before, as they include a wet multiplate. The reason it’s called “wet” is because of the lubrication. Keep that naughty mind aside, though.
But jokes aside, the wet multiplate clutch has reduced maintenance costs as it has less wear and tear, making it a preferred choice over the conventional dry multiplate. Hitherto, the manufacturers of BS4 engines used to offer dry multiplate, which caused buyers with strict budgets to shell out more for fixing the problems. Apart from maintenance, a transmission paired with a wet multiplate clutch also offers smooth gear shifts at low and high speeds. In addition, it also gives you an edge when you take the bike to the hills.
As for the fuel tank capacity, the Hero HF Deluxe stores its fuel in a 9.1-litre tank, while the TVS Sport stores it in a 10-litre tank. And a bigger fuel tank translates to better range as well. Having stated that, it does make a big difference.
Besides that, the HF Deluxe seems to be the most fuel-efficient bike among other Hero bikes in India.
Leaving performance aside, let’s talk about their brake and suspension setups. As for the suspension configuration, the Hero HF Deluxe boasts a telescopic hydraulic shock absorber at the front and a swingarm with a five-step adjustable hydraulic shock absorber at the rear. This setup works with standard dual drum brakes across the variants. Considering the top variant, the bike should have had an optional disc brake. Further, it gets a single-channel ABS.
Similarly, the TVS Sport has a telescopic oil-damped shock absorber at the front and a five-step adjustable shock absorber at the rear. The front suspension is relatively better on the TVS Sport than the Hero HF Deluxe. With a dampened suspension, the vehicle tends to provide extra comfort and stability.
However, the suspension on these two commuter bikes is India-specifically tuned. That means that they can easily absorb the bumps from potholes.
Further, this TVS bike also offers dual drum brakes. Like the HF Deluxe, the TVS Sport has a single-channel ABS.
It is worth noting that when dual-disc brakes and dual-channel ABS work in tandem, they reduce the chances of accidents. That’s because dual-disc brakes have better braking power because of their rigidity. The dual-channel ABS, on the other hand, has an added advantage over braking, as it brakes both wheels to prevent skidding.
All in all, you can access the curated list of features and specifications of these two bikes on the autoX website.
Now, let’s move to the prices and variants section.
Prices and Variants
For starters, let’s talk about the Hero HF Deluxe. This indigenous bike has five variants to offer. The HF Deluxe price starts at Rs 56,968 for the base model, the HF 100, and goes up to Rs 67,138 for the top model, the i3S.
On the flip side, the TVS Sport has two variants with a starting price of Rs 64,050 for the base model, the Kick Start, which goes up to Rs 69,293 for the top model, the Self Start. All are ex-showroom prices, New Delhi, as of January 2023. Please note that these prices are subject to change without prior notice to the customer. But don’t worry. You can visit the autoX website to access the latest location-based price list for your dream vehicle.